Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the continual spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have been reviewing what we can do to protect our Church family and the local community. This is a rapidly changing situation and updates will be provided here on an ongoing basis.

Following the Government announcement on Monday 16 March, and advice from the Church of Scotland, all worship services are cancelled for the timebeing. All groups and upcoming events have also been postponed.

These groups include Thursday Morning Worship, Messy Church, Cafe Connect, OKy, Men of Faith, Good Morning Ladies, Bible Study, The Guild and our Craft Cafe.

This has been an extremely difficult decision as this will cause the absence of much loved and special relationships over the coming months at a time when these are more important than ever. However, the safety and wellbeing of our Church Family and Community is paramount so we hope you understand.

However, this doesn’t mean the Church is closed completely…


Online Worship

Though we are unable to meet together, Church is more than just a building and we are looking at different ways to stay connected with you all both spiritual and pastoral. We’re posting alternative worship every Sunday morning on our Youtube channel which we’ll also post on our social media pages and website. For our first one, we joined Amanda in the comfort of the vestry.


Thoughts & Reflections

It might be difficult to see positives in the current situation but there is still lots to be grateful for with a loving God here to guide us. We’re posting daily thoughts & reflections on our social media which you can also find here.


Keeping In Touch

Social isolation and distancing is going to be a challenge over the next period so one simple way we can help is by staying connected. As part of this, we’ve redesigned our newsletter which you can register for here:

We’ll be issuing our newsletter weekly and you can find out more details here.

We’re always available online (and like a chat!) so comment, tweet, message us as we’re all in this together.


Community Support

This is a time of great concern and our key focus currently is on how we can support those in need both in our Church Family and our community. We are in conversation with the other Bo’ness Churches in regards to this as its clear that a community effort will be needed to help people through this challenging period both.

As part of this, a community support group has been organised so please sign up to find out more about how you can help.

If you or your organisation would like to get involved then you can also get in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter or admin@bokonline.org.uk


Permanent Measures

Measures continue to be reviewed and put in place in accordance with the latest advice from Public Health Scotland and the NHS. Information and advice notices have been placed at the entrances to the Church, and in all washing areas, and we would ask that you follow these closely.

Due to the postponement of services and groups, the Old Kirk building is currently closed with only limited essential staff entering to maintain facilities and security. The following applies to anyone entering the building:

If you are feeling unwell then please do not enter the building and please follow the latest NHS advice found here. Official advice can also be found from Public Health Scotland and the UK Government.

To put people at ease and to reduce the possibility of infection, the below measures have been put in place and must be adhered to. This is continuing to be reviewed with more measures being added.

  • Paper towel dispensers and handwash have been placed next to all washing areas along with advice notices on how to wash hands thoroughly.
  • Notices have been placed in the kitchen regarding food preparation and cleaning. Anyone using the Kitchen are asked to follow these closely.
  • As food should not be left open for communal sharing there will be no open plates of cakes or biscuits at coffee time after services/gatherings. Instead we’ll have biscuits which are individually wrapped.
  • Those who count the offering are advised to follow good practice of washing their hands before and after.
  • We’ll be replacing our usual handshakes with more imaginative ways to make people welcome.

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