This note has been six months in the making, ever since we shuttered the building in mid March. During these past six months, we have figured out Zoom and how to come together on Sunday mornings for our service as well as many other small group offerings. What I'm excited to share with you today is that at our meeting onTuesday, Council approved our Safety Plan with the first in-person Sunday service taking place September 20th at 10 am. Attendance will be small this first Sunday back seeing those who have been unable to access Zoom as our first gathering. Services will continue to livestream through Zoom to connect those of us who will participate from home. As I write this, we are working on a short video displaying the layout of the church under COVID configurations and what it will be like to return to the building. It will be shared with you all as soon as it is ready. Here are the highlights of the Safety Plan:
Registration: You will now need to register ahead of time to attend a Sunday service, by emailing or calling the Church office. There will also be a registration option on our website. Your first stop upon entering the building will be to check-in at the registration table. More details will be provided in next week's newsletter.
Masks: You will need to wear a mask to enter the building and during the service. We know this is uncomfortable for some but it gives us a heightened sense of public safety if we are not always assured of being able to keep a safe distance. Masks will be available if you do not have your own.
Music and SInging: We will have a soloist each Sunday to lead the singing. The rest of us will listen and hum along. We are all missing singing and we will sing again. This measure once again gives us some added protection.
I need to tell you that these measures are not meant to take all the joy out of returning to our building. Our joy will be found in taking small steps to reconnect with a sacred space and those we find there. These requirements and your willing participation will give us a sense of security and confidence that we have made a good decision in reopening. This week, BC's Chief Medical Health Officer clamped down on music volume in public places to prevent people from singing out loud and we are taking the recent upswing in cases seriously. We are most fortunate that Lake Country has not been adversely affected but we do not take this for granted. This plan and the decision to reopen will be continually monitored.
Thank you everyone for your support during this time of change. Let us keep our focus and attention on all that we have. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Peace and good health to you all,