St. Matthew’s has resumed in-person Sunday 10 AM services.
The Diocese has moved from RED to AMBER stage as found in the Diocese’s COVID-19 pandemic planning document In This Together. We encourage you to read the document to see what church activities will look like at various stages of the current re-opening plan. Remember there are many factors outside our control which may change the date of re-opening.
St. Matthew’s COVID-19 Pandemic Planning Team is customizing and implementing guidance found in the Diocesan document for our particular circumstances. Within the restrictions, we will implement all aspects of church and community activities as we are able, comfortable, prepared and as facilities allow.
The Team will keep you informed of developments through parishioner emails, the eblast emailing list as well as posting information on our web site. Please visit this page regularly as we prepare to open for in-person services starting Sunday, September 6.
Online services will continue
- Online Sunday services will continue be recorded and available on Youtube and Facebook after in-person services resume September 6.
- Online Morning Prayer services will continue to be available on Youtube and Facebook
Advance registration for Sunday service is required
- A maximum of 50 people are allowed to attend in-person services during this stage and advance registration is required
- On Monday of the week of the service, an email will be sent to the parish email list and the eblast inviting you to register for the service by email (to an email specifically for this purpose) or by telephone. Registration by email is strongly encouraged. You must register by Wednesday midnight
- The first 50 who register to attend will receive a confirmation email or telephone call. Those who registered after the 50th place will also receive an email or telephone call noting they will not be able to attend, but are being put on the list to attend the following week’s service, pending their confirmation. More details are in the registration email and eblast that will be sent weekly. Sign up to receive the weekly eblast
How Sunday services will be different at this time
- There will not be a celebration of the Eucharist during the service
- Seating will be physically distanced; households can sit together
- There will be no choir and no congregational singing
- All elements of the service will be in the service leaflet and there will be no books in the pews
- Children are very welcome but there will be no play area, Sunday School nor Nursery. Children will need to stay in the pew with their family
- Physical distancing requirements mean you will not be able to touch or hug one another in greeting and there will be no physical contact during the exchange of the Peace
- Unless you are exempt, wearing a mask is mandatory while in line for registration and in the church. Please bring your own mask
- There will be no Coffee Hour following the service
If you are successfully registered to attend a service, here are some things to note:
- In your acceptance email or telephone call, you will be given a time range during which to arrive for screening, registration and seating
- Each individual registered to attend must read the COVID-19 screening questions at home on Sunday morning. If any member of your household registered to attend answers yes to any question, no one in the household can come to church
- The only way to enter the church will be via the baptistery entrance (i.e. the door by the font). It is accessible for walkers and wheelchairs. Registration and screening will be outside this door. You may need to wait in line outside so be prepared for any weather
- At all times you will need to keep a 2 m distance between yourself and those not part of your household while on the church grounds or in the church
- You will be asked to read the screening questions before you reach the registration desk. At the desk you will be asked if you have read the questions and if you answered “yes” to any of them. If so, no one in your household can attend the service.
- You must confirm your name and contact information upon arrival, and agree to it to being kept for potential COVID-19 contact tracing purposes, or you cannot attend the service
- You will need to sanitize your hands before entering and exiting the church
- Copies of the bulletin, the collection plate and hearing assistance devices will be located at the back of the church for you to pass by after registering
- Signs, coloured tape and volunteers will help move you safely through the church before and after the service
- 2 m safe seating distance will be marked while still giving some seating choices, and households will sit together
- Exit will also be via the door by the font as well as by the main church door on Glebe Avenue
- Some parts of the church building will not be open or accessible
- Hand-sanitizing lotion will be available in several locations in the church
Last updated: September 11, 2020