FAQ’s (Current at 18th August 2020)
The Scottish Government have recently provided further details regarding worship services.
The current Government guidance can be found here
The Elders are continuing to give top priority to reviewing the latest government guidelines with respect to a possible recommencement of church services in the CCC building.
A major development is that numbers have to be capped at 50 people at present in Phase 3. This will require us to look again at what is possible and best for our CCC family which has a morning congregation in excess of 350. We await government advice on the timing and details of what is possible in Phase 4.
The Elders have established a management group to look comprehensively at all the practical aspects including communication with the church ministry groups. The group comprises Iain MacLelland (Chair), Pastor Alasdair Macleod, Norman Cordiner, William Hamilton, Alan Imrie, Janetta Howarth and Bobby Mackenzie reporting to Elders and Church Secretary.
Please pray for us to have wisdom as we serve.
The Elders will provide further updates in due course as the way ahead becomes clearer.
In the meantime, if you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to a member of the leadership team.
Our target for reopening for various activities is early September, although this may change.
In the meantime, here are some answers to frequently asked questions.
The buildings are only open at the present time for those who are required to undertake essential maintenance, or for those who are assisting in the production of the Sunday morning worship service.
If you do access the buildings, please note that there is currently a QR Code which needs to be scanned on entry and a separate one on exit.
If you do not have a QR Reader on your phone, details of a website are provided. Once you have inserted your details into the system, they are stored for the next time that you visit.
There are no paper sheets to be filled in.
Once the buildings reopen, their will an electronic kiosk where you will have to record your contact information prior to entering the buildings.
All visits to the buildings must be recorded electronically.
We are required to do this to comply with the Government’s Test and Protect guidance.
The procedure will be slightly different for a “church” service or event, where ChurchSuite has been used. We will be using the ChurchSuite technology to check you in to the service or event.
The government guidance asks that churches keep an accurate temporary record for 21 days of all those who attend CCC to assist the NHS Test and Protect service.
We will hold your details as required by the Government.
Due to the restrictions on numbers, you will have to book to attend a service / event via ChurchSuite.
Our next service can be booked by visiting this page.
The booking opens on the Monday before the Service and will close on the Thursday evening. This will give us time to ensure that the seating is correctly set out.
Due to government guidelines we can only receive those who have booked into our evening service.
Face coverings must be worn at all times within our Buildings. For these purposes, a face shield is not considered to be a face covering.
There are some exemptions to this, and these can be found in the guidance on the use of face coverings.
If you are exempt from wearing a mask because of a medical reason, please just make the welcome team aware of this when you arrive.
The wearing of face coverings must not be used as an alternative to other precautions including physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
There will be no teas and coffees served either before or after the services, once we start to meet in person.
There will also be no teas, coffees or cakes served at church related activities / meetings due to the Government guidance that has been issued.
When we do reopen, you are encouraged to bring your own bottled water with you.
This does not affect the 3C’s Coffee Shop.
We will not be able to sing together when we recommence our services.
If we have a live praise band, there will be a single singer who will lead from behind a plexi-glass screen.
Communion is important for us, and due to the restrictions under the current guidance we will not be having an in-person Communion Service. However, we will be continue to provide an on-line Communion service when we initially reopen.
This will be updated as the guidelines are relaxed.
We are unable to baptise people at this time due to Government guidance.
A basket will be available as you enter the building for cash offerings. Our preference at this time is for offerings to be made electronically where possible.
For those with the responsibility of counting the offerings, we will be following strict hygiene measures and gloves will be used when handling the money.
Any person who has handled money will wash their hands thoroughly afterwards and avoid touching their face
We await Government guidance on when our children and youth work can recommence.
In the meantime, preparations are underway to allow this to happen.
We recognise that attending church is a specific personal choice and we will help safeguard those who have specific health concerns.
Our worship services will continue to be streamed on-line on a Sunday morning.
We are aware that not everyone will want to be physically present in the building, and there are currently restrictions on numbers that we can accommodate at this time. We do not want anyone to miss out.
Our hospitality space – the 3C’s coffee shop is permitted to open.
We are looking to reopen the 3C’s Coffee Shop during the early part of September.
We will be following the guidance for the hospitality sector.
We will follow the guidance on the opening of public toilets, including hygiene measures that requires to be taken.