From August 9th 2021, new guidelines for places of worship have been published by the Scottish Government. This means we are now able to even more inside the church.
There is no longer a maximum capacity for attendance, other than those who can physically fit in the building. In practical terms for St James’, this is about 60 people. Whilst social distancing is no longer mandatory, we should maintain appropriate distancing inside the building where possible. Physical contact with people from outside your household should be avoided.
Unless you are exempt, you must wear a face covering at all times inside the church except to consume the consecrated wafer as part of the Communion.
As much as possible, people are asked to follow the one-way system in the church.
The Vestry has decided that the church may now be used for private prayer or visits on request. We cannot simply leave the church unlocked, so to gain access, please contact the Rector.
The Pandemic is not over, however, and some precautions must remain in place. If any point, the Rector and Vestry feel that it is not safe to remain open, the building will close for services and private prayer again. However, the Church will continue to be alive and active, even if the building is closed.
Our worship of God and our care for each other will continue. The work of prayer will continue inside the church as the Rector will continue to pray inside on his own.
For details on how to join out conference call worship, please see our Online Church page
The precautions are about protecting each other, and it is to fulfil that most fundamental of Gospel commands:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind
and with all your strength…
Love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.”
To limit the spread of the virus and to protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do everything in your power to keep others safe.
The current situation where the church is open means that we can now re-open the Foodbank donation point. The health crisis has hit vulnerable people hard, and foodbanks are more necessary than ever. Please be as generous as you can.
If you wish to make a financial donations directly to the Foodbank instead of bringing goods to church, you can do so by cheque made payable to “The Gate Charity” posted to their address:
Make it clear that your donation is for the Foodbank, as The Gate run a number of different projects.
You can also donate by Internet/phone Banking or by setting up a standing order.
Contact Marie Brownhill, the Centre Manager for details on how to do this.
Phone 01259 218766 or email email@example.com
Stay safe, and uphold one another in prayer
Fr Chris Lowdon