There's been a new plea to the Scottish Government from the Presbytery of the Outer Hebrides of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) about the continuing restrictions on church services.

At their meeting by teleconference on 4th August, the Presbytery of the Outer Hebrides heard reports from the congregations within the Presbytery regarding the resumption of public worship following the easing of restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

All six congregations have now resumed services, and while the Presbytery are most thankful to the Lord for this, they continue to be concerned at the government guidance which has a seemingly arbitrary limit of 50 people gathering in any place of worship at one time, whatever the size of the building.

The Presbytery are very concerned at the content of the Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) resource which is being introduced into schools in Scotland.

"It is quite likely that many parents are unaware of this distasteful and wholly inappropriate material, which undermines Biblical teaching on the family, marriage, chastity, sexual identity and the sanctity of life, and that it is available to teachers and is possibly being used in the instruction of their children," says the recent press statement from David Blunt, the Clerk to Presbytery.

The Presbytery have written to the Director of Education, Skills and Children’s Services at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and to the members of the Comhairle’s Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee, urging the Committee to recommend to the schools for which they have responsibility that they do not use the RSHP resource, and pointing the Committee to far more suitable material.