On July 1, in light of plummeting numbers of COVID-19 cases and rising numbers of vaccinations, almost all restrictions on all activities in the province were lifted. This is indeed exciting news!  For many of us, however, the reopening is also accompanied by feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. After living for so long under masking and distancing requirements, what will the new (old?) normal look like now?  Realizing that COVID-19 still exists in the community and that many people (especially those under the age of 12) have not been vaccinated, we at Hope feel it is important to continue valuing each other's health and safety.   So, while we are eager to welcome everyone back, we still want to move forward with our own reopening in a cautious way.

Here are our guidelines for life together for the month of July. We will revisit these guidelines in August.            

  • Beginning with our service on July 11th, we no longer require preregistration for service. Please stay home if you feel unwell;            
  • We will continue to use good sanitization practises and have hand sanitizer stands throughout the space for your use;            
  • Please consider continuing with socially distanced seating in cohorts;             
  • Masks have been a big concern for many – we ask that you continue to wear a mask at Hope for the month of July. MASKS MUST BE WORN WHILE SINGING;             
  • Passing an offering plate, sharing the peace, handshakes, and hugging will remain “on-hold” for the time being;
  • We will not resume coffee and snack time until September. During the summer months, you are encouraged to visit outside;            
  • The pastor and other worship leaders will continue to wear masks when singing, while distributing Holy Communion, and when distancing of 2 meters is not possible;             
  • For the safety of our church staff, please wear a mask when coming to the office.

Please remember that we will continue to stream our worship service online. If you do not feel comfortable attending in-person, we are happy to have you join us online. We are so thankful for the tech equipment and the volunteers who have made live-streaming possible! 

Be aware of those around you – if they are wearing a mask, they may prefer that you wear one too. Most importantly, be kind!  We had to learn how to be together when apart – now we must learn how to come together in a welcoming and safe environment!   

Remember Paul’s words to the Corinthians:

"So whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Give no offence to anyone, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, so that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Cor. 10:31–11:1)