|Posted by Harmony United Church on June 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM|
June 11, 2020
Harmony United Community of Faith
As you have most likely heard, the Ontario government has begun implementing Stage 2 of the
province’s recovery plan. This includes permitting places of worship to hold services, up to a
maximum capacity of 30% of the building capacity. However, social distancing regulations do remain
in effect and may impact the proper use of our sanctuary and limit the number of worshippers to less
than the 30%. This is yet to be determined.
We will NOT be having in-person worship this Sunday, June 14th.
There is still much to do before we can establish a definitive return to the sanctuary.
The Board has already begun working on this and requests your prayers and assistance.
We have received guidelines from the Canadian Shield Regional Council and we are working to
develop procedures and protocols for our congregation. We also learned that most of the
congregations in our Region are not planning to re-open their doors until after Labour Day.
Following is an outline of some of the steps needed to have in-person worship at this time (not
-thoroughly clean the sanctuary and public spaces before and after services
-hand sanitizer available, and must be used upon entering and leaving the building
-masks to be worn by ALL those attending (no exceptions)
-greeters at the door to ask screening questions before persons will be allowed to enter (those who
are sick or who have recently travelled will not be allowed entry)
-volunteers needed to record name, phone number and seating location of each attendee
-seating arranged for social distancing – ie pews marked for 6’ intervals; all space greater than 30% of
capacity will be blocked off
-single-file entry and exit
-no hugging or handshaking
-no close contact with minister
-no fellowship hour
-limited use of washrooms (volunteers will need to monitor and clean frequently)
As you can see we will be needing lots of volunteers and we are very concerned about maintaining
the safety of all who attend our services. We will therefore, for the immediate future, continue with our
online presence in worship with trinityunited.church/livestream, email updates and messages from
Rev. Joyce and the Board, and continue to encourage everyone to maintain contact with each other
through phone calls, texts and emails.
The Board, Rev. Joyce, Patricia and all our committees value your prayers, input and assistance. The
church building might be closed, but the work of the church and of the people of God continues. Let
us even now share the gifts of God and serve the world!!
Ruth Kamo, Chair of Worship
PS - take a drive by and see the newly planted gardens at the Harmony and Current River Sites
Oh yes, your offerings are also cheerfully accepted. Thank you for your needed and most welcome
contributions during this time. You can leave them in the mailbox and/or ring the doorbell to get
Patricia’s attention in the office.