IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES RESUME, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th, 9:00AM!
It is our joy to announce that we will return to worshipping together on Sunday, September 13th. On-line services will continue to be posted on this site as they are available. If you are planning on joining us in-person, please read the following.
Dear friends and family of Benediction Lutheran Church,
Many of us are looking forward to returning to Sunday morning worship service in our beautiful sanctuary. To see familiar faces in person, to hear the Good News from the pulpit rather than a screen, will be a real joy. By following the guidelines of the BC Ministry of Health – www2.gov.bc.ca, Worksafe BC – worksafebc.com, and under the guidance of the BC Synod – bcsynod.org, Pastor Thomas and your church council have been working hard to ensure that everything is in place to make our time together as safe as possible. It is very important that we all follow the necessary protocols in order to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and well. There will be familiarity but there will also be many changes that will feel somewhat strange, such as no hugging or handshaking, no congregational singing, no refreshments or time of fellowship, but if we all follow the policies we will be able to keep our doors open and continue to worship in person.
Our ushers will have many new roles and it will be important for us all to listen carefully and follow their direction. These will include:
- Sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting the building.
- Confirm that you do not have any Covid-like symptoms.
- You will be directed to a specific seat where you must remain until instructed otherwise.
- You will be asked to remain 2m/6ft apart while entering and exiting the building and not to congregate in or outside before or after worship .
- Masks are encouraged.
If you are feeling at all unwell, please do not attend.
The worship service will be shorter and communion will not be offered. There will be no congregational singing or speaking but there will be music and singing by our worship assistants. As we’ve been living in this pandemic for some months now, I’m sure you’ve all experienced many changes in your day to day lives and church will be no exception. But we will all get through this as we stay safe, be kind, and love God.
We wish to thank everyone for their continued financial commitment to Benediction. Offerings will continue to be received through mail, by dropping off at the office Tuesday or Wednesday mornings, and now in person on Sunday mornings. The offering plate will not be passed but will sit on the table at the rear of the sanctuary.
We realize that not everyone will feel comfortable attending church so we are thankful to Pastor Thomas for continuing to offer on-line services. Holy Communion also continues to be offered by appointment.
Thank you for your patience, prayers and support as we work together to create a safe place to gather and worship.
Your Benediction Lutheran Church Council