CHURCH RE-OPENING

We are delighted to tell you that we have reopened the church building for worship on a Sunday morning – our first service back in the church was on Sunday 6 September 2020, at 9.45am, and we will meet weekly thereafter.

It was wonderful to meet again in person to worship God and we enjoyed seeing members and visitors once more.

We expect each service to last for approximately 30 minutes; we very much regret that we cannot offer refreshments after the service. We have made many changes to the church building to ensure that worshippers can attend safely but we recognise that some members may prefer, for health reasons, to stay away from church for the moment. We will continue to provide a service on the website and we will also be exploring other ways of ensuring that everyone can be involved in worship, prayer and mission.

Our first priority will have to be the safety and health of all who attend. We have put in place a robust system of cleaning and disinfection. When you enter the church, you will see that seating spaces have been marked out to ensure physical distancing. You will be asked to sit two metres away from any person who is not a member of your own household; a one-way system will be in operation. We will ask for your contact details to assist with the Scottish Government’s Test and Protect system. You are required to wear a face covering (we have spares if you require them). The biggest change that you may notice is the absence of singing; this too is a Government requirement for the moment. Unfortunately, distancing requirements mean that you will not be able to speak to the Minister after the service for any length of time; if you require his assistance, you should telephone him on 0131 667 1623.

Even with all of these changes and restrictions, it is a joy to be back together, to worship and honour God.