We are grateful that services are able to resume within the church building. However, it will be different than before as we follow regulations and do our best to keep people safe. If you don't yet feel ready to come back, please don't worry about that or feel any pressure to come. We'll be keeping our online work, including videos and coffee on Zoom going too. But here is some information about what to expect if you do come to the building (both written below and in this video by Scott).
- There is no need to book in advance since we think that everyone who wants to come – at least initially - will be able to fit in the building with the appropriate social distancing.
- Don't come to the building if you or anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature / fever, cough or loss of sense of smell).
- Although the service will start at the normal time of 10.30am, we ask that you arrive in good time. Doors will open at 10am. You might need to queue outside briefly as due to social distancing, only one household enter the foyer at a time.
- As part of the Test and Protect system, your attendance and contact details will be retained for a maximum period of 28 days, after which time, in accordance with data protection, it will be destroyed.
- Please use the hand sanitisers in the entrance hall before entering the sanctuary and also when you leave the building.
- Remember that everyone, except the person leading the service, must wear a mask while in the building. If you forget to bring a mask, we will have a supply of disposable masks available.
- Stewards will show you to your seats, filling up from the front of the church (to avoid passing other people). Household members can sit together. Unfortunately we're not able to get up and walk over to talk to people.
- We have to keep the windows open for ventilation, so make sure you're wearing warm enough clothing.
- Because of Scottish Government regulations, we will have limited seating capacity in the sanctuary and so it may transpire that we can’t have everyone who wants to attend church services in church at the same time. If we find ourselves in a position where we are likely to have too many wishing to attend, we will look at ways of having part of the congregation in attendance one week, and the rest the following week.
- Initially, whilst children are welcome to come and sit with their family, we won't have a Zone, creche or specific activities for them. As and when restrictions are lifted, we will be able to review this and, rest assured, we are doing everything we can to make sure young people and families aren't forgotten!
- There will be an offering plate at the door on the way out. This is to avoid plates being passed around and touched by multiple people.
- The service will be briefer than normal, and will consist of the following:
1. Welcome from Scott
2. Scott will preach (a slightly expanded version of the pre-recorded YouTube message)
3. We will watch (but we are not allowed to sing) the songs Elaine has chosen.
(Please note that we have deliberately chosen this format so that, whether you are worshipping in church or at home, everyone will have a similar experience, with no sense of a ‘second rate’ feeling of church for those who are not actually able to be in the building.)
- There will be no refreshments at the end of the service.
- To avoid access to other areas of the church building (and therefore other areas being touched and requiring disinfecting and cleaning) the only toilet available will be the disabled toilet in the entrance hall. If possible, go to the toilet before you come!
- When the service ends, to ensure social distancing we would ask you to leave your seats only when invited by the stewards, starting from the back row and working forwards. Again, this is to avoid passing others.
It may be that reading a long list of information like this makes the prospect of going back to the church building seem daunting. Hopefully once you're actually there it'll not feel so bad! It's not ideal, but we're doing the best we can in the circumstances! And remember, church is more than what happens on a Sunday morning. Do contact us if you want more information or have any questions.