What relaunching at Huron Chapel will look like...

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What Covid-19 recovery looks like at Huron Chapel...

Worship at Huron Chapel will happen in accordance with all provincial and municipal guidelines and best practices. We will be re-opening in stages with the eventual goal of returning to some semblance of normalcy as the situation allows. At each stage, we will do everything possible to ensure people’s safety as we honour and glorify God.

We appreciate your cooperation in helping us abide by the following ‘best practices’...

  • Location: Worship will take place in the sanctuary or gym. Upstairs there are rows of chairs 2m physically distanced (at least 3 chairs between household units within a row). Downstairs there are tables for ‘family groupings’ also physically distanced.

  • Time: Doors open at 10:00 a.m. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. (intro available online approx. 10:15)

  • Doors: Enter by the main doors off the UPPER parking lot and exit by the “Emergency Exit” at the front of the sanctuary.

  • Screening: Every person entering the church building must be screened. See the screening questions HERE (this is also posted at the entrance). Those who are unable to pass the screening process are not to enter the building. 

  • Masks / Physical Distancing: Wearing of masks indoors is required. People are encouraged to bring their own masks. If they do not have one, disposable masks will be available at the door.  Note that those leading worship (speaking) are not required to wear masks while leading worship because they will be at least 15 feet from the front rows. Singers will be wearing face shields or masks. Please maintain 2-meter physical distancing. 

  • Seating: When entering the sanctuary, everyone is asked to move directly to a chair and not linger in the aisles. Ministry guidelines limit the seating to 25% of normal capacity.  Please sit at least 3 chairs away from another household unit in the same row.  Please keep touching of surfaces to a minimum to minimize the spread of germs.

  • Children:  Children must remain with the people who brought them. We regret that no nursery or children’s programmes will be available.

  • Sanitizers:  Hand sanitizer will be available and required upon entering.

  • Bathrooms: Upstairs, the bathroom at the rear of the sanctuary (by the mailboxes) will be open. Downstairs both washrooms may be used. Greeters are trained to give facilities a sanitizing ‘spritz’ regularly.

  • Singing: Huron Perth Health Unit strongly discourages singing during church services; you are welcome to hum along, mouth the words, clap your hands to the music, raise hands in worship, etc.

  • Communion: Occasionally we will be celebrating communion by bringing our own elements.

  • Offering: An offering plate can be found by the entrance or exit door. We highly recommend switching to electronic forms of giving (Automatic Funds Transfer, e-transfer, PayPal, etc.).

  • Leaving: At the close of worship, we will be leaving our worship space in orderly fashion; please maintain 2-meter distancing between household groups at all times; do not linger in the aisles or in the building. 

Everyone must make their own decision about whether or not they are ready to attend. Those who are in high risk groups (e.g. age 70+ or with health conditions) may want to consider delaying their return until a later stage. We intend to continue offering a quality streamed online experience for those who choose to remain home for safety reasons.

This will be a new experience of worship for all of us. We ask for your patience as we work all of this out together. Also, while some of these measures may feel rather restrictive, please remember our re-opening process is in stages and will be amended over time as restrictions are relaxed.

Finally, all of this requires volunteers. If you are able to help out with greeting or in other areas, please contact the office. 519-526-1131 office@huronchapel.com

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. As we work through this next stage of relaunching there will be changes coming. Please continue to uphold our leadership in prayer as we seek God for His direction, and follow the opportunities that He brings along. Church is going to look different but we know that we serve an amazing God who is in control and who loves us and the communities in which we live.  He has called every one of us to bless others and invite them to follow Jesus.  As we move forward may we strive to glorify God in all we do.