05 July 2020Continuing closure of the premises
The Kirk Session has had a Zoom meeting to discuss the possibility of reopening the church buildings. It decided to wait until we can guarantee everyone's safety. Currently we would not be allowed to have any singing or let people use the Bibles or hymn books. We would also have to deep clean the premises before and after every time they were open, as well as providing hand sanitiser and installing a one-way system.
We look forward to worshipping together again when it is possible. Until then, remember that the church buildings may be closed but the Church is open for business.
16 June 2020Moderator of the General Assembly 2021
The Committee to Nominate the Moderator is now ready to receive recommendations for the person who will be nominated as Moderator of the General Assembly in May 2021. The person elected will serve until the opening day of the 2022 Assembly.
Any member of the Church of Scotland can recommend a minister, elder or deacon (i.e. a member of the diaconate) for consideration by the Committee using the Recommendation Form. Completed Forms should be returned to Susan Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 7th August 2020. The consent of the person being recommended needs to be obtained before the Form is submitted. The Committee asks that there is only one Form submitted for each recommendee.
As well as chairing the General Assembly the Moderator acts as an ambassador for the Church of Scotland at home and abroad. You can read more about the duties of the Moderator here.
The Moderator of the General Assembly is a full-time role and he or she is provided with a flat in Edinburgh during their time of service. Every effort is made to ensure that they are not out of pocket by giving time to this task.
Please give this request your prayerful consideration. Do you know someone who would have the gifts and experience to fulfil this calling? If you do, download the Form and make a recommendation.
10 May 2020Pentecost worship
Sunday 31 May, 10-10.30am – Pentecost – streamed on the Church of Scotland website and Facebook page
The Moderator will lead a service to mark the birthday of the Christian Church, with contributions from many different places. Like the disciples on that first Pentecost, here is the invitation to step confidently into whatever the future holds. The Kirk invites us to make this the service for our congregation on that Sunday, so that as much of the Church of Scotland as possible will be gathered in fellowship and praise.
09 May 2020Heart and Soul
‘Heart and Soul’ is happening at 2.00pm on 17th May – when the original event would have taken place. The programme will run until about 4.20pm. A recording of the event will be available soon afterwards. You will be able to watch the event live on the Church of Scotland website (www.churchofscotland.org.uk) and live on the Facebook page (fb.me/churchofscotland).
08 May 2020Installation of the Moderator
Saturday 16 May, 11am – live on the Church of Scotland website and Facebook page
The Revd Dr Martin Fair will be installed as Moderator of the General Assembly. The ceremony will take place in the Assembly Hall with only a few people physically present because of the COVID-19 restrictions, but followed by thousands of people across Scotland and around the world. The service will be captioned and there will be the option of BSL interpretation. Join us for an historic occasion and a clear statement that the Church is alive and active in these difficult days.
24 April 2020Online worship
Robert Wilkie, our Auxiliary Minister, is planning to start posting video services on Facebook on Sunday 26 April.
It should be possible to watch without a Facebook account, but here's how to get one if need be:
Go to http://www.facebook.com
You will be invited to create a new account.
Provide your mobile or your email address.
If you don't have either of those, you can get a free email address at various sites such as Yahoo and Google.
As well as your first name and surname, you need to tell Facebook your date of birth. That is to make sure you are over 13. You can tell it later not to show when your birthday is (or to show the date but not the year) if you don't want people to know.
Pick a password that other people, and computer programs, are unlikely to guess. There are various sites that give advice about creating strong passwords or will even generate one for you (search for "strong password"). Make sure that either you can remember it or your computer memorises it.
Once you are in Facebook, search for Craigie & Moncreiffe Church. When you find our page, click Like. Then anything that goes on the church's page should appear in your Facebook feed.
If you are having difficulty setting up your Facebook account, phone a friend. Children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews tend to be pretty clued up on this sort of thing. They could with your permission create an account for you, and all you would need to do is login.
17 March 2020Church services cancelled until further notice
The Church of Scotland's Covid-19 Task Group has asked that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice. Accordingly, we are cancelling all services for the time being.
You can find an order of service for home worship here.
17 March 2020Tweenies and Tweenies Explorers
Craigie Tweenies and Tweenies Explorers at Craigie church hall are both closed until further notice.
16 March 2020BB cancellation
4th Company Boys' Brigade is suspended from meeting immediately until further notice.
16 March 2020Youth Group cancellation
Tonight's Youth Group meeting has been called off.
16 March 2020Coronavirus update
The following groups will not be meeting until further notice:
- Craigieknowes services;
- Bible discussion group (until after Easter);
- come and pray;
- Soup Club;
- Arts & Crafts;
- Messy Church;
The Youth Group is still planning to meet tonight.
Watch this space for further news.
15 March 2020Coronavirus latest
The following weekday events are currently going ahead:
- soup club on Tuesday;
- Guild on Tuesday;
- coffee club on Thursday;
- arts & crafts group on Thursday.
Some regular events have been called off until further notice:
- Craigieknowes services;
- Bible discussion group (until after Easter);
- come and pray.
25 February 2020Update on buildings and ministry
Session and the Presbytery planning team have discussed the recent vote on closing buildings. As Presbytery is considering future ministry in the whole city of Perth, Session has agreed, meantime, not to proceed with closing any buildings. This may change but probably not soon.
02 February 2020Result of congregational vote
After worship on Sunday 2nd February 2020, the congregation voted on the Kirk Session's recommendation to close Craigie church and halls. 100 votes were cast: 40 agreed with the recommendation; 60 disagreed with it.
This is a non-binding vote. The result will be passed to Presbytery for consideration. Further developments will be reported in due course.
15 January 2020Review of church buildings
The Kirk Session has elected for the closure of Craigie Church and buildings. A congregational vote of concurrence or otherwise will be held in each Church after worship on Sunday 2 February 2020. Only Craigie & Moncreiffe Church members and adherents attending on that Sunday may vote.