COVID-19

Re-opening church building for worship

Update 13 May 21

Re-opening of balcony

 

 It is now permissible for congregations to re-open their balconies. Having received permission from the Presbytery of Gordon we are allowed to reopen the balcony in our church building. This will come into effect from Sunday 23 May, Pentecost Sunday.

 This will be the procedure: 

  • · ingress would be by the front door and then the stairs,
  • · egress would be the reverse of this.
  • · everyone entering the building would continue to be required to wear a face covering and use the hand sanitiser. This would assist in keeping the handrail of the stairs free from Covid-19, and the handrail will be wiped periodically with a disinfectant wipe.
  • · it is proposed to seek an appropriate place to put another hand sanitiser at the top of the stairs, probably just inside the balcony.
  • · we have marked off nine seats that can be used in the balcony, thus  maintaining social distancing.
  • · at the end of a service there will be no mixing of people from the balcony with those from downstairs, because those downstairs would continue to leave by the back exit.
  • · it is proposed that the balcony will be used only when the downstairs space has its full capacity of 24 people. Thus there will be no need to increase the number of people on the duty team because the person marking off the Test and Protect Register will move up the stairs, and direct people to the appropriate seats.
  • Booking your seat in advance
  •  Christine MacLeod will be taking the bookings for each of the Sunday services.

    The booking times shall be:

    Tuesday 10 am. - noon; Wednesday 10 am. - noon; Friday 10 am. - noon.

    Please be aware that the sooner you book the more chance you have of getting one of the 33 seats available. The first three seats on the list each week will be for the duty team members. If a service is oversubscribed Christine will create a reserve list of people in case of cancellations. It may also be possible to put these names on the list for the following week’s service. 

    To book, contact Christine by e-mail, admin-newmacharchurch@btconnect.com., or by phoning the church mobile 07434 686851. In doing so you will be asked for your name and a contact telephone number. The Test and Protect register for each service will be kept locked away for 28 days and then be shredded.

     

    Update

 Assuming we receive permission from the Presbytery of Gordon we shall be returning to worship in the church building on 28 March, Palm Sunday.

 Please note that this is the same weekend that the clocks go forward one hour for the start of British Summer Time.

 Proceedings will be the same as when we were allowed to meet for worship from October 2020. Thus we shall ensure that we have done all we can to offer a safe environment for those who attend. The ultimate responsibility for a person’s health lies with that person. No-one should attend services if they have Covid-19 symptoms (tested or otherwise), or any other illness, or have been told to isolate or continue shielding.

Booking your seat in advance

 Christine MacLeod will be taking the bookings for each of the Sunday services.

The booking times shall be:

Tuesday 10 am. - noon; Wednesday 10 am. - noon; Friday 10 am. - noon.

Please be aware that the sooner you book the more chance you have of getting one of the 24 seats available. The first three seats on the list each week will be for the duty team members. If a service is oversubscribed Christine will create a reserve list of people in case of cancellations. It may also be possible to put these names on the list for the following week’s service. 

To book, contact Christine by e-mail, admin-newmacharchurch@btconnect.com., or by phoning the church mobile 07434 686851. In doing so you will be asked for your name and a contact telephone number. The Test and Protect register for each service will be kept locked away for 28 days and then be shredded.

 How will things run on a Sunday:

  • Entry shall be by the front door, access to which shall be up the ramp;
  • people will be asked to queue at a social distance;
  • people will enter one at a time;
  • face coverings will be required;
  • people will be asked to sanitise their hands and confirm their details for the Test and Protect Register;
  • the offering container will be in the vestibule, this will be the only chance to contribute, there will be no uplift of the offering during the service;
  • people will be shown to their places in the pews, filling up from the front;
  • there will be no singing;
  • exit will be via the back door, starting with those seated at the front;
  • people will be asked to sanitise their hands on the way out;
  • people will be encouraged to go straight home and not linger and chat.

The pews have been marked by small red crosses showing where a person shall be asked to sit. It may be possible to allow people from the same household [not family members from different households] to sit together. This may, however, reduce the seats available for others because we have to maintain two-metre social distancing in all directions (including diagonally).

The ramp leading to the front door has been marked off at two-metre distances by yellow and black tape (‘tiger tape’). Please queue on the ramp until invited to enter the building by one of the duty team. [Please do not use the steps.]

 We realise that all these measures will be unfamiliar and feel strange at the start but we urge you to follow the guidance for your own safety and to prevent the church building being closed down. Our permission to open, as with all other churches, is on the grounds that these guidelines are followed.

 We look forward to seeing you at the services. Do come and join us, if it is safe for you to do, as we gather to worship God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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