Message from the Session Clerk
Dear members and friends of Portland
We are (as I write) in Phase 2 which states – “Places of worship can open for private prayer under physical distancing rules and hygiene safeguards”. It is important to remember that Phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s four-
As we move into Phases 3 and 4, congregations will be able to use their church buildings more to support local mission and worship alongside the wider needs of the community. However, as there is legislation in place restricting the use of church buildings, it is the responsibility of the Scottish Government to provide a regulatory framework for when congregations can reopen their church buildings and for what purpose. The Scottish Government is expected to publish additional guidance on which activities will be permitted in church buildings during phase 3.
Ultimately it is the congregation as a body which must ensure that suitable steps are taken. Compliance is not solely the responsibility of the charity trustees (Kirk Session) of a congregation: safety for all will only be achieved if each individual member adheres to good practice. It is the responsibility of every congregation to ensure that there are suitable and sufficient arrangements in place to comply with health and safety legislation. To that end, the Kirk Session has appointed a Covid-
Pray for our Interim Moderator, Bill Duncan and our Locum Minister, Rev Mary Elizabeth Prentice-
May God’s peace be with You,
John Reid (Session Clerk)