COVID-19 UP-DATE


To All Members:  10th July 2020

Coronavirus: Guidelines to Keep Safe on Church reopening Sunday 19th July.

 

As you will be aware The First Minister announced Yesterday that Places of Worship could reopen from the 15th July if complying with all Coronavirus Polices.

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding our first  Sunday Morning service on the  19th July at 10:30am in line with these Social Distancing guidelines. The Service will include Prayer, Communion and the word, but for the present time cannot include congregational singing.

 

We are all aware of how Coronavirus is spread so with this in mind the Pastors and Elders are issuing the following guidelines for future meetings during the pandemic, as recommended  by the Scottish Government and other church bodies to ensure we all remain safe.

 

FACTS:

Face coverings

Avoid crowded places

Clean hands regularly

Two metre distance

Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms

 

  • Follow good personal hygiene at all times. Please use the hand sanitisers provided on entering and leaving the building and ensure you wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water when required.

 

  • There is now a one way system in place within the church building. Please ensure you follow the arrows at all times to minimize people passing each other and remember to stay 2 meters apart  and masks need to be worn at all times.

 

  • Everyone attending will need to register their visit and leave a contact number in case they need to be traced.

 

  • We know you will be delighted to see everyone but please remember NO physical contact which includes hugs or handshakes at this time.

 

  • Carry paper handkerchiefs for blowing your nose or catching a sneeze or cough, and bin it straight away. Refrain from putting your hands near your mouth or nose and either wash or sanitize your hands immediately afterwards. Parents please encourage your children to do the same.

 

  • We also ask that children remain with their parents at all times during service.

 

  • During communion a piece of bread and a cup will be provided.  This will have been prepared by someone wearing gloves and mask and it is your own personal choice if you want to join in or you are welcome to bring your own.  Any left-over pieces of bread or wine will be immediately discarded, and the cups washed thoroughly with bactericidal wash up liquid as always.

 

  • No Hot food or drinks will be served at present but you are welcome to bring your own. However bottled water will be available.

 

  • Should you feel unwell with any of the following symptoms which are associated with the Coronavirus  please remain at home and ask someone else to cover your church duties if necessary.

  • A new persistent cough

  • High temperature

  • Shortness of breath

  • Loss of taste or smell

 If you have any of the above  symptoms  please do not attend services and follow the NHS recommendation to self-isolate, report these symptoms and request a test. 

 

  • It is recommended by the government and NHS that those with underlining health issues like a compromised or reduced immune system and severe respiratory illness should  not to attend large gatherings and for those of our congregation who cannot make the Sunday service, the Pastors and Elders will continue to stay in touch via Phone, Facetime and Facebook for prayers and sharing the word or daily reading with you. Sunday services will continue to go out live, for we are one body and we are here to serve.

 

Thank you for your support in this and please continue to pray for all those affected by the virus.

 

Finally church remember Jesus said : And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

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