It is with joyful thanks to God we can announce we are once more able to

worship together again in our Church building.

 ‘When they said, ‘Let’s go to the house of God’, my heart leapt with joy.’ (Psalm 122:1)

However, there are significant restrictions placed upon us at this time as we will all need to follow the guidelines issued by the Government when attending church.  We would like to explain to you how church will look and feel as we begin to return so we can allay any fears and anxieties you may have about coming back to church.

To prepare our church for opening we have produced a Risk Assessment, inspected our church building to ensure all is in order, deep cleaned the whole church; all chairs, fabric, carpets, and floors have been steam cleaned, all hard surfaces pews, etc have been cleaned with recommended surface cleaner.  The entire church was then sanitised using Ultra Low Volume Hydrogen Peroxide fogging. For more details on our:

**Update: Meldrum church has continued to be cleaned and maintained as per our normal practice over the last few weeks as we remained open for funerals and for recording services, our risk assessments have been updated wherever necessary.

Our first-morning worship service back in the building will be on Sunday 28 March @ 11 am.  With the current social distancing rules, there will be limited seats available in church, we do not wish to be turning people away at the door so we will be implementing a booking system until such times restrictions are lifted, this will allow us to monitor the numbers attending.   To begin with, we will only conduct one service on a Sunday morning, however, this may change depending on the response and numbers wishing to attend. 

You will be able to register your wish to attend by the following methods:

Online:

Please follow this link  Online Booking Form (takes you to a Google form) fully complete the form and submit;

Email:

To download the form, click here:

Once downloaded and completed you can either

scan and send it to 

Or

Post:

To W Dalzell Session Clerk

Deanbank Albert Road Oldmeldrum AB51 0DB

You can also book by Telephone or Text to :

  • Billy on 07968 000610 (Details required as per the form)

 

All booking requests must be received no later than midday of the Friday before the service.

The form will be emailed at the start of the week, to those that we have an email address for,  to enable you to book onto the next Sunday service. Once you have booked onto the service you will receive an email or phone call (depending on your preferred method of contact) to confirm if a place is available. If the numbers have reached capacity, we will let you know and ensure you are able to attend a service on a future date.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with anyone experiencing these symptoms please do not come to church.

More information can be found here - https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Please arrive in good time as there may be queuing both inside and outside the building.

Please enter through the front door.

As you approach the building you will notice tape on the path to show social distance markings. Please use these markings to help you enter the building in a socially distanced manner. 

There are hand sanitiser stations located at the front entrance and at the rear exit door.  Please use the hand sanitiser before entering the sanctuary.

 

In accordance with Test and Protect, Scotland’s approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community, we are required to take the contact details of the lead member of every household who attends church. Test & Protect privacy notice can be viewed here.

 

The Scottish Government has advised as from 8 August 2020 the wearing of face coverings in churches is now mandatory, masks will be available at the door if required.

 

At this time, we will not be allowed to sing hymns (although we will be playing music)

 

You and your household will be allocated seats together

 

A member of the Welcome Team will take you to your seat

 

There will be no tea or coffee served. If you need water, please bring your own

 

All Bibles and paper materials have been removed; all Bible readings will be on the screen.  You are welcome to bring your own Bible

 

We encourage you to give your offering electronically at this time. If that is not possible the Collection Plates will be situated in the vestibule and at the rear door

 

In the event of a fire, please leave the building as quickly as possible. It will not be necessary to maintain the 2m distance in this instance

 

All of these measures will be reviewed every few weeks and we will lift restrictions in-line with Government guidelines.

It is all new to us all, so we ask you to be patient and understanding as no doubt we will experience a few hiccups in the first few weeks. 

 

William Dalzell

Session Clerk