Our Chaplain General, Fr John Penman has prepared “An Order for Spiritual Communion When Unable to Attended a Celebration of the Eucharist”. This may be a helpful resource for many as we face this current unprecedented time that has resulted in churches closing its doors to public worship until further notice.
Please download a copy and share with your fellow servers.
18 March 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This current unprecedented time comes as a stressful and
worrying period for many. In such a
short space of time our society has been faced with the implementation of
directives that all must observe for the health and wellbeing of the
population. All of us will now be
experiencing these as we ﬁnd our plans cancelled and our daily routine limited
to the conﬁnes of our home. The Church,
too, has not escaped the eﬀects of this pandemic; closing its doors to public
worship until further notice for the ﬁrst time in living memory.
This is, for all of us, a unique Lenten season. We have found ourselves faced with the
‘giving up’ of things that are close to our heart. We have also found ourselves reﬂecting on
what is important and what we now realise to be trivial.
As members of the Scottish Guild of Servers we will all feel
the limitation to our calling to serve at the altar during public worship. This is how it must be for the time
being. I would, however, encourage you
all to continue to foster your calling to be servants of one another. This idea of service is at the very heart of
what it is to be an Altar Server and it is also a calling to every Christian by
In these days, do not forget the faithfulness of God, who
humbled himself in Jesus Christ to be the Servant of all. Please use this time of enforced separation
to keep in touch by telephone and email; to oﬀer practical help, and to
encourage one another in our common hope in Christ.
Although things seem very Lenten indeed, let us never lose
sight of the truth that we are an Easter people; a people of love, joy and
hope; a people of new life and new beginnings.
Please be assured on my prayers for all members of the
Scottish Guild of Servers.
Yours in the faith,
Revd Canon Gordon Fyfe
Warden of the Scottish Guild of Servers
SCOTTISH GUILD of SERVERS Servers’ Training Session
St James the Less,
Saturday 9 November, 2019
9:30- 2:30 (Lunch Provided)
A: Serving Roles – MC, thurifer, acolyte, crucifer; serving moves and postures including processing, standing, bowing, kneeling, genuflecting, sitting as well as handing cruets and the lavabo.
B: Using a Thurible – the use of charcoal and incense, the rhythm of swinging the censor and censing the congregation.
C: Setting up for Mass – laying out chasuble, stole, maniple, girdle, alb and amice and preparing the chalice.
D: Being a Crucifer – handling the cross, carrying the cross in church, at the Gospel and in processions.
This year we are introducing a special training option for young servers (up to the age of 14 years) who will be led by 2 very experienced servers with expert knowledge in working with young people. The whole session for this group will be undertaken separately from the adults and will comprise experience of crucifering, acolyting and an introduction to thurifering.
Click on the link for an application form to complete for a place.
Our Action Plan from the last year is available here. There will be an update on the progress of this plan shared at the AGM on the 7th September 19.
SGS Action Plan ’18 – 19
When the council meets in October we will be compiling a new plan for 19/20 focusing on the Action Points from the AGM 19.
AGM 2018 minutes are now available to read ahead of our Annual Festival and AGM on Saturday 7th Sept 2019.
AGM- Notice 19
St Johns, Princes Street- Saturday the 7th of September.
Our 2019 Annual Festival and AGM is fast approaching! Click on the link to see the full details of what will be a celebration of our 90th year. This has been a busy year for the SGS Council and we will be sharing our new logo, aims and news about our new website.
We look forward to seeing you there!