Maple View Mennonite Church
At this stage of COVID-19 re-opening, we are planning for two identical in-person Sunday worship services, starting June 28, 2020 at 9:00 am and 11:00 am.
We are committed to meeting and exceeding Ontario government guidelines. Keeping at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between people of different households, we believe about 70-80 people can meet in our sanctuary, with a few more in overflow seating. If, at any time, live gatherings prove un-manageable or un-safe, we will adjust accordingly.
If you are not sure about attending in-person – no problem! We will continue to provide on-line and phone access to our worship services – and are working to significantly improve its quality.
The first part (public portion) of our 9 am service will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel as soon as possible after 10 am. There may be other components already there, queued and ready to view by 11 am.
Anyone not attending in-person can participate online or by phone (either service) through the instructions in our bulletin. At some point, we may replace GoToMeeting with Microsoft Teams – which can integrate various sources (what is happening live at church, pre-recorded video and interactive from people connecting from other places) and offers better sound quality.
We ask regular Maple View participants to pre-register (weekly) for their preferred service time to ensure we do not exceed our capacity and allow room for guests. You can do this on the church website, using the “Register” button beside the service of your choice or by calling or emailing our church office. A counter on the website indicates how many “seats” are left. Your registration indicates your willingness to abide by the following guidelines.
- Please park your vehicle, exit and move to the building as a household. Kindly refrain from dropping off your family members at the church entrance while you park in order to remain together.
- Enter through the marked entrance on the right (which will be propped open) at either front or back of the building, respecting physical distance (6 feet between households) as you enter the building. Please follow the floor markings. Our ushers will direct you. A COVID-19 Task Force member(s) will be available at table to provide direction, answer questions, and assist pacing traffic to the washrooms.
- Attendance will be taken to ensure we do not exceed our permitted building capacity.
- An usher will lead your household to your seats. Please carefully follow this direction, so we can use our space safely and efficiently.
- Households will be seated together, spaced at least 6 feet apart.
- Since our seats are upholstered in cloth, the first service will use one set of seats, and the second service others.
- In social interactions, please keep at least six feet apart from others or wear a mask. Refrain from shaking hands, hugging and other touch.
- The gym, nursery, library, board room, Sunday school rooms, Maple Room, MYF Room, and Sunday school wings will remain closed and locked. The water cooler will not be available.
- There will be no Sunday school.
- No offering will be collected. Please continue to give using the three existing options: online, e-transfer, or cheque mailing.
- The washrooms by the kitchen will be available if needed, with regular cleaning provided by an attendant. Children in need of the washroom must be accompanied by a parent.
- The wheelchair accessible / family restroom will have a plastic chair in it and be reserved for mothers with young children. It will be disinfected by an attendant between uses.
- To comply with contact tracing requirements, when everyone is seated, we will photograph the room for a record of personal proximity and seating pattern.
- Please keep all coats, sweaters, etc. with you. There will be no hangers available for use.
- There will be no hymn books or pamphlets available, no toys for children, no playing in the gym or using the sports equipment.
At the end of the service, please remain in your seat until an usher guides you out. Leave the building as directly as possible through a marked door (on your right). This will allow ushers and cleaners to prepare the building for the next service. After the 9:00 am service, please leave the parking lot by 10:30 am, to make space for those arriving for 11:00 am. Remember to keep at least six feet apart from others or wear a mask – whether inside or outside. Because opportunities to connect socially remain so limited, we encourage you to visit friends and family (with appropriate physical distancing) in homes or other safe places. Porch or yard visits are a wonderful way to ease that sense of isolation.
Mask/Face Covering Protocol
- Please bring your own mask and/or shield if possible. If you do not yet have one, we intend to have single use masks available.
- If you would like to sing with prerecorded music or in live worship times, please wear a face covering / mask while singing, since the act of singing projects respiratory droplets significantly farther than speaking. We are not currently “requiring” face covering in other parts of the service unless you are closer than 6 feet to anyone.
- Leaders / presenters on stage do not need to wear a mask but must remain more than 6 feet away from others on stage and at least 10 –14 feet from the closest congregants – so the front seats will remain unused.
Announcements, Sharing & Prayer
The sound operator / online moderator will enable remote participants to speak or share written messages in both live services, getting the attention of the leader by raising a hand. They will then activate the mic for the electronic participants which will then also be heard over the sound system.
We plan to ensure that information shared in the first service will be covered or summarized in the second service.
A mic will NOT be passed around in the sanctuary. Instead, there will be a mic at the back, and various mics at the front to use without touching.
Handled by our support team
- Prop all doors open.
- Hand-sanitizer (in non-touch dispensers) placed at entrances and throughout.
- Disinfect handles, railings, contact points.
- Washroom attendants to disinfect faucets, toilet handles, seats between uses.
- Signs to be posted in washrooms about hand washing procedure / best practices.
- Chair arm rests and hymnal holders to be disinfected prior to and between services.
- Air flow to be managed by trustees. Only one door on each side (front and back) will be open to minimize flies and help regulate temperature. One will be open during entrance time, then closed. Another will be open for exit time, then closed.
- All toilets and sinks blocked off except for one in each rest room.
- Closely worn mics will not be shared or will be disinfected between uses.
Out of respect to others, please refrain from attending if:
- You have a fever, difficulty breathing, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, abnormal fatigue or if you have been around someone with these symptoms.
- Your immune system is compromised, or you are dealing with other health conditions.
- You regularly go to a hospital or health centre for treatment.
- You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID 19 in the last 14 days.
If you are over 60, please consider the attached document
If you have other questions about attending, please review the following two links in order to help with your decision making.
Please prioritize your own health and the health of others.
If your work puts you in high risk of contact with coronavirus carriers, takes you out of the country, or puts you in regular contact with those working in high-risk areas or who have traveled, please be exceptionally vigilant in following public health recommendations.
We grateful acknowledge content adapted from Faith Mennonite Church and other sources.
Maple View COVID-19 Task Force
Patty Albrecht, Donna Jantzi, John and Mallory Jantzi, Brent Kipfer, Jonathan Koch, Scott Roes and Jesse Gerber