Worship is back in the Sanctuary! Read below for more details.
July 2, 2020
Greetings members of Grace and visitors:
We are now back to worship in the sanctuary at Grace.
For as long as we are in stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan we will have two Divine services each Sunday.
We will have a 9AM Divine Service for those members in the congregation who are 65 years or older or have compromised immune systems. Taking the idea from Zehrs supermarkets locally who give the seniors of the community first access, this will be your opportunity to worship with those of a similar age when the church is at its cleanest for the week. We hope this will make you, our seniors, feel most comfortable at worship. Then we will have a 10:45AM service for everyone else in the congregation. As a senior if you wish to worship at the 10:45AM service because that is more convenient for you, please do join us then if that works better for you.
What will worship look like? It will look the same as it did before we shut down with the extra precautions we had in place at that time and a few new ones. A selection of these precautions as you may recall include: extra cleaning, sitting in designated pews marked 9AM or 10:45AM which are spaced three pews apart, sitting in family units, having the offering plate stationary instead of being passed around, having only one or two helpers (eg. ushers), and eliminating the sharing of the peace. We will also add to this a request that members do not congregate in the narthex before service but enter the church and take their seat immediately. Also, I’ll wear a face mask to greet you as you exit the sanctuary. Currently, the Region of Waterloo Health Department is mandating us to encourage you to wear a face mask to worship. They are not requiring you to worship with a face mask at this time but they are encouraging you to do so.
Please do join us for one of our two Divine Services this Sunday.
Once we are into Phase 3 the plan is to resume our normal one service summer start time of 9:30AM.
If you have further questions about what worship or the Sunday morning will look like feel free to contact me at the church or at home.