Yes, We Are Meeting!

We believe regathering is a necessary step as we balance the need to protect individuals in our community with our emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

However, this is not "church as usual" so please read this page carefully and pay attention when registering as there are several options.

Things currently change a lot and quickly, so please subscribe to our e-newsletter and our social media channels to make sure you have all the latest information about what’s happening.

For other FAQ about our church under “normal” circumstances, visit our “New Here?” page.

So What’s the Plan?

For the month's of April and May, we are gradually relaunching in-person services through outdoor services (50 people), stay-in-vehicle options, separate kids programs, and eventually smaller indoor services when they are allowed. Services will be under one hour.

Our registration page will tell you what options are currently available and what you need to know for each service. Provincial Health Orders for gatherings are listed in the registration process and must be acknowledged before registering.

Ready to Register?

Don't hold back! We will add services if the demand is high. But we ask you to please cancel your registration right away if you know you cannot make it so that others can register. You can easily cancel by clicking the "cancel registration" button in your confirmation email.

REGISTER HERE

If you’re having trouble with registration or cancelling your registration, please email your request to [email protected] so we can manually adjust your registration.

What if the Services are Full?

There will likely be cancellations, so please check the registration page regularly and on Sunday morning. If no spots are available, you can still join the online livestream at 9am!

How Do I Know Which Service to Register For?

This largely depends on your needs and safety concerns. For example, if you need to be extra cautious, have mobility issues, or sensitivity to cold weather, staying in your vehicle might be the best choice (or, maybe you're just feeling a little shy and that's okay too!).

Here's a little more info about each type of registration/service:

Kids Programs (currently ages 3-8)

What should I do when I arrive?

  • Park in the appropriate space for your adult service (see below)
  • Use the “special” designated kids program entrance leading directly into the multipurpose room (on the west side of the building near the forest)
  • Wait outside at appropriate distance until a leader is free to greet you, sanitize all hands, and verify your registration and check-in.

What do I need to know about the kids program?

  • It is currently for ages 3-8 and for kids only (parents/adults may not stay with kids).

Outdoor Services (Regular)

What should I do when I arrive?

  • Greeters will be at the front parking lot entrance to verify your registration.
  • Park in the front or side lot (unless wheelchair access is needed, then park in back).
  • Walk to the back and set up your chair (bring a chair!) six feet apart from anyone who is not in your family unit.

What do I need to know about the service?

  • Bring a chair, blanket/rain gear, and umbrella in case of rain!
  • You can find the song lyrics and message notes by downloading/printing them ahead of time from our website homepage.
  • The church will only be open for emergency washroom visits to keep the indoors sanitized as much as possible.

Outdoor Services (Staying in Vehicle)

What should I do when I arrive?

  • Greeters will be at front parking lot entrance to verify your registration.
  • Park in one of the designated vehicle spots, roll down the windows to hear, and worship from your vehicle!
  • Please remain in your vehicle the entirety of the service so as not to count toward the 50 person limit for outdoor gatherings.

What do I need to know about the service?

  • Please ensure you only register "1 person attending" no matter how many people will be in your vehicle as the registration is PER VEHICLE.
  • You will need to have your windows down to hear the service, so please dress warmly! Do not leave your vehicle running.
  • You can find the song lyrics and message notes by downloading/printing them ahead of time from our website homepage.
  • The church will only be open for emergency washroom visits to keep the indoors sanitized as much as possible.

Indoor Services (when available)

What should I do when I arrive?

  • Park in the front or side lot. There will only be one entrance (our main front entrance)
  • Put on your mask, be greeted, verify your registration, and sanitize your hands
  • Try to find a block of seats for your family unit. For example, if coming as a family of 3, try to find a 3-seat row. If by yourself or with one other person, look for a one or two-seat section.
  • Please try not to move chairs as we have made sure they are appropriately distanced

What do I need to know about the service?

  • This is our most “normal” service so things will feel familiar to those who have been here before
  • You will exit on the opposite side of the sanctuary you came in and use the side (east) doors by the library to exit to the parking lot
  • *Please note: some outside doors may be left open to increase airflow/ventilation in our meeting spaces to keep you safe. Therefore, you may want to bring a coat or sweater! 

Online Service

Yes, we'll still be online and livestreaming every Sunday right here on our website and on Facebook or YouTube. This is for those who cannot gather in-person for health or other reasons. There will be live chat and we’ll have an online host there to greet you.

The livestream recording will be available anytime after the service on our website and other media channels. 

What about Safety?  

As we regather, we want to provide as safe an experience as possible for you. Therefore, as a church we’re asking everyone to respect the written safety protocols below:

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Do not come if you’re sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, or required to isolate for any reason
  2. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately upon entering/exiting the building
  3. Practice social distancing of 2 meters at all times (no handshakes or hugs, sorry!)
  4. Wear a face covering/mask at all times

Here’s what we’ll do as a church:

  1. Require online pre-registration so we don’t exceed allowed numbers and can contact trace.
  2. Create a “touchless” experience
  3. Frequently clean “high touch” areas such as doors, chairs, mics, washrooms – including between services
  4. Have at least one hour between services to ensure the space is properly cleaned, sanitized, and ventilated while no one is present
  5. Keep services under an hour in order to limit length of exposure
  6. Create physical barriers that divide our building into two separate spaces when services/programs are taking place simulataneously. Each side has its own separate entrance/exit and washroom so there is no interaction between the two groups.

For more specific information on safety and mandatory public health orders for gatherings, see the "Acknowledgement" check box when registering.

We hope these safety measures will encourage you to go ahead and register for one of our services! We can’t wait to worship with you!

Additional links/resources:

Provincial orders on gatherings, including religious gatherings.

WorkSafeBC Health Check

How Can I Continue to Give?

An on-site giving box will be available at every service for those wishing to give by cash or cheque. And of course you can use any of our electronic giving options listed here.

Thanks for your continued support in helping us bless and reach our community!