Churches can now open for public worship subject to additional rules laid down by the Scottish Government, and revisions have been made to the guidance issued by the Advisory Group of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and the pastoral guidance issued by the College of Bishops. Should you wish to read them you will find the latest version of the guidelines on the SEC website.
Updates with slight modification on previous guidance include a strict limit on numbers permitted to worship, with physical distancing remaining in place at 2 metres; a recommendation on collecting details of those attending to facilitate contact tracing; and limited singing by just a single voice.
The rules are challenging to say the least! All must abide by the Government guidelines and cannot take shortcuts. And, of course, as we worship in Methodist premises, we are also bound by their implementation of the rules, which at present means that we will not be worshipping at Rosyth until at least 1 September.
[Updated 17 Aug] The SEC website used to link to a short video ‘walk through’ of the preparations and practices needed for public worship, which demonstrated in an easy-to-assimilate form what may well become the new normal. Unfortunately, this useful video had to be withdrawn as it didn’t show worshippers wearing face masks as required by a latest guidance. In consequence, expect it to feel even less like things were when we last met on 15 March!