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Kirk Service for this Sunday and News

North Berwick
and Dirleton Kirk

Minister: Rev Dr David J Graham
Pastoral Assistant: Robert Kane
Sunday, 20th September 2020

Morning Worship, Dirleton Kirk
9.30am (to 10.20am)

Scripture: Ruth 1:1-17 and 2:8-16 read by Keith Stewart
CH4 510 Jesus calls us here to meet him
CH4 245 It’s a world of sunshine, a world of rain
CH4 182 Now thank we all our Go

Church Diary

10am (until 10.30), Dirleton Prayer Service in Dirleton Kirk

Next Sunday – 27th September
Service Theme – Diversity and Difference

These web pages give links to the recordings of services, children's talks, weekly intimations, newsletters, and lots of other church information.
Sunday services are uploaded on our YouTube channel, to which our website and Facebook page have links.
Facebook Page
YouTube Channel

The links for the next two Sunday clubs are
Sunday 20th September -
Sunday 27th September -

Team Macdonald completed the Edinburgh Kiltwalk last weekend and would like to say a huge thank you to the many people who supported them in raising so much for the Leprosy Mission Scotland. The donation page is still available at for a few more days. And don't forget that the Tom Hunter Foundation adds 50% to all online donations.

It is nearly 16 years since we started using our Abbey Church mugs. During that time, several have been broken or chipped. These have now been replaced, and I can therefore offer the remainder of the order for sale, just in time for Christmas gifts!!
They are fine bone white china with a print of the Church in navy and cost £6 each or two for £11. Contact Isabel Smith at 01620 89 2175.

Church Services
To comply with Scottish Government regulations and Church of Scotland guidance, we have to adopt the following procedures:
• All people attending our service must observe a minimum of 2 metres social distancing at all times when in church and on their way in and out of the building. Worshippers will be guided to seats (which have been laid out to maintain social distancing) and should stay in those seats throughout the service. Provision will be made for those from the same household to sit together.
• All worshippers must wear face coverings (unless they have an exemption from doing so) and hand sanitiser will be provided.
• There will be no singing.
• Offerings can be made either on entry or on leaving the church (but will not be uplifted during the service).
• Contact details of all worshippers will be collected and stored for 28 days after the service in accordance with our privacy policy, a copy of which will be on display in church.
• There will be no printed intimations and hymn books and bibles have been removed from the church.
• Toilets will be open, but their use will be restricted to one person at a time.
• Tea and coffee will not be available after the service.
• Please be aware that our services at Abbey Church will be recorded and recordings of that morning’s service will be made available later on the website for those who are unable to attend our services including those for whom attendance at this stage is probably not appropriate due to underlying health conditions.
As numbers attending church services have been limited by the Scottish Government and are also dependant on the layout of the church, we will operate a booking system each week.

Bookings can be made by phone or email during church office hours (1000-1300) on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the week prior to the service. To make a booking for that week’s service, please either phone during these hours (01620 892800) or email your request to giving details of the names of the people from your household who wish to attend and one contact telephone number and whether you would like to attend Abbey Church or Dirleton Kirk. Please do not leave phone messages and any emails received before Tuesday at 10.00am cannot be accepted. Bookings will only be taken for that week’s service and the process for the following Sunday will commence on the Tuesday of that week.

If after booking, you feel unwell on the Sunday, we would respectfully request that you do not attend that service.

Track and Trace during the week. Could we respectfully ask that if you are in the Abbey church building at any time other than Sunday service please register at the side door, whether you are in the building for an hour or a minute. Thank you.

Our Sunday service themes this autumn are based on five short and often overlooked books of the Bible. Sometimes referred to as the 'Five Scrolls' ('Megilloth' in Hebrew), the little books of books of Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Lamentations have struggled to be recognised against the 'giants' such as Isaiah, Genesis or Psalms. They have recently been called 'The Forgotten Books of the Bible'. Yet they have a message as relevant for us today as any other books. Refugees, ethnic cleansing, sexuality, genocide, finding meaning in a confusing world - these are just some of their themes.
Two Sunday services will be devoted to each book, with the introductory one today: 'Where can Wisdom be found?'
On Sunday 6th and 13th September, Bob Kane will conduct worship in Abbey, and the online services those days will be from the Moderator, Martin Fair.

Try Praying
As a church we have made the Try Praying booklets available to anyone who would like to take one. Most will have been taken by people who have previously no experience of church. This initiative continues to be very successful. Please continue to pray for all those who might read a booklet or visit the Try Praying website, that these spiritual seeds sown would take root in their life, grow and flourish in their life, and pray that people may experience the joy of answered prayer and come to a relationship with Jesus.
If you would like to make a financial contribution towards the cost of these booklets please could you contact David Graham or Stuart Ainslie. There have been many people who have been and continue to be helped spiritually. Thank you

Rev Dr David Graham is emailing the Sunday service to many of our members and friends. If you are not receiving an email and would like to be included in the list please contact Abbey Church office with your details.

Super Sunday Club is online. We'll continue to explore the Bible with games, stories, songs, crafts and prayer. Aimed at primary ages, but open to all. Come and join us this Sunday at 10.00am on the Abbey Church Facebook page Also available on Abbey Church Website.

Church Offerings
A number of members have contacted Abbey Church for advice on how they can continue to make financial contributions during the current crisis. This is appreciated as the running costs of the church continue, much as before, including the costs of our staff. In addition, the significant income which we generally receive for the use of our premises has now stopped completely. For those who already contribute via standing order, the church should continue to receive these offerings (and any associated Gift Aid) provided the giver's financial circumstances enable this to continue.
For those able to attend our services, blue envelopes and cash offerings can now be made on entry to the service.
For those who generally contribute through envelopes or by putting cash in the offering bags and who are not yet able to return to church, there are a number of options:
By payment into the Church bank account at the Bank of Scotland either electronically or in person.
By standing order
The Abbey Church's bank account is as follows:
Bank of Scotland
Sort code 80-17-95
Account number 00100437
If remitting offerings via a bank transfer, please use your surname as the reference for the transaction.
The standing order forms are available from the Abbey Church website under giving. These forms should be completed and sent to your own bank branch. Forms and further information can be obtained from Phil Spencer.
If you are a tax-payer and would like the gift-aid to be recovered by the Church, the gift-aid form is also available under giving on the Church website.

For standing orders & bank transfers:
Royal Bank of Scotland
Sort code :- 83 26 02
A/C no. :-00136739

Dirleton's Treasurer, David Kirkpatrick, has said that he is also happy to receive cheques etc sent to him at 7, The Glebe, Dirleton EH39 5FB