Ayr: St Columba Church

Private Prayer – Notice to Members

Now that we are in Phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s route map, the Kirk Session is permitted to open the Church for the purpose of private prayer. The Kirk Session is pleased to be able to make the sanctuary available to you for a trial period of four Sundays in July. Please be aware that the situation you will find in Church will not be how it is in normal circumstances. The maximum number of people who can enter the Church on a Sunday morning is 35. If more than that number attend, regrettably they cannot be admitted. This number has been reduced from previously advertised figures on the advice of Presbytery.

The Kirk Session anticipates that members who wish to use the church for private prayer or reflection will be in the building for a relatively short time. Despite our great wish to care for all who enter the building, the current situation means that physical assistance to members in the event of illness cannot be offered and the normal facilities in the building, including toilets, will not be available. You will understand that this is in line with Government and Church of Scotland guidance and is to help ensure the health and safety of all.

The Kirk Session requests that you take careful note of the following information:

  • The Church will be open for private prayer on Sunday mornings in July from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. The first occasion will be on Sunday 5th July 2020.
  • There will be no Minister led prayers.
  • All visitors will be seated separately, at a social distance from others, including those from the same household.
  • There will be no Bibles, Hymn Books or seat cushions in the Church.
  • All visitors should comply with national guidance on health and safety. Hand sanitisers will be placed at the entry and exit doors, social distancing will be in place and the wearing of face coverings is strongly advised and gloves may be worn.
  • All visitors are asked to remember that people have come to Church for private prayer and that their silence will be appreciated.
  • On each visit, please bring a note containing your name, address and telephone number and hand this in as you enter the Church.
  • All visitors must enter by the main Midton Road door and leave by the back Midton Road door nearest to the Organ.
  • Visitors will be met by a duty Elder who will lead them to a specific seat. That seat will have been cleaned and will not be used by any other visitor on the day. Visitors are asked not to move to any other seat.
  • Visitors may stay in the Church for as long or as short a period as they wish, up to 12.00 noon.
  • Visitors must leave the Church by the back Midton Road door next to the organ. Other areas of the building cannot be accessed.
  • If a visitor becomes ill in Church and cannot recover themselves, an ambulance will be called. Duty Elders cannot be asked to give physical assistance as would normally be the case.

On behalf of the Kirk Session, I am sorry that there are so many restrictions in place at the moment. I believe it is important for members to have an opportunity to sit in the Church Sanctuary, but we must respect the advice and guidance we have been given in the current circumstances. I very much hope that it will not be too long until we can all meet freely once more at a normal Service.

Please remember that the Church continues to function through the magazine, the website and Facebook and also through personal contacts. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Elder, the Minister or the Church Secretary if you have any concerns or questions.

R.A. Bartholomew

Session Clerk