Public Worship in Glasgow Cathedral

Although the number of spaces available are limited  the Church is now open for worship on Wednesday  from 11.15-11.45am. The door will open at 11:00. Pre-booking is essential.

Q. Why is the church service on at Wednesday 11am?

A. In planning for social distancing, tracking, sanitising etc. we have collaborated with Historic Environment Scotland. They have, in consultation, developed an implementation plan to comply with the Government’s requirements. This will also meet the requirements of Glasgow Presbytery. On a Wednesday we will have the support of HES staff, the plan and equipment. We believe this support is necessary and helpful in fulfilling our legal responsibility, and above all, keeping everyone safe.

Q. Should I attend?

Whether to attend worship at this time is an entirely personal decision. We cannot tell you if joining in public worship is right for you. However, to help make an informed decision we’ve prepared a Personal Risk Assessment. Before deciding whether to come or not, or whether private prayer might be more appropriate, have a look at the Personal Risk Assessment Tool here.

Q. How can I attend?

A. To book a space for the Church service use the contact form here  or telephone  the Church office to leave a message and our Administrator, Heather will call you back 0141 552 8198. If you use the contact form (the best way) please include details of when you wish to attend, and the names of any folk who will be coming with you, together with a phone number for them if they do not reside with you.

In order to record how many people attend we will need to confirm your request you will not be admitted without this confirmation. For tracking we will need your name, address and contact details. (We are aware this may seem intrusive and even offensive. The requirement will allow us to track the number of people attending. This will also aid with the Government’s requirements for ‘Tracking & Tracing’. It you know of anyone, for whom the Cathedral is home, and they may not be able to make the arrangements themselves please call the office on their behalf. We do not want these measures to fragment the Cathedral family)

Q. Can I request a space for someone else?

A. Yes. It will be necessary to have their information for ‘tracking & tracing’.

Q. Can anyone attend the service?

A. This service is an opportunity for those who regularly worship in the Cathedral to once again worship in familiar surroundings. We hope members, adherents and those who regularly worship will be present. However, the Cathedral Administrator will respond to all requests. As the Cathedral Church of Glasgow, the people’s Cathedral, we are mindful of our responsibility to the wider city. Any requests outside those above will be considered individually.

Q. What happens when I arrive at the Church on a Wednesday.

A. Make your way to the South Porch door for 11am. We would request a queue of no more than 6 people. If you are the 7th person, please stay back from the queue until entry begins. Please remember social distancing at all times. You will be required to wear a face covering. Once inside the Cathedral there will be a one-way system in operation. You will be seated in the Nave, in the North West Aisle of the Cathedral. The seating will be loose chairs. These have been sanitised. All the necessary requirements regarding face coverings and hand sanitising will be available. At this time face coverings will be required during a worship service.

Q. Will the Church worship service be the same as our regular Sunday morning service?

A. No. But worship will have a familiar format and content. There will be Bible reading (s), prayer (s), music and a Sermon. The Church organ will accompany the service, and a choir member may sing the hymns and other musical items from a safe distance. There will be no congregational singing. Social distancing will be observed at all times. There will be printed material used for one service only which you must take away with you.

Q. What happens when the service is over?

A. You will be directed to an exit using the one-way system in operation. You will have the opportunity to sanitise your hands. There will be a bin available to dispose of any face covering as required. We would emphasise the need for ‘social distancing’ when leaving the building. We should be mindful of the risk if groups congregate even outside the building.