Parish Health and Safety Guidelines March 22 2022
At our recent meeting of Parish Council, we discussed ways to move forward. Trusting in the scientific basis and leadership of our governmental authorities, and the directives of the diocese, we (Parish Council) have compiled this set of guidelines for St John’s, effective 21 mar 2022.
We must all remember that while most restrictions are gone – COVID-19 is not.
*Please note: It is our intention to maintain these levels of precautions until at least Easter.
FEEDBACK: In our desire to be as accommodating as possible in this time, we are asking parishioners to share their thoughts on things we might consider recommending or doing to make everyone as comfortable as possible to life without restrictions. Please direct such feedback to Parish Council – we are happy to answer questions or share information! Our next Parish Council meeting is scheduled for 20 apr 2022.
MASKS: We will provide a mask-friendly space, where use of masks is strongly encouraged. It is our hope and expectation that everyone’s personal choice will be respected. We will continue to have disposable masks available. For the next few weeks, we request that masks be worn while you are moving around in the church.
DISTANCING: We will provide a distancing-friendly space, where we strongly recommend people maintain a 2m (minimum) distance from each other. Please be mindful of others, as they may not have the same level of comfort with closeness as you do.
HAND SANITIZER: This will continue to be available in places throughout the church and hall. We know that basic hand hygiene is always a good idea.
CONTACT: We will remain as no-contact facilities until at least Easter. Even when this is not a concern, our respect for each other reminds us that not everyone enjoys physical touch.
MOVEMENT: With respect for our shared space, at this time we request that masks be worn when moving around the church (i.e. on entering and exiting, in the aisles, to and from the communion rail, etc.)
COMMUNION: As per Diocesan requirement, the Common Cup remains prohibited.
We will be offering Holy Communion in two formats; for those who wish to come to the altar rail, they will be offered wafers in their hands, and a tray will hold the compostable individual wine cups. We encourage you to maintain as much space as possible, and request that you wear your mask while moving about in the church.
We will also continue to offer pre-consecrated elements in both bread and wine format as you enter the church, for those who prefer to stay in their seats at this time.
We encourage you to be respectful of the space and understanding of others.
SERVICES: At this time, we will keep one service weekly at 9.30; and alternate weeks between Morning Prayer and Holy Communion.
BALCONY: Seating in the balcony remains closed at this time, due to the transmission of aerosols and droplets to those seated below.
ONLINE WORSHIP: We will remain hybrid at this time, offering Zoom and Facebook Livestreaming in addition to in-person gathering.
TECHNOLOGY: Our present technology continues to prevent much movement or involvement; the property committee continues to explore technological options that will allow greater involvement.
SINGING: We strongly encourage you to stay masked while singing, as this helps reduce transmission of aerosols and droplets.
CONTACT TRACING: Is no longer required, and will no longer be practiced.
You may find more information from the Diocese in their resources here: https://www.nspeidiocese.ca/programs/covid-19