Now that we have received permission to re-open for Worship we thought it might be helpful to give an insight to what this will look like.
We will continue to provide the service through Zoom and on YouTube (including the option to watch later).
We have a limit of 50 people in the church building, so if people can take part online (at least for the first Sunday), we are encouraging them to consider that.
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 building. You will then be required to sanitise your hands and maintain a 2 metre distance. Your temperature will be taken before you enter the building. Once inside the vestibule area you will be required to give your Name and contact details for the NHS Test and Trace System. Inside the double doors you will be met by a volunteer who will take you to your seat as there will be a one way system in operation. Please note that it is likely you will not be in your usual pew.
We have made a wee video to show you what to expect –
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 bowl will not take place, instead a bowl will be made available as you come into the sanctuary. There will be no singing allowed. At this point there will be no Junior Church operating.
Toilets have only to be used if absolutely necessary and should this need arise then only the disabled toilet would be made available.
Once the Service is over there will be no teas and coffees afterwards, it will be a case of then leaving the building maintaining social distancing at all times. It is envisaged that the Service will last for about 30 minutes.
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.
If you have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com or phone (01592) 752539.
Zoom Service continues
Although we are back in the church, the service will still be live on Zoom at 11am on the usual Meeting Id. To join with video use this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7604467830?pwd=MVNZbUhqbDh1ZTRVeXl3cVl3NDBydz09
Or if you have the Zoom app, use Meeting ID: 760 446 7830 and password: 315046
To join by telephone, dial 0131 460 1196, then enter the Meeting ID: 760 446 7830# and the Password: 315046#
There will also be a live stream on our YouTube channel.
You should see the live stream appear on Sunday morning by 10:45am. The link will also be on Facebook.
After that there will be a version to watch later. The address for that will not be available until later on Sunday. However, it might not work at all! If that happens, or if you can’t get on then we apologise. Hopefully, any glitches will be resolved by next week.
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES RELATING TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS
Each Sunday we will live stream or upload worship on the YouTube channel. There will also be other occasional items.
COVID-19 Information (updated Saturday 21st March)
The Church is not a building, the Church is not a steeple.
The Church is not a resting-place, the Church is a people!
I am the Church! You are the Church!
We are the Church together!
All who follow Jesus, all around the world,
yes, we’re the Church together.
Richard Kinsey Avery (b. 1934) and Donald Stuart Marsh (b. 1923) Reproduced from CH4 CD-ROM edition, number 204
Words and Music: © 1972, Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188, USA. All rights reserved. Used by permission. CCLI No. 178199
St Columba’s building is now closed except for NHS Baby Immunisation Clinics, which are regarded as essential and will be taking place on Thursdays. These will be run by the NHS nurses, who will take responsibility for the Coronavirus precautions. The only other access will be by Carol or one of the other folk who has the alarm code very occasionally to keep an eye on a possible ant infection in the kitchen. No other key holders should attempt to access the building because the alarm will be set.
However, St Columba’s Church is still very active. There will be regular updates through the Facebook page, website and on the dedicated telephone number (01592) 366016. The answering machine in the church office will be checked by remote access.
There is also an ongoing programme of telephone calling of members and others. Please keep in touch with folk and if they need advice or help, please contact me (742233), Carol or the church office (752539).
St Columba’s Parish Church is situated beside St Columba’s roundabout, near the Kingdom Shopping Centre in Glenrothes. We seek to share God’s love with the people of the parish and beyond.
Our main worship service starts at 11am and all are invited to stay for Tea and Coffee after the service at about 12 noon. We start the service together and, except when we have family services, children leave for the crèche or Junior Church after about 20 minutes.
We welcome visitors to our services. Please don’t worry about what to do when, what to wear or feeling you have to be on your best behaviour! We are just delighted to welcome you.
Messy Church is held on the second Sunday of each month between 4pm and 6pm. This is for anyone, but especially families. It includes crafts, games, singing, stories and we end by sharing a hot meal together.
We hold special services, especially around Christmas and Easter. We also sometimes share worship with the other churches in Glenrothes and Leslie.
See Our Malawi Partnership page for details of our partnership discussions with Chuluchosema CCAP Church in Malawi.
St. Columba’s Parish Church of Scotland, Glenrothes (SC016386)
Minister – Alan Kimmitt (01592) 742233 or firstname.lastname@example.org