Service Resumption Information
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are very blessed and grateful to announce that we will be re-starting services on June 28th.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” says the writer of Hebrews (13:8). We are so blessed to be the redeemed people of a God who remains our God now and forever, through all challenges.
Jesus has remained with us through quarantine, online services, and phone visits. And it is this same Jesus who will remain with us as we return to our modified services.
Certainly, worship will be done with many more new details than it was before quarantine, but we see this as real fulfillment of God’s promise through the prophet Isaiah. “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (43:19) God continues to lead us, His redeemed children, through the wilderness of this world to receive His many blessings. Through online worship at home and socially distant, in-person worship God does a new thing to bring us safely into His presence!
We realize that for many of us at GLC and in our community, the risk of attending in-person worship is still too daunting. We have decided to continue our online worship into the future, that God would continue to bless so many people in their own homes! To access it, you can provide your email to firstname.lastname@example.org, look on Facebook, or go on our website, www.glcwindsor.org.
For those of you who wish and are able to attend in-person worship starting June 28th, please carefully read the following protocols about attending. Council has worked hard to put in every effort to make sure that we can safely receive God’s blessings in person, following the guidance and recommendations from the Province and medical professionals. As we gather to worship, we ask you that you remain mindful of everyone’s safety, your own and the safety of others.GLC is a loving church, with loving people who know how to welcome and love our neighbors. We want as many people as we can to receive God’s blessing and receive our love and care!
God is eternally good and eternally blesses us, His people! We are thankful for the new online way that we have been able to use in order to send God’s blessings to you these months. We are thankful for the time we will spend together once more praising God!
Yours in Christ,
Gethsemane Lutheran Church Council
GLC Gathered Again – June 28th!
Please note that the service time is changed temporarily, pending voters’ approval.
We want our building to have inside it less than 100 people at a time to be in compliance with the 30% capacity limit given by the province. Registration is important not only to prepare communion kits and make sure we do not exceed capacity, but also for us to contact-trace attendants in case someone gets sick.
Registration will be needed to maintain appropriate numbers and distancing. Please call the church to do so. We will need your name and how many people in your household will be receiving communion, so that the right number of communion kits can be prepared.
Register by calling the church office during the week at 519-969-7561. You can leave a message there if no one answers. You may also register by calling or texting Pastor Voelker on his cell [see mailing or e-mail for number]. The deadline to register for each service is the day before, Saturday, by 3 p.m.
If you receive this communication via email and you know of a member that cannot access email, please do call that member and let them know the news and how to register. If they wish, you can register for them. EVERY MEMBER needs to be registered before coming to church. Those who are not registered before coming to church will need to register at the door. This is what will give us a better control over crowd numbers and help us protect everyone in attendance. We do not wish to turn anyone away, but we must not exceed 30% capacity.
Precautions starting June 28th
Those who are ill or not feeling well the day of the service or have been exposed to the coronavirus are asked not to attend the public services for the health and safety of those attending.
- When you arrive in the church, you will find the doors open wide so you do not have to touch door handles. Only one set of doors will be open – the one that faces the large parking lot, by the Kidron Hall. The other entrance will be locked in order to allow ushers to control “people traffic” and to avoid forming a small “crowd” in the narthex. One or two volunteers will be standing at the doors, keeping their distance from you, and will ask you to wait until an usher is available to bring you in and seat you with the proper spacing.
- Everyone is encouraged to wear a face mask inside the church for the safety of others, but this is not mandatory. However, no masks will be provided.
- Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter the building. You will be asked to use it as you go in and out.
- Washrooms will NOT be open for use, only in case of emergency.
- Please refrain from shaking hands or hugging each other
- Ushers will seat everyone in marked spaces that are 6feet/2metres from other households. Members of same family/household will be allowed to sit close together.
- The offering plates will be placed in the entrance to the sanctuary as you exit.
- Children will remain with their families the whole time. We ask parents to not let children wander around any other area of the church. The upstairs Sunday school area and Kidron Hall will be off limits for the time being.
- Bibles and hymnals will be removed from the sanctuary, so bring a Bible from home if you wish. The service will be projected on the wall.
- There will be no singing in the first couple of weeks, only music in the beginning, during communion, and at the end of service.
- No coffee or snacks will be provided. The water fountain will be covered.
- Pews, door handles, and other commonly touched surfaces will be sanitized before and after the service.
- Each family/household will be dismissed right after taking communion. Simply walk out after your communion. Please leave the narthex immediately to allow time for cleaning. Please DO NOT mingle or linger around inside the building once your family has been dismissed. If you have volunteered to help clean up and need to stay for that purpose, remain seated until last household has been dismissed.
- If you wish to talk to another family after church, please do so in the open area of the parking lot, away from the church entrances, and respecting the common rules for social distancing.
As we are able, Holy Communion will be offered at each service.
- Communion elements of bread and wine will be consecrated during the service as is our custom, but they will be prepared carefully for contactless delivery to each communicant. We will not use the communion rail at this time. Children will receive their pastoral blessing from a distance.
- Please use the plastic bag to take your used cup with you.
- Instructions for communion will be given at the service.
Adjustments to these plans will be made as needed.