Phase 4 Re-Opening

We show love for our neighbours and care for our community by following public health rules and guidance to the best of our abilities. Scroll down for info about in-person worship in Phase 4.
Before You Leave Your Home

Do a quick self-check before coming to worship in person.

Are you…

  • experiencing unexplained symptoms of illness? 
  • required to self-isolate because of 
    • a potential exposure? (Check here.)
    • your travel status? (Check here.)
    • any other public health direction?

If any of those apply to you, please do not attend in person (yet!), but join us online if you can. Thank you for acting sacrificially to protect others. We look forward to welcoming you to worship at your next opportunity!

Our congregation celebrates the Lord’s Supper (Communion/the Eucharist) at least once a month.  We currently avoid passing things out hand to hand, including communion bread and juice, but communion packets will be available as you enter.

On Arrival

Masks
Please put on a mask before entering, if you have one. Masks are required, and our hosts have fresh masks available for anyone who needs one. Hand sanitizer is available in our lobby.

Contact Tracing
Record your name and provide your phone number. (One person can be the contact for a household.)

*This contact info will be used  only by public health services, and only to manage a possible exposure.  If you would like to be contacted by our pastor, our deacons, or our elders,  use  a contact card found in our pews, and leave it in the offering basket as you exit.

Washroom Use
If possible, delay use of our washrooms until worship has begun.

Distanced Standing and Seating
Please stand or sit in an place that allows you (or your bubble) to maintain a 6 ft distance from others. Hosts are required to reseat people if needed; please feel free to inform them of any special need that you have, so that they can help.

Except for trips to the washroom, please remain at your assigned place throughout worship.

Children’s Ministries in Phase 4
The presence and participation of children of all ages is welcome at worship. As of September 19, 2021, a nursery space is available on the main floor, and ministries for children 2-3 years old (“Little Lambs”) and 4-8 years old (“Children and Worship”) open for the season. In Phase 4, children over 2 years old wear masks in the church building, but may remove them once inside their program rooms.

 

During Worship

In keeping with public health guidance, we have limited congregational singing.  Our space is large and airy, and mild temperatures allows us to maximize ventilation. Singing groups have been able to sing for a short period (30 minutes or less) and then clear the room, and this is the practice that we have adopted. The congregation is invited to sing during the last part of worship, following the sermon.

Any one of us may have concern about sharing space with folk who are singing, and so the balcony has been designated a “no singing” zone. Please do not sing in the balcony, even if you are the only person seated there. By the way, during any song, feel free to hum,  speak the words of the songs,  meditate as you listen, stand, … sway…clap, etc.

Please join us in praying with strong hope for the day when we can sing (all of the songs!) to God together, and without any worry or concern.

We limit the items that are passed hand to hand during worship, including offering baskets.  Money gifts/offerings remain a welcome way to participate in the ministry of our local church, our denomination, and the good work of specific charitable organizations operating in our area. You will have access to a basket where any offerings can be placed while you are at worship.
No offering – no problem. Your presence at worship is an offering, and we are thankful for it. 

Refreshments and Visiting - Now Indoors!

Please join us for lemonade and cookies following morning worship.

Masks and distancing are required, but masks can be briefly removed to eat or drink.

Worship is Always Available Online

There are many reasons that attending in person may be too risky, because of temporary or chronic vulnerability to serious illness; or too challenging for reasons related to stress or anxiety as we move through the phases of re-opening. We are committed to being gentle with ourselves and with others as we each figure out when in-person attendance makes sense.

At any time, should you need to–or prefer to–participate in worship online, find a link to worship on our home page.