Ribbon messages and online congregations helping Falkirk church members through lockdown

Falkirk churchgoers are using a mix of traditional and modern techniques to support one another through the coronavirus pandemic.

By Jonathon Reilly
Monday, 6th July 2020, 4:45 pm

Members of the congregation at Falkirk Trinity Church have been writing messages of hope and positivity on ribbons which have been collated by elder Caroline Macfarlane and tied to railings at its entrance.

Virtual congregations, which proved popular even before the country went into lockdown, have also drawn in large numbers.

According to Caroline, the ribbon writing and online gatherings are all helping churchgoers.

The entrance to Falkirk Trinity Church has been brightened up by messages of hope on ribbons.

She said: “It’s to make people aware there are people there and there’s still a congregation ongoing.

“The reaction has been very good. There are about 25 messages there just now and I have another 15 to put up.

“The church always has an online service during normal times and it has continued.

“The minister has had a lot of contributions as I and others have done readings.

“We’re a fantastic church family. We’re having social meetings too.

“We’re very inclusive and all look after each other.

“Thank you to everybody for taking part. It’s nice to keep in touch with each other.”

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