Sunday Morning Gatherings

Sunday Morning Gatherings

We welcome you to join us Sunday mornings at 9am, as we gather together in-person at 22 Willow St. Waterloo (also home to Trillium Lutheran Church). 

Our Sunday morning gatherings typically include a time of worship through song, prayer, sharing in communion, scripture reading and a short sermon. Following our time in the Sanctuary, we then have an opportunity to gather around tables in the gym for a time of discussion with one another around the morning’s theme. Children up to grade 5 are dismissed part way through the service and can be picked up from their classrooms after the discussion time at 10:30am.

Over the summer months, we will be moving our gatherings outside for the long weekends (July 3rd, July 31st and September 4th). Stay tuned for details around location and times.

 

 

A Few Notes About Our In-Person Services:

COVID Protocols:

Many of the provincial and regional COVID protocols and guidelines have been lifted, as well as Trillium’s policies around these restrictions. In following these guidelines, we will be moving forward with these practices in place:

  1. Masks
    Although masks are no longer mandatory indoors, we continue to encourage the wearing of masks during this time. We want to create an environment that feels as safe and comfortable as possible for everyone as we navigate this transition. We encourage those 5 and older to continue to wear masks indoors. Thank you!
  2. Screening and Registration
    There will be no mandatory registration or screening process at the door. However, we would ask as we move forward with in-person gatherings, that we all monitor our own health and opt to stay home if we are showing COVID symptoms, in order to protect those who may be more vulnerable among us. If you ever have questions around whether or not you should join in person, please refer to the Ontario School Screening tool to guide your decision.
  3. Sanitizing
    We will continue to have sanitizing stations around the building and encourage community members to sanitize their hands upon entry of the building.
    Sanitizing wipes will also be available in the washrooms for those who would like to wipe down surfaces before or after using the space.
  4. Vaccination Requirement
    Both Trillium and the provincial/regional guidelines have lifted the requirement for vaccination. Therefore, we will not be requiring proof of vaccination to enter or participate in our gatherings.
  5. Capacity Limits and Distancing
    The capacity limits and distancing requirements have also been lifted. At this point we are not required to rope off pews to provide for distancing. However, knowing that some of our community members would continue to feel more comfortable maintaining distance, we will have a section of the Sanctuary where the pews will be roped off to allow for distancing.

*Please note that these practices are based on the current provincial and regional guidelines, and are subject to change should those guidelines shift again in the coming weeks or months. 

Kids’ Programming:

We know that KidsQuest is an important part of our return to in-person gathering at 22 Willow. Beginning Sunday May 1st, our kids programming will be in full swing! We’ll be dismissing our kids (up to grade 5) to their KidsQuest program in the second half of the service and parents can pick them up at the end of discussion groups. The nursery will also be open and staffed during this time. We are continuing to encourage our kids (5+) to wear masks indoors during the KidsQuest programming, especially as it will be difficult to ensure physical distancing in these spaces. Parents, although a formal COVID screening will not happen for KidsQuest, we ask you to monitor your children for any symptoms of covid-19 and thank you for keeping them out of programming if they are showing symptoms. We look forward to connecting with some of our youngest Elevation members again!

Indigenous Allyship

Indigenous Allyship

It is absolutely incumbent on every follower of Christ to know the stories of injustice and pain that their closest neighbors continue to endure. And beyond just Christians, there is a responsibility for every person to know the story of the land they are privileged to call home.

Jennifer Singh

The Church Has Ignored the Grief of First Nation Peoples Too Long

 

Resources to Educate

At the end of 2011, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada submitted a report on the
history, purpose, operation, and supervision of the residential school system, the effect and
consequences of the system, and its ongoing legacy. The publication of this report can be found here.

In 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a call to action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation. The publication of these 94 calls to action can be found here. Although all of these calls to action are incredibly important, some of the most applicable for our context are in the section titled “Church apologies and Reconciliation” (58-61).

A website has been formed to monitor the progress of the journey towards reconciliation, based on these 94 calls to action. You can follow along in this journey here.

There has been a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. You can find the Executive Summary of the Final Report of this Inquiry here.

The University of Alberta offers a free course on Indigenous History in Canada. This course has 12 lessons and can be completed at your own pace. You can find more information and register for this course here.

 

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada has created a guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in a format that is written especially for children. You can access this guide here.

 

 

 

Sunday Morning Gatherings

Transition to In-Person Worship Gatherings

Update: May 2022

 

Over the months of March and April, we have walked through a transition away from our Sunday morning online services on YouTube as we have known them over the past two years, and towards in-person services at 22 Willow. While the results of our community survey around this show that most of our community members are ready for this transition, we do recognize that there are members of our community who will be impacted by the ending of our Sunday morning virtual services. There are some who have been joining virtually from a distance who will not be able to join us in the same way in-person, and others who do not yet feel comfortable or ready to join in this large group setting indoors. 

As we journey through this transition, we desire to continue to provide ways for those who are not yet ready or able to join in person during this time to feel connected to our community. Over the next little while we will be experimenting with virtual options and will be seeking feedback from the community as we move forward. Below is our plan for the month of May. 

Please do reach out if there are ways that you feel you can help provide these spaces (hosting zoom calls etc) for our community as we continue to navigate the reality of the pandemic and its ongoing impact. We look forward to engaging with the community in any of these in-person (indoor and outdoor) and virtual spaces!  

 

Date Virtual Options In-person Options
Sunday May 1st

Pre-recorded sermon posted on YouTube at 9am (available anytime after that to watch)

 

Zoom Discussion Call at 11am

In-person worship service with kids’ programming and nursery staffed during the sermon/discussion time

 

In-person discussion after the service in the gym

Sunday May 8th

Pre-recorded sermon posted on YouTube at 9am (available anytime after that to watch)

 

Zoom Discussion Call at 11am

In-person worship service with kids’ programming and nursery staffed during the sermon/discussion time

 

In-person discussion after the service in the gym

Sunday May 15th Our Mission Team will be inviting the community to join in a variety of service and learning initiatives around the city as a way of actively living out our worship. There will be both virtual and in-person opportunities provided. More info soon!
Sunday May 22nd We will be joining outside at 22 Willow for a “bring your own picnic” brunch. We will have a chance to reflect about our experiences and learning from the Mission service on May 15th, and will also share in communion together. 
Sunday May 29th

Pre-recorded sermon posted on YouTube at 9am (available anytime after that to watch)

 

Zoom Discussion Call at 11am

In-person worship service with kids’ programming and nursery staffed during the sermon/discussion time

 

In-person discussion after the service in the gym

 

Other virtual connection opportunities outside of Sunday mornings include:

  • Sermon audio podcasts
  • Weekly virtual prayer gathering (Mondays at 10am)
  • Accessing pre-recorded musical pieces from the worship team on our YouTube channel through this playlist
  • Midweek short video reflections from our teaching team sent out to the community each week

 

A Few Notes About Our In-Person Services:

 

COVID Protocols:

Many of the provincial and regional COVID protocols and guidelines have been lifted, as well as Trillium’s policies around these restrictions. In following these guidelines, we will be moving forward with these practices in place:

 

  1. Masks
    Although masks are no longer mandatory indoors, we continue to encourage the wearing of masks during this time. We want to create an environment that feels as safe and comfortable as possible for everyone as we navigate this transition. We encourage those 5 and older to continue to wear masks indoors. Thank you!
  2. Screening and Registration
    There will be no mandatory registration or screening process at the door. However, we would ask as we move forward with in-person gatherings, that we all monitor our own health and opt to stay home if we are showing COVID symptoms, in order to protect those who may be more vulnerable among us. If you ever have questions around whether or not you should join in person, please refer to the Ontario School Screening tool to guide your decision.
  3. Sanitizing
    We will continue to have sanitizing stations around the building and encourage community members to sanitize their hands upon entry of the building.
    Sanitizing wipes will also be available in the washrooms for those who would like to wipe down surfaces before or after using the space.
  4. Vaccination Requirement
    Both Trillium and the provincial/regional guidelines have lifted the requirement for vaccination. Therefore, we will not be requiring proof of vaccination to enter or participate in our gatherings.
  5. Capacity Limits and Distancing
    The capacity limits and distancing requirements have also been lifted. At this point we are not required to rope off pews to provide for distancing. However, knowing that some of our community members would continue to feel more comfortable maintaining distance, we will have a section of the Sanctuary where the pews will be roped off to allow for distancing.

*Please note that these practices are based on the current provincial and regional guidelines, and are subject to change should those guidelines shift again in the coming weeks or months. 

 

Kids’ Programming:

 

We know that KidsQuest is an important part of our return to in-person gathering at 22 Willow. Beginning Sunday May 1st, our kids programming will be in full swing! We’ll be dismissing our kids (up to grade 5) to their KidsQuest program in the second half of the service and parents can pick them up at the end of discussion groups. The nursery will also be open and staffed during this time. We are continuing to encourage our kids (5+) to wear masks indoors during the KidsQuest programming, especially as it will be difficult to ensure physical distancing in these spaces. Parents, although a formal COVID screening will not happen for KidsQuest, we ask you to monitor your children for any symptoms of covid-19 and thank you for keeping them out of programming if they are showing symptoms. We look forward to connecting with some of our youngest Elevation members again!

Elevation Is Hiring!

Elevation Is Hiring!

Elevation is looking to fill the following job position:

Emerging Generations Administrator

We’re looking for someone to come join us and work closely with our Emerging Generations Pastor by providing administrative support to both our Children’s and Youth Ministries.

Please share in your circles!

Any questions can be directed to hiring@elevationwaterloo.org, or filling in the form below.

December 5, 2021: S.C. Announcement

December 5, 2021: S.C. Announcement

An update from our Steering Committee regarding nominations and searching for new committee members; news about searching for an interim pastor as well as plans for forming a temporary Theological Discernment & Ministry team.

Anti-Racism

Anti-Racism

We recognize that there are many valuable resources available on the topic of Anti-Racism, and this list is far from comprehensive!  However, for those who are looking for a place to dig deeper into this topic, some of the resources we would recommend are listed below.

As an Elevation community, we are continuing to explore this topic at a more systemic level as well, and we look forward to inviting our community to engage in that process over the next months. 

Racial Justice Course: 

We are excited about an opportunity our community has to take part in a course this spring called Racial Justice and Equity Practices for Faith & Spirituality-based Institutions: An Introductory Course for Community Members. This course will introduce members of our Elevation community to racial justice teachings and principles. You can find out more and register here.

Books: 

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Welcoming Justice: God’s Movement Towards Beloved Community by Charles Marsh and John M. Perkins

The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by Ken Wytsma

The Power of Proximity: Moving Beyond Awareness to Action by Michelle Ferrigno Warren

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Workbooks: 

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

“This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.”

Articles:

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

Canadian Narratives:

Desmond Cole: 

Michaelle Jean:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-racism-makes-life-a-constant-struggle-for-black-canadians/?utm_source=facebook.com

Geoff Martin:

Slave Days in the Queen’s Bush

Podcasts:

Podcast: Unlocking Us with Brené Brown and guest, Ibram X. Kendi, on How to Be an Antiracist

                Find on: CastroSpotifyApple Podcasts

Podcast: Redeeming Dangerous Memories: Black Women and Racial Injustice with Keri Day and Miroslav Volf

                Find on: CastroSpotify, Apple Podcasts

Podcast: On Being – Eula Biss “Talking About Whiteness”

                Find on: CastroSpotifyApple Podcasts

Jesus, Justice and Racial Reconciliation – Online conversation hosted by Jesus Collective (June 2020)

                Find on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts

An interview with Fanis Juma on a local Guelph radio station:

                Find the interview here (June 19 – “The Great Pause”)

Documentaries/Films:

  • 13th (Find on Netflix)
  • Just Mercy (Find on Amazon Prime)
  • True Justice (Find on Amazon Prime)
  • The Hate U Give (Find on Amazon Prime)

The Skin We’re In Documentary by Desmond Cole (Canadian Content)

Resources For Older Kids/Youth:

Additional Lists of Resources:

www.drewbrownmusic.com/antiracism

For kids: