LANGHOLM parish church will reopen for worship this Sunday in its 175th year.
The united congregation of Langholm, Eskdalemuir, Ewes and Westerkirk is grateful to those in Ewes who made us all welcome as well as to the trustees and friends of Westerkirk during the sojourn of the last month.
We have now gained permission to reopen based on a three-metre exclusion zone around the church which is deemed to be at risk from the masonry.
This means we may no longer enter through the main door but have good access up the ramp and through the side door.
The usual guidelines apply: two-metre social distance; regular sanitising; no singing; offering at the door.
This Sunday is also important because I celebrate 40 years to the day when I began my ministry or work in the church.
This was in England and I’ve been part of the Church of Scotland ministry since June 2003.
My wife and I also celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary this month.
We’ve already received a Tiffany lamp from friends to mark the occasion of ordination.
Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, there will be no social recognition.