The Task Force for the Resumption of In-Person Worship is pleased to announce a follow-up series of ZOOM Info Sessions. The upcoming series of Info Sessions will include a mixture of small and large group discussion as well as an opportunity to ask questions and share resources. Participation is limited to one (1) Rostered Minister and one (1) Council Representative per congregation. Please pre-register by clicking your preferred date below:
Today I am pleased to provide another supplementary resources from the Task Force for the Resumption of In-Person Worship. This resource was compiled during our series of August ZOOM Info Sessions and contains our most frequently asked questions such as:
- What if we can’t provide a separate entrance and exit?
- Should we be taking members’ temperature as part of the screening process?
- Why communion in one kind only?
- What to do if someone is unable to wear a face mask?
- How do we prepare for rental groups?
Dear Colleagues and Partners in Ministry,
Last night I participated in the final synod wide zoom meetings that have been convened over the past two weeks, bringing rostered and congregational leaders together to discuss preparing for a return to in-person worship. It has been a delight to speak with leaders from across the breadth of the synod and to learn from one another’s experiences in this process. I am grateful that our congregations have followed my recommendation to refrain from in-person worship experience until September 2020 at the earliest and delighted that our congregations are now in a position to consider moving from the red stage to the amber stage of the Eastern Synod’s Staged Approach for the Resumption of In-Person Worship.
I feel confident that in-person worship can now take place within synodical congregations in accordance with regional and local public health recommendations and with due consideration of the resources that have been provided by my office to help you assess your readiness to resume in-person worship. The decision on when and whether to proceed to the “amber stage” is, however, one which rostered leaders and congregational councils will need to make locally and in consultation with one another. I am gratified by the attentiveness with which you have made use of the resources that the synod has provided and trust that you will make wise and responsible decisions that are appropriate to your particular congregational context.Read more →
As congregations continue their preparations for an eventual return to gathering physically together, the Eastern Synod’s Task Force for the Resumption of In-Person Worship is pleased to share a new Worship Resource. This resource includes a number of liturgical suggestions, as well as a timely reflection about the proposed changes to communion which can be used as a devotional tool or included in your upcoming newsletters and/or other communications!
We pray that these resources will further support congregations and congregational leaders during this time of transition.Read more →
A few days ago you should have received communication from the Task Force on the Resumption of In-Person Worship. This latest CHECKLIST is intended to gauge a congregation’s readiness to move from the RED to the AMBER stage of our TRI-PHASED APPROACH to resuming in-person gatherings. Thank you for your positive feedback, and for your expressed willingness to engage with this document in your own context!Read more →
Dear Siblings in Christ,
In his letter to Eastern Synod congregations and partners dated June 8, Bishop Michael committed to providing a number of resources to aid congregations in the necessary preparations for the resumption of in-person worship.
Today, we are absolutely delighted to share the second resource in this series.
Enclosed you will find a Checklist for the Safe Resumption of In-Person Worship. This resource offers a comprehensive checklist to gauge a congregation’s readiness to move from the RED to the AMBER phase of our three stage approach to resumption. Contained within the checklist document, you will also find a number of reflection questions, links to additional support resources, as well as a Covenant for the Safe Resumption of In-Person Worship.Read more →