MAC GUIDELINES FOR LIVE SUNDAY SERVICES
We are looking forward to meeting again in person. Our live Sunday Services have been redesigned to create a sanitary environment that allows for physical distancing due to COVID-19. The most recent government guidelines restrict attendance to 30% of building capacity. As a result, we are offering two Sunday Services at 9:30AM and 11:00AM. Registration (see below) will be required to attend to ensure that we remain within the guidelines.
Please note that we will be undertaking measures to decrease the level of risk for those attending in person (see FAQs below). However, all individuals who attend must understand and assume their own level of risk. We also require that individuals complete the Health Screening Questionnaire below before registering.
HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE
If you answered YES to any of these questions, we cannot, unfortunately, have you come to our Sunday Service this week. Please do not proceed to registration. We encourage you to check out the service online on Sunday at 6pm HERE.
REGISTER TO ATTEND ON SUNDAY!
Click the button below to register for the service that you would like to attend. Please note that by registering you confirm that you understand your personal level of risk associated with COVID-19 and assume the risk of attending a Sunday Service at MAC.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Will you continue to offer online Sunday services?
Yes! We will have the morning service available for online viewing at 6:00 PM at MAC Facebook or at machurch.ca
Why do I need to register?
Guidelines set by the provincial government limit attendance to 30% of our building capacity. In order to be compliant, registration will help us limit the number of people attending to ensure that we stay within our capacity limit.
What type of safety precautions is the church taking?
We are training all our staff and volunteers on health and safety practices, social distancing practices, and cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces throughout the building. More on that below.
When should I arrive at church?
Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the service and don’t linger or congregate in the building before or after church in order to allow us time to properly clean and disinfect before and after services.
Where will I enter?
Only the front entrance (facing Yonge Street) will be open to guests entering the building in order to help us control entry, count guests and maintain safe social distancing practices. Interior doors will remain open at all times to avoid having to touch door handles. Our goal is to provide you with a touch-free experience.
Will I receive a wellness check as I arrive?
No. However, we do require that you fill out the health questionnaire. If you are feeling unwell we urge you to stay home. If you have any symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days you cannot register to attend.
Do I need to wear a face covering?
Our ushers and greeters will wear face coverings for their safety and yours. As of July 13, 2020, face coverings will be mandatory at MAC based on the Simcoe Muskoka District Heath Unit guideline. Check out the details and exceptions HERE. Please bring your own face covering if possible but if not, disposable masks will be provided in the lobby for those who do not have their own.
What type of social distancing can I expect?
Seating will be rearranged to ensure social distancing. Families in the same household are encouraged to sit together, but we will ask that you leave 3 seats between you and the next person/family in your row. Our ushers will assist with seating if required.
What type of sanitization can I expect?
Before, after, during and in between gatherings, our team will be disinfecting the auditorium, door handles, high-touch surfaces and restrooms. You name it…it will be clean! Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building and you are strongly encouraged to use them!
Will the restrooms be open?
Yes, the restroom on the main floor will be open and will be continually cleaned and sanitized; however, we ask that you only use the restroom if absolutely necessary. The lower level washrooms will not be open.
Will there be refreshments?
We will not be providing coffee, tea or snacks during this first phase of our reopening as guidelines set by the provincial government do not allow for us to provide food or beverages of any kind.
What about my kids?
There will be no kids and youth programs or nursery available at this time, but your children are welcome to attend church with you if you are confident that they will be able sit with you and maintain social distancing. Activity pages will be available in the lobby upon request to help keep them engaged. Please feel free to bring toys or colouring activities from home.
What other changes can I expect?
We will not be passing the plate for Public Offering. We will be solely using the boxes at the back of the sanctuary for tithes and offering envelopes. You can also continue to give online using Tithe.ly or by sending an E-transfer to [email protected]
On Communion Sundays, we will no longer pass trays to distribute the emblems. Instead, packaged communion cups will be used.