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Click the green link below for important announcement from the Kirk Session regarding opening the Church for public worship.

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Private Prayer

The Church will now be open every Wednesday from the 16th September 2020, from 11am – 12mid-day
FOR PRIVATE PRAYER.

You’ll be very welcome to come to church to offer your
prayers, but you need to know these guidelines : 
this is how we’re going to do it!

The Church will be a 2m social distancing zone
(just as we’re all used to)

Face masks will be required. Masks will be provided for you if you don’t have one.

The main door will be used for both entry and exit and you must enter the sanctuary immediately.

The number of people in the small corridor between the two internal doors should be
kept to a minimum.

A member of the Welcoming Team will be stationed at the entrance.

They will record attendance, and details for contact tracing.
(We have to do this, of course.)
These records will be held securely for 21 days and then destroyed.

There are areas of the Church which will be out of bounds and this will be clearly indicated by red and white tape and ‘No Entry’ signs.

PLEASE NOTE : Toilets will not be available.

Jackets / coats / jumpers etc.
must remain with you.

Signage will be in place to inform everyone what to do and where to go.
Please obey all the signs!!

Stewards will be there to guide you to a seat.

There will be hand sanitiser at the point of
entry / exit.

And of course, please, please, please …
… if you have any of the symptoms of
COVID – 19 do the responsible and loving thing – don’t come for now …

We hate having to say “Please don’t come”, but we all know it’s absolutely necessary to be safe.

… and of course, if you’re drawn to come, you’ll be very welcome, and you’ll see that we are doing everything we can to keep you safe!

Last updated 7th September 2020

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Coronavirus Epidemic
During the current coronavirus epidemic this link will take you to the official Church of Scotland guidelines –
advice to churches

Any locally specific information will be added here, if and when necessary.

At their Zoom meeting on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 the Kirk Session agreed that the Church buildings would not be opened until the Scottish Government move to Phase 4 of the Covid arrangements.

Last updated 24th  July 2020

The May issue of ‘Life and Work’ can be accessed here.

Last updated 15.00 Friday 13th March 2020

The Kirk Session at their meeting this morning (Sunday 15th March 2020) endorsed the Church of Scotland guidance (as at 11.03.20) on the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Monday morning Koffee Klub is suspended until further notice.

Dated  16.00 Sunday 15th March 2020

“The Church of Scotland Task Group has agreed to ask, in the strongest terms, that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from Wednesday 17th March 2020, or earlier if possible. Other Scottish Churches are taking similar actions.  This obviously includes Easter services.  Some Presbyteries have already instructed this action. This will include, but not be restricted to, housegroups, meetings for youth work, and church cafes.  It will still be possible for an individual to offer a livestreaming of a sermon and prayers. Further information on livestreaming, including information on copyright, can be found in this circular on the Law Department’s webpages.  Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service take place on Radio 4, and also on Radio Scotland; other radio stations are available.”

Dated 5.00pm Tuesday 17th March 2020

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Personal Journeys

A ‘Pilgrimage’ project funded by Creative Scotland allowed Ruth Slater to explore the question ‘what makes Bute important to the people who live here’.  The 15 people who were interviewed, who will remain anonymous, were chosen to represent the broad range of folks who make up our island community (matching the demographics from the 2015 census data).

Ruth then created the panels, interpreting the words, sounds and emotions contained in each story.  Each panel has a mood, expressing the ever-changing weather, beneath which the words and feelings of each participant have been interpreted by Ruth into a continuous flow of writing.  The rear of the panels shows an exact depiction of the coast line of Bute.  For some this represented safety for others entrapment.

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