Sunday service: on Tuesday, September 7, the Council decided that when we reopen:
- Only vaccinated attendees, including the worship team, may worship in the sanctuary.
- Unvaccinated attendees may worship in the Fireside Room along with any vaccinated attendees who would like to join them. Our Farsi group will worship in another part of the campus.
- Masks will be required for all.
There are obviously implications for the worship team and the technology, both of which are being addressed.
Mid-week meetings at the church: This information has just come through (September 8) from the Premier’s office. ‘Effective September 13, people aged 12 and over will be required to show proof of vaccination to get into certain events, services, and businesses in BC If you’re 18 or older you’ll also need to show a valid government photo ID.
A number of faith-based organizations have requested clarification on the proof of vaccination requirement and mask mandate. All worship services (and receptions following services) are exempt from the mask mandate and the requirement for proof of vaccination. In addition, any public meetings held in faith-based settings that have a worship component such as youth groups and pastor meetings or essential services like NA/AA group meetings, warming, and cooling centres, or providing food to people in need, are also exempt from the mask mandate and proof of vaccination requirement. However, an organized event such as a reception, celebration of life reception, or other events that do not have a worship component, does require attendees to provide proof of vaccination and wear masks’.
Larry Schram interprets this as saying that small groups meeting at the church are probably exempt.
Adult Lounge: Due to the replacement siding project, the water line to the Adult Lounge had to be disconnected. The washrooms in the CE Wing are available.