Since the start of lockdown we have been unable to meet in person in our church building in Tarbert.
In the meantime, we continue to worship together on Sunday mornings using Zoom Video conferencing technology. This has proved to be a blessing to us as it allows us to meet and worship in our own homes. If anyone would like to join these meetings, please let us know, all that is needed is an email address, and we’ll add to you the distribution list. Recordings of services can be found on the website or on YouTube please search for Tarbert Church of Scotland. Zoom phone It is now possible for those who do not have the internet to connect to the meetings from their phones. The instructions for joining a meeting by phone can be sent out to anyone who requests it so please just let us know Click here to drop us a note.
We will keep you posted as to what is happening as far as re-opening the church , and any developments as far as on-line worship is concerned.
Online Donations The Congregational Website has an online donations page which can be accessed by clicking on the donations tab on the home page and clicking on the DONATE button to make a donation via PAYPAL – also accepting most cards.
It is also possible to make online payments to the work of the congregation directly through the Church of Scotland Website. By clicking on this link https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/donate and by clicking on the donate button. All donations made to an individual congregation will be returned to that congregation, thus enabling members and adherents to continue to make their regular offering or to make a special donation to enable the Church’s work to continue at this difficult time.
Standing Orders Both the General Treasurer’s department at ‘121’ and we as a Kirk Session encourage those who can to take out a standing order to make regular payments to the congregation. This is the simplest way to make regular contributions to the congregation. The Congregation’s Bank details are as follows
Tarbert church of Scotland Sort Code 80-09-83 Account No. 00187201. Forms of Mandate can be obtained from the Congregation’s Treasurer Angus Macsween or by clicking here
Freewill Offering Envelopes As a Kirk Session we are aware that for many the preferred way of donating will continue to be by the Weekly Freewill Offering Envelopes. As Church Services have not been taking place, it has not been possible for WFO envelopes to be taken to the Church as before. As a solution to this, we are very thankful that Mrs Christine Macaskill at Tarbert Post Office has agreed to take in and hold onto any offering envelopes you may have until the Lockdown restrictions are lifted. Alternatively, you may if you wish to retain the envelopes yourselves until that time.
GIFT AID As some of you will know offerings that were made to the congregation under the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme were not to exceed £30 to qualify for this scheme. In many cases where the donation is under £30, HMRC has now advised that if donations are made in a single envelope (i.e. a few weeks offerings together). These offerings will still be considered as separate small donations if marked as such on the envelope (i.e. with Dates). In that case, they will still be eligible for the Gift Aid Small Donation scheme.