To support East Lothian Foodbank, we’ll collect donations at our service on 4 October at Humbie Church, and on 5 October in the Humbie Hub, where you can find a collection box. All donations, big or small, are very much appreciated.
We hope you are well, and that the past few months have not been too hard for you and your loved ones. This is a note from Humbie Church, to update you on our plans for the church, now that Scottish Government guidance allows places of worship to reopen, as long as this is done safely.
We are going to start slowly and for the moment, services will take place fortnightly in Humbie Church, at the usual time of 9.30am. They will be shorter and follow a slightly different format from the services before lockdown. 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.
At this time, we would simply like to offer in-person services for all who would like to come together in a church building for worship, and especially all who have difficulty in accessing the online services. However, I know that many of us are very anxious about larger gatherings at this time, and nobody should in any way feel pressured to attend these services in person before they feel ready to do so. All of us will have different circumstances and needs. A video recording of the service will be available on our church website from Sunday afternoon, and audio recordings are available on CD on request. Participating in a service online, or through a sound recording, is worship just as much as doing so in a church building.
On the Sundays when we do not offer a service in the church, a pre-recorded online service will be available on the website from Sunday morning, as during lockdown. These services include contributions from people around the parish: readings, music, reflections and prayers, and offer us an opportunity for more creativity in our worship. On Sundays 13 September and 25 October, we will also celebrate Holy Communion in our online worship. Audio recordings of all services are available on CD. If you would like to receive one, please contact Jim Hunter (01875 833223).
If you would like any help or support, or would welcome a conversation by phone, video call or a socially distant visit, please let me know (contact details can be found below).
In-person services – guidelines for all attendees
These are the guidelines asked of us by the Church of Scotland, in close collaboration with the Government, to keep us all safe and protected.
In light of the current circumstances around COVID 19, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel the Holiday Club for this summer. It would be very difficult to fully enable social distancing at the Holiday Club, and make sure that everyone is safe. We are very sorry for the disappointment this might cause - but we'll have one again next summer, and look forward to seeing the children again soon.
Due to the current situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic, we were not able to hold our Annual General Meeting for the past year as planned on 29 March. However, here we present to you the Reports & Accounts, and a budget for 2020. The minutes for last year's AGM can be found here. They will be approved as soon as we are able to meet again in person.
Firstly, we hope you are well. This is a little note about how we hope to help each other in this time of anxiety around COVID-19 (coronavirus).
If you are self-isolating, and would like any help (eg with getting shopping or prescriptions) or simply would like to talk to somebody, please get in touch (01620 811193). We have a team of people happy to help. Equally, if you would like to help our neighbours at this time, please also let me know. We are working closely with the Community Councils in this regard.
Our services are available on our websites on Sunday morning, for you to follow if you wish.
Sound recordings of the services are available on CD - if you would like to receive one, please get in touch with me or Paul Sales (01620 811260).
All of our planned events and meetings have now been postponed until the situation improves.
Helping more widely
If you do go to the shops, please consider getting an extra item for East Lothian Foodbank, who are struggling at this time to provide for those in need. Collection trolleys can for example be found in Tesco in Haddington.
We hope this is helpful - please do get in touch if you need any help and support.