Willingdon Church's Response To COVID-19
UPDATES – AUGUST 25TH, 2021
This week the provincial government put into place new restrictions and health guidelines effective August 25th, 2021.
We are grateful to our government leaders and health authorities for granting faith communities the freedom to worship and for recognizing religious gatherings as an “essential service which plays a critical role in connecting the community by supporting beneficial and safe social interactions.” They also announced that worship services are exempt from the new health orders including the mask mandate and proof of immunization.
We understand that some may be hesitant or concerned as we gather together in-person for worship services and gatherings.
In consideration of those who will be attending, masks will be required when circulating around the church building and will be able to be removed when seated. We will also continue to practice social distancing and frequent cleaning procedures.
We ask that you would be patient with each other, love one another and exercise the grace and care for one another as Jesus has called us to do.
Please take time to review the updated Willingdon Church guidelines listed below for more details on in-person worship gatherings and services, as determined and affirmed by our elders and leadership team.
We are so grateful for your patience, understanding, support and prayers during this time and throughout the pandemic. We will also continue to offer online services and virtual opportunities to connect and care for our church family and community around the world.
We praise God for His grace, protection and provision during this time and we trust Him to continue to guide and protect us as we serve and continue our mission “to know Jesus Christ personally and carry on His ministry”.
We are truly looking forward to seeing you in person! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
To God we give the glory!
As per Provincial Health Orders
Effective August 25th, 2021
Please note the following protocols may change, we encourage you to check this webpage frequently.
Registration is not required for worship gatherings and services.
We will be implementing the following safety measures as affirmed by the elders:
- Masks are required when circulating around the church building
- Masks may be removed when seated
- Physical distancing in between parties is required, sitting 2 seats away from other parties
- Singing is permitted
- Sanitation stations will be provided at every entrance point
- Frequent cleaning of the venues will be conducted
If you attend, please note you are attending as a personal decision to attending a worship service with others.
If you are not feeling well, please do a “health check”, please stay home and consider joining an online service at willingdon.org at home.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Parking: Summer months parking options up to and including September 5th
- Please feel free to park on the Willingdon Church parking lot over the summer months. The underground lot will be reserved for seniors and those with special needs.
- Please park at Moscrop (5 minute walk)
- Please note: BCIT is doing construction in the lots (N LOT) we previously used, however, the L LOT is available (10 minute walk)
Arrival: Doors will open 15 minutes before each service to allow us time to sanitize and reset the venue
During Services: We require you sit 2 seats apart from the next party. If you are not able to find a seat in the Sanctuary
Prayer Time: During this time we will be offering prayer in the Chapel (to accommodate social distancing) anytime, before, during and after services.
After service: We ask that you exit the venues after the closing to accommodate additional cleaning for the following services/gatherings.
Café: Our café will be open 8:30am to 1:30pm for free coffee and treats. Additional seating is available under our outdoor tents in the parking lot.
Communion: As approved by the elders, we will be offering communion in single disposal servings to minimalize the passing of objects between many people. These will be handed out to you at the beginning of a communion service.
Tithing: We will be putting place low-touch tithing boxes in the resource center at all times. We continue to encourage electronic giving.
Children’s and Student Programs: Children’s and Students’ weekend programs will be on hiatus during the weekend to accommodate the Weekday events that will be occurring for kids (Daycamp) and Students (summer events). Check church center to sign up.
Please visit the “Families” booth for more information about the Children and Student Ministries and to pick up “kids packs” for the services.
Children’s and Students Programs will resume on September 19th
WELCOME GUESTS AND FIRST-TIME VISITORS!
If you are new or this is the first time you are visiting Willingdon Church. Welcome, we are so glad you are here!
Please take advantage of our First Time Visitor Parking on the Willingdon lot. There is a spot reserved just for you!
When you head into the building please stop by our Welcome Center in the Atrium (right of the parking lot entrance.) We would love to say hello and welcome you. Our helpful volunteers can help answer any questions you may have and help you get connected to our church family.