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Return to in-person worship services
Westminster United Church is thrilled to announce that The Cedars will be open to the congregation for in-person services beginning Sunday, October 31, 2021!
Prior to leaving home on Sunday, please complete the provincialself-screening assessment. A green check mark indicates you may attend church that morning. When you arrive at church please provide your information, including the result of your self-screening, to the greeter for contact tracing purposes. Please continue to follow local public health protocols: wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, sanitize your hands, and keep physically distanced at 6 feet apart. Instead of hanging up your coat, please bring it to the pew with you.
As folks joining us virtually are expecting us to begin live streaming right at 10:30 a.m., we would appreciate it if you planned to arrive between 10:00 and 10:20 to complete paperwork and be seated. If possible, try to remain in your seat until the service is over.
The congregation is welcome to sing quietly and participate in any responsive readings with a mask on, while seated.
At the end of worship, please keep a safe distance as you leave the building and move outside to where you are welcome to visit with others, physically distanced, if you wish.
The council recognizes that we have members of our church who are a part of vulnerable populations and children who are not yet able to be vaccinated. We would like these members of our church family to feel as safe as possible when attending worship services.
Out of Christian love and care, we ask that you be fully vaccinated when you attend worship service, if you are eligible and medically able. This is an ask and not a mandate. Masks are required as per the provincial public health orders.
It has been a long 20 months since the last time we were able to worship together in-person safely. We know not everyone will feel comfortable joining in-person for quite some time. However, please know that whether you are able to join us in person, virtually, or in Spirit, each and every one of you remains in our hearts and our prayers. The sanctuary will look and feel a bit different because, for safety reasons, we’ve had to rearrange the pews. And our congregation has changed a bit, too. There have been children born these past few years who have never been to Westminster. There are members of the congregation who have passed away during this time, yet they will forever be a part of us all.
Returning to a hybrid of worship in-person and online is a big step for all of us – it is a time of excitement as well as apprehension. We know each individual and family will make the choices that are right for you, and we know that God is with us all whenever, wherever and however we worship.
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