Let me start by letting you know how grateful we are for each of you! It has been a long time since we have been able to worship together and we are grateful for your prayers, your patience and your ongoing generosity.
Let me give you some quick updates:
• We want to congratulate Robyn Hall & Mike Janes on their July 3rd wedding in Chance Harbour. Congratulations to Margo and Stephen Hall as well.
• Now that we are reopening to in person worship services, the Deacons have brought back Rob Parent, our custodian, in a part time capacity to meet the cleaning requirements, and Jan Cameron, our Hospitality Coordinator, for ten hours per week, to help prepare and oversee our hospitality volunteers. We are really pleased to have them back!
• Pastoral Search Committee had its first meeting last Monday and will meet again this Monday. The members are Jennifer Li, Sarah Ingalls, Peter Conley, Kate Reevey, Eric Sabean, Diane Spencer, Kobina Awuah, Terra Saulnier, Emily Ricketts, Pastor Rob Nylen and Chairperson Marc Cormier. We ask you to pray for this group on a regular basis.
• As part of our upcoming kids camp, we are inviting people to make donations to the North End Foodbank. You can drop items off at Forbes Drive between July 15 and July 22nd, between 8:30 and 4pm. Needed items are: pasta and sauce, macaroni and cheese, soup, instant coffee, cereal, canned vegetables (not corn) and juice. Feminine products and size 6 diapers.
Update on Reopening for Sunday Worship
As you have likely heard, we are reopening the church to in person services starting July 19th. We are really excited to start welcoming people back. We have missed each other. We can accommodate 100 people in our worship centre, and 30 children in our RiverKids zone with physical distancing. When we start getting together, let’s remember to be patient and gracious. We have all seen that everyone’s comfort level with Covid-19 protocols varies. Also, everyone will have a different comfort level being back around people. For some, this will be one of the largest groups of people they will have been around in many months. So, let’s give each other the gift of safe gatherings all the while, appreciating that everyone will be arriving with different levels of comfort. Thank you!
How do I register for a service? We are inviting those without internet, who have not seen a service since March, to call in by Wednesday at 3pm to let us know they are attending. Everyone else will register online, from our church website, starting Thursday mornings at 9am for that Sunday only. It will be first come, first served and you will register all members coming with you, including children and their ages. Once all available spots are filled, online registration will close automatically. The first time you register for a service, you will be asked to submit your cell phone number (or email) to create an account.
Do I have to wear a mask? We are asking everyone to have a mask with them and to wear it when they are unable to physically distance, such as when they are in the foyer. When you are seated, you will not need to wear a mask. The pastoral staff, volunteers and leadership will be wearing masks in the foyer.
Will there be kid’s ministry? Yes. There will be one program for kids ages 3-12 and they will be following the Province of New Brunswick guidelines for day cares, staying in groups of 15. At this time, we will not be providing a nursery, however if you need the nursery, it will be open. Middle school and High School youth will join the worship service.
Will we shake hands? We will be encouraging friendly waves, but no handshaking or hugs.
How will we take up the offering? We will have baskets at the back, where you can place your offering in when you come. The debit machine will not be available, we’d encourage you to continue to use e-transfers.
Why do I need to provide my name, phone number and travel information when I register?
The Province of New Brunswick requires us to gather this information for the purposes of contact tracing. You will be asked to answer these questions when you register for the Sunday service.
What will the services be like? We are going to do our best to create a “normal” Sunday. There will be aspects of the service that are pre-recorded, and we will watch them, and others that are live. The best part, will be worshipping together with our church family.
A few other reminders: We will ask you to use hand sanitizer as you enter. You’ll notice we have lines on the floor indicating entrances and exits to rooms. We are required to “check” you in, upon arrival. Our bathrooms can only have one person at a time and we will have a volunteer outside the washrooms to explain the system we have to help know when they are occupied. We will not be serving coffee or tea at this time. When the service is over, we will be dismissing people one section at a time.
What if I’m not ready to come back to “in person” services? We totally understand, and you are not alone. You should feel no guilt at all. We will continue to broadcast our services on YouTube each Sunday, just as we have been and when you are ready, we will be here.
Thanks everyone, please reach out if you have any questions,