We are grateful that the Ontario government has given Places of Worship permission to gather again in-person. Our staff team is presently working hard to prepare our physical space so that we can responsibly host in-person worship gatherings again. We are taking every precaution to ensure your safety and wellbeing. The church office has re-opened and is staffed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Please contact 705-748-4573 if you have any questions or concerns.
If you are planning to join us on a Sunday morning, please take a few moments to read through the information below to find out what you can expect upon our reopening.
• We are implementing social distancing protocols, along with other safety precautions, multiple hand-sanitizing stations throughout our buildings, blocking out of some seats, and limiting the number of individuals in restrooms.
• We’re asking everyone to pre-register each week for Sunday in person gatherings. This will help to ensure that we do not fill our venue over the capacity of what is safe, and will help to allow social distancing protocols.
+ WHEN ARE YOU RE-OPENING?
It is our plan to reopen for in-person worship gatherings beginning Sunday, June 28th, 2020 at 10:30am. We will be limiting our occupancy to a maximum of 30% of our seating capacity, which would mean 150 people (our regular seating capacity is 500).
+ SHOULD I WEAR A MASK?
Yes, everyone is required to wear a mask at all times unless there are health exemptions or they are leading from the stage (which is closed to the general public). All volunteers who will be serving as ushers, greeters or welcome centre hosts, will be required to wear masks and where appropriate, gloves.
+ WHERE SHOULD I PARK / HOW DO I ENTER INTO THE BUILDING?
All attendees will be asked to park in the main parking lot on the North side and East side of building. Wheelchair permit parking will be the entire “front of church” lot on West side (please note that you must have legal wheelchair permit to park in front lot). Both the East and West side doors of the church will be open during the winter months for entry. We ask that you proceed, physically distanced from others, towards the registration table to ensure our records are maintained in the event we need to do contact tracing.
+ WILL THE RESTROOMS BE OPEN?
Yes, our washrooms will be open for use. However, we do encourage people to use the washroom prior to coming to church as this will help decrease the potential risk of spreading COVID-19. We ask that no more than two individuals are in the same restroom area at any given time. This is done to ensure that safe social distancing measures are being followed. In addition, social distancing measures will be observed for those waiting to use the facilities.
+ WILL THERE BE CHILDCARE?
No, at this time all children will remain with their parents in the main auditorium for the entire gathering. There will be “NV Kids Swag Bags” available to help keep kids engaged until the kids’ space opens up. The packets will be prepared at least 72 hours in advance in keeping with Public Health recommendations. Northview Kids Nursery facilities will remain closed and off limits. In the case of a child needing a diaper change, the caregiver will be directed to use the change table in the mobility washroom, located at the top of the ramp. The washroom monitor will sanitize the change table thoroughly after each use.
+ WHAT WILL PHYSICAL DISTANCING LOOK LIKE?
Social distance “carpet stickers” will be strategically placed throughout the building to help people stay at a proper physical distance. Once inside the main door, individuals will be greeted and asked to sanitize their hands and will then be directed to the registration table. Once inside the Sanctuary, members and visitors are asked to pick a seat grouping corresponding to the number of people attending attending the service from their household. Everyone is asked to stay at their seat until the conclusion of the service unless there is need to use the restrooms.
+ HOW WILL THE SEATING PROTOCOL WORK?
Families/individuals who live in the same residence will be permitted to sit in a grouping of chairs corresponding to their numbers. Those who are unrelated to one another or do not live in the same residence will be seated according to the 2-metre apart distance guideline.
+ WILL GREETERS OR HOSTS OFFER TO SHAKE MY HAND & WILL THERE BE A MEET AND GREET MOMENT DURING THE WORSHIP GATHERING?
All of our hosts are trained not to offer you a physical greeting and the meet and greet moment in our gathering is no longer a part of our worship gathering for purposes of personal safety.
+ WILL ONLINE WORSHIP GATHERINGS CONTINUE TO BE OFFERED?
Our goal is to have a recording of our service available by Sunday afternoons on YouTube and Facebook.
+ WILL THE CAFE BE OPEN?
Unfortunately the Northview Church Cafe will not be open at this time and the seating area in the foyer will be removed temporarily. We will keep you updated as restrictions are lifted.
+ WILL THE LIBRARY BE OPEN?
The Library will not be operating at this time as paper is considered a high germ-transfer surface. Library materials will be removed temporarily until we are able to offer this service again, in accordance with the Public Health guidelines.
+ HOW WILL WE CELEBRATE COMMUNION?
The first Sunday of the month will continue as Communion Sunday. Congregants will have prepackaged communion cups placed on their chairs before the beginning of the service. Everyone is encouraged to dispose of the packaging in the garbage upon exit, while maintaining appropriate physical distancing.
+ WILL WE HAVE TO PASS THE OFFERING PLATE?
No, there will be no offerings received as part of the worship service. Worshippers are encouraged to continue to give online through PushPay. Those who would rather give through cheque or cash, can fill out a giving envelope at the Welcome Centre and drop it into the lock box built into the Welcome Desk.
+ WILL THERE BE CONGREGATIONAL SINGING?
Under the current Ontario Government guidelines, worshippers are “strongly discouraged” from singing together as this is considered a high risk activity for spreading the virus. We will still have a small worship team located on the platform who will sing some worship songs. Congregants will be invited to worship in quiet contemplation, hum along with closed mouth, or sing at a conversational tone.
+ WILL THERE BE A PAPER BULLETIN OR PROGRAM?
Paper bulletins will not be produced or distributed. Instead people will be encouraged to consult our Events Page on our NV Church website, the NV Church Facebook page, as well as take note of the announcements that will be scrolling on the main screens in the sanctuary before and after the service. We are working hard to use digital platforms and promote a touch-free experience for you.
We hope this information has helped you as you make plans to join us at Northview Church this Sunday. We will do our very best to ensure that you and your family feel safe and welcome at Northview. Church as we know it will look a little different but it will be so good to be able to gather together again. We can’t wait to see you this Sunday!