Resumption of Services in the Church Building (2020-07-01)

For the past three months we have been exclusively streaming our worship services and have not assembled in our church building’s sanctuary.
With Premier Ford’s recent (June 8th) announcement, church congregations may again resume assembling to a limit of one-third of their sanctuary’s capacity, provided that those who assemble take precautions.

As of June 21st, we will begin to re-assemble as a congregation for worship in our sanctuary. We realize that some folks in our congregation will not feel comfortable joining others for worship in the sanctuary because of their being in potentially higher-risk categories for experiencing a COVID-19 infection. Therefore, we plan to use a hybrid approach, for the near-term, and will also continue to live-stream the worship services on our channel.

We request that we all:

  • Use common sense when entering and exiting the building so that we continue to maintain social distance and protect the safety of others in the congregation.
  • Use the elevator one at a time unless you are with family members.
  • Adhere to the Ministry guidelines and observe social distance recommendations during visits before and after the services and sit distributed throughout the entire sanctuary.
  • Space our seating two pews apart. Unless part of a family, space ourselves along the pews to maintain social distance.
  • Wear a face mask (after July 7th, 2020), per the City of Toronto bylaw enacted June 30th, 2020.
  • Refrain from shaking hands or other physical contact.
  • Bring our own Bibles or Bible apps on our electronic devices.
  • Wash our hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds with warm soap and water.
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided at the doors and in the washrooms.
  • Avoid entering rooms in the church building unnecessarily (doors will be locked or blocked in some cases).
  • Stay home if we have a cough, fever, flu-like symptoms, runny nose, excessive tiredness, or shortness of breath; or have had recent exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Also, we will not pass around the offering plates, and between services we will plan to disinfect surfaces (e.g., the pew backs and door handles).

We have a responsibility to protect one another. If someone in the congregation was diagnosed with COVID-19, we would be required to shut down our building for 14 days, and each of the members of our congregation would have to go into self isolation. Therefore, we request that you take seriously these guidelines.

Our mid-week meetings will continue to be offered through on-line sharing services such as Skype. Other activities such as the Sunday School classes and Fellowship Lunches will be discontinued after June 14th until the Fall, when we hope that all of us will be able to resume meeting together in the church building and reintroduce our social events.

If you feel comfortable with coming to the church building, join us as we assemble corporately in person for the worship of God.

The Elders: Allan, Rod, and Jim