COVID-19 Updates

Suspending in-person gatherings as of October 4, 2020 

 

The board has been closely monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 case counts and public health advisories from the municipal and provincial levels. In light of recent surges in COVID-19 cases coupled with current restrictions, increased opportunities for inadvertent and unintended exposures, the board has made the decision to suspend in-person gatherings at MBC, which include Sunday worship services. Only members serving in the actual service will be physically present at the MBC building. We encourage you to join us in worshiping through our Online Worship. This will be in effect Sunday October 4, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with updates on a timely manner.

 

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.


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 last up to a year and help prevent germs from living on surfaces.

 The building will be cleaned with a disinfectant after every service.

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, soar throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, neauea, vommiting or diarrhea.


Please refer to the Toronto Public Health Screening Guide 

BEFORE I COME TO CHURCH

 Ensure you and have a mask for everyone in your household aged 2 and up without a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one, as per City of Toronto

 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.

 

If you have a condition in which you cannot wear a mask we encourage you to connect with the church office so we can accommodate your needs.

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 is limited to 30% of the building’s capacity.
Consider arriving early as the check-in process will take time.

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!