We continue in our series on the Disruptive Spirit in Acts 2, this time turning our focus to the ways the Holy Spirit disrupts a culture of exclusion. If God is a wall-breaker, breaking down the barriers that get in the way of our relationship with God and with one another, are we joining Him in breaking down walls or are we building them up?
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:
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:
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!
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!