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Delayed until at least November
It's been a long time . . . and we'll need to wait a little longer.

We have been hoping that we could resume in-person worship in our Bethany sanctuary on Thanksgiving Sunday. 

Last evening, however, your Bethany Board decided to delay this until at least November.

There are 2 reasons for this decision.

1) We are very unsure about the willingness of Bethany people to return for in-person worship.
During the spring and early summer, we spoke with many of you. What we learned is that the congregation's thoughts are quite mixed. Most of you look forward to returning to in-person worship, but only when it is safe. However, among us are different expectations of what "safe" is. Since then, almost 3 months have passed and we are clearly in the 4th wave. We don't know what Bethany people are thinking now.

2) We don't know that enough people are able and willing to help with the preparations that will have to happen and the weekly jobs that will need to be done.
Before we begin, we'll need to set up the sanctuary to ensure people are seated physically-distanced from each other, prepare and post instructional signs around the building, and do some purchasing. Every week, someone will need to look after registering people as they arrive (for contact tracing). And we'll need to disinfect so everything is ready for the other congregation that is using our building after we are finished. The board cannot do all this work on its own.

What can you do?
  • Please let us know about your current willingness to return. If you are reluctant to return, what would need to change to make it easier for you?
  • Please let us know how you can help with the work that will need to be done.
You can send an email to the board, through the church office:
Or, you can call our chair Nancy Watson: 519.846.5100.

The Bethany Board
Nancy Watson, Judy Howse-Ward, Gary Hall, Sue Shifflett, Christine Anderson, Greg Smith-Young
Mailing: 75 Geddes Street, Elora ON, N0B 1S0

Bethany United Church
4th Line East & Sideroad 10 (near Inverhaugh)

Elora United Church
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Greg Smith-Young:
Barb Smith-Young:
For both: 519.846.2542
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