Last updated: March 24th, 2022
Your Re-opening Team continues to respond to changing directives and to revise our original plan of October 2020 accordingly. Our goal remains to implement a safe re-opening plan for our physical space while adhering to the City of Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations.
The committee is recommending a tentative opening date of Palm Sunday (April 10, 2022). We will continue to monitor data from the community as mandates are lifted and will revise this plan as necessary.
Things will look and feel a little different from our last opening in September 2021. Changes that will be included are the requirement of wearing a KN95 mask which will be provided to you when you check in. Singing with a KN95 mask is now considered lower risk. Vaccine passports (3rd dose strongly encouraged), preregistering, screening, contact info and social distancing will continue. No physical sharing of the peace will remain in place and coffee hour remains suspended.
Remote access via Zoom (from the sanctuary) will continue.
We recognize that everyone is tired of the pandemic, and we look forward to worship together again in person as long as we can do it safely.
For a helpful set of resources about COVID-19, please see Confused about COVID? Family doctors answer your questions, from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.
- RSVP to the church office (email@example.com or 416-422-0510) by 2 p.m. on the Friday preceding worship (you will receive a reminder e-mail each Wednesday)
- Enter the church via the west door (parking lot entrance)
- Wear a mask (KN95 masks available if you do not have one)
Upon entry, you will be required to:
- Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres
- Proceed to table set up in the narthex where you will:
- Be greeted and screened (for fever, cough, difficulty breathing, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, loss of taste/smell, travel history out of the country in the past 14 days + been told to quarantine). Full list will be posted at the screening desk.
- Show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (2 doses administered with the second at least 14 days prior to attending; third dose strongly encouraged)
- Be identified for possible future contract tracing and
- Use the provided hand sanitizer
To assist you and to maintain safe flow, an usher will direct you to a safe seat to allow a 6 feet space between each individual/household. Seating will start at the front and work backwards. Please follow the directions of the ushers and the markings on the floor. You will likely not be seated in your usual pew.
At the end of the service, an usher will direct you in leaving the pews starting with the back rows first. The balcony will be closed for now.
You will note that bibles, hymnals and copies of Living Faith have been removed from the sanctuary.
- Music will be provided by our Music Director, Conrad Gold, and by section leads wearing masks in the sanctuary. Some hymns will continue to be pre-recorded. Congregational singing is permitted (with KN95 masks). There will be no physical passing of the peace.
- One washroom (across from the office) will be available during the service. One person/household may use the washroom at one time. An occupancy sign is posted on the door. High touch surfaces (railings, door handles etc.) will be cleaned prior to the service.
- Rooms that remain closed (Glebe Parlour, Ben McLean Chapel etc.) all have signage indicating current limitations.
- The sanctuary doors and windows will be open during the service for ventilation and to decrease the need to touch surfaces.
- The Collection plate will not be passed during the service. A plate will be available in the Narthex for contributions. You can of course continue to send your donations by cheque to the church office or use INTERAC e-Transfer (learn more).
- Coffee Hour is suspended for now. For those folks who would like to say hello to those joining worship via Zoom, a photo booth will be set up at the front of the church. You will need to stay in your seat until others have exited and then proceed to the area individually. Ushers/screeners will be available to direct traffic.
- In-person church school and nursery care remain suspended for now. Please connect with Mary Kopman re on-going Zoom sessions.
Any questions can be addressed by your team during our virtual coffee hour on Sundays after worship. And of course, Reverend Alexander will remind and/or direct us during announcements each Sunday.
We believe that we have put in place a safe plan but encourage you to decide which worship option (Virtual or In-Person) is the best for you based on your current health, risks and how comfortable you feel.