PPC is open for Worship
We are now allowed to sing in Church again, albeit masks must be worn, but it is a joy to be able to praise through songs once more. The Sanctuary is now set to accommodate people at a 1m social distance. You will see guidance signgs and also our welcome team are on hand to answer any questions. .
Our morning service is available both ‘in-person’ and broadcast online via zoom (with a recording able to be viewed afterwards) and our evening service, which returns in September, is ‘in-person’ only with the sermon being made available online afterwards.
We do however have to continue to operate a ‘Track and Trace’ system. To register who is coming into the building, those with a smartphone will be asked to scan a QR which will register attendance (see details below) It is not a problem if anyone is unable to use the QR Code System – just like other venues such as restaurants and other hospitality places, people will simply be asked to give their name and contact number by a member of the welcome team.
How Check In Scotland works
You can use the Check In Scotland service wherever you see a Check In Scotland QR code displayed on a poster. To use the service, scan a Check In Scotland QR code with your mobile phone camera or, if you have one, a QR code scanning app. Just select the app you want to use and hold your phone’s camera over the QR code until it’s been scanned by your phone.
Once scanned, the QR code will link you to an online form where you can enter your contact details and ‘check in’ at the venue you’re visiting. Checking in will give the NHS the time and date you arrived. Anyone over the age of 12 can use the Check In Scotland service. The service is designed to take as few details from you as needed.
If you’ve already downloaded the Check In Scotland app then, rather than being taken to an online form, you’ll be taken to the Check In Scotland app. If you don’t have the app, you can download it from the Apple App Store or from Google Play. You should also check out when you leave a venue. You can check out on the same Check In Scotland page you used to check in, or by re-scanning the Check In Scotland QR code from the venue’s poster. You can also check out using the Check In Scotland app.
Only public health teams whose job it is to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) response will have access to your details. Your details will be held for 21 days in a secure, encrypted data store. When your details are no longer needed, they will be deleted in a safe way. Your details will not be used for any type of marketing.
Online Service Details
While we look forward to opening our physical doors our Sunday Morning service will also be will be live on zoom. Our Virtual doors open’ at 10.50am for an 11am start. You can join us using the following link/details ;
Meeting ID: 971 0467 4565 and Passcode: 272922
From The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
At the closing of the General Assembly, I had the opportunity to launch a joint initiative between the Church of Scotland and Christian Aid, encouraging members to give a financial gift in thanksgiving once they had received full vaccination for Covid-19. It has been much on my mind as to how fortunate I have been to have received my two vaccinations; but had I been living elsewhere in the world, the story would have been quite different. In my year as Moderator, the plan is to visit Lebanon and Malawi. Just taking these two places as examples, the percentage of population vaccinated with only one vaccination is 4% and 0.8% respectively. That is against more than 60% of our population in UK.
The World Health Organisation have said no-one is protected until all are protected, therefore we are urging the UK Government to do all that it can to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available throughout the world. Alongside this we must also seek to limit the impact of the virus on health, livelihoods, and personal safety, for those in the poorest parts of the world. By supporting Christian Aid in their efforts to provide basics such as soap, water, and food, we can ensure that vulnerable communities stay safer as they wait for vaccination.
In this very tangible way, as we seek global justice, here is a practical opportunity to give real expression in 2021 to loving our global neighbours. I sincerely hope that you will join with me and together we will respond generously, as a mark of our gratitude for what we have received.
To give a gift, please click on the following link: https://giving.give-star.com/online/christian-aid/cos-just-vaccine-rollout
Church leaders across Scotland have made “remarkable adaptations” during the COVID-19 pandemic to effectively preach the Word of God and serve their communities in new ways.A new study found that 96% of 369 congregational leaders spanning 27 different denominations continued with ministry and mission work despite the most serious challenge facing the country since the Second World War.
The lockdown and subsequent legal restrictions to the opening of buildings resulted in a dramatic rise in online worship and other content, with 92% of churches offering some form of weekly material. Increased online and social media activity has allowed congregations and Church leaders to reach substantially more people than they did prior to the pandemic.
The report is titled “Adapt and be Flexible– the Mission Doesn’t Stop” – The Scottish Church and the COVID-19 Pandemic” It concludes that leaders have been faithful to their calling, preaching the Word in season and out of season and witnessing to the love and faithfulness of God at a time of “unprecedented disruption and suffering.”
The 44-page study is the product of a research partnership between Action of Churches Together in Scotland, Brendan Research and the Scottish Church Leaders’ Forum. It compliments the Church of Scotland’s ‘The Listening Project’ – hearing the experiences of people across the Kirk – and new congregational statistics, both of which will be published next month.
Rev Mark Slaney, convener of the Scottish Church Leaders Forum, said: “I welcome the report and the findings and recommendations ground what we already suspected. “The necessary shift to online church life has drawn us into a much wider field for mission, ministry and worship and we must learn to live a new blend and balance of engagement which could release us into new partnerships and places.”
Church leaders were invited to complete an online survey which was available from 26 October to 4 December, 2020. A total of 184 Church of Scotland ministers took part in the study, accounting for 50% of the responses which came from all 32 local authority areas.
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Call to Ministry
A minister with more than 20 years’ experience is encouraging those who have a sense of calling to ministry to “persist”.
Speaking as part of the ‘Talking Ministry’ series, Rev Dr Andrew Gardner said it was important to “keep pushing at that door” and that it was helpful for those in training to develop a support network.”Find mentors and form a good peer group and stick with them – you’ve got to have folk about you,” he said.
After two decades of parish ministry, which included 14 years at St Andrew’s Church of Scotland in Brussels, Dr Gardner explains why two years ago he chose to become an interim minister.
“Our role is to be a non-anxious presence. A congregation or a presbytery may ask for an interim minister if they’ve had a short ministry in the past, or a very long ministry or a minister has died or if there’s some conflict,” he said. “It’s where there has been some kind of issue that needs settlement from an experienced minster. You’re there for 18 months or two years and then you move on. It’s been a chance to do something different, to keep your ministry fresh and I’m still learning lots. It’s really important to know what God is calling you to do.”
The father of two, who up has recently completed his two-year post at Christ’s Kirk Glenrothes, said the pandemic has presented new challenges which have taken a lot of adjusting to over the last 12 months.
“The lows have been being physically distant from your congregation and wondering if I was doing enough by making contact with people over email, the phone, by text or by any method I could to keep regular contact and make sure people knew the church hadn’t forgotten them,” he said.
Reflecting on parish ministry, Dr Gardner’s advice is to “go to the right place where your ministry will fit as a congregation will see through you quickly” and bear in mind that “every congregation has its own story, its own challenge”.
Each month throughout 2021, the Talking Ministry series will share a personal story from those serving in Christian ministry, as well as discernment resources filled with questions, prayers and reflections to help encourage your own reflection on how God might be calling you.
You can read Rev Dr Andrew Gardner’s full interview and access the resources for April on our Talking Ministry page.
If you are looking for advice in these difficult times then you may wish to contact the Citizens Advice Bureu who are operating an online and telephone support service – https://www.citizensadviceedinburgh.org.uk/
Mental Health Information Station (MHIS), is a free NHS drop-in service for anyone dealing with mental health issues. Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances they are not running our Drop-In service on Thursdays at the Walpole Hall on Palmerston Place but our service is still running through various ways :·
Facebook page: Mental Health Information Station
Phone calls to Cambridge Street House (0131 537 8650) on Thursdays between 9.30 and 4.30 will be answered by MHIS staff Other numbers you may find helpful Coronavirus General Helpline: 0800 028 2816, Housing Helpline: 0808 800 4444., Helpline for Elderly People: 0800 12 44 222, Mental Health Helpline: 0800 83 85 87, Parents Helpline: 08000 28 22 33