At Church Worship
On November 1, we opened our doors for our first indoor service since the end of July. It was great to see so many after being outdoors the last five Sundays. Because the service was so well received, we will be requiring everyone entering the building for Sunday services to have obtained a ticket beforehand. The main reasons are to ensure that no one is turned away at the door if our 30% capacity maximum is reached and to enable us to provide safe social distancing for everyone.
All staff, volunteers, and attendees are required to complete the Ontario self-assessment tool prior to coming. If you have any flu-like symptoms, if you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, or if you think you might have been exposed to COVID-19, then please stay at home. Volunteers and staff reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone exhibiting symptoms.
Those not comfortable coming into the church at this time may opt to listen to the service from the comfort of their vehicles in the parking lot via radio or view pre-recorded segments online on Sunday morning from the comfort of their homes.
What should I do if I find out I am unable to attend after I have already reserved my tickets?
Since we have a limited number of tickets available for the service, we ask that you please cancel your tickets if you are unable to attend. This will allow others to reserve the tickets and attend the service in your place. To do this, go to your emailed order confirmation, and under "Order Summary", go to "view and manage your order online".
Are there special requirements to attend?
Because we are wanting to ensure this service is safe and clean, we are asking the following:
You must follow public health advice, which includes physical distancing at two metres (six feet) apart between non-family groups.
Everyone is required to wear a face mask while they are in the church building, with some limited Bylaw exemptions.
Any socializing must take place outside the building and physical distancing is required.
Singing is not permitted.
Bathroom access is limited.
At the conclusion of the service, you will receive instructions for exiting the building.
How will the check-in process work?
As you enter, you will need to show your ticket (either a printed copy or on your mobile device) to the volunteers. You will be asked to confirm your answers to the questions from the Ontario self-assessment tool. If you are unable to provide satisfactory answers to these questions, then you will not be permitted to enter the building.
What should I do after I have been checked in?
Before entering the sanctuary you are asked to sanitize your hands at the table set up for that purpose and then proceed to a seating that physically distances your family unit from others. Ushers will be available to assist in this regard.
What Do We Do With Our Winterwear?
We have come to that time of year when it can be both cold and wet outside and so we need to dress accordingly. This has implications for what we do with our outerwear at the church in the current pandemic situation. If you plan to attend our Sunday services, for your own and everyone's safety, please take your winter coat to your seat, rather than hang it in the cloakroom area. Also, if you plan to remove your boots, please ensure you are able to do so safely with social distancing in mind and carry them to your seat as well to avoid the chance for any congestion. It would be a great idea to bring a bag along to hold them.
Will there be any children’s programs running on Sunday?
We are not able to offer nursery or in-person Sunday School classes at this time but have set up a “family fun” section with tables and craft supplies to allow young families to be present and worship together. Online curriculum and activity links will continue to be offered online on the website.
How do I obtain more information?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our church services, do not hesitate to reach out to the office.