An online edition of the May Newsletter is available here.
(updated 23 May 2021)
9.30am, Ormiston & Pencaitland (alternating)
For the next while we will continue the same pattern of a 9.30am service in one or other of the church buildings, plus an online meeting at 10.45am. Services last 30-40 minutes and the same requirements still apply: face coverings, use of hand sanitiser, social distancing and no singing. We’d love to welcome you if you’d like to come but, if not, please join us online if you can.
Following Pentecost Sunday (23rd May) we will return to a weekly service in the church building. Pencaitland will also revert to a weekly pattern at the former time of 10.45am. The intention is to live-stream the Pencaitland services, so people from both congregations may still engage from home if they wish. If anyone has a spare (modern) computer monitor they’d be willing to donate, or which could be used on long-term loan, it would help enormously. Please speak to David or to Willie Ewan if you can assist (01875 340007).
All restrictions still apply: face coverings / no singing / social distancing / limit on numbers / booking beforehand. Please remember to book for the following Sunday by 1pm each Friday.
For Ormiston, ring / email Margaret Jarvis: 01875 614506 – C4meg@aol.com
For Pencaitland, ring / email Eileen Henderson: 01875 340482 – email@example.com
To connect online by PC, smartphone, tablet, or iPad, please use the normal link:
To connect by mobile or ordinary landline, ring 0131 460 1196 (it will be billed as a local call).
When asked, please enter the Meeting ID: 970 0220 8617 & Password: 26 65 67
GIFT DAY – SUNDAY 13th JUNE
We remain immensely grateful to everyone who has shared in the life of the congregation over the last while. It’s been a challenging time for everyone. Although some will have saved considerably over previous months (without being able to go to the shops as much, have meals out, travel or take holidays), there are others who have suffered terribly. As a church we are grateful to everyone for maintaining their offerings, whether by means of online banking, standing order, WFO envelopes or the offering plate. A special thank you to all who have contributed through the Gift Days. Our usual summer Gift Day will be on Sunday 13th June and once again we would be hugely appreciative if you can remember this in your own financial planning.
A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has helped facilitate online or in-person services over the last few months. We’re grateful also to those who’ve been willing to take part. Although we look for brighter things in the new year, our national perplexities remain meanwhile.
10.45am, Every Sunday
To share with Ormiston & Pencaitland churches this weekend, please do so through one of the options below and follow the prompts. The link will ‘go live’ at 10.30am to give everyone time to join and get settled.
We look forward to welcoming you.
As it is being hosted as a Zoom webinar, there are various ways to connect digitally
If using a PC, smartphone, tablet, or iPad
Please click on the following or enter it into your browser
If this is your first time using Zoom, it is recommended to click on the link now to download the app and set things up beforehand. This will help avoid any delay in joining on the day.
Note: you do not need a microphone or webcam
Reflections for Holy week are available here
Starting Monday 6th April [please check back each day]
Try Praying – for those who don’t do church
As in previous years, there is an encouragement to pray this April. It is intended for ordinary folk who don’t see themselves as religious but want to try praying. East Coast Buses will carry a promotion, directing people to www.trypraying.co.uk - a website belonging to There is Hope.
Booklets and other resources for children and adults may be ordered free, or you can download a 7-day app to get you started.
Booklets are also available on the railings outside the Church. Anyone can help themselves. Please contact us if you want versions for children and teenagers.
Carols for Christmas
Due to current Covid restrictions, public events at War Memorials were not permitted this year. Ormiston's Act of Remembrance took place in the church building on Sunday 8th November. Wreaths were presented at the front of the church, at the communion table, and then discreetly placed at the War Memorials afterwards. Please click the image below to see photos. These include pictures of the church service, the placing of two wreaths at the WW1 Memorial beside the church, and the two wreaths placed at the village War Memorial for WW1 and WW2.
Please click below for a pre-recorded message from the minister. Entitled WHEN THE NATION PRAYED, it looks back to seven days of national prayer called by King and Parliament during WW2. The BBC also broadcast the chimes of Big Ben as a daily Minute of Prayer and Rededication each night at 9pm. This is followed by the UK Blessing, recorded in May of this year, during lockdown.
Over the coming weeks we aim to post a number of links to particular articles, podcasts, videos etc which some have found interesting or helpful. These will be updated as and when there are new materials to post. These are available on the Lockdown Resources section of the website.