Jude Levermore’s blog is written in the English context, where places of worship are permitted to open for individual prayer from 13th June 2020. This is not yet the case in Scotland, where an announcement is expected on 18th June confirming whether the country can move to Phase 2 of the lifting of the lockdown, including opening churches for individual prayer.
But Jude’s blog post asks us to think more widely.
Although churches in England may reopen for individual prayer from Saturday 13th June, the Methodist Church still recommends that churches stay closed.
In Scotland, an announcement is expected on 18th June about moving into Phase 2, which does include opening churches for individual prayer. For further Scottish guidance, see the Church of Scotland advice.
Note especially that no building can legally be opened without a legally mandated COVID risk assessment.
AfC have boosted our online resources to support children and families. Their Coronavirus (COVID-19) – advice and support brings together a wide range of topics categorised by subject matter and by children’s ages (i.e. 0 to 5 years, 5 to 12 years and 13 years and above). AfC also offer free and confidential live chat with our parenting coaches.
Solas Festival – Scotland’s midsummer festival – has been running since 2009. The all-age, weekend-long celebration of music and the arts is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge.
Our programme makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum. The festival offers a broad, inclusive, creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment; everyone is welcome.The Solas Festival, held at Errol Park in previous years, is online this year June 20 and 21.
The creative arts competition for young people to write, draw, paint, or get busy with their camera is open until 31 July. Write a poem, make a picture or take a photograph in response to the theme of ‘What is God saying?’