Our latest plans and updates in building and program resumption
BUILDING AND PROPERTY RESUMPTION PLAN
June 26, 2020
Greetings to our Church family,
These past few weeks the staff and Lead team have been working on protocols to re-start ministry at the church. A Building and Property use Resumption plan was submitted to the Church Board on June 16th. As a result of that submission, a Resumption committee was formed. It is composed of members of the staff, Buildings and Grounds committee and a health care professional.
The first meeting of the committee was held on June 24th. At that meeting a goal of opening the church office was set for July 14th. This will allow time to purchase supplies and equipment, post signs and set cleaning schedules in place.
The use of the Fireside room and Sanctuary was also discussed. These will be addressed further at the next meeting.
Church Office Opening:
To comply with Worksafe BC and our Provincial Health office, the full opening of the church office will require some changes in the way people enter the building. Here are some details to help you with your first visit:
Ensure that you have no symptoms of illness: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, etc.
Enter through the glass door at the front of the building. Please ring the bell and step back. The door will be opened for you. (This applies to everyone including key holders)
Please use the hand sanitizer provided for you.
Come to the window directly to your left as you enter the hallway, to make any requests. (If someone is already at the window, please wait outside). This would include, making a tithe deposit, picking up devotionals, dropping off receipts, purchasing a mask, etc.
If you would like to see Pastor Calvin or Pastor Sylvia, please call, or email them to make an appointment.
As you leave the building, please exit through the double doors. There will be signs posted to help you.
We look forward to seeing more of you in the days ahead. We have missed connecting with everyone. If you have any questions, please call the Church office.
The staff and Lead team will be working on a survey to find out who would like to attend a worship service, and who is willing to volunteer to help maintain protocols on those days.
The Building Resumption committee will be working on protocols to open the Fireside room for small group gatherings. We also hope to make the back lawn available for groups to meet during the summer.
Thank you for your patience. We wish to do this well and ensure that we keep everyone safe.
March 13, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Your Leadership Team and Pastoral Staff have been meeting together and praying about what our church’s response should be to the continually evolving situation with COVID-19, the coronavirus that was designated a pandemic by the World Health Organization this week.
As you know, the number of people in our Province and in our community that are impacted by this disease continues to change on an hour-by-hour basis.
Here are some things the leadership of your church family want you to know:
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) This is not a time to panic or overreact, but it is a time to adopt common-sense healthy practices and be a responsible part of the Greater Victoria region.
Our Public Gatherings—In a news conference in Victoria yesterday (Thursday, March 12) Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, called for “an all-of-society approach” and directed organizations to cancel any gatherings larger than 250 people. Dr. Henry said, “It is a number (250) we think has some rationale to it, in that over that large group, it’s really challenging to put into place those social distancing measures that protect people and prevent transmission of respiratory infections. We are looking at event organizers—whether it’s community events, whether it’s large events—to look at alternatives they can use to keep that connectedness and social cohesiveness.” In light of this direction from our Provincial Health Officer, we have decided, for the next two weeks, to replace our Sunday Worship Gatherings with an online service, starting this Sunday, March 15. More information will be sent out in this regard tomorrow afternoon.
We will also be taking a break from all onsite church gatherings and studies as an extra precautionary measure until we have some more information from BC Health.
We will assess the situation weekly moving forward.
Pray for the vulnerable members of our community and those around the world.
Pray for our government leaders, that God will give them wisdom from above in making the difficult decisions that impact so many different aspects of our community life.
Pray for our healthcare professionals and first-responders (paramedics, fire fighters and police officers) who are working around-the-clock on the front lines of this complex situation. Pray for their health and safety and protection.
The Body of Christ—We need to continue to operate as the “Body of Christ” to each other and to our community. As this chapter of “social distancing” progresses, please be thinking and applying your creative brains and hearts to ways to connect without physical touch as the incarnational Body of Christ in the Greater Victoria region. That can mean reaching out by text or phone call, or sending messages of encouragement to our brothers and sisters working in healthcare. Let’s all seek ways we can be people of peace and hope. Please inform us through email or phone as a church should you or a family member be affected by the corona virus so that we can support you and also ensure the ongoing safety of the rest of our church family. Our pastoral care team will be making arrangements to ensure that our congregation’s needs are being met.
And Finally—Let’s all remain confident of God’s constant presence as we pay careful attention to all that is happening. In Psalm 46 we are reminded that it is God who is our Refuge and Strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers, care for others, and caring for ourselves.
Your Leadership Team and Pastoral Staff