The Government have now agreed that Churches can begin to once again open their doors for private prayer only.
As a staff & property team we are working on how best to do this in the coming months so that everyone is safe and protected to the best of our abilities. Ultimately the decisions to re-open the Church and in what capacity is for the members of the Church Council as Managing Trustees to agree.
We are following Methodist Church advice which can be found here. https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/17685/opening-churches-for-private-prayer-covid-19-connexional-advice-0620.pdf
It goes without saying that this is a process, and so far the following action has been taken:
· Hand sanitizer stations and sanitizer purchased.
· Disposable gloves & disposable antibacterial wipes for cleaning touch-points purchased
· Peter Maxwell, Amanda & Gavin Taylor are working on risk assessments for the building
· Caretakers to be brought off Furlough ready to commence work at beginning of August
· Glass screen to be ordered and fitted to reception hatch to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors
· New side-exit door to Princess Street to be fitted in August (this door will be part of a proposed one way system for entering and leaving the main Church building)
Still to be agreed:
· What hours we will be open for
· How to “police” visitors to the Church to ensure social-distancing requirements etc. are met
· Tape & stickers for floors/ door based on social distance guidelines
· Risk assessments for all rooms and activities
As you will appreciate some of the above will require the input of your new Minister Alan who will join us in September. As both Amanda & Peter will be taking holidays during August and Methodist guidelines state we are unable to have any volunteers in the Church over the age of 70 we would struggle to staff any opening even if everything was in place.
Please can we re-enforce the message that no one is to enter the building for any reason without the permission of myself or Amanda.
Thank you for your continuing prayers and support in this matter.
Yours in Christ
Rev Rob Cotton (Superintendent Minister)