South Grey Bruce Lutheran Parish: Safe return to gathering for worship.

Our Bishop Michael Pryse, in his wisdom is recommending that we not gather together for worship until September at the earliest.Presently, the Working committee and the Worship and Music committee are studying health protocols and working out ways that we can be SAFE when we gather together again. Some of the things being considered include:

  • Blocking off some pews so safe physical distance can be maintained;
  • Discussing how or if we can commune together safely;
  • Creating alternate ways to have music in our worship because singing and congregational spoken responses will not be allowed;
  • Planning ways to communicate with the congregation so people know about the things we need to do to stay safe;
  • Looking at ways for everyone to continue to participate in worship, either at home or in the church – because only a limited number of people will be allowed in the church at one time;
  • Rental contracts will be modified so the groups using the church will also be safe;
  • Learning about cleaning requirements so that the people who clean the buildings are given appropriate guidelines;
  • Determining what training is needed for volunteers to be safe during this pandemic;
  • Implementing a plan to receive weekly offerings without ‘passing the plate’;
  • Establish a system for keeping washrooms clean and accessible.

IN THE MEANTIME – You can prepare by:

  • Making sure you have a personal face mask and know how to wear it;
  • Signing up for PAR – (Pre-Authorized Remittance) – a method of having regular donations automatically sent to your congregation – contact your treasurer for more information;
  • practice fun ways to help children understand the importance of staying in your family bubble while in church;

When we gather together again, it will be in the safest way possible. We are thankful for the time to do plan for this.

Peace be with you,

Pastor Pam,

June 29, 2020

Published by paulandapolloswork

pastor for South Grey Bruce Lutheran Parish.

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