It was wonderful to be back in church for Palm Sunday. Hopefully, this return to in-person worship will be permanent, but limits on numbers attending and other pandemic restrictions are likely to be with us for a while yet.
Attendance at in-person worship is presently limited by law to a maximum of 50 people each service. We don’t want to turn away anyone at the door, nor are we keen on booking systems.
So, like we did last summer, on Sunday mornings we will hold two short services, at 9:15am and 10:30am, and we intend to publish ‘traffic lights’ to help you decide which service you’d prefer to attend. It’s a difficult balancing act and we constantly monitor patterns of attendance whilst reviewing our future options.
On Sunday 28 March 2021 (Palm Sunday), we rated the 9:15am service as amber – “space for more”, but the 10:30am service was at full capacity.
Remember that whatever happens on a Sunday morning on Ayr Street, online worship continues on our website and our Facebook page, and is also available via our Dial-a-Podcast service.
PLEASE NOTE: To help us safely manage anticipated numbers wishing to attend on Easter Sunday, we’re asking you to book places at either the 9:15am or 10:30am service.
Troon Old Parish Church – COVID-19 Rules on Reopening
Revised Scottish Government timetable for easing restrictions – Places of worship allowed to open for services under physical distancing rules and hygiene safeguards.
- PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND CHURCH IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: DRY COUGH; FEVER; LOSS OF TASTE or SMELL; SHORTNESS OF BREATH.
- Please carefully consider the additional risk to your health and wellbeing if you are within the higher risk categories as defined by current government guidance.
- Church will be open for services of reflection on Sundays from 8:45 and 10:00am, the services will commence at 9:15 and 10:30 respectively and last around 20 minutes. Any change to opening time(s) will be published as things evolve.
- Please follow government guidance on travel.
- Only the church sanctuary will be open – no general access to toilets, kitchen, halls, etc. Corridor doors will be closed and not in use other than for emergency purposes.
- Entrance is via Ayr Street door only. A one-way system will be operated to aid physical distancing. Disabled access can be made available if required. Exiting the Church through the Ayr Street door. Stewards will be there to help with access/exit.
- Social distance markings are installed in church – please remain 2m apart.
- ‘Sit here’ signage placed in pews – showing limitations of seating in pews and maintenance of 2m social distance (some seats may have restricted view depending on the mix of individuals and same household groups attending). Maximum capacity – including minister and stewards – is capped at 50 people by the Scottish Government. Stewards will monitor and help with this.
PLEASE DO NOT MOVE THESE SIGNS OR TRY TO SIT IN CLOSED OFF PEWS
- A record of attendees has to be kept (trace & protect). You will be asked for your name and phone number on entry.
- Stewards will be positioned at entrance/exit and to help with seating and safety. Please follow their guidance. People will not be able to sit in their ‘usual’ seats.
- Everyone is to maintain good hand hygiene practices – apply hand sanitiser on entry to and exit from the church. Supplies will be available at entry and exit doors.
- Face coverings must be worn when inside the church. If a face covering is not used for medical or other reasons, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- The church premises were deep cleaned by an external cleaning company in July 2020. Enhanced cleaning of all contact areas following each service will be done in line with Health Protection Scotland guidance.
- To avoid cross-contamination and aid cleaning, Bibles, hymn books and cushions have been removed from the pews. Bring your own Bible (and/or cushion!) if you wish, then take it home.
- Collection plates will be available inside the vestibule for envelope collection or cash donations.
These rules are required to meet the conditions of the Scottish Government and Church of Scotland for safe reopening of premises. You are asked to comply to help keep yourself and others safe – thank you.