As part of the Yellow Phase of New Brunswick’s Recovery Program, we have once again been given the privilege of meeting together in person as a church family. We will finally meet again this Sunday, June 28. As with everything in our world right now, it will not look the same as before Covid-19.
In order to ensure compliance with Public Health’s requirements of physical distancing we can only fit about 48 people in the sanctuary. There will eventually be other rooms set up where people will be able to listen to the service. There will continue to be a live-stream on Facebook of this service for all those who are unable to attend, or are as yet uncomfortable with, attending a service in person.
Time of Gathering
As it is now summer, there will be a 10 o’clock service. Seats in the sanctuary will be physically distanced according to public health guidelines. However, to ensure physical distancing, while entering and exiting, an usher will direct you to a seat as you arrive, and you will be asked to leave one row at a time at the end of the service.
Children’s Programs and Services
Junior Church will be offered at this service, we are requesting families with children in grades K-3 arrive as close to 10 o’clock as possible. As the children will be leaving part way through the service we would prefer for them to not have to come within the 2 meter/6-foot bubble of others.
There will be no nursery at this time, so young children will need to remain with their parents.
There is some question as to whether or not 2 meters of distancing is sufficient while singing. We will have a couple of songs. Out of respect for those around you we request anyone choosing to sing wear a community mask while doing so.
As you enter the building
Please keep in mind that we have members of our congregation that fall into the vulnerable sector for Covid-19. If you have a fever, a cough that is worsening, shortness of breath or have traveled outside the province in the last 14 days we ask that you choose the Facebook live-stream option until these symptoms or the 14 day isolation period has passed.
Upon arriving at the church, the greeter will ask you to read through the posted list of potential symptoms again. If you are uncertain as to whether or not you could pass on the virus, we would respectfully ask you to choose the online option.
You will be asked to use the hand sanitizer provided upon entering and exiting the building. To abide by government regulations, another greeter will collect your name and contact information upon entering the building. In the unlikely event that someone who has attended a service has contracted Covid-19 this list would be provided to Public Health upon request for contact tracing purposes.
While we know that many of you will be excited to see one another again, we ask that any “catching up” happen in the parking lot at an appropriate distance. Please do not arrive until 15 minutes before the service. We ask that you leave the building right after the service as well so that the cleaning crew can sanitize in an efficient manner.
E-transfers will continue to be accepted for offering. If this is not your preferred method there will be an offering plate placed inside the sanctuary door or offering can be placed through the slot by the office. This will be sanitized between services.
While all these new procedures can seem overwhelming, please be assured that your Board of Directors and Board of Elders are doing everything we can to act in the church family’s best interests. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact any member of either of the two boards.