We’re almost back!

The Corporation has met and has decided to welcome us back for in-person worship on
Sunday, September 27 at 10 am

We are committed to providing the best experience whether you attend in person or online. For those who feel it is too soon, or are part of our vulnerable community, rest assured, we will continue to offer our online services via ZOOM. The link will be found on our website or in the weekly newsletter

For in-person services, there are a few things you need to know: seating is limited in order to adhere to government regulations, therefore registration will be required ahead of each service. Here are things you can expect when we re-open:

  • Only one service will be offered at 10 am and that service will be limited to 50 people.
  • To attend you will have to pre-register with name, # of people attending with you, and your contact information (phone number and/or address)
  • You will be able to register two ways:
    • On our Website there will be a link that will direct you to the registration page
    • By phone, calling the church office at 905 825-2851 by 4 pm the Saturday before. You will leave your name, # of people attending and a contact phone number.
  • Greeters will meet you at the door to ensure you are registered and that you have used hand sanitizer.
  • Masks are mandatory at all times!
  • Please ensure you remain two metres apart when you arrive.
  • Only the parking lot door will be available for entering and exiting.
  • Seating pods (for families and couples) and individual chairs will be placed 2 metres apart.
  • The ‘Accessible’ washroom will be the only washroom in use. The other two washrooms, offices, and kitchen will be off limits.

For Worship

  • Our worship will be a simpler, shorter Eucharistic service. Please note, we will be merging our on-line worship with in-person service. People at home will continue to participate and be engaged in our service. We will be integrating live feeds and videos, to make it as interactive and as meaningful as possible, regardless of where, or how you choose to participate.
  • There will be no service bulletins- everything will be on the screens in worship space, or at home.
  • There will be no congregational singing. Charlene and 2 or 3 choir members will lead music with masks and will remain distanced from the congregation
  • Communion will be offered ‘in one kind’, that is bread alone. I will be the only one distributing the bread (which will be communion wafers to begin with). I will ensure my hands are sanitized, and if I happen to make contact, I will re-sanitize.
  • Greeters will direct you when to come up for communion. You will approach wearing a mask, receive the sacrament in your hands, return to your seat and then briefly remove your mask to receive the bread.
  • Coats will remain with you at your chairs
  • At conclusion of service, please remain in your seats until the greeters direct you to exit the building, ensuring once again you maintain proper physical distancing. We will not be joining in hospitality.

I know this is difficult to digest but unfortunately this is what we must do in the midst of this ‘Now Normal’ to ensure everyone’s good health. We ask for your patience as we evolve into this new way of worshiping together, and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at rector@incarnationchurch.ca.

I want to thank the wardens Julia, Bob, Mary and Ed for their guidance and support over these last months. Also thanks to our re-opening committee Rob Moniuk, Jeff Bowden, Charlene Pauls, Mary Purves, David Jenkins, Julia Lockhart for a great deal of work to get us to this point.

May the Spirit of God be with us all!

 

Michael

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