So much has happened in the past few weeks as a result of COVID19.  That leaves many questions to be answered.   We hope that the following FAQ will be of some help.

1. Is Alma Bible Church open for Sunday morning worship ‘in person’?
2. Should I participate ‘in person’ or ‘online’?
3. What will ‘in person’ worship look like?
4. Do you still offer a live stream option for worship?
5. What about use of the building through the week?
6. Where can I find more information for our area about COVID 19 ?
7. Do you offer any help for those who are struggling as a result of events surrounding COVID19?

1. Is Alma Bible Church open for Sunday morning worship ‘in person’?

Even though the Province of Ontario remains under a State of Emergency, most of Ontario is now entering Phase 2 of the re-opening process.   For us here at Alma that means that we are now able to open our doors for Sunday morning worship.   Our plan is to open the doors for those who would prefer to join our services “in person”.  For those who prefer to join our live online service we will continue to provide the live-stream.

While permission has been granted by the province to open, it does come with some conditions.   As a leadership team, we are trying to do our very best to figure out what the government is asking of us, and then do what is required. Unfortunately, each region has it’s own rules. Some areas are requiring face masks in church while others aren’t. Some are mandating no singing, while others are only suggesting that it be limited.

What we have been able to establish for sure, is that Alma Bible Church does not classify as a “commercial establishment”. WDG Health has made it clear that face coverings in churches or faith settings “is NOT required under the class order“.

Things that are mandatory:
1. Physical distancing as much as possible
2. No gathering in the building before or after the service
3. No gathering in the parking lot before or after the service                                                                                                      4. No congregational singing (even when masks are used)

Things that are optional (recommended but not required)
1. The wearing of masks
2. Communion is discouraged

We recognize that our implementation of these restrictions may appear to be very inconsistent. We apologize for that. We do however ask that you be patient with us. Given all of the conflicting opinions and advice, not everything is as clear as we had hoped.

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2. Should I participate in person or online?

If you are considering joining us in person, please be sure of the following:

  • You are comfortable with the measures that we are taking in our church building
  • You show no signs or symptoms of any illness including COVID-19
  • You are not at high risk if you contract COVID-19

If however any of the following apply to you, then we would encourage you to take advantage of our live stream option.

  • You have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms
  • You have any symptoms of COVID-19 or another sickness

If you are in a higher risk category because you are immune compromised, or over the age of 65 or you are a vulnerable person susceptible to COVID-19 for any other reason, please consider taking advantage of the online option.

We understand that in making your decision there are many factors that need to be taken into account, as to whether you should attend in person or online. We pray that wherever you participate from, you are blessed and feel just as much a part of our church family as everyone else.

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3. What will ‘in person’ worship look like?

Our service will start at 10am. We encourage you to arrive early so that the ushers can see you to a seat in time for the service to start. Please do not all show up at 9:55.

When you arrive you’ll enter through the main doors under the car-port, where you will be directed to the main sanctuary doors or the gym. An usher will greet you when you arrive.
You’ll be asked to sanitize your hands once you enter the main doors or anywhere along your way to the sanctuary. There are additional sanitizing stations if you need to use them once inside the building.

If you choose to wear a mask, please bring your own. We will have a few extras in case you forget to bring your own. Masks are not mandatory.
We would encourage you to use the washroom before leaving home to minimize bathroom use. The only washroom available this Sunday will be the wheelchair washroom beside the nursery, in the foyer. It will be cleaned and disinfected between each use.

Please bring activities to occupy your children if needed. ALL Church items will be locked away.

We will worship together online and in person as one church body.

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4. Do you still offer a live stream option for worship?

Yes, we are still offering our live stream.  The live stream will begin at 10am, and you will be able to enjoy all the same parts of the service as those who are worshiping in person.  For full details, please visit our Sunday Morning Live page.

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5. What about use of the building through the week?

While exceptions are being granted for Sunday morning worship, and By Peaceful Waters counseling services, we kindly ask that you refrain from entering the building.  We have procedures in place to ensure that the building is clean and safe and remains that way.    Your cooperation in this effort will help towards ensuring the ongoing health of Church staff, and volunteers who need to enter the building.

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6. Where can I find more information for our area about COVID 19 ?

By clicking on the following links you will be provided with much more detailed information regarding the Coronavirus in our area.

Waterloo Region Public Health And Emergency Services
Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health
Ontario Ministry of Health
Johns Hopkins Interactive Coronavirus Global Cases Map

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7. Do you offer any help for those who are struggling as a result of events surrounding COVID19?

Yes we do.   Here at Alma Bible Church, we are very much concerned for everyone in our community.  If you or someone you know has any needs spiritually, or emotionally, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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