Guidance for Scottish Episcopal Church released in preparation for Phase 2 of easing lockdown

June 12, 2020

The College of Bishops and its Advisory Group have issued guidance to the Scottish Episcopal Church on how to prepare for the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions as we approach Phase 2 of the Scottish Government route map through and out of the coronavirus crisis.

Three documents are being made available:

  1. Emerging from Lockdown: Phase 2 Guidance
  2. Pro forma Phase 2 Plan for Vestries
  3. Pastoral Guidelines for Phase 2

The documents can be accessed by clicking on the links above. Two of the documents are in PDF format, and the Pro forma document is in Word format. When clicking on the link above to the Word document, the file will download to your device.

All of the items of documentation relate to Phase 2 of the Scottish Government Route map and are produced to enable churches to prepare for Phase 2. Please note that we are not yet in Phase 2 and cannot yet restart the activities permitted in Phase 2 until the Scottish Government announces a date for this to take place, but the SEC guidance allows churches to prepare for that moment. Phase 2 is not currently expected to start any earlier than 18 June.

At this stage, the guidance provided for the SEC relates only to Phase 2. If any subsequent Scottish Government guidance requires the SEC guidance to be updated, the SEC documents will be revised accordingly and the update will be highlighted via the usual channels i.e. this website and SEC social media platforms.

The Advisory Group will produce further guidance for the SEC in relation to Phase 3 of the Scottish Government route map, which will be issued in due course.