Welcome to Grace and St. Paul Lutheran Churches, Osoyoos and Oliver BC
Dear members and friends of Grace & St. Paul Lutheran
In compliance with WorkSafeBC, the following “Safety Plan” was adopted, with changes in our protocols. The main things include 1. Social distancing; 2. Hand hygiene; 3. Staying home if you are feeling sick.
As you can see, things will not be “business as usual,” but we will instead have a “new normal.” Many of these changes are unwelcome, but nevertheless are necessary.
We discussed the appropriateness of singing, since this is considered a way to spread the virus. We decided to go ahead with it, but somewhat limit it at first, cutting down the number of hymns, and even verses.
On June 14 we will not have Holy Communion, but plan to on June 21, 28, and July 5. On our first Sunday back, we will focus on simply safely being in our building.
Pews will be marked as to where to sit. Couples are to sit together. Singles are to sit apart. There will be 2 places on each end one pew, followed by an empty pew, followed by one in the middle of the next, and so forth. The places where to sit are indicated by tape.
Hand sanitizer will be available and you will be required to use it on your way in and out, or you may bring your own to use, if you prefer.
If anyone is not comfortable with returning or unable to return at this time, this is understandable, and therefore I will continue to send out email services and make the audio recordings as before.
COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
- Assessing Risk
The virus that causes Covid-19 spreads in several ways. I can spread in droplets, when a person coughs or sneezes. It can also spread if you touch a contaminated surface, and then touch your face.
The rise of person-to-person transmission increases the closer you come to other people, the more time you spend near them, and the more people that you come near
The risk of surface transmission increases when many people contact the same surface and when those contacts happen over short periods of time.
At Grace & St. Paul Lutheran Church, leaders have consulted each other to assess our workspace.
- Implemented protocols to reduce risk.
- If anyone has the following symptoms, they should not be attending: fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headaches, or any other symptoms of Covid19.
- We will limit occupancy to under 50 people.
- Hand sanitizer will be available for people to use, when entering and exiting.
- Everyone will be asked to refrain from any sort of physical greeting, using instead a nod, smile, wave, etc.
- People will be allowed into church and asked to sit down either as individuals or family units on marked locations which will be at least 6 feet apart from one another.
- Markings of 6 feet will be posted on the floor, and people will be asked to use them to remain 6 feet apart while entering or exiting the building, or coming forward for Communion.
- People may give their offerings either on their way in or out of the church on the plate placed at the back of the church.
- People may want to consider wearing non-medical face masks, especially when social distancing cannot easily be maintained, i.e. entering and exiting.
- A record of all families who are attending each week will be made.
- Any visiting should take place outside, before or after the service, maintaining safe distance.
- Services will remain available both by email and online audio recording on the webpage for any preferring to continue in self-isolation and not wanting to attend in person.
- When there is Holy Communion offered:
- The person preparing the elements before hand would do so with freshly washed hands, and wearing a face mask.
- People will be invited forward, maintaining physical distancing, one person or family unit at a time.
- Pastor, wearing a non-surgical mask, and using hand-sanitizer, will alone oversee distribution.
- The wine will be in individual glasses only, along with a wafer. They will be set out, but separated at a distance, for people to pickup themselves, and then deposit the emptied glass into the receptacle.
- People will make their way back to their places on either side isle, keeping distance, and using the markings to keep safe distance.
- Following the services, all communion ware will be properly cleaned.
- The Building
- High traffic areas, especially the bathroom, will be disinfected regularly. Soap dispensers and paper towels will be well stocked for use.
- Hand sanitizer will be available upon entering, and at different places in the church.
- Those handling the offerings need to sanitize their hands following the counting.
- The leadership will reassess our protocols to reduce risk on a regular basis.
Grace Lutheran Church, Osoyoos and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oliver are located in the South Okanagan Valley of beautiful British Columbia. This part of the province is considered a semi-desert. We remember that our world is fallen, and people need to know about love, mercy, and grace of God. Like an oasis in the desert, our congregations seek to be places of refreshing. Psalm 107:35 states that God "...turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water." We seek to be that "pool" and "spring" in this place
Therefore, we invite all who may be in our communities, either as long term residents, new arrivals, or summer and winter visitors, to join us for regular "refreshing" as we gather around His Word and sacraments, which are God's means of grace.
Who We Are
What We Believe
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