The synod’s Task Force for the Resumption of In-Person Worship has been working since June, 2020. Our initial mandate was to provide resources to enable congregations to assess their own situation and to develop protocols so that they could safely resume worshiping in-person. For some congregations, that meant coming to the difficult decision not to resume in-person worship. For others, in-person worship resumed and then had to pause due to lockdowns in Quebec and Ontario. Public Health guidelines and regulations vary, not just provincially, but also by region.Read more →
Friends in Christ,
Once again, the Task Force for the Resumption of In-Person Worship has been collaborating with worship leaders across the Eastern Synod to develop a new series of resources to support congregations during the season of Lent.
Today, we are pleased to share this robust collection with you!Read more →
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am writing to update you on recent conversations that I have had over the past two weeks with synodical leaders, Area Ministry Deans, rostered ministers and congregational leaders across the territory of our synod to discuss our experiences in resuming in-person worship. These conversations have been rich and fruitful and I am grateful for the insights, learnings, questions and concerns that have been put forward and would like to share some of those with you.Read more →
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 resource 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 →