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

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.

Latest information  - updated 17  November 2021:

CHRISTMAS IN CHURCH – Keeping safe:

Covid-19 is still with us and as our Church will be much busier over the Christmas period, we all still need to be very much aware of this.

Over the Christmas period, the church will be a lot busier with the many different events and services being held. As people will arrive from different communities when visiting relatives, and with a higher proportion of visitors than normal we have been asked to ensure that there is some form of distancing between people of different households (for the avoidance of doubt a household will also mean two households who are staying together for the Christmas period would form one household and be able to sit together at worship). We ask that you co-operate with our welcoming teams who will help guide you safely to your seat.

 

Mandatory restrictions:

Face coverings: It is still a legal requirement that people wear a face covering when attending a church for worship. Unless people are medically exempt or under the age of 12, everyone needs to wear a face-covering when entering and leaving our churches, when they are seated in our pews and when they stand to sing. 

 

NHS Test & Protect: Participation in the NHS Test & Protect strategy is important, both for our Church and for those attending Church but it is not compulsory for individuals to give their details, however it is legally required of all congregations to participate whenever they engage in hospitality.

 

Offering collections: It is still not permissible to pass an offering plate around the congregation during worship.  Offerings will be collected as people enter the church building, We encourage you to give your offering electronically if possible, please visit our DONATE page on our website at https://www.meldrumandbourtiechurch.com/donate-online

 

Non-mandatory actions:

Physical Distancing: The legal requirement of distance within churches has been removed by the Scottish Government; however, it is important to remember that mixing in the community without maintaining physical distancing measures helps the virus to spread widely. It is therefore important that people remain vigilant and follow the guidance from the Scottish Government to keep a physical distance from those in other households.

 

NHS Test & Protect:  In taking part we are joining the national effort to suppress COVID-19 and we will be acting in the best interests of our congregations. However, if people don't want to register their attendance, we cannot force them or deny entry.  For those who wish to participate in this strategy whilst attending church, we will have on prominent display the ‘CHECK in SCOTLAND’ QR codes.  We will also have registration cards on each pew for you to complete with name and contact details, if completed please drop into the box provided as you leave the church.

 

Please also note the following:

  • 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

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

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

  • Bible readings will be on the screen.  You are welcome to bring your own Bible

  • In the event of a fire, please follow the instructions of the Church officer.

William Dalzell Session Clerk.