Greetings friends and neighbours,
Today we received a communication from our MCBC Moderator Gerry Grunau outlining New Health Orders to reduce the increased risk of COVID-19 transmission during the cooler winter months.
I have a question for you to answer as soon as possible at the bottom of this email, and a summary of the new health order.
The New Health order means:
- Masks must be worn at all times in the church unless you are a worship leader or preacher who is appropriately distanced.
- Our capacity must stay at less than 50% unless we check vaccine passports. We will not be checking vaccine passports.
In Gerry's letter he wrote, "New worship service health orders have recently been announced by the BC Government because of the increased risk of Covid transmission during the cooler winter months.
Worship services must be limited to 50% of seated capacity unless all the participants are fully vaccinated, in which case the capacity could increase to 100%.
Masks are now required for all indoor worship services for persons aged five and up (including choir members). Masks can be removed for eating or drinking during communion. The worship team, preachers, and readers will be allowed to speak without a mask subject to being appropriately distanced.
Restrictions regarding personal and organizational gatherings in the Fraser Valley East region remain."
Here is a link to the Fraser Valley East restrictions if you are unaware of them: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions
Ministerial council's question to you:
Do you intend to come to our Sunday worship service now that masks are required at all times including singing? Or do you prefer to stay home and transition to interactive worship on Zoom for the winter months?
It's so valuable and rejuvenating for us to be physically together for worship, but I trust the increased risk during the winter months is real.
Please hit the reply button in your email program and let me know what you are thinking about this now.
Blessings and prayers for you and your family this advent season and as the urgency of these extreme weather events in the Fraser Valley comes to a close.
~ Pastor Darnell