As the lockdown measures are gradually lifted, news will be filtering out to the public with regards to the reopening and use of church buildings. Presently, church premises can be opened for personal prayer, an activity more generally associated with other denominations than the Church of Scotland. With the need for thorough cleaning and social distancing measures in place that must be signed off by the Presbytery before any church can reopen, the Kirk Session believes it was not necessary for Polwarth Church to try an reopen at this stage.
The next date for the nation to move to the next phase of easing is 23 July. At this stage church premises will be allowed to reopen for communal worship. The same cleaning and measures will apply, though these may change in regards to what it specified. We are also waiting to hear what is said about other groups being able to use the buildings for their own activities. The Kirk Session is due to meet again on 16 July to discuss how we plan to reopen. Due to the time of year in which this is taking place, the intention of the minister to take some annual leave, and to give ample time to plan what is required, it is unlikely any announcement about services or hall lets resuming will take place until September.
In the meanwhile, as our Facebook page illustrates, we do continue to encourage the community to make use of our beautiful garden space for their relaxation and well-being.