COVID-19 RESPONSE

COVID-19 RESPONSE

As Covid-19 has spread worldwide, it have greatly impacted and changed how we live. In addition it has also changed how we, as a church body, are able to gather together to worship, serve, and have fellowship with one another. As we seek to navigate this new environment and the many changes that come along with it, we have sought to understand what would be best for our congregation both spiritually and physically. We acknowledge that it is essential for the church to continue to gather, with the proper precautions, for the health and well being of the church as a whole and for individuals.

On May 4, 2021 the province of Alberta announced new restrictions for worship gatherings. Due to the fact that this situation is continuing to unfold, we are adapting and changing our procedures to balance the new provincial guidelines and the needs of our specific church environment. Please see below a list of some of the precautions we are taking as a church body and the different changes that may affect our normal services and ministries. As time goes on one should expect there to be changes made to this post as we adapt as a church to the various needs that may arise.

Service Changes:

In order to help protect our vulnerable neighbors, we have started broadcasting a Live Stream service to help facilitate at-home worship. The service is streamed live at 11:00 am from our Facebook page. Please see our page “Church at Home” for more information. In addition to this, in accordance to the May 4th restrictions, we will temporarily putting on hold our Breaking of Bread Service, in-person gathering of our Morning service, and our evening service.

Ministry Changes:

Many of our previous ministries have been put on hold during this time or have changed how they operate. It is our hope that these ministries will resume at the appropriate time and it will be announced as this happens. Below are ministries that are continuing to operate, with varied changes in regards to restrictions. Please contact our church office if you are interested in hearing more or becoming involved.

  • Our Men’s and Women’s ministries are still operating in a smaller scale through Bible Studies and small fellowship gathers.
  • Up until April 30 our Youth Ministry was continuing in varied forms. Due to the new restrictions, this has been put on hold for the next three weeks. If you have more questions, please contact our Interim Associate Pastor, Bruce Reed.
  • Many of our Life groups continue to meet in small gatherings. There have been some changes to how many of these groups are operating.

Other Changes:

In addition to these changes, there have also been new methods made for online giving. Please click on the button below to read more about this:

Online Giving     

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our office!

Alberta Government Covid-19 Precautions:

If you are wanting to know more about the Alberta Health Services Guidelines, please see the link below:

https://open.alberta.ca/publications/covid-19-information-guidance-for-pla

City of Edmonton Bylaw Regarding Masks:

The City of Edmonton has voted in a temporary bylaw effective August 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021 regarding the mandatory use of face masks in indoor public areas through the city of Edmonton. This includes churches. As a church, we are encouraging all of our members and adherents to take the time to be fully informed about this bylaw as well as the other government announcements during this time. If you would like to read more about this bylaw and the included exemptions, please click the link below:

https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/emergency_preparedness/masks.aspx