As Christians, we are called to love God and love our neighbour. We are going to open for Sunday worship, but we will continue to love our neighbour by striving to practice diligently safety protocols with regards to COVID-19.
Church This Sunday
There will be people to greet you (and they will wear masks). There will be a table where you will be able to put in your offering. Someone will be at the table (also in a mask and gloves) to give you the new church directory that was just printed if you want a copy. According to provincial guidelines, we would be allowed around 75 people as long as we can maintain physical distancing. We will monitor to make sure that we are adhering to the guidelines for physical distancing.
Here is a brief summary of how things will look:
- No more than one-third of our room capacity as long as physical distancing can be maintained
- Each person must self-screen before every visit
- Do not attend if you are unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19
- If you have travelled outside Maritime bubble do not attend for 14 days
- Only sit together with your family or social bubble
- Hand sanitizer will be available
- Masks are optional for attendees – please remember to bring your own
- Masks are mandatory for volunteers such as ushers when distancing cannot be maintained
- Physical distancing of two metres must be maintained between attendees
- Persons will be guided through the building and to a seat
- Offering plates will not be passed but available at entrances
- No congregational singing – music only by soloists
- No printed bulletin will be available
- Volunteers will continuously sanitize high contact areas and washrooms after each use
- No program available for children – parents can use nursery for their family or social bubble
- Communion will not be practiced
Names will be taken of attendees in case it is needed by Public Health for contact tracing purposes
We will record the service and have it available on YouTube later in the day for you to watch.
Paul said we live by faith, not by sight. We are still people of faith and we may not know the reason for this outbreak or our future, but we live by faith and cling to Jesus.
Someone wrote that God is going to ignore the quarantine and continue to be everywhere. God is still in our homes, nursing homes, hospitals, and in every corner of our world. God will never practice any form of social distancing but will always be present with us through this time. God is still in control.
Remember, we are still the church. Nothing, not even a pandemic can overcome the church. Whether we are in the same room or online, our connection is Jesus Christ. He holds us together.
Feel free to call myself or one of the deacons at any time if there are any concerns or questions or if you have an urgent need and are not sure where to turn.
If you have a family member that does not have internet or email please share this letter with them.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!