On Thursday, 18th June, the Scottish Government announced that, as part of Step 2 of easing out of lockdown, churches will be allowed to open their doors from 22nd June for private prayer and funerals, observing social distancing and relevant hygiene measures. From the 29th June weddings with minimal attendees will also be permitted, outdoors.
Our Kirk Session discussed the actions we need to take so that we will be able to open our church doors for private prayer. This helps us to continue with our ministry and mission in new circumstances. The Church of Scotland has issued a set of guidelines alongside those from Government. The Kirk Session has completed the associated risk assessment which needs to be submitted to the Presbytery for approval. Kirk Session is keen to open our church doors offering space and encouragement to all who wish to pray. We also want to open up the church garden as a Prayer Garden for all who wish to take time to pray or reflect there. We are committed to fulfil all the necessary health and hygiene requirements offering a safe environment to all.
Subject to Presbytery’s approval we will open our church doors for private prayer on Wednesday, 1st July. For the time being we plan to have the church open for private prayer weekly on:
- Wednesdays 10:00 – 12:00;
- Fridays 14:00 – 16:00;
- Saturdays 10:00 – 12:00.
In order to be able to do this we need the help of volunteers who will steward the church while it is open. Please consider your availability and let us know which of the above times you could help. Please contact us at email@example.com.
[from George Vidits, minister and John Baggaley, Session Clerk]