UPDATED: MARCH 5, 2020 11:50PM
Pathway Community Church will resume worship services on Sunday, March 14 2021, at 11:00am and 6:00pm with a 100 person capacity in the building for each service. With our limited capacity we will not be able to resume Pathway Kids at this time, though there will be activity pages for you children. These services will require us to have a first come first served online registration process. While we recognize the inconvenience, we want to reopen in a respectful way while finding ways to gather together.
We will be implementing practices and policies that are designed to help everyone in attendance manage their own risk of infection while at the same time allowing us to worship and gather together in person. It is vital that we approach this gathering together with a deep humility that includes both a humbleness toward one another (Ephesians 4:2) and a submissive heart to the authorities God has placed over us for our good (Romans 13:1-4). We that each of us extend grace to one another as we seek to deal with the impact of this pandemic on our community (Colossians 3:12).
Our plan to reopen has four parts, each of which will require your help and attention. These precautions are temporary and will be eased as health orders allow. These practices are adapted from the public health orders released Friday March 5th. While these measures represent an abundance of caution, we are not operating out of a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Instead, we are motivated by love and concern for one another and the desire to protect those among us who are most vulnerable in our spheres of influence.
When you arrive for worship, here are some things you will need to know:
1. Physical Distancing
Worship will take place in the church gym for the foreseeable future. Masks will be required as you enter the building, until you find your seat where you may take the mask off. Movement within the building will require masks as per provincial health orders.
2. Online Services
We will continue to post a prerecording of the morning worship service on the church's YouTube channel and on the website platform. This will allow anyone to worship from home if they choose.
3. Elimination of Common-Touch Areas
Items which are commonly handled by many worshippers will be eliminated for the foreseeable future. These include, but are not limited to, bulletins, offering bags, sign-up sheets etc. A collection box for tithes and offerings will be located at the entrances to the gym. Common areas such as the gym and bathrooms will receive a cleaning with disinfectant between public gatherings
4. Personal Hygiene and Health Screening
Those who are feeling ill with any symptoms are asked to stay home and join us via YouTube or our website platform until they are better. Please wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer dispensers located around the church. The dispensers are conveniently located near the entrances to the gym and restrooms.
Your help with these plans is vitally important to a successful reopening as we seek to maintain a reputation as a church body that is beyond reproach. We don't want anything to distract from the message of the Gospel. It is our prayer that these temporary precautions will allow us to safely return to regular gatherings so we can encourage each other and praise Jesus together in person.
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