COVID-19: Return to worship at Naseby Sanctuary
To: Members and adherents Broomhill Hyndland Parish Church
14 August 2020
It is with great pleasure that we can confirm the reopening of our Naseby Sanctuary for weekly Sunday morning worship. The first service will take place on Sunday 23 August at 10.30am and weekly thereafter.
At the current time, we are limited by the Scottish Government to 50 people in the Sanctuary at worship. This number includes the Minister, organist and duty team which means we will have approximately 40 places available at each service. We hope this capacity will increase soon but it will be necessary to run a booking system, certainly in the initial weeks. Digital worship is also going to continue and we would encourage those who feel comfortable with using technology to make use of this facility. More details about booking and worship are detailed below.
Whilst the format of our worship will be altered for the foreseeable future, we believe the church services will be a positive and uplifting experience after so many months away from our Sanctuary. We would ask for your patience in the weeks ahead – some of our procedures will be refined as we move forward and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any feedback. We look forward to seeing everyone again in the coming weeks and months.
George C Mackay
Minister, Broomhill Hyndland Parish Church of Scotland
Session Clerk, Broomhill Hyndland Parish Church of Scotland
Attendance / booking
Due to the limited number of places (40) currently, a booking system will be in operation in order to attend worship. This is open to members and adherents – visitors will unfortunately not be able to book a place whilst attendance is so limited.
To book a place, please contact and speak with the church secretary only using the number 07851 591 503 on the Friday prior to worship between 10am and 3pm. Your contact details will be taken and a place confirmed if there is one available.
Please note that contact details will be retained for four weeks after the service in case there is any requirement to provide them to NHS Test & Protect. Providing these contact details is mandatory and no entrance to the church can be permitted without them being recorded.
Only those who have registered and had a place confirmed will be able to attend a service – until further notice, no one will be able to walk into the church without pre-registration.
If you have booked a place but can no longer attend then please contact the church secretary only by using the number 07851 591 503 in advance where possible. You may get an answering service and if so, please leave a message.
If you are feeling unwell prior to the service then you should not attend, even if you have booked a place.
Entering the building
We would ask attendees to ensure they arrive in plenty of time in order to avoid any last minute rush before the service. The doors to the church will be closed shortly after the service begins and so this may obstruct latecomers from gaining access to the building.
Attendees will be given an entrance they should enter the church via – this should enable us to keep as much distance between everyone as possible.
Signage will be laid out at the entrance and throughout the building in order to help the congregation take their place prior to the service. Our duty team and ushers will also help direct attendees. Parts of the Sanctuary will not be in use and we need to ensure the front pews right the way to the back are all used in order to maximise social distancing.
Anyone wishing to make an offering or leave freewill offering envelopes should do so as they come into church – boxes will be laid out into which offerings can be deposited.
We would encourage attendees to bring their own hand sanitiser and use this before entering the church. Face coverings must also be used inside at all times. We will have spare masks and sanitiser available in the vestibule but please make every effort to bring those items with you.
Format of worship / Exiting the building
As explained in previous updates, worship will be different for the time being. There will be no congregational singing but there will be musical interludes from our Musical Director.
Bibles, hymn books and pew cushions have all been removed from the Sanctuary and at the current time we would politely request such items to be left at home when you attend.
The Minister and duty team will explain how attendees will move out of the Sanctuary in stages after worship. Please avoid waiting in the vestibule or other parts of the building which will make it slower for everyone to move out.
There will be no hospitality after worship at the current time and we will intimate when this will resume. The accessible and ladies’ toilet facilities at the front of the building will be open for use (gents’ toilets remain closed) and we would ask people to follow the signage within those spaces and adhere to measures such as wiping surfaces with cleansing products that are available for use within restrooms.
Worship for those not attending in-person
Our Minister’s weekly reflections series will continue to be made available by email and on our website whilst attendance at the church is limited. Printed copies are also available via request from the church office.
Digital worship will also be continuing. Services via Zoom continue at the new time of Sundays at 7.00pm and we are also looking at options for broadcasting services from the church which could be accessed on websites such as YouTube.
Organisations and hall users
Work is already well underway to open up the rest of the Naseby building, Kingsborough Sanctuary, Russell House and Hyndland Community Hall to the various users of those spaces. Broomhill Out of School Care Association (BOSCA) – as an organisation regulated by the Care Inspectorate – has been given permission by the Church of Scotland to recommence use of the Naseby small hall. We hope to confirm further progress for other users of our premises in the near future.