For those who haven’t braved the Scottish Government document, what it says about worship returning to church buildings is:
Phase 2: Places of worship open for private prayer under physical distancing rules and hygiene safeguards. Allow marriages and civil partnerships and other types of ceremonies to take place with minimal number of attendees
Phase 3: Places of worship open to extended groups subject to physical distancing and hygiene safeguards. Relaxation of restrictions to attendance at funerals, marriages and civil partnerships beyond “close family”.
Phase 4: All ceremonies can take place, with improved hygiene and other precautions.
We will receive guidance from ‘121’ and Presbytery how and when Church of Scotland buildings can re-open. But in the meantime, we can still worship: online, by radio/television, by telephone, or in private prayer, and we’ve had the OK to celebrate communion online on Sunday 7 June. God is accessible everywhere
Lord, thank you that you are accessible everywhere, that you are not confined to specific buildings. Though we are missing seeing friends and acquaintances in church, help us to remember that we are part of your family that spans time and space. Help us to feel part of that family – and to be proactive in contacting others
PS Our journey ‘doon the waater’ has taken us past the piers at Partick and Govan. Next week we’ll get off at the old Renfrew Wharf (closed 1939) and either take the train to Abercorn station or a Corporation tram to visit Paisley