We are delighted to be able to hold in-person services again here in the Kirk.

 

Book in for an in-person service by clicking here, or on the button above. 

 

We want to assure you that your safety and the safety of our ministry team and staff is our top priority. Below, you will see that we have outlined the guidelines within some frequently asked questions about what being back at Greyfriars will look like during this unique time. 

 

Can I just turn up to a service as usual?
No. We will require you to book in advance. This will help us to keep within the limits for number of people allowed at each gathering (50 total). Booking will close when spaces are filled, or two hours before the services, whichever comes first.

Do I have to provide my contact details?
Yes. We’re required to maintain attendance records to assist in the Test and Protect scheme. You’re details will be stored in accordance to our Privacy Policy which is available here.

Will you be live-streaming these gatherings?
Not at the moment. We’ll still have our pre-recorded Sunday service each Sunday at 11am which you’re welcome to join us for on our website at greyfriarskirk.com/online-services.

What time will the service start?
Services will begin on Sundays in the Kirk at 11 am. We recommend arriving early.

How long will the services be?
The gathering will be 45-50 minutes long.

Where can I park?
If you chose to drive to the Kirk, please try to park on Chambers Street, leaving spaces in the Kirkyard only for those with mobility issues. Thank you!

Can I sit wherever I want?
The Duty Elders or Beadle will show you to a seat when you arrive. Where reasonably possible, we ask that you remain seated during the gathering.

Can I sit with other people?
To maintain physical distancing, we will seat people 2 metres apart. Where possible, we will aim to seat those in the same household together although this will not always be possible.

Has the building been cleaned?
Yes. As well as having a deep clean before reopening, we have increased the amount of cleaning we are doing. Among other things, this involves wiping down all touch points between gatherings.

Can I bring my children?
Yes, absolutely. Unfortunately, creche services will not be available, but children are welcome at our services. 

Will I have to wear a mask?
Yes. The current Scottish Government guidance is for all congregation members to wear masks inside buildings. If you are exempt from wearing a mask because of a medical reason, please just make the Duty Elders or Beadle aware of this when you arrive.

Do I need to bring hand sanitiser?
We will provide hand sanitiser at all entrances/exits to the church as well as at toilets. However, you’re very welcome to bring your own as well.

Will we be allowed to sing?
The current guidance is that there can be no congregational singing. 

Will I be able to use the toilets?
Yes, the toilets will be open for use. Only two individuals will be permitted in the ladies and gents toilet at a time. 

Will there be an offering?
If you would like to give financially, at the moment we’d prefer this to be done online. There is a tap-to-give £3 contactless point at the Kirk exit for in-person giving. Feel free to “tap” as many times as you wish! There will also be an offering plate at the door. You can donate online by clicking here. The headings refer to Greyfriars Outreach and Greyfriars 400, but all the money you give will be used to support Greyfriars Ministry. 

Is there tea and coffee afterwards?
No. Under the current guidelines we aren’t able to serve tea/coffee/refreshments at any gathering.

Will there be time to chat to people at the end?
To promote physical distancing, at the end of the gathering, people sitting closest to the exit will be asked to leave first. As per Presbytery and Scottish Government guidelines, we also remind you that any gathering outside the church must be limited to a maximum of 6 people from not more than two households. Please disperse quickly after the service ends. If you would like to talk to another household within the legal limits, it would be best for you to do so away from the church, to maintain safe physical distancing for all.