This last week has brought devastating news of COVID deaths related to a faith gathering that was not compliant with provincial regulations. FBCH has been diligent in following all requirements as well as recommendations from public health.
In recent communication, Dr. Strang has emphasized that any gathering of congregants inside the Church, after a regular service, requires attendees to show proof of vaccination. For those who have attended recent services and gathered with friends at the end, it is easily understood that it is not practical for FBCH staff or volunteers to manage proof of vaccination between a Sunday service and visitation in the Sanctuary.
Further, as we enter the Advent-Christmas season a number of our “regular” seasonal services are not exempt from verifying proof of vaccination. To offer all those who enter the Church the safest environment possible, and to provide consistency for Church gatherings, it is felt the Church should require proof of vaccination from all who enter.
Therefore, leadership of our Diaconate and Board of Management have determined that the best way forward is to require proof of vaccination for all FBCH gatherings, including Sunday morning worship services beginning this Sunday, November 21. FBCH will follow provincial policies regarding those exempt from proof of vaccination due to age or medical circumstances
If you have not already shown proof of vaccination to the church, you can do that this Sunday and be entered into our database so that you do not have to show proof for future gatherings. You can also show it at any service you choose to join in person.
Our hope is that this step will not only ensure FBCH remains compliant with all regulations, but also demonstrates our care for the larger community. Please let Rusty know if you have any questions about this change, and also feel free to contact Diaconate Chair Kathy Schwartzentruber or Board of Management Chair Jim Stanley.
On a brighter note, this time last year faith communities were required to return to online only gatherings. This year, plans are well underway for in person worship during the Advent-Christmas season, including the return of the choir processional on November 28. At the same time, our live stream of services will continue so that all may join us in worship.