Covid-19 News

RETURNING TO WORSHIP IN THE SANCTUARY AT ST. NINIAN’s  

Update 1st October 2020

St. Ninian’s will reopen for worship on Sunday the 4th October at 10:30am. 

In order to ensure your safety, there will be a number of procedures in place.  

The number of worshippers on a Sunday morning is limited to 50 by the Scottish Government, so there is a telephone booking system in place to ensure there is a place for you when come to church on a Sunday morning.  If you would like to come, please phone 07399 950 204 on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9:00am and 12:00.  You will be asked for your name, the number of people in your party who share the same household as you do, and for your contact details.  If there is no answer, leave a message giving those details, and someone will call to confirm that a place has been reserved.  

At church there will be a team of stewards to help you worship safely, please follow the advice they, the beadle and I offer you.  I have been in a number of domestic, retail and leisure settings over the past couple of months, and in my opinion the safeguards that the Church of Scotland in general, and St. Ninian’s in particular, have put in place for your safety are second to none.

However, in order to ensure your safety and the safety of your fellow worshippers, please follow the advice, from the stewards on the day, and the Scottish Government’s FACTS: Face covering; Avoid crowded spaces; Clean your hands regularly; keep two metredistance; Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.

  • There will be a maximum of fifty people permitted in the building during worship. Worshippers will have to book a place at a service online or by telephone.
  • Face coverings must be worn (unless you have an exemption), hands must be sanitised on entering and leaving the building, two metres social distancing must be maintained.
  • All those in attendance will be required to leave their names and contact details.
  • The service will be approximately thirty minutes long, there will be music, but no singing.
  • There will be no Sunday School. Initially, children and young people should remain with their family group throughout the service, but further provision for children is expected to be made available at a future date.
  • Toilet facilities will be available at the front door and in the east corridor.
  • Entry will be through the front door.  A one-way system will lead worshippers into the sanctuary for worship, and then out through the east door.  Disabled access will be through the west door.
  • Following the service there will be no tea and coffee fellowship.  Please disperse quickly maintaining appropriate social distancing while leaving the church grounds.  All other parts of the building will be out of bounds.

If you are shielding, in a ‘vulnerable’ group, or have health concerns, please consider your circumstances and whether or not you should attend.  To assist you in making your decision you may wish to refer to the Assessment Tool provided by the Church of Scotland here: 

https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/68719/Appendix-4-060820.pdf

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Church re-opening survey results

The results of the recent survey asking memeber's views on reopeing the sanctuary have bee collated and are summarised in the attached document.

Reopening survey results

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