Hello, thank you for taking the time to click on the Parish Survey

As you know, unfortunately we are not able to offer Mass at the moment, however the St Francis Xavier's Strategy Team are working on opening our Churches for a few hours a week, to allow people to come in for private prayer. We are trying to work out how to do this within Scottish Government health and safety guidelines, and implementing the advice from the Conference of Scottish Bishops (2020).

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland state, "Parishioners who are shielding according to Scottish Government guidance should not come to church until Scottish Government guidance advises them it safe to do so. Parishioners aged 70 or over, pregnant women, and those who receive the flu jab for medical reasons are currently able to leave their homes for essential purposes. In making a decision to come to church they are asked to follow Scottish Government advice." (Working Group on COVID-19 Infection Control, June 2020).  You can find out more about this by pasting this link into your browser: (https://www.bcos.org.uk/COVID19/tabid/127/Default.aspx)

People who do not meet this description above can visit the Church, once they are open, as long as they follow our guidelines.  This is currently being developed by the Parish Strategy Team, and we expect this to be published on the website in the coming weeks. It is likely to mean entrance and exit from different doors than you are used to, but these will be clearly labelled, and instructions will be given in advance of your visit.

To open our doors safely, we need to have an idea of the demand and needs in our community. This is why we are asking you these questions - 7 in total. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete. If you would like to know more about this consultation, please email stfxstrategyteam@gmail.com. If you or someone you know would like to access this survey and can't, please get in touch on stfxstrategyteam@gmail.com, and we will do our best to help.

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* 1. By ticking this box you are saying:
I understand that my answers will be taken to the St Francis Strategy Team, and will be used for no other purpose. 
I understand that all answers are anonymous, and no identifiable information will be required.
I understand I can withdraw at any point, with no penalty

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* 2. If we opened the Church to allow for private prayer, are you or someone you know likely to use it?

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* 3. If we can make candles available safely, are you or someone you know likely to use them:

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* 4. We are considering an appointment system for access to the Church for private prayer.  This enables planning and management of visitors, allows us to gauge demand, and also helps to trace visitors if we have to. If we had an appointment system, are you or someone you know likely to use it:

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* 5. Another idea is to only allow access at certain times of the day, to enable us to cap numbers, steward access and clean the Church after use.  It has been suggested that we limit access for a few hours every day, for half an hour, or even 15 minutes.   
Do you think this is workable in our Church?

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* 6. We are keen to find out what people want to know, and are thinking about preparing a Frequently Asked Questions document (FAQ) for the website. Is there anything you would like to know about the Strategy Team, this consultation, or the process?  
If you have a please put your question below.
If you have a comment or suggestion you would like to make, please put that below too.

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* 7. When we are able to open up for Mass again, later this year, we need to plan a system that will allow safe access to the Church.  Currently the obligation to attend weekly Mass has been removed, and we expect this to continue for some time in 2020.  If you are not in a high-risk group, and are able to attend in person, would you be most likely to attend:

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* 8. We are assuming you have answered these questions in relation to St Anthony's Church (Rumford).  If you would also like to participate in the survey for St Francis Xavier's Church (Falkirk), you can find it here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YBRW6LS.  If you intend to fill in both surveys, please let us know here.

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* 9. Finally, these plans will only be possible if we are able to find enough volunteers to steward and clean the Church.  We expect to need at least 5 volunteers for each prayer session.  

These volunteers cannot be people in at-risk categories and age groups, as described above. 

If we have enough volunteers, this need not be too big a commitment.  

If we don't have enough volunteers, sadly, we will not be able to open our doors. 

If you would like to know more about volunteering, or would like to volunteer yourself, please visit the Parish website here (https://www.falkirkcatholics.org/covid-19/), or email office@falkirkcatholics.org

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