The current restrictions in place to control the spread of the coronavirus meant that there was a limit to the number of folk who were permitted to share in Christian Worship in Churches and to gather at War Memorials. Lauder Kirk was open for the first time since the shutdown, when the Worship Team Leader conducted a moving Service with a clear message of hope. Some forty folk, of all ages gathered at the War Memorial to observe the two minutes silence and pay their tribute in the laying of wreaths and planting wooden crosses.
All through the long six years of the war, in every theatre of conflict, the Church was present, ministering to the needs of the servicemen and women and proclaiming the Good News of Christ’s Saving Grace. The Church of Scotland mobile canteens were always welcome, providing tea and buns. There was also the provision of ‘ Quiet Rooms ‘ and opportunities to share in
Christian Worship conducted by any of the 414 strong team of Chaplains. Hospital visits by the Chaplains were always much appreciated.
In the aftermath of the war the nation’s efforts were directed to reconstruction. Much of the country’s infrastructure had been destroyed by enemy action. and gradually life returned to some form of normality. Besides the need to repair damaged buildings there was the pressing need to mend damaged ex-service men and women.
Just as the Church had been present providing support to our troops during the war now, in time of peace as one of the largest providers of social services, it is helping the elderly, families, children, addicts those suffering from mental health issues and the homeless. Where there is a need, there is the Church.