We are now recording the Sunday service live as an audio link and uploading to the St Margarets Restalrig You Tube channel.
The link for this weeks service, Sunday 22 May is below:
Dear Friends and Members of St. Margaret’s Parish Church,
At their meeting on November 11th the Kirk Session agreed to opening Sunday morning worship to those who wished to come, removing the necessity to book-in with the Church Secretary or the Minister, as had been the arrangement to date, and also removing the current maximum capacity number (43) applied by 1metre social distancing. This decision to have “open access” required a risk assessment to be prepared and presented at the next Kirk Session meeting. After the Kirk Session received and discussed the risk assessment on 9th December, it affirmed the decision to offer “open access” to Sunday Services and other occasional services.
As from Sunday 19th December, all wishing to come to a service will be asked to supply or comply with the following Test and Protect requirements, and Covid-19 protocols to comply with guidelines supplied by the Principal Clerk of the Church of Scotland and the Church of Scotland Covid Guidelines Committee.
- The Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland’s Covid-19 Committee encourage all intending to mix with people not in their household, to take a Lateral Flow test before meeting and mixing with others. This easily performed test helps all understand their Covid status. A negative test result also helps to reassure people mixing that, as long as everyone mixing within a group have tested negative, those meeting will have no risk of contracting Covid-19 from their contacts within that group. If you were to test positive, do NOT mix with others, self isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test at a local test centre. The information supplied to me by the Principal Clerk informs me that free Lateral Flow test kits can be picked up from local pharmacies or ordered using the following web address:
- On arrival, contact details; your name and telephone number will be recorded.
- You will be required to sanitise your hands.
- A distance should be kept between yourself and anyone not from your household.
- A mask MUST be worn from the time you enter the church building until you leave unless a person is medically exempt from wearing a mask.
- The taped floor markings indicate the flow of movement of anyone within the building. Please keep to this one-way direction of movement.
- The building must be well ventilated. As the windows at St. Margaret’s do not have openings for ventilation we will have to keep the church doors open for a through movement of fresh air.
As a general health message, if you are feeling unwell the morning you are thinking of coming to worship, or have recently acquired a persistent cough it is best to avoid mixing with others until you have had the opportunity to be tested for Covid-19 and/or consulted your GP.
The Kirk Session are aware of the patience members and adherents have shown to date with Covid-19 regulations – we thank you for this. We hope that “open access” will have removed some of the restrictions that some have felt a hurdle to their regular involvement with the life of the congregation.
As this news regarding “open access” comes to you, can I assure you that the Kirk Session are aware of the developing situation with Omicron. If we require to make further changes to our Sunday worship arrangements, we will contact all members again by letter, email and posting updates on St. Margaret’s Parish social media pages.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Rev. John R. Wells.