On Wednesday 18th March 2020, the Kirk Session made the difficult, but necessary, announcement that, with immediate effect, all church services and activities are cancelled until further notice. These include all regular services, including the prayer meetings and Sunday worship, as well as special services such as marriages and funerals. Please continue to check the website for updates over the coming weeks and months.
Funeral Services:Following a discussion at presbytery, which the church's Kirk Session agreed with, it was deemed that if it were not safe in the current climate for gatherings on a Sunday, then it is equally unsafe to hold gatherings mid-week for a funeral service. Any funerals that will take place during the shutdown period will be held at the graveside and be attended by direct family members only. Whilst the Kirk Session understands that this may initially appear insensitive, it is in the health interest of the public and also in keeping with the message of the sixth commandment "You shall not murder." We all have a duty of care for our fellow man and Jesus Himself stated in Mark 12:31 "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." These would not be done if we were to needlessly expose others or put people at unnecessary risk.
Wake Services:During the shutdown period, wake services will not be taking place.
Lochs Free Church podcast:The tenth episode of On The Shore is available on the podcast page, to get to it from the menu click on "Community" and then "On The Shore Podcast". In this episode our minister, Rev Calum Iain Macleod, discusses the closure of the church in relation to the Coronavirus.
Children's Church:In the absence of Sunday School, David Gray, one of our deacons, has started to produce a weekly Children's Church. These can be seen in the Sunday School section of the website. More will be posted as they are released.