At its most recent meeting, Trinity Church Council made the decision to put everything in place for opening our facility to in-person worship, beginning November 29th.
As Pastor Brenda said, it would be a great way to begin a new church year.
People's Warden Dave Bishop remarked that it's important that we try.
After being closed due to the pandemic since March 12, it has been seven months since the congregation gathered together to worship. Due to the continued spiking of Covid 19 infections in BC, and the recent request of the provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry for us to actually shrink our bubbles once more, Trinity Church Council had decided in September that caution was the deciding factor in postponing our opening. However given the success that other congregations on the Island are experiencing in opening up their premises, slowly, cautiously and responsibly, it was felt we were now up to the task to make it happen at Trinity.
Of course, the service won't be the same as it was prior to Covid 19. It will last only 45 minutes, people will need to stay in their places, there will be no hugging or handshakes, no singing or coffee hour and more. Everyone needs to wear a mask. Communion will be served but only the bread. The presider, Pastor Brenda, will be wearing a mask and shield as she distributes. Ventilation and keeping people safe is top of mind. We will need to keep a register of everyone present and all will need to sign a 'waiver & release' form to absolve Trinity of any responsibility should someone come down with Covid 19.
As there are limits as to how many people can be accommodated in the sanctuary, given the necessity for physical distancing of 6 feet, those who wish to attend will need to phone ahead by Saturday noon. (watch for that information to be posted here at a later date). A few spaces will always be left open for those dropping in for the first time.
Given that for many the congregational singing and the coffee hour following worship are two of the primary highlights of a Sunday morning gathering, it will be a significant change from what they are used to. Yet, just being able to see one another, gathered into one space after so long, will be gift.
We ask that people stay away if feeling sick. The on-line worship service will continue into the future.
For more information, contact Pastor Brenda or the wardens (Julie and Dave) by leaving a message at 250.724.4921. Please pray for us all as we move forward into this new reality.