Portland Parish Church is open for worship, in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines, from Sunday 6th September. It will be a short service lasting 20-25 minutes starting at 10.30am. We know some people are very keen to get back to church on a Sunday and something familiar, but others are more hesitant and happier to continue worshipping virtually from home (on Facebook, YouTube, church website and telephone 01292 439791). These other forms of worship will be continuing. No one should feel excluded. Everyone is welcome! We do not, however, want anyone to feel under pressure to attend. The church asks you to please think carefully if you may be in the extremely vulnerable category by reason of health and/or age. If you are, then you may decide that coming to worship is too risky. To help you decide, the Church of Scotland recommends that you use the assessment tool (next page). You will be required to wear a face covering and to maintain 2 metre social distancing both outside and within the church. Physical distancing means that there will be limited capacity in the church – no more than 50. Please arrive from 10.10am onwards. Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid or have been told to self-isolate. As you approach the church there will be new signage reminding everyone to keep socially distanced and wear a face covering. You will enter through the West Front Door only. There, a member of the welcome team will ask you to sanitise your hands. We will have dispensers. We encourage you to bring your own if you can. We will record your name and phone number for Test and Protect. (Or you can use the ‘Tapmydata” app on a smart phone). You will then be invited to sit in a marked pew space, using a one-way system. It may not be the one you normally sit in. You may only sit together with other members of your own household. There will be no singing. There will be no hymn books, bibles or cushions – you may bring your own! There will be a box for offerings on the way into the church. There is no access to any other parts of the building. If you require use of a toilet you will need to ask a member of the welcome team. Following the service, you will be directed to exits and again invited to use hand sanitiser. This all sounds quite alien to us but is the only way we can open at all. Please remember that our worship continues online - YouTube, Facebook, www.troonportlandchurch.org.uk and also by phone (01292 439791). None of that will change and, for many, will be our main experience of worship for the time being. We will continue to monitor and review guidance from the church and make changes as needed. We will keep you up to date with what is happening. The Parishioner continues to be available on the church website. If you have need of a pastoral visit or would like to speak to Rev Mary Elizabeth Prentice-Hyers, please email minister@troonportlandchurch.org.uk
Portland Parish Church is open for worship, in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines, from Sunday 6th September. It will be a short service lasting 20-25 minutes starting at 10.30am. We know some people are very keen to get back to church on a Sunday and something familiar, but others are more hesitant and happier to continue worshipping virtually from home (on Facebook, YouTube, church website and telephone 01292 439791). These other forms of worship will be continuing. No one should feel excluded. Everyone is welcome! We do not, however, want anyone to feel under pressure to attend. The church asks you to please think carefully if you may be in the extremely vulnerable category by reason of health and/or age. If you are, then you may decide that coming to worship is too risky. To help you decide, the Church of Scotland recommends that you use the assessment tool (next page). You will be required to wear a face covering and to maintain 2 metre social distancing both outside and within the church. Physical distancing means that there will be limited capacity in the church – no more than 50. Please arrive from 10.10am onwards. Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid or have been told to self-isolate. As you approach the church there will be new signage reminding everyone to keep socially distanced and wear a face covering. You will enter through the West Front Door only. There, a member of the welcome team will ask you to sanitise your hands. We will have dispensers. We encourage you to bring your own if you can. We will record your name and phone number for Test and Protect. (Or you can use the ‘Tapmydata” app on a smart phone). You will then be invited to sit in a marked pew space, using a one- way system. It may not be the one you normally sit in. You may only sit together with other members of your own household. There will be no singing. There will be no hymn books, bibles or cushions – you may bring your own! There will be a box for offerings on the way into the church. There is no access to any other parts of the building. If you require use of a toilet you will need to ask a member of the welcome team. Following the service, you will be directed to exits and again invited to use hand sanitiser. This all sounds quite alien to us but is the only way we can open at all. Please remember that our worship continues online - YouTube, Facebook, www.troonportlandchurch.org.uk and also by phone (01292 439791). None of that will change and, for many, will be our main experience of worship for the time being. We will continue to monitor and review guidance from the church and make changes as needed. We will keep you up to date with what is happening.