COVID-19

COVID-19

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’re continuing to review what we can do to protect our Church family and support the local community. This is a continually changing situation and updates will be provided here on an ongoing basis.

Following the current Scottish Government advice regarding places of worship, the Old Kirk building is open again for worship and reflection every Sunday at 10.45am. To help aid our track and trace requirements, and to let you get into the building quickly, we would ask that you reserve your seat(s) via our online booking system if you are able to do so.

Throughout the pandemic, the love and care for the safety of our congregation and town have driven our decision making. While our other services and groups are postponed for the time being, our Kirk Session will continue to review the situation and we’d like to thank them for their hard work and dedication as we work through these challenges together.

As per the latest guidelines, things are very different from our usual format but our aim is to offer a safe and secure place for worship during these challenging times. As our capacity is limited due to the current situation, and to aid test and trace requirements, we’d appreciate if you could pre-register your and your households attendance via our online booking system. While you are welcome to arrive on the day, and complete your track and trace information at the door, this ensures everyone can enter the building quickly and smoothly.

Though we are unable to meet together in some of our usual ways, there’s still lots going on at the Old Kirk…


Sunday Reflections

While we’re able to meet again within the Old Kirk, Church is more than just a building, and we appreciate that people will not be able to join us in person during these challenging times. We’ve also seen a grown in our online Church Family during this period so we’re continuing to post our ‘Sunday Reflections’ video series every Sunday morning on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

You can also watch them anytime on our video page.

If you’re on Facebook then join us on our page where we have a live watch along and where you can get in touch with your comments and thoughts. It’s a great way to share news and catch up with friends from Church and we love to hear from you all!


Podcast

To help stay connected with our Church Family, you can listen to ‘The Old Kirk Podcast’ which you can find on all popular podcast platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

You’ll find audio editions of our Sunday Reflections series along with recordings of our monthly reflection services.

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.


Messy Church/kidZone At Home

To help support our families and young people, we’ve created 2 new video series designed for children. We post these periodically on our Facebook page and YouTube channel so check them out!

‘Messy Church At Home’

‘kidZone At Home’


Keeping In Touch

Social isolation and distancing has been a challenge for everyone over this period so one simple way we can help is by staying connected. As part of this, we issued a weekly online newsletter during the 1st lockdown which you can register for here:

Our newsletter is moving to a monthly format and you can find out more details here.

We also have virtual coffee shops via Zoom every Thursday and Sunday. It’s a time to relax with friends and have a blether so send us an email and we’ll give you the login details.

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.

To help support the work done by the Bo’ness Storehouse Foodbank, we have helped establish an 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 set up a safe drop off zone for donations in the Old Kirk carpark every Monday and Friday between 1pm and 3pm.

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

As our groups are postponed for the timebeing, the Old Kirk building is currently closed when not used for worship . Only limited essential team members and Foodbank volunteers 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.

In accordance with public health measures, and to keep everyone safe, the below measures have been put in place and are continuing to be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

  • If you are feeling unwell then 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.
  • 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.
  • Within the Old Kirk, each room has a maximum occupacy limit. This limit must be adhered to at all times with 2 metre distancing required.
  • Deep cleaning of the building is taking place in advance of and following each service/event in the Old Kirk.
  • Various COVID-19 safety measures have been put in place including direction markings, and distanced seating along with other procedures to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone.
  • Handwash points and paper towel dispensers have been placed next to all entrances and washing areas along with advice notices on how to wash hands thoroughly. When entering the building, you will be asked to sanitise your hands before being seated.
  • We’ve redesigned our seating so that everyone is sat at least 2 metres from other households. A one way system for entry and exit of the building has also been put in place.
  • As food and drinks should not be left open for communal sharing there will be no refreshments served after services/gatherings for the timebeing.
  • We’ve replaced our usual handshakes and hugs with more imaginative (and distanced!) ways to make people welcome.