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Moving Forward to In-Person Worship

Elevation's leadership would like to provide an opportunity for those who wish to worship together in-person to do so, while also keeping health and safety in the forefront of our minds. We remain committed to ensuring that everyone continues to experience a sense of belonging in the months to come, whether worshipping at 22 Willow or from home. 

Our plan is to move forward with providing the option of in-person worship on Sunday, September 12. As we work toward this date, we are continuing to monitor local data and are listening to the advice of Provincial and Regional health authorities, applying the relative guidance. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to listening well during this season, we would once again like to invite you to answer a couple of questions that will help us gauge the level of in-person participation we should expect in September. 

Thank you!

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* 1. September will feature two unique opportunities to gather: online and in-person. We will not be broadcasting the in-person service, but will be creating our online services in much the same way as we are now—with some creative tweaks! Those who continue to engage from home will have a similar experience to what has been offered over the past seventeen months, with a virtual service at 10:00, and a virtual KidsQuest option.

At the same time, we will also provide an opportunity for people to gather in person on Sunday mornings at 9:00. Here is a high-level overview of what we’re planning for September, with a more detailed version coming out after Labour Day so that everyone can make an informed decision:
  • Congregants will be asked to self-screen and will be reminded to clean their hands on entry/exit
  • Masks must be worn while indoors in keeping with the regional by-law
  • Every second and third pew will be roped/taped off and members of separate households will be instructed to leave six feet of space on the pews; we expect a maximum capacity of 85
  • Registration will be required and a record will be kept for two weeks
  • Members of the worship team will be properly distanced on the stage
  • There will be live musical worship but, in following current regional public health recommendations, congregational singing will not be encouraged
  • There will not be an opportunity to linger in the Sanctuary after the service, but conversations can take place outdoors with proper distancing in place
In addition, before the sermon begins, parents will have the option of having children remain with them for the sermon, or sending them to the Gym where there will be group programming for all children JK-Gr.5 in a safe environment (eg. distancing and masks will be required). The material for this time together will be similar to what has been included in the KidsQuest preservices online and will parallel the online KidsQuest experience each week. There will not be supervision for toddlers or infants at this time, but there will be space designated for parent supervision.

Based on this description, which response best captures your intentions for worship in September?

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* 2. IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND IN-PERSON WORSHIP, how many people from your household will most likely attend? (If you will be joining from home, please skip this question.)

  1 2 3 4 5
Sr Youth
Jr Youth
<3 years old

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* 3. If you have any feedback for the Pastoral Team and/or SC, please share it in the space provided. If you would like someone to follow up with you, please include your name and contact information.

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