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Queen commends Church of Scotland for 'admirable' community service during pandemic

by Tola Mbakwe

The Queen has written to the Church of Scotland to express her support and encouragement for how congregations have served their communities during what she called 'difficult' and 'pivotal point in history'.

The letter was read during the Church's General Assembly over the weekend.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged every aspect of our common life and has caused much suffering and heartbreak," Her Majesty said.

"We greatly admire the ways in which the Church of Scotland has responded to these difficult days. Care has been offered to the bereaved whose grieving has been constricted by restrictions on funerals while churches have kept open their doors to feed the poor and offer safe space to the children of key workers.

"Many congregations have taken their worship on-line and touched the lives of people who did not in normal times attend church services.

"The Kirk's care workers have remained faithful in sustaining the services upon which so many older people and their families depend.

"We know that the dangers posed by the coronavirus are not yet over and we commend the Church as she seeks ways in which she can be true to her calling in the present while looking to the future.

"We wish those who lead the Church wisdom and foresight at this pivotal point in her history and may your faith and courage be strengthened during the days ahead and through the times to come.

"And so, praying that the blessing of Almighty God may attend your deliberations, We bid you heartily farewell."

The Queen's letter was read aloud to the General Assembly by Rev Dr George Whyte, Chaplain-in-Ordinary and Principal Clerk of the Church of Scotland. Dr Whyte was formally installed as Chaplain-in-Ordinary within Her Majesty's Household in October 2019.

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