St Margaret's will follow all guidelines from the Church of Scotland about measures to be taken in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This advice is detailed here. The two posters, again in line with national advice, will be displayed at our church and hall doors.
Advice for Churches: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The following is offered as guidance to congregations across the Church of Scotland as of 11 March 2020.
At Communion services, churches should already be following best hygiene practices. During this time congregations may choose to avoid touching or shaking hands while sharing the Peace, if that is your practice. Some churches are making the British Sign Language sign for peace while saying words of peace instead. Speak to your minister or worship leader who can advise you.
• The communion cup should not be shared.
Use individual disposable or washable cups instead.
• Bread should be not passed around via the “tearing and sharing” method but should be prepared by a single user who has thoroughly washed their hands before cutting up the bread.
• To prevent avoidable handling of food and reduce the risk of cross-contamination use a pair of tongs or tooth picks to dispense bread
• Ideally anyone preparing or handing out food and drink should wear disposable gloves
• All utensils must be washed thoroughly with a detergent and dried before and after preparing the bread
• Coffees and Teas should be dispensed by a small number of individuals and either placed on a table for collection, or cups and saucers are used to reduce hand contact.
• All cups, saucers and plates must be washed thoroughly using a dishwasher if available
• Individually wrapped biscuits and cakes are suitable, but please avoid sharing plates of open cakes and biscuits.
• Use best hygiene practices when handling hymn books, collection plates or money.
If you need more advice on Communion cups or individual glasses, please contact Brian Auld, Safe Buildings Consultant.
It is also best practice for churches to have hand sanitisers available for parishioners to use.
Best hygiene practice should continue to be observed in all pastoral contacts.
Updated advice is available from NHS Scotland.
Whilst in places of worship, there is no need to avoid other worshippers who are well.
We would like to encourage everyone to use the ramp at the hall as they go for tea. We are hoping this will be a bit easier for you all. Thanks.
Flower Book 2020
Flower Book many thanks to everyone who has volunteered to donate flowers next year. Although the book is full you can still offer flowers for the vestibule, just pop your name in the book. Thanks again.
Change of address forms
There are change of address forms in the vestibule should you need them or just speak to Margaret in the office. It is important that we keep our roles up to date so please take a moment to fill one in if you have recently moved. They can be handed back to Alastair Todd or popped in the box outside the office. Many thanks.