KINNAIRD CHURCH OF GOD COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
May 28, 2021 update:
KCOG is now allowed to have in-person services!
- Due to the current provincial guidelines, masks are now mandatory and should be worn from entering to exiting the building (unless speaking/singing on-stage or taking communion). Singing is not permitted unless on-stage.
- Please review the guidelines set out by the BC Provincial Government: covid-19-guidance-worship-services
- If you are unable to join us for in-person services, please join us Sunday Mornings at 10:30am on YouTube LIVE! You can also watch the LIVEstream under the “Watch” tab on this website.
FOR IN-PERSON SUNDAY SERVICES (updated May 28th, 2021)
For the past year, we have experienced sheltering-in-place and stringent social-distancing and have learned to be “The Church without walls.” But, starting Sunday, May 28th at 10:30 a.m. we are thrilled to be relaunching “in-person” services in our building.
We realize how vitally important it is, on every level, for us to be able to come together as a community of believers. We also know that there remains concern and uneasiness regarding the COVID-19 virus. We want to move ahead with faith and love, as well as wisdom and discernment.
To that end, we have developed a robust safety plan in compliance with the mandates and recommendations of our provincial public health officers and medical professionals. This includes a reduced number of gatherings in our building, a maximum of 50 or less attendees, a shorter service, social distancing protocols and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of common areas in the facility. Additionally, our building is equipped with two (2) state-of-the-art air-exchangers which completely filter and exchange all the air in the building every 30 minutes. We trust these measures will help ensure both the physical well-being and peace-of-mind of all who attend services in our building.
FACE MASKS ARE NOW MANDATORY as per the current provincial guidelines. Disposable face masks will be available at the front doors, but you are welcome to bring/use your own. Additionally, hand-sanitizing stations will be set up at the front doors and at various other locations in the building. For those who have health concerns, you are welcome to continue joining us via LIVEstream from home.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF PROTOCOLS
1. Most importantly – Stay home if you are sick. Call us – we would love to pray with you for healing. Please review the COVID-19 Entry check before attending the service.
2. You MUST pre-register online or by phone to reserve/confirm seating for the service you wish to attend. Register early to avoid disappointment. All participants must pre-register according to the provincial health order. The first and last name, and telephone number or email address, of every person who is present at a worship service will be collected and presented to the medical health officer on request
3. MASKS ARE NOW MANDATORY. Masks must be worn upon entering the building, throughout the whole service, and until exiting the building. Masks may be taken off to partake in communion, and speaking on-stage, and when singing on-stage (with a maximum of 5 people on-stage). Children under the age of 12 are exempt from wearing masks. People who are unable to put on or remove a face covering without the assistance of another person are also exempt from wearing masks. Also exempt, are people who are unable to wear a face covering because of a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or a physical, cognitive or mental impairment. Face coverings may be removed temporarily to communicate with a person with a disability or diverse ability, where visual cues, facial expressions or lip reading or lip movements are important.
4. Maintain social distancing measures of 2 metres between families, cohort groups and individuals.
5. No handshakes, smooches or hugs. Smiles, air-hugs and waves are welcomed!
6. Children must remain in the care of their parents/guardian before, during and after the service.
HOW COVID-19 IS TRANSMITTED
COVID-19 is thought to be spread in a few different ways. The primary way is through droplets created when a person coughs or sneezes. It can also spread if you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your face. The closer your physical proximity to people and the greater the amount of time spent with them, along with the more people you are exposed to – increases the risk of possible transmission.
SOME CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE YOU COME TO CHURCH
• We realize that not everyone is comfortable or able, due to health concerns, to attend in-person services. We lovingly and respectfully encourage you to make the choices that are right for you and your family! Our messages will continue to be available via live stream and archived on our website as well as on our YouTube channel: Kinnaird Church of God KCOG. We trust that they will be a source of encouragement and connection to our church family in these challenging times.
• You must not attend if you are sick. A person is infectious 48 hours prior to onset of symptoms to 10 days after onset of symptoms. Symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache. If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms, please refrain from church attendance for two weeks.
• If you have recently returned from out-of-province travel or have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, please follow provincial directives and wait 2 weeks before attending a worship service.
• In accordance with B.C. guidelines, we will be limiting gatherings in our Sanctuary to 20% capacity, including our ministry team. To avoid disappointing people at the door we require you to register ahead for the service you would like to attend. Registration will also assist us in quickly alerting congregants if anyone who attended the same service happens to test positive for COVID-19.
• To register for a service, go to our website www.kinnairdchurchofgod.com . Under “Events”, click on the Sunday you wish to attend and then fill out/submit the registration form. You can also call the church at (250) 365.5300 and leave a message.
• Seating can be maximized by cohort seating – where two families or 2-3 individuals who are already in each other’s social “bubble” sit together 2 metres away from other families, individuals, or cohort groups. Let us know if there is someone you are already “DOING LIFE TOGETHER” with that you would like to be seated next to.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT CHURCH
• Disposable masks are available at the entrance for those who have forgotten one. Masks are mandatory upon entrance.
• Avoid handshakes, hugs and sharing items outside of your family or cohort group.
• Please sanitize your hands upon arrival. An automatic hand sanitizer will be at the front doors as well as on the lower level outside the Fellowship Hall. If you are unable to tolerate hand sanitizer, please go directly to one of the washrooms and wash your hands with soap and water for minimum of 20 seconds.
• Maintain 2 metres of distance between yourself and others who are not part of your immediate family or cohort group.
• Please enter through the front doors quickly and follow the directional signs through to the Narthex and Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall on the lower level. An elevator-lift is available for those requiring accessibility assistance.
• If you would like to chat with someone, please find a roomy area that allows you to maintain social distancing, or even better (i.e. chat outside the building while maintaining a 6-foot distance).
DURING OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
• Please sit with your household or cohort group and maintain at least 2 metres between yourself and other families/cohort groups. Masks must remain on your face for the whole service (except for partaking in communion).
• Offering: An offering plate will be available on the back credenza in the Sanctuary for those who prefer to use checks or cash. (Please use an envelope if you wish to be receipted for tax purposes – $20 or more.) You can place your offering there as you enter the Sanctuary or as you leave. You may also continue giving online, via e-transfers. We are also looking into other digital/online options and will update when those are made available.
• Children must sit with their family throughout the service. In keeping with provincial guidelines, we will not have Children’s Church until further notice. We have some great ideas for creatively including our kids in our worship and are excited to have them join us!
• We will celebrate Communion every week. The elements are in individual, self-contained (wrapped) cups. Ushers will direct you to pick these up as you enter the Sanctuary. Please hold them until the end of the service when we will be directed to partake of them together. Masks may be taken off to partake in communion. Following communion, masks must be put back on.
FOLLOWING OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
- Please follow 2 metre social-distancing as you prepare to leave. If there is sufficient space inside the building as people leave, you are welcome to linger and chat (but chatting outside is optimal).
- DO NOT take your mask off until you have exited the building and are a safe distance away from people in your ‘bubble’.
- We will not be having coffee and refreshments after the service. (Ah, the good ‘ol days, eh?!) Instead, we encourage you to continue to connect with individuals and families within your “social bubble” outside of the church building – especially while we have nice weather.
Gathering together in our building will be different than it has been in the past, but as we have been exploring in our messages over the last several months, being “The Church” is not about observing external rituals and routines that we love or perhaps have grown a bit complacent about. It is all about loving union with Our Saviour, Jesus, and compassionate care for our neighbour. As we embark on this new adventure, DOING LIFE TOGETHER, let’s remember, a hurting, frightened and confused world is watching and our actions speak louder than words… so let your light so shine so that there is no mistaking the One Who Abides within.