Dollar Parish Church
Linking Lives - Building Communities
Linked with Muckhart & Glendevon Churches
All Services and Church activities are cancelled until further notice due to Covid-19 pandemic. We are planning to open for private prayer and reflection when we can get the necessary safeguards in place. We will let you know just as soon as we can.
Update on the Gate Charity
Uptake for the Foodbank has more than doubled in recent weeks. Outlay for perishable foodstuffs has increased fourfold. A strict referral system is still in place so you can be sure that all those who benefit are genuinely in need.
Some days at the Foodbank are much busier than others. On Thursday 4th June they handed out 120 food parcels, mostly to families!
Food items can be dropped off at the Gate Centre in Alloa, Mon-Fri 10am-3pm or at the permanent trolleys in all local supermarkets.
Cash donations can also be made and are regarded as a necessity. You can donate online or at the Centre. Please note, cheques must be made payable to The Gate Charity.
The Gate also appreciates used clothing, footwear, small household items and toiletries which are distributed via The Soup Pot and Home Starter Pack projects.
All donations are very gratefully received.
We plan to operate our School Uniform Bank from Ludgate Church and Alloa’s Town Hall this year to ensure that we have enough space to operate the project effectively, whilst ensuring that safeguarding procedures are adhered too, for example safe social distancing space for volunteers, staff, helpers and service users. As you know, there is no cost for any items to parents or anyone caring for a child, although we do welcome a small donation if possible but this is by no means a requirement.
Donation dates and information are as follows:
Monday 29th June – Friday 10th July 2020.
The Gate Centre, strictly between 3pm and 5pm.
Tesco and Morrison’s Superstore Donation Station, Anytime.
Please Note: the final day for collections at The Gate Centre is Wednesday 15th July 2020. After this date, we are unable to accept donations due to limited storage space.
Please can you let your colleagues, family and friends know this information as we need as many donations of new or good quality seconds to distribute to vulnerable children within our community.
Sorting Period dates and information are as follows:
Ludgate Church. Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July 2020. 10am to 4pm. Please note: times can vary around volunteer availability.
Open Week dates and information as follows:
Alloa Town Hall. Monday 20th July to Friday 24th July 2020. Operating from 10am to 4pm. Open to the public from 11am to 3pm.
We welcome referrers, parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, carers or anyone who is responsible for caring or supporting a child.
Safe Buildings update June 2020 (V1)
Guidance on the reopening of Church Buildings
The Scottish Government published their 4-phase plan to easing Covid-19 restrictions on 21 May 2020. Since then, the Church of Scotland has been working collaboratively with Presbytery representatives and members from a number of different departments within the national office to produce guidance that will help congregations plan to reopen their church buildings.
This guidance describes the practical aspects for reopening church buildings and the possible implications for worship. This guidance is designed to facilitate discussion, and support ministers and the relevant decision-making bodies at a local level as they consider how and when will be the best time for them to reopen their church buildings. The Scottish Government has not provided a definitive time line for when church buildings can reopen, however it is important that congregations take steps now to plan and prepare their church buildings, members of their congregation and volunteers for the reopening of their church buildings.
As well as highlighting the many factors that congregations should consider, the guidance also contains a buildings checklist and a Covid-19 risk assessment, which should be completed before any church building reopens.
We will review and update this guidance as government policy and legislation changes, so please check the Church of Scotland website regularly for any updates.
A link to the guidance is attached for your information.
If you have any questions related to this guidance please email Covid19guidance@churchofscotland.org.uk