Reopening of Church buildings
The Scottish Government have decided to allow church buildings to be reopened. This does not meant that church buildings will be reopened. As a recent update from ‘121’ puts it this does not mean that faith communities must open their buildings!
No Church of Scotland building in the Presbytery of Gordon will be allowed to open until the congregation has completed a Covid-19 Risk Assessment and a Building Checklist, and has sent these documents - along with an extract Minute of the Kirk Session, expressing the wish to reopen their buildings - to Presbytery for approval.
A few church buildings may gradually be reopened quite soon; some will not request reopening for a good few months; and others may well reopen in the not too distant future.
The situation in the Parish of New Machar is as follows.
A small group - Minister, Treasurer and Property Convener - met on Wednesday 15 July to discuss the steps that need to be taken so that we shall be ready to request reopening as soon as we feel it is right to do so.
We have decided to order:
appropriate PPE equipment and hand sanitisers.
To maintain the required social distancing (currently still 2 metres) we can accommodate only 24 people in the church building. [All balconies and galleries have to remain closed.] We are also considering what would be involved with the reopening of The Pathway Centre.
The Kirk Session will inform the congregation and general public when we decide to reopen our buildings.
Yours in Christ,