COVID-19 Updates

Continued in-person Sunday worship service January 11, 2022

 

The MBC board has been closely monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 and we continue to base our decision making on guidance from municipal and provincial public health authorities.


Recent COVID-19 case increases have led us to reassess our MBC guidelines for in-person gatherings. With much prayer and discussion, we have come to the following decisions:

  • There will be no change to our Sunday Worship services. We will continue to make both English and Cantonese Sunday worship services available in-person and online. Our Children Ministry will continue to offer online programs only.

a. We will continue to follow public health guidelines in observing attendance capacity limits for in-person services.

b. We will continue to follow public health guidelines for symptoms screening. We encourage MBC members to use their discretion when attending in-person services. Please stay home if you or a family member are experiencing any symptoms.

c. We encourage all individuals attending in-person worship services to obtain their COVID-19 vaccinations as a means to protect themselves and those around them.

 

Ministry During COVID-19

Many of our ministries have continued to operarte during COVID-19 by moving online. For more information on on what is still taking place at MBC please visit the pages listed to the right.


Preregistering for the Service

  • We will be limiting attendance during the service in order to allow for physical distancing. We will also be recording people’s info for the purposes of contact tracing. You can speed up this process and ensure a space is reserved for you by preregistering here for each Sunday’s service.
  • Please register by the end of Thursday each week so we will have time to get organized for Sunday.
  • If you are not able to preregister you are still welcome to show up on Sunday! It just might take longer to check in and there is a chance the sanctuary may be full.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

RETURNING TO WORSHIP AT MBC

IS THE CHURCH CLEAN?

 The building has been professionally sanitized with an anti-microbial coating that will help prevent germs from living on surfaces.

 The building is professionally cleaned on a regular basis.

 A team of volunteers will disinfectant the building between services.

 

SHOULD I ATTEND WORSHIP?

Only attend if you are comfortable doing so:

 If you choose to worship at home we will understand and fully support your decision.

 We will continue to offer online worship.

 

Please refrain from attending if you have:

 Travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days.

 Been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

 COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting diarrhea, headache, pink eye, fatigue, sore muscles or joints.

 

Please refer to the Toronto Public Health Screening Guide 

BEFORE I COME TO CHURCH

 Ensure you have a mask for everyone in your household aged 2 and up. If you cannot wear a mask for medical reasons please contact the church office so we can accommodate your needs.

Consider preregistering on this web page as this will save time checking in when you arrive. It will also reserve you a space, as attendance will be limited to ensure physical distancing.

 Consider bringing your own Bible, as all hymnals and pew Bibles have been removed.

 Consider bringing a bottle of water, as the kitchen will be closed.

 Consider bringing activities for your children as there will be no children's programming.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON

SUNDAY MORNING

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

English Worship service will start at 9:30 AM.

 

You will need to check-in each Sunday at the front door. We will:

 

  • Check your temperature using a non-contact thermometer.
  • Ask you screening questions (see Toronto Public Health Screening Guide ).
  • Ask you to apply hand-sanitizer, which we will provide.
  • Ensure you are wearing a mask (see the above section on Before I Come to Church).
  • Record your contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.
  • Your information will be kept confidential.
  • Your information will not be used for any other purposes

Attendance will be monitored and restricted to ensure 2 meters of physical distancing. You can preregister at on this web page to ensure your space is reserved.

DURING THE SERVICE

 

  • Practice social distancing. Separate households must stay at least 2 meters (6 feet) apart. Every other pew in the sanctuary has been blocked off.
  • Keep your mask on.
  • Follow the floor markers that have been placed on the ground to guide traffic and promote social distancing.
  • Be aware that worship will not be exactly the same as before COVID-19. Some elements of the service will be modified to comply with government regulations.
    • Currently, indoor singing is suspended by the City of Toronto.
  • All in-church programming beyond the Worship Service remains cancelled until further notice. There will be:
    • No Sunday School
    • No Children’s programming
  • We will not be passing offering plates. Please use the collection boxes at the back of the sanctuary.
  • There will be no physical bulletins. Announcements will be displayed on the screen and at malvernbaptist.ca.

ATTENDING TO YOUR CHILDREN

 

If you need to attend to your child, the following areas are set aside for you:

  • Nursery
  • Choir room
  • All of the classrooms downstairs

To ensure social distancing, the number of families allowed in a room at a time will be limited. Each room’s capacity is posted by the door.

AFTER THE SERVICE

 

We ask that you leave the building promptly after the service to:

  • Ensure that our English and Chinese congregations are not in the building at the same time.
  • Give us time to clean the building before our Chinese congregation arrives.
  • Help us all maintain social distancing.

If you would like to socialize after the service we encourage you to do so outside on the church lawn, where there is more space for social distancing and better ventilation. There will be large, open tents for shade.


WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I'M DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19?

 

Please contact the church office immediately by:
Phone: (416) 754-3471 ext. 101

or
Email: admin@malvernbaptist.ca


This will allow us to alert everyone who attended worship that day. We will not disclose your identity when alerting other attendees.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe! We are looking forward to worshipping with you!