St. Andrew's United Reformed Church
Ramshill Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2LN
Telephone: 01723 581642
Covid Update 8th June 2020
The elders have spent a lot of time thinking about when and how we might re-open our building. Restarting the engines is not a simple task, and the restrictions necessary to reopen are wide ranging – including the need for social distancing, vigilant cleaning and the wearing of face masks. Life will not suddenly return to ‘normal’ in shops, restaurants or indeed church.
After a lot of discussion and prayer, the elders have decided that for now we will not be re-opening the building. We are a family church, and to reopen the building whilst some of the family cannot join us would be heart-breaking. To re-open and put others at risk, would be counter to our faith. To re-open and risk people feeling pressured to put themselves at risk would be unethical.
I would like to thank you all for the trust you have put in the eldership and in myself during this time. We are committed to staying within the advice and guidance from the government, from our denomination and from our synod. To act against their advice would put the Elders’ Meeting, as trustees, in significant jeopardy over liability. We will keep talking and praying and will review the situation in August.
In terms of the Beacon Hall, it will be September at the earliest before groups can start to meet again, and that will depend on social distancing regulations. We will also review that decision in August.
I appreciate that some of you might not agree with our decision, but it is the unanimous decision of the eldership and we ask you to understand that we are doing our best. Some of you may feel you want to respond to the decision, please consider your response carefully, pray about it and offer it gently. Please either speak to your elder or contact me directly.
For now, remember that it is only the building not the church that is closed. We are still church, and I ask you all to please pray for our fellowship, the familiar faces and those on the edges. I ask you to pray for Nancy & Chris, our Secretary and Treasurer, who have faced new challenges during this time. I ask you to pray for your elders who are doing their best to hear the call of the spirit and offer care and support to you all.
We are still church
The building is closed but we are still church and continue to worship and pray together.
We are keeping an eye on the advice from the government and the URC, and we are making plans for when we can safely re-open.
In the meantime join us for worship on You Tube – services are posted weekly to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/standrewsurcscarborough
The latest advice from the URC can be found here www.urc.org.uk/coronavirus.html
Reform Magazine, which is usually £4, is available free online during lockdown. You can read the latest one here https://ocean.exacteditions.com/magazines/762