Attending Worship at St Columba’s during COVID
From the 13th September 2020, we will hold a service at 11.00am-12.00 noon. The service will be live-streamed & attended by a maximum 50 people.
Service led by the minister in the main sanctuary.
Prior to Sunday worship: Notifying your intention to attend
Giving your details in advance will ensure you have a place for Sunday service that week, and speed up entry to the building, while completing Track & Tracing procedures. Pre-booking attendance at worship certainly feels odd, but we want to avoid people arriving and finding there are no seats left.
Arrival & Entry to the Building
Please observe physical distancing inside and outside our building. There may be a small delay getting people inside. Allow plenty of time to arrive before service. Doors will be open from 10.30am. If required, the socially- distanced queue will be from the front door round the Lennox Gardens side of the building.
Sunday Service: Safety & Hygiene
Anyone is welcome to attend St Columba’s, but please do not, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, please follow the steps on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Government advice is that you must wear a face mask while you are in the building unless you have a health or disability reason not to. Please come with and wear your own face masks while in the building. (A small supply of masks will be available if you do not have/ forget your own.) To observe good hygiene, hand sanitiser stations are on site. We ask that you use these to keep yourself and others safe. Ladies, Gents and Disabled toilets will be open, with a one in, one out system of use. The lift will be in operation, for those who require it.
Inside the Sanctuary
As you enter the entrance vestibule a member of the stewarding team will check your name off the attendance list and indicate to follow arrows marking the staircase designated for going up to the sanctuary. There will be a one way system in use for going up and coming down, between entrance vestibule and sanctuary. Inside the sanctuary you will see that two out of every three pews are roped off. The remaining “open” pew will have markings to indicate where worshippers should sit. There will generally be three marked spaces in each pew. Members of the same household can sit together. Please be understanding if you are shown to a seat that is not in your usual place.
To adhere to government regulations the sanctuary has been cleared. The pew cushions, bibles, hymn books, Gift Aid envelopes and the Children’s Quiet Corner have been removed to reduce contamination and assist post-service cleaning.
At the conclusion of the service we ask that worshippers leave the building via the designated one way system and maintain social distancing, particularly at narrow points and exits. We are not able to offer refreshments after service. We know how valuable time to talk and catch up is; we encourage you to phone/Zoom etc, the person with whom you would normally have coffee.
For the moment there will not be an offering. Currently, medical advice discourages the use of cash. We continue to encourage people to give electronically, either via the Donate Button on the website www.stcolumbas.org.uk or via the planned giving programme (details here https://www.stcolumbas.org.uk/giving/supporting-st-columbas)
Sunday Service: Track & Tracing
To assist Track & Tracing we will keep a record (name and telephone number) of everybody who enters the building. The information will be held securely on the premises for 21 days. Should someone in the congregation fall ill and test positive for Covid-19 the details of who was in the church with that person will be passed to the NHS who will then make contact with those who may be at a greater risk of contracting the virus.
Sunday Morning Stewarding Team Volunteers
Opening the building safely and efficiently, for the Morning Services in September, requires a minimum team of six volunteers. Traditionally, these duties are undertaken by our elders. In current circumstances however we would be very grateful to receive offers of help from any member of the congregation. To volunteer, please contact the Church Office.
Please note we are asking people not to step forward, if they are clinically vulnerable i.e. over 70, regardless of medical condition, or in alternative vulnerable categories, or if anyone in their household is showing even mild symptoms.