Reopening of our Church and Halls

On the 17th July updated advice came from Marjory McPherson, Presbytery Clerk of Edinburgh,  giving the up to date information on the reopening of churches.Here is a checklist and risk assessment that have to be completed before we can apply to open our church.  The Kirk Session also needs to approve any proposals.  
 
Some of the hall users - the after school club, breakfast club and playgroup - are keen to return in August but we are not in a position to approve that although we are working towards it if we get the go-ahead from Presbytery.  It may not be possible to have multiple users of the halls in a single day.
 
An email will go out to the hall users from the property team informing them that we are waiting for guidance on how to open our buildings safely to groups.  The property team are working through the checklists and risk assessments so that there will be no impediment to opening up the halls once permission to do is is given by Presbytery.
 
Unfortunately, despite headlines saying that churches can open, it is not the case that we can open our doors and normal worship can resume.  We will keep you informed but the information changes frequently and it is difficult to keep up to date with what is happening. 

The updated Guidance can be found at this link and includes Version 3 of the Guidance on reopening church buildings, Physical Distancing Guidance, and Trace and Protect policy and procedures. Anyone attending church for private prayer or worship must be asked for their contact details.  https://churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/covid-19-coronavirus-advice/advice-for-churches-covid-19-coronavirus.