An update about our buildings and public worship as at 26th July 2020.
The Scottish Government announced recently that churches can now re-open buildings and resume public worship. Many people are understandably very keen this should happen quickly, and some congregations in the Church of Scotland and other denominations have indeed been in a position to resume public worship. Others will do so in the weeks and months ahead.
The important aspect of this permissive change is that all buildings must remain closed until it is deemed safe and appropriate to re-open them. The Church of Scotland has issued very extensive and detailed guidance about how this should be done. The Church expects all congregations to follow this guidance in full and has instructed Kirk Sessions obtain permission from Presbytery before they re-open buildings or resume public worship. Please be assured that our Kirk Session will continue to exercise the greatest care possible in the process of getting ready to re-open safely.
At the moment any public worship looks and feels very ‘different’ – social distancing must be observed, numbers are severely restricted, face coverings should be worn, there is no singing or any use of items such as pew bibles or orders of service, pew cushions must be removed, and stringent hygiene and cleaning routines must be in place. These are just some of the measures that are now deemed essential, and measures such as these are likely to be in place for some time to come.
Please keep the Kirk Session and me in your prayers as we meet and work hard to follow the guidance and to identify the right timing for any change.
Meantime, worship will still be offered each week on our website and via an email distribution list.
If you want your name to be added to the list or if you have any questions, please contact me directly.
The Rev. Rae Clark
Clackmannan Parish Church of Scotland
(Scottish Charity Number: SC002324)
Tel: 01259 211255
Mob: 07824 505211