In this season of Remembrance, please remember that the church strives to be a safe place for all. A place where we safeguard the vulnerable. A place where we seek to serve the needs of our community. A place where we want to support people during this time of unprecedented change and challenge caused by the pandemic.
The Transition Minister and Kirk Session review our Covid regulations every month, considering the needs of our staff, volunteers, congregation and partner groups. We were recently informed that someone who had been in the church building at one of our activities, tested positive for Covid-19. The procedure for this occurring in the church was followed with NHS Test and Protect informed of their attendance at the church building in order that effective contact tracing could take place. This reminded us that although it can be frustrating and tiring at times, employing good practice, beyond the legal requirements, enables us to keep the church environment safe for all. We have worked hard to ensure that we have in place all the recommended infection prevention and control measures and a thorough cleaning programme for our church building.
It remains important to remember that mixing socially in the community without maintaining physical distancing measures helps the virus to spread widely. It is therefore important that people remain vigilant and follow the guidance from the Scottish Government to keep a physical distance from those in other households as well as wear face coverings wherever possible. Individuals should continue to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly using soap and water for 20 seconds. Professor Jason Leitch has the following message for Scotland’s Faith and Belief Communities:
The Scottish Government are actively encouraging everyone to undertake two Lateral Flow tests a week even if they do not display Covid-19 symptoms. We recommend that you follow this advice and home testing kits are available from most local community pharmacies or online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.
Individuals who experience any Covid-19 symptoms such as a cough, fever or loss of taste or smell, even if they are mild, should stay isolate immediately and get tested. Information on how to access testing is available at: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
If you have any questions about coronavirus please visit www.nhsinform.scot in the first instance, or call the helpline on 0800 028 2816.”
The worship programme below, takes seriously the message from the government that we need to exercise, more than ever, care and caution as we enter the winter period.
Sunday 21st November – zoom service with joining instructions below. .
The Kirk Session discussed and decided at their October meeting that during November there will be 2 Sunday services in the building alongside the zoom services. These will be:
Sunday 14th November – following acts of remembrance at the war memorials at Newtongrange and at Easthouses at 10.45am preceding the 11am silence there will be a Remembrance Sunday service at Mayfield and Easthouses church at the slightly later time of 11.30am.
Sunday the 28th November – 11am at Mayfield and Easthouses, morning worship including the sacrament of baptism.
We will be on zoom every Sunday in October and November and the joining instructions and link (below) will be the same for each week.
Meeting ID: 882 0690 0197
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