ZBCC's Response to Covid-19
June 25, 2020 (Revised July 28, 2020)As a church, we have willingly followed the direction of the Government of Alberta and the recommendations of the province's Chief Medical Officer of Health. Back in May, we entered Phase 1 of our Ministry Relaunch which opened the door for Mid-Week gatherings to resume. In the weeks since we began this phase, we have seen great success with these gatherings and appreciate everyone's willingness to follow the various guidelines and restrictions.
Earlier this month, the province loosened the restrictions placed on places of worship and opened the door for worship services to resume (adhering to a variety of safe practices). After prayerful deliberation and engagement between different layers of ZBCC leadership, we have laid a path forward into Phase 2 of our ministry relaunch: resuming Sunday Services. Below is an outline of our timeline. Please note that all this path is fluid and is subject to alteration.
Step 1: Preparation (Immediate)
Starting immediately, we are taking steps to prepare ourselves for in-person gatherings. Preparations include: preparing the facility, training volunteers and congregants, and hearing from the congregation.
Over the coming weeks, we will release a variety of information to help our congregation prepare. One source of information to help with our preparation are videos available here.
If you are interested in volunteering, we have the following training times scheduled:
Tuesday, July 28 - 7 pm or 8 pm
Tuesday, August 4 - 6 pm or 7 pm
Thursday, August 6 - 4 pm or 5 pm
Friday, August 7 - 1 pm, 2 pm, or 3 pm
Click here to sign up for a training session.
Step 2: Trial (August)
Beginning on Sunday, August 9, we will attempt single services with restrictions on how many people can attend. Congregants will be strongly recommended to wear masks and be required to refrain from singing, maintain physical distance, and submit to screening. The trial run will be for three weeks on August 9, 16, and 23. If you would like to attend in person on these Sundays, please RSVP here.
Step 3: Relaunch (September / October)
During this step, we will commit to gathering regularly. There are still numerous questions that will need to be answered, including Will 9:30 ministries resume? Will the Toddler Room be open? Will the vulnerable be encouraged to attend? The previous steps and continually evolving GOA guidelines will inform these decisions.
Over the next few months, we will communicate the details of Phase 2 through the weekly emails, church website, and over the Sunday Service Livestream. Please check these sources for the most up-to-date information or contact the church office.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me ([email protected]).
Zion Baptist Community Church