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.

As per the latest Government announcement, and advice from the Church of Scotland, all worship services remain cancelled for the timebeing. All groups and upcoming events also remain 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. Decisions regarding events scheduled for the coming months, including our Summer Holiday Club, will be made nearer the time.

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…


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 online worship videos every Sunday morning on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

You can watch them anytime on our video page.

If you’re on Facebook then join us on our page where we’ll be having a live watch along and where you can get in touch with your comments and thoughts. It’s a great way to stay connected with friends from Church and we’d love to hear from you all!


Podcast

To help stay connected with our Church Family, we’ve launched a new podcast which you can find on all popular podcast platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

We’ll be uploading the audio from our weekly videos for the next period but it’ll evolve over times so watch this space!

Check out our Podcast page to listen to our latest episode and have a look at our Anchor page for links to all our podcast platforms.


Thoughts & Reflections

It might be difficult to see positives in the current situation but there is a loving God who will guide us through these challenging times. 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.

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

To help support the work done by the Bo’ness Storehouse Foodbank, we have helped establish a new emergency foodbank to help support anyone in Bo’ness and Blackness impacted by current events. If you, or anyone you know, is affected financially by COVID-19 and is struggling to buy a week’s groceries then we’re here to help.

Check out the Bo’ness and Blackness Community Pantry website for further information and to complete and online referral.

To help support the emergency foodbank, we’ve arranged a safe drop off zone at the Church on Monday 27 April running from 10am to 12noon.

Whether you’re travelling by car or by foot, simply drop off any donations in the tubs provided. Please follow any instructions given by our Team and maintain social distancing rules at all times so everyone can stay safe

There’s an amazing team of volunteers involved and your support is greatly appreciated in these challenging times. A list of urgently required items can be found here. ❤️


Permanent Measures

Due to the postponement of services and groups, the Old Kirk building is currently closed. Only limited essential team members are currently authorised to enter the building so that we can maintain facilities and security. Anyone entering the building requires prior permission from our Session Clerk Diane.

To put people at ease and to reduce the possibility of infection, the below measures were put in place prior to lockdown. These will continue to be applied once the building reopens for public use and are continuing to be reviewed with more measures being added.

  • 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.
  • 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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