Scottish Episcopal Church St John the Baptist Sharing Christ's love in Perth
Sunday 29th March

Our Rector Graham was alone in the church celebrating worship on behalf of our community at 10.30am. Some may find it helpful to know these images were taken afterwards.

This may well be the last act of worship in the building for some time as in following guidance from the Bishop’s, Graham will in future worship on our behalf in the Rectory.

Join in with worship on the internet

Many of you are by now aware that our Province is providing Sunday worship via the internet.  This venue will vary but in support of the call to ‘stay at home’ is now generally being streamed from the home of the Bishop or Priest who is leading the worship .  The link and information from the Provincial website is copied in below.

http://www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship

Call to pray as a nation

Churches join together in call for National Day of Prayer

March 19, 2020

Signatories include the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland, the United Free Church, the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the Society of Friends (Quakers), Congregational Federation in Scotland, the Salvation Army, the Church of the Nazarene, and Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Taking place on Sunday 22 March, people of faith are being encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm.*

The letter asks that we “join in prayerful solidarity with this witness”, describing the candle as “a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life.”

The following prayer can be used when lighting the candle:

For all that is good in life, thank you,
For the love of family and friends, thank you,
For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you.

 May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,
May those who are sick, know healing,
May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.

 Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,
Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being,
Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.

 And may the light shining from our windows,
across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle,
be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.  

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

The signatories of the letter are:

Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church
Rt. Rev. Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland
Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church
Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland
Rev. Dr David Pickering, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)
Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland
Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)
Ms. Adwoa Bittle, Clerk to General Meeting for Scotland, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland
Rev. Jim Ritchie, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene
Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God
Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army

* Please take all necessary fire precautions when using a lit candle. Ensure you remain with the lit candle at all times, and do not leave it to burn if you leave the room. Ensure there are no fabrics or materials such as curtains near the candle.

Pastoral Statement from Bishop Ian

18th March 2020

Coronavirus – Pastoral Statement by Bishop Ian
Revised Guidelines for the Scottish Episcopal Church have been issued today by the College of Bishops. They are available at www.scotland.anglican.org/coronavirus-updates/.

The Guidelines call us to make drastic changes to our church life:

• public worship is suspended in all our churches and chapels.

• churches may, but do not have to, remain open for individual prayer if people observe hygiene rules.
• funerals will have to be taken at the graveside or crematorium, with very few family members present, but may be followed by a public memorial service when the situation allows.
• weddings will have to be celebrated in private or postponed until the situation changes.
• face to face meetings of Vestries, Committees and all Church groups are suspended.

These are drastic and stringent sacrifices for us to make, but we make them out of love not out of fear, for the protection of the people among us who are most vulnerable to infection.

But we also have to think and act positively as churches. Our congregations have to think about ‘gathering’ in a different way, and our clergy and lay readers have to think about being priests and pastors in a different way:

• the SEC will be providing online Eucharistic worship on Sundays. We can follow information about this and participate from home, via the SEC website: https://www.scotland.anglican.org.
• some clergy in our Diocese are arranging to put their own live or recorded worship online for their congregations. Please let the Diocese know, so that we can send out the information to others who may also wish to participate in this online worship. Instructions on live-streaming services on Facebook are at: https://www.youtube.com/watch…
• I am encouraging the clergy to continue to celebrate the Eucharist for Sundays and Feast Days for the community, and Daily Prayer on weekdays, at the usual times, even if they are alone in the Church. I hope they will either share this online with the congregation, or ensure that they know it is happening and can participate prayerfully at the usual time using the set readings and prayer resources they have been provided with.
• I encourage everyone to use Daily Prayer, perhaps from the SEC website, and for congregations to pray for their community and each other each day.
• There are good online resources for liturgical prayer and lectionary reflection, such as:
​SEC liturgies:

​https://www.scotland.anglican.org/who-we-are/publications/…/

​SEC Daily Prayer:

​https://www.scotland.anglican.org/…/morning-prayer-tuesday…/

​CofE Worship resources:

​https://www.churchofengland.org/…/worship-texts-and-resourc…

​Daily reflections:

​https://pray-as-you-go.org

​Episcopal Church USA, Sunday and weekday lectionary readings texts:

​https://www.lectionarypage.net/

• Please keep in regular contact by phone with your clergy, other members of your congregation, and with people in your community. Tell the clergy and others if your are ill, or if you need pastoral support.
• But please remember that your clergy and lay ministers also need to stay healthy and to take care. Many of them are vulnerable to this virus, too, and may need to reduce their social contacts in order to keep safe.
• Above all, pray for those most at risk, for the medical services, and for the whole community. I invite everyone to respond to the suggestion of the Archbishop of Canterbury, that we all light a candle and place it in a window for people to see, at 7.00pm this Sunday and every Sunday as long as the situation lasts. Make it an act of prayer for the world and a sign of Christ, the Light of the World.

The present situation could go on for quite a long time, but the Church of God has continued to serve people through epidemics, disasters and wars for centuries. Coronavirus will not prevent us from being the praying, caring Body of Christ. We just have to learn to do it differently for a while, and, as Jesus often told the disciples, not to be afraid.

With prayer and blessing,

+Ian St Andrews

Cessation of all gatherings Coronovirus update

The new advice from the Province is to cease all gatherings including worship services. St John’s church family and leadership group will continue to pray for the community, the nation and the world during this unprecedented situation. Telephone contact will of course be an important lifeline at this time in support of one another.  If you wish to read the full guidnce from our Bishops please follow the link below.

https://www.scotland.anglican.org/coronavirus-updates/

February Cafe Church

Wednesday 12th February in the Threshold from 5.30-6.30pm   Time to relax and reflect over coffee and cakes.  There will also be a short talk from Tri-Shaws.  Everyone is welcome to drop in and join us.

A Quiet Day

A large group from St John’s gathered recently for a day of quiet reflection. Those who participated greatly appreciated both the content and space the day gave.

Church at Christmas, Christingle & MN

A few images from over the Christmas period.  More can be viewed on our Facebook page.

St John’s Christmas Fellowship meeting

Along with refreshments the fellowship group enjoyed varied entertainment from a number of talented members of the group

Christmas Worship

Wonderful Christmas services at St John's. We hope you had an opportunity to worship and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus at some point between Christmas eve and Christmas day. A photo album of various recent events in St John's will follow in the next week or two.

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