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Opening the Church for Worship – Letter to Congregation – 17th August


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Dear friends,

As you know, churches are now being allowed to open, which is fantastic, and we are aiming to do so from 23rd September. However, for Uddingston Old Parish Church to open we must ensure that we complete the Church of Scotland risk assessment and seek presbytery approval. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of all who will cross our threshold during this unusual season. To enable any form of small corporate worship gatherings or private prayer we will need to comply with the following legislation:- 

1: The need to maintain the 2 metre rule inside and outside the church building and in our church grounds, with the need for queuing to enter. On entry and exit, a one-way system would be employed.

2. We have limited space, therefore we will have to insist that you pre-book a seat if you wish to join us for worship – please do not just turn up. There is a limit of 40 people in the sanctuary (private prayer) and 20 (worship) in the large hall. We do not want to turn people away, so please book ahead unless it’s for private prayer. At the moment we are looking at 2 pm on Tuesday afternoon for worship, which will consist of watching the Sunday vlog. Wednesday morning 10 – 12 noon for private prayer. 

3. A hand sanitising station for use on entry will be in place, and face coverings / face masks are now mandatory, and must be worn unless you are exempt.

4. We will operate a trace and track, and everyone who enters our building will have to leave their contact details, which we are legally bound to hold for 28 days. 

5. Seats would be allocated by willing helpers. After worship, social distancing would still need to be observed, therefore chatting on the way out, or in church grounds, would not be possible. 

6. Our priority for worship at church would be for those who have no access to technology; therefore if you can access our vlogs we would ask that you continue to do so until things change. 

7. Children would have to remain seated with parents. They could not go into our Godly Play Room or attend Sunday school / pram and praise. They are included in our limited numbers. 

8. The balcony would be closed. 

9. Access to and from to the sanctuary for private prayer would be would be from the main doors only - access to halls and corridors from the sanctuary would remain closed. All pew cushions will be removed. Access to the large hall for worship will be from the side ramp.  

10. After everyone has left the building the cleaning process by volunteers will be begin again.

11. There will be no singing. 

12: There will be no hospitality after worship. 

13: Toilet facilities: will be the toilet as you enter the sanctuary, and the disabled toilet if you are in the large hall. 

As you can gather it is not a simple matter for us to open our church doors and welcome everyone back all at the same time. Be assured, we are working as quickly as possible behind the scenes to enable us to open our doors as safely as possible. We care deeply about the people who cross the threshold of our church and our halls. We have a duty of care and we do not want to put anyone at risk unnecessarily. Please take the time to read over these stringent rules that we must follow and complete the slip below and send them to me ASAP . I recognise this is not an ideal situation for us: in the meantime can I ask that you continue to keep this worshipping community in your prayers? 

Blessings to you all, 

Rev Fiona. 

Please complete the form below and send it to Rev Fiona McKibbin:





Do you wish to pre-book a seat for worship?     YES NO
Would you be willing to be part of our worship welcome team? YES NO
Would you be willing to be part of our welcome prayer team? YES NO


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