11.13.20 | 4:00pm
Hey Mission City family – hope you’re doing well. Thanks for clicking on this video. I want to take just a few minutes to pass some important updates along your way.
We’ve been back together now for several weeks for live in-person worship services – God has been good to make that possible for us. We thought it might be helpful to review some of the guidelines for our public in-person gatherings – namely our weekend worship services and our prayer meetings. But before I do that, I want to acknowledge the long and hard work of a handful of people who are serving our church well by sifting through the regulations and helping us meet the standards every week. We have a “task-force” that meets on a regular basis and then is helping our teams meet the protocols each time we meet. So, a very big thank you to that team who deserves a medal for trying to keep up with all the changes.
With that in mind, let’s get to the exciting part of this update: the regulations.
Just a simple reminder that when we’re together, the city by-laws require us to wear non-medical masks or face coverings for the duration of our time together in the building. We understand that there are exemptions from this requirement and if you have an exemption, we will not ask you to provide proof of exemption – you simply need to let us know that you’re exempt. So, if you walk into the building and you’re not wearing a face mask or covering and someone asks you about it, that’s why. We simply want to be sure that we’re doing all we can to care for you and for others who are sharing the space, as well.
And let’s remember to maintain physical distancing protocols both in the service and in the parking lot. One of the harder things for us to do is once we enter the worship centre and are seated by the ushers, to remain seated unless you need to use the washroom or attend to the needs of your children. This turns out to be a huge help for our ushers as they take other people to their seats and get ready for the service to begin. Then, at the end of the service, the ushers will dismiss each family from their seats and, as best you can, to exit the building in a timely manner. That, then, gives our team the time they need to clean all the chairs and tables and equipment and everything that needs to be cleaned before the next service begins.
This is also why registration for our weekend services and other on-site gatherings is so important. As you know, registration for weekend services goes live on Thursday evenings and you can find all the information you need for that in our weekly update emails and on our website.
One last thing. For those of you who are choosing to stay at home a little while longer through this season, please know that you are loved and we would love to hear from you. Want to encourage all of us, through this strange and different time, to keep close to the Lord and to ask the Lord to keep us close to him.
Love you all … we’ll see you again really soon.