Reopening Zetland Parish Church

 

7th September 2021

 

Further to Woody’s intimation that he read out in Church on Sunday and following the Covid Team meeting after Sunday Service the undernoted changes can now be made following the recent relaxing of the Covid guidance from the Scottish Government.

The text in italics is the current Scottish Government guidance which was updated on 27th August.

 

Physical Distancing in Church:

“The law no longer mandates physical distancing in Church buildings”.

We spoke of our concerns regarding the very high, new Covid infection figures in Scotland, also people that we know personally who has and has had Covid as well as the number of seats available for worshippers compared to our recent attendance figures.

We came to the conclusion to remain at 1 metre distancing in our Church for the next 2 or 3 weeks to see how Covid figures in Scotland go and then have a review on the 1 metre distancing layout in Church.

Current Track & Trace, entry and exit systems and the one way system will also continue

 

Physical Distancing in The Hall:

The current Church Hall capacity will be increased from the current 20 people to 50 people.

Although physical distancing is no longer required, we would politely remind everyone to be considerate of the fact that people may wish to remain cautious and maintain space around them.

We are still aware that the Covid virus remains a threat and care still needs to be taken

 

Teas/Coffees after Service:

We hope to reintroduce this in approximately 3 weeks’ time. Current guidance is that tea/coffee will have to be by table service.

 

 

Choir:

Choirs and bands can perform without a face covering (but only with 1 metre distancing or a partition between other performers/audience in place) but you should wear a face covering if singing as part of a congregation.”

It is intended that the Choir will return to Church on Sunday 12th September and Choir practice will also return to being held in the Church from Thursday 9th September.

Church Gardens

The Scottish Government restrictions regarding the number of people meeting in outdoor locations as been lifted. Worshippers are now welcome to mingle and chat with friends in the Church gardens rather than having to go out onto the pavement.

Future Guidance

Earlier today, Tuesday 7th September, we received an email from the Church of Scotland saying that their updated Covid guidance will be published on Friday 10th September. If there are any further changes to the current guidance we will let you know.

 

Zetland Covid Team

7th September 2021

 

3rd September 2021

Boys Brigade starting back!

The Boys Brigade are meeting for the first time since the Covid pandemic started. They are meeting in the Church Hall on Tuesday night, 7th September

 

13th August 2021

Below is part of an email that we received on 12th August from the Covid 19 team at 121 George Street:

“On the broader front you will have noticed that we have not yet updated the Church’s guidance material after the changes introduced by the SG as we moved beyond Level O.  We are waiting for the SG to update their website guidance so that we can offer you an accurate steer on what we can and cannot, may or may not do outside the Levels system. We have been assured that the SG website will be updated within the week and it will then take us a few days to work on our own guidance.
Clearly there will be more developments in the weeks that lie ahead and we will try to keep up – please be patient! “

 

12th August 2021

There is no longer any need to phone to book a seat in Church as we are now moving to 1 metre distancing in Church from Sunday 15th August and you are  welcome to choose where you sit.

The Track & Trace system will still be in operation and you are encouraged to use the QR system to check in to Church using your mobile phone. There are three QR code posters at the entrance to Church and two at the exit.

If you are unable to use QR codes could you please write your name and phone number down on a piece of paper and put it in the envelope/box that the Door Duty people will have. If you cannot manage any of these two methods we will still have a Track & Trace record sheet available and your details can be noted on the day.

The one way system will still be in operation too and the Church will be vacated in the manner that we currently use.

22nd July 2021

On 20th July we were pleased to obtain approval from Falkirk Presbytery to change our seating layout in the Church Hall from 2 metre spacing to 1 metre spacing. This is in line with the easing of restrictions in Scotland moving to level zero from 19 July 2021. At the present time seating remains at 20 as that is all the seats that are required by the Choir who are using the Church Hall for practice on a Thursday night.

 

4th July 2021

We are pleased to have received permission on 29th June from Falkirk Presbytery to reopen our Church Hall again after being closed for a long time due to the Covid pandemic.

Our first event that we are planning to run is for Choir practice and hopefully it will go well whilst adhering to the current Covid regulations.  At the present 2 metre social distancing restriction the Church Hall can accommodate 20 people.

As time goes on and social distancing is reduced we will be able to increase the number of people allowed to use our hall.

 

11th June 2021

With Covid restrictions now easing as of Sunday 13th June we can now sing in Church behind our face coverings and also bring along your own cushion to sit on providing that you take it home with you after the service.

 

22nd April 2021

We are pleased to have received permission from Falkirk Presbytery to reopen Zetland Parish Church on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

The reopening will be under Covid restrictions, the same as we did at the end of last year before the Church had to close due to Covid.

Details of what to do while attending Church are detailed below on 14th April section and also on the “Reopening Zetland Parish Church” tab on the top of this page. 

We would like to reiterate a few key points of what we must do:

Social Distancing: Please observe the black/yellow tape inside the Church. They are spaced 2 metres apart to comply with social distancing regulations. Also, outside the Church, please observe the white painted lines on the grey mono blocks, again they are spaced 2 metres apart.

Seating: When you are allocated and shown to a seat please remain in this seat until it is time to vacate the Church. Please do not move around to get closer to someone to chat and also please do not swap seats with anyone.

Vacating the Church: After the Service the Church must be vacated in a controlled manner and in a certain sequence. Please remain seated until a member of the Door Duty team indicates to you to leave. Follow the one way system and vacate the Church by the side door overlooking the Manse gardens.

 

14th April 2021

Zetland Parish Church Planning to Reopen

On 13th April 2021 at the Kirk Session/Congregational Board meeting, members of the Kirk Session voted to reopen the Church for Worship commencing on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

Prior to the reopening date we must arrange cleaning in the Church, arrange a Door Duty Rota and complete the reopening Church of Scotland paperwork which will then be passed to Falkirk Presbytery for their approval to open.

Volunteers are required for door duties and if you would like to volunteer please get in touch. 

The Track & Trace system that we used last year will be in operation again this year in Church therefore if you would like to come along please telephone 07762 743376 to book a seat. The phone line will be available on a Thursday evening from 6pm till 8pm and on a Friday from 10am till noon prior to Sunday Service.

When you phone, we need to record your name and a contact telephone number to comply with Track & Trace guidance. Your details will be held for 21 days in a locked storage area within the church and then destroyed.

This system also helps us to manage the numbers visiting Church as due to social distancing regulations there are only 42 seats available in Church for public use. If there are more than 42 people asking for a seat, they will be given the opportunity to put their name on the attendance list for the next again Sunday Worship/Sunday Prayer.

Anyone who is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or is self-isolating due to living with someone who is displaying symptoms or as a result of contact tracing staying at home to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19 must not attend Church.

On arrival at Church please observe the social distancing lines marked on the block paving outside the Church and put on a face covering before entering the Church. In the entrance vestibule you will be welcomed by a member of the Door Duty team and asked to follow the one way system in Church, use our hand sanitiser and then directed towards the Track & Trace desk.

At the Track & Trace desk, please give your name and telephone number to the person at the desk and they will record your attendance on the Track & Trace Record Sheet.

You will then be shown to a pew seat by a member of the Door Duty team. The seating area on the pews are marked by purple cards with a seat number and are spaced a minimum of 2 metres apart.

At the end of worship/prayer please leave the church as directed by the Door Duty team exiting by the south door and using the hand sanitiser before leaving the Church.

Please do not congregate in the Church grounds after the Service.

Church Reopening Team

14th April 2021

 

16th March 2021

At the Kirk Session & Congregational Board meeting on 16th March 2021 it was decided that Zetland Parish Church will remain closed for Service in the meantime. The decision will be reviewed at the next Kirk Session & Congregational Board meeting on 13th April 2021.

 

11th March 2021

The First Minister has announced the Scottish Government’s intention to allow the reopening of churches in time for Holy Week and Easter, assuming no deterioration in the virus.

      • Places of worship are to re-open to the public on Friday 26 March.
      • The maximum attendance will be 50 for those churches that can accommodate two metre physical distancing.

A final decision about places of worship reopening will be taken on Tuesday 23rd March by the Scottish Government.

We expect to receive guidance regarding opening our Church from the Church of Scotland, Edinburgh within the next few days.

4th March 2021

The First Minister has announced a route map to lead us into the next phase of Covid recovery.

 The estimated plan was to allow places of worship to open on Monday, April 5, which is Easter Monday, and after the traditional Holy Week which all Christian denominations observe.

We do not have any updated information regarding opening our Church and we will post any news regarding this when we know.

 

 

4th January 2021

On the 4th of January 2021 the Scottish Government issued the following guidance on Worship in Church due to the worsening situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic.

” Places of worship are required to close for worship, but can open for the purposes of leading an act of worship (broadcast or online), conducting a marriage or civil partnership ceremony or a funeral.

As a result Zetland Parish Church will be closed for worship until further notice. However, our Minister intends to record a service and post it on the Zetland Youtube Channel, Zetland Facebook pages and also on the phone at 01324 266990. The services will be recorded and published on Sunday’s 17th, 24th & 31st January 2021.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=zetland+parish+church

20th December 2020

Following last night’s announcement from the Scottish government regarding mainland Scotland being placed in tier 4 from Boxing Day, the following precautionary actions will be put in place;

Sunday 20th December; morning worship will take place as planned.

Sunday 27th December, Sunday 3rd and 10th January 2021 morning worship is cancelled. The church will be closed for the 3 week period from Saturday 26th December. This situation will be reviewed dependent on further government information.

The prearranged funeral service on Wednesday 23rd December will go ahead, Karen Hind and I will be on door duty. 

Any further requests for funeral services in the church during this period will be given due consideration.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these strange and trying times. These decisions have been made in the best interests of our congregation. Weekly worship will still be available online and by telephone.

As usual, my request to you all is ‘take care, stay safe’,

Regards,

Woody.

 

17th October 2020

Following a meeting in Church with the Safety Advisor of Falkirk Presbytery on Friday 16th October we are now able to offer seats together in a pew for couples from the same household including their children if required.  Seats suitable for this arrangement are limited and restricted to the north and south rows of pews at present. The centre rows of pews are still only suitable for individual seating spaced a minimum of 2 metres apart.

If you wold like to attend Church please remember to phone 07762 743376 on the Thursday between 6pm till 8pm or on the Friday  between 10am and 12 noon to book a seat prior to the Sunday Service.

14th October 2020

We are pleased to say that the reopening of our Church, Zetland Parish Church, has been successful and the number of people attending have been increasing steadily since we reopened on Sunday 20th September 2020. 

The last two Sunday meetings have been ‘Sunday Service’ and the intention is to now continue with the Sunday Services on a weekly basis unless guidance from the Church of Scotland changes. 

If you would like to come along to a Sunday Service please phone 07762 743376 on either the Thursday night before the service between 6pm and 8pm or alternatively the Friday before service between 10am and 12 noon to book a seat.

 

4th October 2020

Zetland Church opened this morning for Sunday Worship – the first time time since March 2020 due to the Coronavirus.

It was fairly well attended and more comfortable than we had imagined and the sanctuary was warm and draught free although we did miss the pew cushions towards the end of the service! However, it was a very pleasant environment with the morning sun lighting up the stained glass window and it was also great to hear Brian playing organ music again. Brian has certainly not lost his touch during his time away from it and the organ sounding as good as it did pre lockdown.

Alison warmly welcomed folk’s back to Church and gave a thoughtful and reflective sermon that was listened to attentively by the congregation. Simon gave his first sermon to the Zetland congregation and he did very well, delivering an excellent sermon and had obviously put in a lot of work to his preparation. He also told us a little about his family history and background which was very interesting and we wish him well during his time here with us in Zetland Parish Church.

The Door Duty Team performed their various duties well and cared for the members of the congregation by assisting them with seating and observing the one way system in Church.

The Church will now be closed for a period of time so that the conditions in the building are as safe as practical for our Church cleaner and volunteer cleaners to thoroughly clean the building for next Sunday’s service, which is Harvest Thanksgiving.

If you would like to attend next week, 11th October, please remember to phone 07762 743376 either on Thursday 8th October between 6pm to 8pm or Friday 9th October between 10am to 12 noon.

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2nd October 2020

Our Church will be open for Sunday Service on Sunday 4th October 2020 – the first time since March that the Church will have been open for Sunday Service!

 

21st September 2020

Our Church Is Open Again!

Yesterday, Sunday 20th September Zetland Parish Church in Grangemouth successfully reopened for private prayer.

The attendance was greater than expected and the Minister had made up an excellent slide show that was played on the large screen with relaxing music in the background. Although pew cushions have been removed and the doors had to be left open to comply with Covid-19 rules it was not cold or draughty in the Church and most people stayed for the full hour so sitting on the pews couldn’t have been too uncomfy!

Although being in the Church is very different since we were last there in March everyone adapted well to the new way of using hand sanitiser on entry and exit, observing the 2 metres distancing lines on the floor, using the one way system through the Church, checking in with the Track & Trace desk and being guided to a seat by the Door Duty Team.

There were several favorable comments by members on exit and they are looking forward to coming back again next Sunday.

If you would like to come along on Sunday 27th September for Private Prayer phone 07762 743376 on Thursday 24th September between 6pm to 8pm or Friday 25th September between 10am to 12 Noon to reserve a seat.

14th September 2020

LETTER TO ZETLAND CONGREGATION Zetland Manse

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We journey together in faith, believing that Jesus Christ is calling us all to ‘Come and see’ and ‘Follow me.’ As your minister, following the letter which I hope you received at the start of lockdown, I am delighted to write to you now, telling of our plans to re-open the church building in line with the Scottish government and Church of Scotland advice.

The Kirk Session has agreed to reopen the main sanctuary for private prayer on Sundays 20th and 27th September from 10.30-11.30am, and for Sunday worship in October, but this will be under constant review. The team of volunteers have worked hard in conjunction with Presbytery to ensure the appropriate steps have been taken and all safeguards are in place to make worshipping as safe as possible during this pandemic. As with any activity, the risk of infection is still real and present.

Worship and the church building will not be as it was on the 15th March, when we gathered face-to-face. We will continue to provide the service on YouTube and Facebook (including the option to watch later) and on the phoneline (01324266990). We have a limit of 42 people in the church building, so if you can take part online, we are encouraging you to consider this.

Worship in the church building will be different in the following ways:

• As you enter and exit, please maintain a physical distance of 2 m from others and use the hand sanitiser available.
• You will be met by a volunteer who will take you to your seat, as there will be a one way system in operation (in the main door, out the side door) Please note, it is likely you will not be in your usual pew.
• We have 42 seating places individually placed downstairs in the sanctuary, with a whole capacity including those on duty of 47 people. Sadly, if you turn up and we have reached capacity, we CANNOT make “extra space.” This isn’t an option, so to reserve your seat, please phone 07762743376 between 6-8pm on Thursday or 10-12noon on Friday before the Sunday service.
• On arrival at the Church you will be required to wear a face covering, this is now a legal requirement and you will be required to keep your face covering on until you have left the sanctuary. You will then be required to sanitise your hands and maintain a 2 metre distance. We will have a supply if you need one.
• Track and Trace -We must keep a record of a name and phone number from each household. This will be kept safely for 21 days according to GDPR rules.
• Within the sanctuary all the Bibles and cushions have been removed from the pews. There should not be any shaking of hands or any other forms of a physical welcome or farewell to each other and a 2m distance should be maintained at all times. The traditional method of passing the offering bag will not take place, instead a plate will be made available as you come into the sanctuary. If you have a number of free will offering envelopes, you may wish to write a single cheque for the total amount to place in one envelope or make a direct deposit or bank transfer to the church account. The minister or treasurer can supply details. There will be no singing allowed. At this point there will be no Sunday School in operation.
• Due to the requirement of ventilation, please ensure you wear something warm
• Toilets have only to be used if absolutely necessary and should this need arise then only the disabled toilet will be available.
• Once the Service is over there will be no teas and coffees afterwards, it will be a case of leaving the building maintaining social distancing at all times. It is envisaged that the Service will last for about 30 minutes.
• The church will be disinfected before and after every service (after 72hrs).
• You may find the assessment tool in Appendix 4 below, helpful when deciding if you should be attending or participating in church life by other means. The assessment tool is personal and should not be shared with anyone else. If you display symptoms of Covid-19, or are self-isolating due to living with someone who is displaying symptoms or as a result of contact tracing staying at home to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19, you must not attend church.

While, I look forward to seeing your faces, (1/2 faces with masks on), again at worship, I want everyone to know resources will continue to be provided for those who choose not to attend in person or who are unable to come to church.

We know this format is not ideal by any means, but it reflects the current requirements. We have to be sure, we have reduced any risks to a minimum to ensure your safety. We will continue to review the situation and make any necessary changes quickly. Please keep in touch with your elder or use facebook or the church website to keep uptodate.

We have a requirement to minimise risks, but we are also asking people to ensure that they feel comfortable with coming into the Church and that they feel safe. It will be up to each individual to decide when they feel it is right for them to participate in church life and should at all times think about their own health, safety and welfare (including those of their family) and those of the wider congregation.

I, and the Kirk Session will do whatever we can, to support all those under our care as best as we are able.

God bless,

Alison

CALL 07762743376 TO RESERVE A PLACE TO JOIN US.

Here is a link to the Risk Assessment tool to help you decide whether or not you should be attending church{
https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/69610/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Reopening-Church-Buildings-Guidance-V.7.pdf
It is on page 49

5th September 2020

We are pleased to announce that Zetland Parish Church obtained permission from the Presbytery of Falkirk on 27th August 2020 to reopen our Church building here in Grangemouth.

At a meeting of the Kirk Session and Congregational Board on Wednesday 2nd of September2020 it was agreed that the Church will reopen on Sunday 20th September 2020 at 10.30am for private prayer. The Church will be open until 11.30am and people are welcome to come and go at any time within this one hour period.

We are now operating a Track & Trace system at Church therefore if you would like to come along please telephone 07762 743376 to book a seat. The phone line will be available on a Thursday evening from 6pm till 8pm and on a Friday from 10am till noon prior to Sunday Service/Sunday Prayer.

When you phone, we need to record your name and a contact telephone number to comply with Track & Trace guidance. Your details will be held for 21 days in a locked storage area within the church and then destroyed.

This system also helps us to manage the numbers visiting Church as due to social distancing regulations there are only 42 seats available in Church for public use. If there are more than 42 people asking for a seat, they will be given the opportunity to put their name on the attendance list for the next again Sunday Worship/Sunday Prayer.

Anyone who is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or is self-isolating due to living with someone who is displaying symptoms or as a result of contact tracing staying at home to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19 must not attend Church.

Also, please consider your age and health condition before attending Church. The Church of Scotland has published an assessment tool to help you decide it you should be attending Church or should you be participating in Church activities by other means eg online services.
Here is a link to the Church of Scotland assessment tool that helps you towards making a decision regarding whether or not you should be attending Church.
The assessment tool is on page 44 of the document.
https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/69174/COMMS-Buildings-Guidance-DOCUMENT_5.0.pdf

On arrival at Church please observe the social distancing lines marked on the block paving outside the Church and put on a face covering. In the entrance vestibule you will be welcomed by the Door Duty team and asked to follow the one way system in Church, use our hand sanitiser and then directed towards the Track & Trace desk.

At the Track & Trace desk, please give your name and telephone number to the person at the desk and they will record your attendance on the Track & Trace Record Sheet.

You will then be shown to a pew seat by a member of the Door Duty team. The seating area on the pews are marked by purple cards with a seat number and are spaced a minimum of 2 metres apart.

At the end of worship/prayer please leave the church as directed by the Door Duty team exiting by the south door and using the hand sanitiser before leaving the Church.

Church Reopening Team