COVID-19 INFORMATION

UPDATE 17th July

We have been given permission to hold Sunday morning services from Sunday 26th July 2020.  Unfortunately Glasgow Presbytery has advised that Stamperland Church will remain closed until electrical re-wiring of the hall accommodation has been undertaken and the electrical system re-certified.

Two services will be held each Sunday morning in Netherlee Church the first starting at 10.00 am and the second starting at 11.30 am. 

In order to comply with Covid-19 guidance services will be rather different from what we have been used to.There will be a "New Normal". 

Some of the key differences will be that there will be a maximum of only 50 people allowed in the building at any time. Those attending will sit in accordance with Social Distancing rules (two metres) and all in the congregation will have to a wear face-covering. The service will be shorter than before and there will be no hymn singing. 

We know some people are very keen to return to Sunday worship. We know that others have concerns about being indoors with a significant number of other people and would be inclined to stay away. We fully appreciate these concerns and fully support your personal decisions. The service will be live-streamed on the internet and also available as a recording so that, if you decide not to attend in person, you can still participate virtually. 

The following information may help you decide what is best for you.
  • If you are unwell please do not attend church.
  • If you are shielding, isolating or vulnerable, please consider the risks associated with attending church.
  • The toilets will be closed. 
  • The Scottish Government has specified 50 people as the maximum capacity for any church, so please do not be offended if the Duty Team have to tell you that the church is full.  You are welcome to turn up at the church in advance of a service and hope that there will be seating available.  Alternatively, to reserve a pew seat, you can phone Netherlee Church Office (0141 637 2503) on Tuesday between 10:00 am and noon or on Wednesday between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
  • Entry to and Exit from the building is being managed so that there is a one-way system in operation. Please read the signs and follow the guidance of the Duty Team. Step-free access is available.
  • A member of the Duty Team will ask for your name and telephone number – to be used only if required for Test and Protect purposes by Health Protection Scotland.
  • You must wear a face covering - so please bring one with you. (We will have masks available should you forget to bring yours.) 
  • We have hand sanitiser stations throughout the building - please sanitise your hands before you go into the sanctuary. 
  • The offering will not be collected during the service, but places for you to leave offerings and donations as you enter and exit will be signposted.
  • Any coats, umbrellas etc must be taken with you into the sanctuary.
  • There will be no tea or coffee provided after the service (or chat sadly).
  • At the end of the service you will be guided by the Minister and Duty Team on how to exit the building – please disperse promptly outside the building so there is no risk of crowding at the exits or on the pavements outside the building.

UPDATE 15th JULY

Work to prepare both churches for worship has progressed well.  One-way systems are in place, seating plans have been implemented, hand sanitiser stations installed, PPE for congregation, office bearers and cleaner is available, detailed instructions have been prepared for minister, organist, stewards, offering team, cleaner and, not least, the congregation.  

Scottish Government guidelines limit the accommodation in both churches to no more than 50 people.  You can see the seating plan for Stamperland Church by clicking here.

UPDATE 20th June 2020

As a consequence of the Scottish Government's decision to move forward from lockdown to Phase 2 and, thereafter, Phase 3 of its planned emergence from lockdown, the Session of this Church intends to open for Private Prayer at the Stamperland and Netherlee sanctuaries on Wednesday mornings on an alternating basis.  That is, one sanctuary will be open each Wednesday morning to enable private, individual, prayer. 

Eventually, when Phase 3 is implimented by the Government, we will seek to restore Sunday Worship at 10:00 am at Netherlee and 11:30 at Stamperland.

However, before we can open our doors the Church of Scotland requires that all churches carry out formal, detailed Risk Assessments to ensure the safe conduct of each of these events and ensure the safety for all attending.  Currently, we in the church are progressing these assessments and and looking to have them formally approved.  In addition we are preparing areas within our buildings and our grounds to meet the requirements of social distancing, hygiene, etc..  We will not open for either Private Prayer or Worship until they are complete. 

We will endeavour to report our progress through our websites.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our minster, Rev Scott Blythe on 07504 692046.  He is happy to
respond to calls and texts.

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PASTORAL CARE

The impact of the Coronavirus makes undertaking some forms of pastoral care rather difficult, particularly face-to-face visits whether at home, care home or hospital.  Please, therefore, do be aware that fewer visits than normal will be possible.  

Our minister, Rev Scott Blythe, is happy to be contacted by phone, text or e-mail.  Many, if not most, pastoral care issues may have to be handled by phone and text.  

Scott's landline number is 0141 533 7147.    

His mobile phone number is 07504 692 046.

His e-mail is SBlythe@churchofscotland.org.uk   

You can also contact our Pastoral Care Assistant, Marie Wilson.  

Marie's mobile phone number is 07399 246 935.

Her e-mail address is Marie.Wilson@churchofscotland.org.uk