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From the Rector
My Dear people,
It seems likely that, with the rise in Covid cases, restrictions will become tighter as things progress. I will keep you aware of any developments concerning any changes affecting worship or the opening of the church.
The Galashiels Foodbank continues to do wonderful work at a much-needed time. We have had quite a turnover of volunteers and, if anyone is able and well and feels secure enough to do so, we would welcome a few new volunteers. The requirements are not onerous - normally one hour a week to pack bags at a time of your choice on a Tuesday, and a few different hour-slots on a Wednesday, including some shopping of fresh goods occasionally and being on a rota of folk to deliver to those who can't come to the church. There are very robust protocols for both of these jobs which ensure that we are all safe and secure. If you feel you may be able to donate some of your time to this cause it would be most welcome. Please contact me for details.
Vestry will meet online on Monday 28th September. One of the real issues we face as a Vestry is how an AGM might work. Although we are all able to stretch a point the reality is that we are unlikely to be in a position to hold an in-person meeting for some time. We will work on this at our Vestry along with other issues but it is vital that ANY ideas or suggestions you have are passed on. The church is nothing without them! Please email me or Jan the Secretary on or speak with John Woods, the People's Warden.
Thanks once again to you all. Have a blessed week.
PRAYER (from Hildegaard)
The soul is like a wind that waves over herbs,
Is like the dew that moistens the grass
Is like the rain-soaked air that lets things grow.
In the same way you should radiate kindness
To all who are filled with longing.
Be a wind, helping those in need.
Be a dew, consoling the abandoned.
Be the rain-soaked air, giving heart to the weary.
Filling their hunger with life.
Let us dedicate our days to vividness,
the energy of love singing through creation.
May our eyes awaken to the beauty of all life.
May our ears hear the harmony of nature.
May our minds be enlightened.
May our hearts soften knowing we are held in Love’s embrace.
May our voices speak boldly of our unity.
For we are feathers on the breath of God.
New protocol for public worship in the church
1) On the notices each Saturday there will be a doodle poll published. This is simply a link which you can click on to put your name down for reserving your place. The link changes each week so please ensure you click on the latest one from that week’s notices. If there is more than one of you in the household that wishes to attend, please simply put both names in the same box. If you are in any way uncomfortable with doing this, simply email or telephone 01896 822732 and Jane will add your name to the list. If you are on the church roll you do not need to give any more information than this. If you are not on the church roll, you will be asked to provide contact details when you come to church, so that testing and tracking can take place in the event of a Covid diagnosis.
2) We will have to fill up the nearest available seats, from the front - no waiting for our favourite seats to become available! Please take a liturgy booklet with you and keep it as your own for subsequent services. This prevents us from having to print new ones each week. Please sit in the middle of the pew rather than just next to the aisle, so that we are appropriately distanced from each other.
3) We are only permitted to sit one household per pew - observing which pews are for use and which aren't. There are a total of twenty two places (individuals or households) available. The remaining place goes to the rector.
4) There will only be one person leading the service, and possibly one reader.
5) When it comes to communion, I will be required to don a mask, and to give communion in one kind only. I will come to you, moving down the pulpit side of the church, then back the other. This enables us to keep social distancing.
6) When the service is over, please leave from the front, via the side door. We can speak to one another at appropriate distances outside, but obviously we need to be sensible about this - this would be helped if we made sure we were not congregating around the doors but taking a few steps into the garden.