From 18 April, we are moving back into the church building for fortnightly services at the later time of 11.30am. There are a number of guidelines which must be followed by everyone attending a service and these are set out at the end of this note. Before attending a service, please read and follow these carefully as they are for your own and everyone else’s protection.
While we still need to be very cautious of gatherings, and numbers are restricted, a service recording will be available later on Sunday here and as audio recording (on request). In the weeks when there is no in-person service at Humbie Church, a recording from the YBS service will be available instead. Participating in a service online, or through a sound recording, is worship just as much as doing so in a church building. We hope we can approach this new phase with our usual good humour and helpfulness.
Guidelines for all attendees at in-person services
These guidelines apply to everybody, no matter if you have already received a covid-19 vaccination or not.
In order to comply with social distancing, we regrettably can only accommodate a limited number of people in a church building at the same time. In Humbie Church, we will operate a ‘first come, first served’ principle. Please arrive in good time for the service.
To assist the NHS test and protect system, we are required to take a contact name and phone number for everyone who attends a service, which will be confidentially kept for 21 days. Again, please allow enough time on arrival for your details to be taken down.
Please only attend in person if you are not currently in quarantine or isolating because of a risk of covid, do not currently have any symptoms of the illness or have tested positive for it, or if you live in a simple or extended household with someone who falls into any of these categories.
Everybody is required to use hand sanitizer on arriving at and leaving the church. Everybody, with the exception of those with underlying health conditions, and children under the age of 5, are legally required to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while in the building.
In order to enable social distancing, stewards will guide you to a place. We are sorry if we can’t offer you your usual favourite spot. Please do not move closer to people from other households.
Singing is currently not permitted in an indoors communal setting. Our organists are however looking forward to welcoming us back into church with beautiful tunes.
We can’t currently use communal Bibles, hymn books or service sheets. If you would like to use a Bible in the service, please bring your own.
Handshaking at the door, and other physical contact, are not currently possible. If you would like to speak with the minister about any questions or issues, please give her a call instead.
If you would like to make a financial offering, please consider doing so by bank transfer. Otherwise, please place your offering in the plate provided in the church on arrival or before you leave. We are not currently able to collect the offering during the service as usual.
We are having an Easter prize draw as we are unable to hold our usual coffee morning. The draw will take place on 31 March at 1pm and tickets are available at Humbie Hub all through March (50p each or 5 for £2). Read below for all the fabulous prizes on offer – Good luck!!
1st Prize – Easter Hamper – LOTS of Chocolate and one bottle each of Red and White Wine (plus a few little surprises)
2nd Prize – Champagne and Galaxy Easter Egg
3rd Prize Pink Bubbly and Chocolate Easter Bunny
Prizes will be delivered as Government restrictions permit
We've once again distributed craft bags for Lent and Easter to 44 children across the parish, to help us engage with the period of Lent and learn about Easter. Have a look here for an introduction and to see our crafts!
After the very positive response we've had to the Messy Church Advent bags, we are preparing another one for Lent and Easter. If you would like to receive such a craft bag for your family, please let us know by Monday, 25 January, to allow us to get enough materials for everyone. The bags will be distributed in the days before Ash Wednesday, 17 February.
We've had some great news this past week: you'll remember the consultation meeting we held last March regarding the future of our congregation. Having listened to our concerns and the results of our consultations, Lothian Presbytery decided at its meeting last Thursday to remove the threat of closure from Humbie Church, and to recommend instead that we further investigate the possibilities of working more closely together across the linked parish, and perhaps with our neighbours in Haddington. That is a very affirmative call from Presbytery, and we are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to forming our response.