Dear St. John’s Parishioners,
We are very excited to share that St. John’s is opening again for weekly in-person worship beginning in September 2020.
We know that many of you are concerned about Covid-19, which continues to circulate and is something we all take very seriously. We are re-opening in full adherence to the conditions under which Archbishop Skelton has specified for parishes offering in person worship. These follow the specific guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer. Full details of those guidelines are available here click on link.
We’ve taken re-opening very seriously, and in preparation for submitting our application to reopen, we have:
With our application to re-open now granted by the Archbishop, we will need your help to ensure we follow the Diocesan Guidelines.
We require volunteers to help oversee our services, and we require churchgoers to familiarize themselves with the necessary protocols.
This letter will cover some important areas:
• Guidelines that all Parishioners must follow
• Registration process for the Attendance of Services
• Church facilities and amenities
Attending in-person worship is very much a personal choice and we don’t want anyone to feel pressure to attend an in-person service. Only you can make the right decision for your own wellness, and as much as we would love to see everyone return, it is important that everyone makes an informed decision regarding their health and vulnerability.
The following must stay home for the sake of the wider community:
• People with Covid-19 or who live with someone who has Covid-19
• People who have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days.
• The sick, including those with the slightest symptoms of sickness, including upper respiratory or flu-like symptoms.
• Those who have recently travelled outside of Canada.
The following are encouraged to stay home for the sake of the wider community:
• People who live with someone with upper respiratory or flu-like symptoms.
• People over the age of 65.
• People who have underlying or compromised medical conditions.
• Family members who live with elderly people who are at risk.
In compliance with the Provincial Health Officer’s guidelines, the maximum number of people we can safely seat in the church is 30. This allows for the right amount of physical distancing. Given that many of our parish community are older, we have closely followed the amount of physical distancing of the recommended 6 feet. We feel this will offer an additional measure of safety to our parishioners.
Family members in the same household are able to sit together.
Our seating has been arranged/marked to allow for physical distancing and we ask that you let an usher direct you to your seat.
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. We ask that you wait outside the front doors on 13th until you are ushered in. If you are mobility compromised, you will need to enter through the Office door to access the elevator. When you register, please confirm this or contact Leeann prior to the Sunday service. Please appropriately social distance when queuing outside the front door.
We will be training volunteers to do the following:
If you are able and willing to assist on a regular basis with any of the above tasks, please contact Leeann at [email protected] or by phone at 604-986-1151.
Not all our parishioners will be in a position to return to in-person worship just yet, so we will continue to share our recorded online service.
Not all the church facilities will be open to the public.
We strongly encourage the use of masks throughout the church building.
We appreciate that this is a great deal to learn and to familiarize yourselves with, but we are confident that we will soon once again be in a regular routine. We’d also like to thank the Clergy of St. Clements for providing guidance to us as we follow in their footsteps.
If you would like to read the document we sent to the Diocese and that was approved by the Archbishop, please click on the Downloads below.
Together as a community we will come together in this new reality, hopefully temporary, where we can celebrate God’s grace and love.
Peace and Blessings, Patrick, Leeann, and the Church Re-opening Committee