June 11, 2020
Trinity United Church – Guelph
URGENT UPDATE AND CAUTION
Trinity Building NOT reopening at this time.
With the recent announcements from the Ontario Government about churches reopening, we are cautiously optimistic about the slow reopening of Trinity sometime in the future.
At this time, we are still under government restrictions as to usage and capacity within our building. Social distancing recommendations remain in place. Attendance at any worship service would be severely limited.
Our commitment to the congregation’s health and safety is still our #1 priority.
The Trinity building does not easily lend itself to social distancing. Our hallways are narrow, and our meeting rooms are small. Each of the aisles in the sanctuary, including the center aisle, are less than 2 meters wide. The kitchen remains closed and off limits.Sanitation protocols in the washrooms are not easily facilitated with usage by a crowd.
Face masks/shields will need to be worn by ALL, throughout your time in the building. There can be NO congregational singing at this time. Our experience of worship would be very different.
The recommendations of the Trinity Reopening Team is that we move forward cautiously, and maintain online worship for the summer months as planned, as we work to implement all the necessary protocols and guidelines from public health to ensure everyone’s safety. Entering a new “NORMAL” is going to be a slow, gradual learning process. There are no immediate plans to return to larger, public gatherings of any kind. Current guidelines are a road map, not a calendar. The other United Churches in Guelph are following similar approaches.
The following quote is by Bishop Karen P. Oliveto of the United Methodist Church.
"WE DO NOT WANT ONE SINGLE CASE OF COVID-19 TRACED TO ONE OF OUR CHURCHES BECAUSE WE DID NOT CARE FOR THOSE WHOM JESUS LOVES".
We shall continue regular information updates as things evolve.
Hal Osborne and John Bye
For the Trinity Reopening Team
Note: Click here to view the previous updates from the Reopening Team