We are in a season of many questions and concerns regarding the announcement that Covid-19 virus is now a pandemic. With much consultation and consideration, we have decided that at this point we will be worshipping. However, “as a Community of Faith we need to do all that we can to prevent the spread of both the virus (covid-19) and of the fears surrounding it” (United Church Statement, UCC). So, it is our desire to keep you updated as to current church worship practice. While we have postponed a number of regularly planned events, as of this date the church will be open for Sunday worship.
With respect to the WHO (World Health Organization) declaring covid-19 a pandemic we are requesting the following:
- If you are exhibiting any cold/flu like symptoms we ask that you remain at home (adults and children).
- If you are worried about gathering together for worship or any other church related event, please stay home. You may contact the church office for worship materials or other updates as needed.
- If you have a compromised immune system, remain at home.
- For those attending worship, please use hand sanitizer provided at our entrances or thoroughly wash hands once in the building.
- During this time, we encourage you, as per the WHO guidelines to practice ‘social distancing’ (maintaining approximately 2 meters from others when possible).
- Sunday School is cancelled for this Sunday (March 15). Any children attending church will remain seated with their parents.
- Avoid physical contact i.e. shaking hands, hugs, etc.
- The coffee fellowship time after church has been cancelled until further notice.
It is important that we continue to lift up the health and wellbeing of our community and so we will continue to pray for one another, encourage one another, and monitor the situation (e.g. checking in with local Health Unit bulletins/announcements/directives, regularly checking directives from The General Council Office and the ECORC office of the United Church, and we will update as needed).
The Rev. Mark Arnill