Christian Reformed Church has taken a cautious approach in responding to the
COVID-19 pandemic. As a family in
Christ, nurturing your spiritual health is our primary concern. However, the threat that COVID-19 presents to
our physical health is real and dangerous, and
the public health restrictions that have been imposed have also affected
us emotionally and mentally. As we
attempt to balance all of this and pray for God to provide wisdom, the leadership at Trinity has developed the
following plan in preparation to return to in-person worship services.
(Friday, September 25, 2020) our region is in Stage 3 of the Ontario
Government’s reopening plan. In this
stage in-person religious services are permitted to resume at 30% of seating capacity and subject to all current
Public Health Restrictions of the Ontario Government and must abide by the Advice of the Ministry
of Health and Ontario Legislation including the
Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Currently Trinity leadership
is not allowing access to balcony
seating and we are restricting seating on the main floor to 60 people, including those leading and supporting the
service. If you are uncomfortable gathering in a group this large, please do not attend. Your
physical, mental, and emotional health are
important, and we ask that you care for them as we find ways to help you
fulfill your spiritual needs. Attendees
to in-person worship services must abide by the following requirements.
• You must NOT attend if you or someone
in your household:
- Think you have Coronavirus
(COVID-19) or have been in close contact with
someone who has it.
- Have any symptoms compatible with
COVID-19, cough, fever, shortness of
breath, runny nose, or sore throat etc.
- Live in or work in a facility
known to be experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19.
- In the last 14 days have travelled to an affected area (hot spot)
including inside of Canada or have been
in a large public gathering where you were unable to properly physical distance.
- Have been in close contact with
someone that has been out of the country
within the past 14 days.
• You are required to reserve a seat for the service by
email to email@example.com
or by calling the Administrative Assistant. Reservations will be accepted from Tuesday to Thursday
before the Sunday service. You may only reserve seats for those in your household. After placing your request
please do not assume that a spot has
been reserved for you. You will receive a confirmation email or phone call to confirm that there is a spot
for you. If all seats are reserved, you will be offered a seat for the following Sunday service.
• Please arrive early for the
service. All attendees will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entering the building (we
will not be taking your temperature). This will take some time; we appreciate your patience.
• You will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering the
church and to wear a facemask when
the building. Please provide your own facemask. According to the Ontario Government face coverings should not
be placed on or used by: children under the age of two. If
the following applies to you, we recommend that you do NOT attend the service: anyone who has trouble breathing, anyone who is unconscious,
incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
• Respect physical distancing of 6’
(2m) between social circles “your bubble of 10 contacts” at all times; outside, entering the building, using the building,
and departing, including in the parking
doors will be positioned open. Please follow entrance and exit directions. An
usher will assist with seating to ensure
proper physical distancing between groups.
• Families with young children are
welcome however there will not be Sunday School, or Nursery provided. The nursery will not be accessible, a change table is
available in the family washroom.
• All washrooms will be open. They
should be considered unsanitary as they will not be sanitized after individual use. Wash/sanitize
your hands after using the washroom.
Parents should supervise their children using the washroom.
• At this time, due to the way the
virus is transmitted, the government is strongly discouraging singing at services. Singing
while wearing a mask does not necessarily
prevent transmission and could also create a situation where the person
overheats and has difficulty breathing.
We encourage you to express your praise in other creative ways, however if you choose, we ask that you
sing or hum softly with your mask on.
• The only areas of the church that
will be open are the plaza, washrooms, lower level of the sanctuary and the Studio for Council to
meet prior to the service. All other areas of
the church are not accessible including the kitchen and the library.
• Upon completion of the service
ushers will direct people to leave row by row to exit the building while respecting physical
• Attendees may provide an offering
in the box at the welcome centre upon exiting the plaza. Offerings
may also be submitted by
PAR, e-transfer, or mail.
• There will not be coffee served
after the service. We encourage you to meet later with those in your social bubble to fellowship and
discuss the message.
• Please note, Live-stream worship
services will continue to be offered as always.
• These requirements are subject to
change as government requirements change. These requirements are in place to
protect everyone. Following these requirements will reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19
however it WILL NOT ELIMINATE the risk. If you feel ill or show symptoms of COVID-19 and you have
been involved in a worship service at Trinity church, please report this to your family doctor. Out of courtesy to
your Trinity family please notify
Trinity staff as well.