Reacting to the progress of the Coronavirus unlockdown in relation to Public Worship, the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has protested.
At their meeting by teleconference on 23rd June the Presbytery of the Outer Hebrides recorded their concern at the apparent inconsistency in the reopening policy as the lockdown restrictions due to the Covid- 19 outbreak are eased.
On 19th June the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that from Wednesday 15th July shopping centres, public houses, restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries, cinemas and hairdressers will be able to reopen, yet no mention was made of churches being able to reopen for public worship.
"We appreciate that it is the Scottish government’s role to deal with a public health crisis of this kind, and recognise that the aim of the government in its phased reopening is to ensure that the Coronavirus continues to be contained.
"It grieves us, however, that churches are still not yet able to look forward to resuming their services of worship, when the facilities and amenities listed, which we would submit are less important, are to be allowed to reopen shortly.
"We pray that in the coming weeks there will be a reopening of churches for worship, with social distancing and other safeguards in place as necessary."