Moderator Urges Scottish Government to Allow Congregations to Sing

April 30, 2021

The Free Church of Scotland Moderator Rev. Donnie G. Macdonald has written to the First Minister on behalf of the denomination's Covid Group urging the government to amend their guidance which would allow congregations to sing with their masks on.

Mr Macdonald emphasised the importance of sung congregational worship and how it differs from communal singing by saying, "it is an expression of our love for, and faith in God. This is very much at the heart of our worship. It is our belief that we are instructed to meet together, pray together, study the Bible together, but also to sing God’s praise together."

Current Scottish Government guidance indicates that communal singing in a worship service would be ruled out even when the country enters Level 0.

Mr Macdonald went on to question the necessity of the restrictions given the "unconvincing" science.

"However, we do wonder about the necessity of restricting the practice of praise. It seems to us that the science behind this particular restriction is unconvincing and unnecessarily places restrictions on our acts of communal worship. We therefore ask that your Government consider lifting this particular restriction from worship services, or at least to amend the guidelines to permit sung praise with the use of face masks."

A copy of the letter can be accessed here.