Plans for Re-Opening
We are going to be re-opening Sunday morning services starting on July 5 @ 10 am.
This will be phase one of re-opening, and we will only be allowed to have services on Sunday mornings at 10 am. There will be a Bible class and morning service where families or households will sit together.
There will be procedures and regulations we have to follow to permit people to enter the school building that we rent for holding our public services, and so we would suggest arriving early. See the regulations and procedures further down. These protocols will be followed for your safety and protection.
The washrooms that are open will be limited, and so we would suggest using the washroom at home. Washrooms at the school will still be open for those who need them.
In phase one of re-opening, we will only have "in-person" services at 10 am on Sunday mornings, and so we will continue to have live stream services on Sunday evenings and Thursday evenings, as well as various Zoom meetings throughout the week for prayer groups. We are also planning to continue to live stream our weekly "conversation with a missionary" on Monday evenings. People have been enjoying these other meetings so much, and we believe they are important and needed!
Live streaming of our church services can be found on our church YouTube channel and Facebook page:
Regular updates and a more accurate schedule of weekly services and meetings is found on our church Facebook page.
If we live stream our Sunday morning services, it may actually be a recording of the previous Sunday morning's services. Live streamed services on Sunday evenings, Monday evenings, and Thursday evenings will be live and will be broadcast from Pastor's home for the present time, continuing what we have been doing until further covid-19 restrictions are lifted and facilities are made available to us for meeting together.
Procedures and Regulations for Re-Opening for Church Services:
A. Reasons to stay home and watch the services of our church that we are able to post online:
Those with serious health problems (and who might be at greater risk) should not attend public services.
Those with serious respiratory problems (and who might be at greater risk) should not attend public services.
Those who are experiencing any of the following symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, severe sneezing), should not attend public services.
Those who have travelled internationally in the last 14 days should not attend public services.
Those who have had close contact in the past 21 days with someone who was confirmed to have Covid-19 should not attend public services and are prohibited by law from doing so.
B. Observing physical distancing and managing the risk:
People must avoid hand-shaking, hugging, or any physical contact with others.
People should seek to keep a two-metre distance with people not in their own family.
People should wash their hands with soap and hot water before attending services. Upon entering the building and during services, people should use the hand sanitizing stations that will be setup throughout the building.
It may be necessary/required for us to have someone posted at the entrance to ask people very basic screening questions and to take people’s temperature with an infrared thermometer. We sure would not do this to offend anyone, but it may be something that we are required to do for a little while to ensure people’s safety.
People attending public services will enter only through the front lobby. The flow of people will generally go one-direction through the hallways to the auditorium.
The washrooms open and available will be limited and the number of people allowed in the public restrooms at one time will be limited to safely observe physical distancing.
If necessary, the service will be dismissed in small groups at a time. People will be able to able to exit the auditorium from the rear doors and take the sidewalk around the building in order to return to the parking lot (if they want to avoid going through the hallways).
Depending on weather, temperature, humidity, and noise – doors of the auditorium could possibly be opened during the public services to allow for more fresh air flow.
Seating in the public services will be set up to practice physical distancing. Immediate family members or those living together should be seated together in the auditorium.
Seating will be spaced out throughout the auditorium to allow for physical distancing. Seating may even be designated for specific families or individuals, and there will be seating areas designated for visitors and first-time guests. Please respect and follow that.
Some aspects of the public services may be conducted differently than before, to help decrease the risk of spreading germs.
Offerings will not be collected with the passing of offering plates. Instead, there will be a box designated where people can deposit their envelopes or loose offerings. For those that are willing and able to, we encourage you to continue giving online by Interac e-transfer to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will not be hand-shaking times in our services, and people are asked to respect the fact that some people may be more cautious or concerned than others. We will all seek to be kind and respectful of the personal feelings of people that seem more cautious or even less concerned than you personally may be. Therefore, together, we will practice physical distancing and all reasonable safety measures to help limit the risk.
People are welcome to wear masks, but they are not required to. We will have some clean masks available for those who want to wear one but forget to bring their own.
Sanitizing and cleaning of the building will take place before and after every service.
Bathrooms will also be sanitized multiple times during the services.
People should seek to follow good hygiene practices and proper respiratory etiquette at all times. This includes things such as coughing or sneezing into the elbow or a tissue, discarding tissues into a lined garbage can, and washing hands afterwards.
Classrooms that we would normally use will NOT be open, and people are not allowed to go into any rooms that we are not specifically using for meetings. For now, there will NOT be any children’s classes or nurseries where a number of small children and workers from different household would be in close distance.
Families or households will attend together and sit together for any services or meetings. Any Bible classes, activities, or meetings, that we are able to conduct, will also observe the same efforts of maintaining physical distancing.
At some point, we may be able to begin classes for children, but that will only be done with much precaution and procedures set in place to mitigate any risk. In phase one reopening, we are not allowed to use classrooms.
There will NOT be any food or drinks served, and there should NOT be any food or drinks shared during phase one of re-opening services. At such a time that it becomes appropriate to have a meal together at the church, it will begin only by immediate family members or individuals from one household having food that they have prepared in their home, and eating the food that they have prepared, while maintaining physical distancing. It is very likely that there will NOT be access to a microwave or food preparation area, and so each individual or family would have needed to prepare their own food at home beforehand. Perhaps there will come a time, for example, when pizzas could be purchased by individuals or families, and then just shared with those from their own household (while maintaining physical distancing during the fellowship or meal time). Whenever the time comes that larger gatherings and meals could be enjoyed together at the church, it would be done with having a small number of people wearing clean gloves and masks who are designated to serve the food to others.
The Pastor must be notified immediately if anyone in your family attended any public service or activity or meeting of the church, and then tested positive for Covid-19 within the next 21 days.
If we learn there was any potential or known exposure to Covid-19 at a particular meeting, those who attended will be notified right away.