Updated COVID Plan: Indoor In-Person Worship
as approved by Council on June 7, 2021
Thank you for your continued support, patience and prayers as the council wrestled with options to offer in-person/indoor worship.
On June 7th, OSLC Council approved a plan to support Sunday Services in the Fellowship Hall beginning the first Sunday in July. What a joy it is to share this news with everyone!
Attached are additional details about what you can expect if you decide to attend worship services in-person. We would like to provide additional information/insight behind the decisions, especially the use of masks. At the heart of our discussions were (1) how could we safely offer indoor worship and (2) how could we be welcoming and inclusive to all who attend.
At this time we are asking everyone (regardless of vaccination status) to wear a facemask when entering and at all times while in the building. The reality is we must assume mixed vaccination status and asking only the unvaccinated (especially our children) singles them out and is unwelcoming. In addition, keeping this safety measure increases our comfort level with other factors such as how many people can attend, the length of the service, and offering communion. etc.
It is also important to share that we will continue to provide options in person worship, virtual worship will be a continued and vital part of our ministry as it allows us to support anyone who is more comfortable to join us from home.
Council will continue to have focused conversations regarding when certain safety measures can be modified (such as worshipping from the sanctuary). We are hopeful that these small, but continual steps lead us back to a time we all long for.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on council if you have any questions or concerns.
What to expect in Worship:
Since this is an evolving situation, we will communicate if any of the following changes.
1. We are asking for everyone wear a mask during the service. The exception to this is that Pastor Alex and the Assistant Minister will take off their masks while speaking/leading worship.
2. To ensure appropriate physical distancing we are limiting to fifty percent capacity (57 people) and we ask that you sign-up to let us know you are planning to attend. We will send out sign-up instructions ahead of each Sunday in July.
3. Communion will be given at the end of the service as you leave. A drop box for your offering will also be available then, as well.
4. Music will be prerecorded or live (instrumental).
5. The Giving of the Peace will be led by the pastor.
Updated COVID Plan: Other Gatherings
as approved by Council on May 27
It has been a long 14+ months for us all in dealing with the COVID pandemic. Hopefully the success of the vaccine and the number of folks getting the vaccinations will help stem the spread of the virus. To that point Governor Northam is lifting some restrictions related to COVID-19 virus effective May 28th.
Given this encouraging progress Our Saviour’s Council has voted to re-open our facilities with some limited restrictions. The Council approved the following:
Reopen our facility for limited indoor and outdoor use beginning the week of June 6.
Indoor use would be limited to groups no more than 25 and masks would be required to be worn, regardless of who was fully vaccinated. Indoor use of the facility would be limited to the large room with the “stage” and social distancing would be required.
OSLC groups and committees may use the conference room, with a limit of 10 people.
Groups larger than 25 must meet outside with access to washroom facilities through the side entrance to the Hall. Masks and social distancing would be required for outdoor use.
Regardless of group size, if your activity dictates removal of masks (i.e.: playing of musical instruments) outdoor use is required.
At the conclusion of an indoor meeting the participants would be expected to wipe down tables and chairs used for their meeting.
Use of the facility MUST be scheduled through the Hall Committee and our email is email@example.com.
We thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor the COVID pandemic and how we can safely return to some sense of normalcy. This is our first step in a return to normalcy and we thank you for complying with our guidelines above.