The reopening of our churches – at this stage for individual prayer – is a welcome step towards congregational worship. We are a very welcoming community, but in these unprecedented circumstances, as a parish community we have to face some challenges and restrictions:
- Limited capacity. In line with the Scottish Government’s regulations and guidelines produced by Bishops’ Conference of Scotland a 2-metre distance must be kept between people from different households. It means that every other pew is excluded from use; the remaining ones have been divided into 15 ‘pews’ available for sitting. Those ‘pews’ vary in length; the shortest one is just over 1 metre long, the longest is 4 metres long; on average the ‘pews’ are over 2 metres long. The pew can be occupied at the same time by one person or up to 7 people from one household.
- No pre-booking is required at this stage, but please be aware that we cannot admit more people than our limited capacity allows.
- Safety and hygiene. Each individual arriving at the church must wear a face mask or face covering for the duration they stay inside the church to minimise a possible spread of the virus. Hand sanitiser is provided at the entrance and exit to the church. Other means of protection, like gloves, are optional.
Currently, there are three slots when the church is open for individual prayer:
- Tuesday 19:00 – 20:00
- Thursday 19:00 – 20:00
- Friday 11:00 – 12:00
There are plans to make more slots available as soon as new volunteers come through the simplified safeguarding checks.
Talking about volunteers, if you’d like to be one please go to this page for more details and a simple application form.