As of November 19th, all in-person gatherings are suspended. This includes our in-person worship services. We continue to monitor the provincial health orders, and will update the website and other means of communication regularly.
You have likely heard that our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, issued a new Public Health Order last Saturday (November 7th), which is in effect until November 23rd at 10PM. The Grandview Health Committee, along with congregational staff, have reviewed the new guidelines and considered how they will affect our church activities. We affirm the importance of gathering as the body of Christ while also committing to the safety well-being of the community during the pandemic.
Bonnie Henry was clear that worship services are exempt from these new restrictions as long as we practice previous Covid safe guidelines. We have, therefore, decided to continue on with in-person services as scheduled. We will continue to monitor the situation with hopes of holding in-person services again in December. We know that the situation can change at a moment’s notice, so we hold all plans loosely and ask that you do the same.
We remain committed to doing all we can to mitigate risk of transmission of Covid-19. At our in-person services we will be screening attendees for covid symptoms, having everyone wear masks, opening windows for ventilation, seating different households a minimum of two meters apart, limiting the length of the services, sanitizing pews and other high-touch areas between services.
The newest provincial guidelines do, however, affect some of our other programmed activities beyond the Sunday service for the next two weeks. At this time, we will pause all in-person group activities and gatherings for two weeks. Many of these activities will shift to a Zoom format and others will pause while we consider alternative ways to follow the safety guidelines for those groups.
We continue to regularly monitor the various public health orders and keep you informed of any resulting changes to our services or events. We also recognize that for some, any form of in-person gathering is not possible this season and want to assure you that we are committed to supporting alternative ways of connecting, worshipping, and working together for God’s Kingdom.
Finally, we want to name that the greater social restrictions will leave some in our community even more vulnerable to isolation and other struggles. Let's reach out to one person who may be living on their own or who God may bring to mind to check-in with for a word of encouragement.