COVID-19

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 support the local community. This is a continually changing situation and updates will be provided here on an ongoing basis.

Following the latest Scottish Government advice regarding places of worship, our Kirk Session have reviewed the situation regarding reopening the Old Kirk building.  

This included the review of the guidance, assessment of distancing requirements within the building and the various restrictions this would place on worship and other activities.Please see Diane’s post below for more details regarding this.

Ultimately, while we appreciate that people may wish us to open for private prayer and funerals, and we would like to be able to do so, we do not feel that it would be safe to do so in these current circumstances. This is to ensure the safety of everyone including our volunteers, minister and Funeral Directors. 

We are continuing to work towards reopening and will review this decision again at the end of August. As always, we will continue to keep you informed.

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


Sunday Reflections

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 ‘Sunday Reflections, a special 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’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 ‘The Old Kirk 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.


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 every week on our Facebook page and YouTube channel so check them out!

‘Messy Church At Home’

‘kidZone At Home’


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 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’re issuing our newsletter weekly 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 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 setup a safe drop off zone for donations in the Old Kirk carpark every Monday between 10am and 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.