Newsletter Sept 2020 – guidelines for in person worship

Introduction

Our Kirk Session has agreed to begin to offer   in-person worship each week, initially in the hall. These services will last about 30 minutes but there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend at any one time. To keep everyone safe singing cannot take place at any services. We know this will be disappointing, but we will seek to keep music at the heart of our worship.

Anyone is welcome to attend but everyone is asked to consider carefully what is appropriate for themselves. Those who are in a high-risk category are especially reminded to think about the risks to their health before they attend. Anyone with  any symptoms of Covid -19 should not attend worship.

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Additional Information

If you would like to discuss any aspect of these arrangements, please contact the Minister on 01475 721048 or either of the Session Clerks on 01475 790369 (Elizabeth) or 01475 723691 (Hazel)

We look forward to welcoming you back to the church buildings as soon as you feel able, but encourage you to continue accessing the other worship formats until then.

Thank you for keeping together through these unusual times, caring for each other, supporting neighbours and for being the church, the community of faith and following Jesus in working for God’s kingdom.

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Tea and Coffee

We are not able to meet for tea and coffee after our services at the moment. We know how important this time is and encourage you to phone the people with whom you would normally have coffee.

Bus

We are unable to run the church bus at this time.

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Preparation

The Kirk Session, along with our Church Officers, has been working hard to ensure that those who come into our buildings can feel safe.

This will be a different experience for everyone taking part so we would ask for your patience and support as we take our first steps towards the re-introduction of events within our buildings.

Our church has always been clean but we have increased our cleaning regime. The buildings will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each service.

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Booking

Whilst anyone can attend, due to the limited seating capacity (maximum 24 in the hall or 50 when we are able to use the church), we ask that you phone in advance to reserve a space. We don’t particularly like the idea of having to ‘book’ your attendance, but we don’t want people arriving when there are no seats left.

To ensure there is a space reserved for you at the particular in-person service, please call either

Karen Harbison on 01475 721048 or

Elizabeth Irvine on 01475 790369

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Other Forms of Worship

We will continue with online worship through our website and Facebook pages and to post out worship resources to those who would prefer that.  If you would like to be included in that, please phone the  minister on 01475 721048. 

We are also introducing a new telephone service where you can phone and listen to the online worship.  This will be available from  13th September and the phone number is 01475 270225

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Offerings

Offerings will be collected as you enter the building. If you have been saving up your WFO envelopes, it would be helpful if you could write a cheque and place it in the offering plate. Please put your WFO number on the back of the cheque or on the outside of the envelope so that your offering can be correctly allocated to yourself.  Cash can also be put in the plate.

If you require further information about ways to make your offering, please phone our Treasurer, Alastair Munro on 01475 801057. We appreciate the financial support you are giving at this difficult time.

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In Person Worship Services

Initially the services will be held in the main hall. We will be monitoring how everything is going in the hall before beginning to use the sanctuary. 

The services will take place on Sundays at 2:30pm and Wednesdays at 11am.  The first service will be on Sunday 13th September 2020.

The services are likely to be quiet and reflective in style and children would be expected to sit with their family for the whole service. We are hoping to develop our Sunday School and Messy Church programme soon.

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On arrival at the Church

Welcome Teams will be at the church to guide you through the arrival and departure process.

In order to open for worship we must take part in NHS Scotland’s ‘Test & Protect’ system. As you enter you will be asked for your name and phone number so that we can confirm your details on the booking sheet. This information will be stored for 21 days, along with the time you enter and leave the church. Should someone in the congregation test positive for Covid-19, the details of who was in the church with that person will be passed to the NHS who will then make contact and provide advice.

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We are asking people to observe social distancing inside and outside our buildings. Please dress for the weather in case there is a delay in getting you inside. Please also be aware that windows and doors require to be open for ventilation and we are unable to boost the heating using blow heaters.  

We have hand sanitiser stations as you enter and exit the building. Please use these to keep yourself and others safe.

You will be asked to wear a face covering at the church. Please bring your own face covering but we will have some spare masks if you forget yours.

As you enter, someone from the Welcome Team will direct you into the hall.   Due to the restricted numbers, you will be asked to sit in a particular seat. People from the same household can still sit together.

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