Based on the May 26 announcement from the provincial government, we will be holding both Live-Streaming and In-Person worship starting this Sunday, May 30, 2021. Our statement from February 2021, Moving Forward – With Intention, allows groups to re-establish programs and services based on guidance from the province.
Please read the following to learn more.
Mill Woods United Church: Moving Forward – With Intention(Updated by Council on January 26, 2021 to begin on February 1, 2021)
- We will hold both in-building and live streamed Sunday worship beginning February 7, 2021, encouraging those ready to return to attend, while staying within the capacity limits established by the provincial government.
- Children’s program resources will continue to be sent to families with young children on a weekly basis and we will look at ways to further engage families with young children.
- Our staff will move towards the norm of working from the church building and regular office hours will be in place, as provincial restrictions are lifted.
- Food Bank pick-up and Bread Run programming will continue using established protocol.
- Our Clothing Bank will be open by appointment on Tuesday afternoons following established protocol.
- Opportunities to build community, nurture spiritual needs and bring people together within provincial health parameters will be encouraged through study sessions, social events, Zoom gatherings and other creative means.
- The church building will be made available for Council meetings, choir practices, committee meetings, study groups, social events, or non-essential maintenance as provincial restriction are lifted and as groups wish to move forward using established protocol.
- We will be open to rental and outside group programming in the building as provincial restrictions are lifted and groups wish to return, using established protocol.
- Those entering the church building will sign in, wear a protective face covering, maintain a physical distance of two metres, and sanitize hands upon entering and leaving.
- We continue to advise anyone coming to the church building to phone ahead at 780-463-2202 to ensure someone is there to assist them.
Assumptions and Background on which the Plan is based:
- The overall health and safety of all staff, volunteers and members of our church community is a primary consideration.
- We continue to work within the changing parameters established by the Alberta government, while being agile enough to adapt as needed.
- We maximize the number of opportunities we can provide to engage members of our church community.
- We support the ongoing efforts of our outreach groups to provide quality service to our community.
- We will move forward as quickly as feasible to have our staff working as much as possible from the church building.
- We will act very intentionally to re-engage people in ways in which they are comfortable and provide individual contacts and invitations to people to participate in the life and work of our congregation.
Reopening Alberta: Government of Alberta’s plan May 26, 2021
Stage 1: Two weeks after 50% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 800 and declining. Effective June 1 unless stated otherwise.
- Places of worship – 15% of fire code occupancy (effective May 28)
- Outdoor social gatherings – up to 10 people (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
- Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities – up to 10 distanced people, all ages
- Personal and wellness services – re-open, by appointment only
- Funeral services – up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited)
- Wedding ceremonies – up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)
- Restaurants – 4 people per table max, outdoors, households only or 2 close contacts for those living alone
- Retail – 15% of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
- Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect
Stage 2: Two weeks after 60% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. Expected to be in effect mid-June.
- Outdoor social gatherings – up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
- Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries) – open at 30% of fire code occupancy
- Gyms and fitness studios – open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing
- Funeral services – up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
- Wedding ceremonies – up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
- Places of worship – 1/3 of fire code occupancy
- Personal and wellness services – resume walk-in service
- Post-secondary – resume in-person learning
- Restaurants – 6 people per table max, indoors or outdoors
- Retail – 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
- Youth activities (day camps, play centres) – resume with restrictions
- Youth and adult sports – resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors
- Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) – up to 150 people
- Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) – 1/3 seated capacity
- Work from home order is lifted but still recommended
- Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect
Stage 3: Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose. Expected to be effective in late June or early July.
- All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
- Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain