BCOS Documents on Reopening of Churches


In May 2020 the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland established four working groups; an Infection Control Group, Pastoral Ministry Group, Seminary Formation Group and Episcopal Finance Committee, to advise them on various aspects of how Church life would be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These documents have been developed by the above working groups to inform, advise and support parish communities about how to plan for churches re-opening to the public.

DOCUMENT (with download link)  Description
Bishops’ Pastoral Letter 5th June 2020 A second Pastoral Letter from the Scottish Bishops re. Covid-19 Virus
COVID-19 Infection Control for Churches Advice on COVID-19 and Infection control protocol for parishes
Preparing for re-opening of churches Guidance on how clergy and parishioners can prepare for a phased re-opening of churches
Embracing Hope – a route map for pastoral ministry A route map for pastoral ministry in parishes during the COVIOD-19 pandemic
How ready is your church to re-open? This is not a document but a simple on-line assessment tool which parishes can use to assess their readiness for re-opening.
Safeguarding guidance for recruiting volunteers Guidance for parishes on Safeguarding requirements when recruiting volunteers as stewards
 Volunteer Application Form A This link will download a form to be completed by current volunteers who will act as stewards
 Volunteer Application Form B This link will download a form to be completed by new volunteers who will act as stewards
Information Leaflet for new Volunteers  ** still to be completed **