The live services in the sanctuary (with pre-recorded worship for the time being) will continue to be streamed live and remain available on the WFMC YouTube channel (Watch Online). We know worship is not dependent on being in our church building. But we look forward to your presence there as soon as you’re comfortable with that.
NOTE: Each attendee at a live service, by their presence, accepts responsibility for his/her health and safety, and understands that certain pre-existing health conditions and age may contribute to more serious effects if testing positive for Covid-19, and that all due respect for the health and safety of others is to be shown.
During August there was a training session for the Re-opening Crew of volunteers and a trial service to test our procedures. Seven volunteers wearing ID lanyards will be on duty each Sunday. We’re ready to welcome and assist you. Our key measures:
Official exemptions are identified on the Durham Region Website HERE. Any exempt person coming to a service is to inform the Greeter upon arriving.
The preacher in the service is exempt from wearing a mask when preaching. (A singer with the worship team, when allowable, also may sing without a mask.)
Yes! The provincial guidelines for churches regarding occupancy limits and physical distancing mean that we’ll have seating for about 50 persons. To attend a given service, please register online in advance weekly through a link to be provided. Each attendee (age 2+) must register separately.
The three purposes of pre-registration are: to provide a sense of how many plan to attend, to generate a list of attendees in case health authorities need to contact trace, and to allow the person to self-screen before arrival/entering the building.
Weekly pre-registration/self-screening will be open only on the Saturday preceding the service which you wish to attend, all day until 8:00pm. But it may be closed before 8pm if registration reaches the level of available seating.
Entry is not allowed until the Re-opening volunteers are in place at 9:30am. Pre-registrants are encouraged to arrive by 9:45am.
Non-registered persons should arrive at 9:45am to be manually processed, if they have already confirmed that seats are likely available.
The ushers will do what is possible, but pre-registration guarantees neither a seat nor the seating of all members of a party in the same pew, especially if a party arrives shortly before 10am. Once seated, a person cannot change his/her seat.
Entry and exit will be through only the west-side front doors. These doors will be open for pre-registrants 30 minutes prior to the service.
The east-side doors will remain closed. We encourage parking in the west lot.
Before you enter we will check for your name on the pre-registration list and enquire if you still feel well. If not so well, please stay at home and watch the service online.
Markings on the sidewalk will show the physical distance required if people need to queue before entering the building. If the weather is inclement, remain in your vehicle until any outdoor queue is under roof. Maybe have an umbrella handy.
At the door you will find hand sanitizer, also masks if you did not bring your own. Hand sanitizer also will be available inside the church.
The foyer will be used only as a hallway to the sanctuary and directly back to the parking lot after service. Stopping in the aisles or foyer to socialize is not allowed.
The centre doors of the sanctuary will not be in use.
To ensure physical distancing, only certain pews will be open; and ushers may seat two parties in the same centre pew only when they can sit 2 metres apart.
At the sanctuary door, an usher will choose the next available seat(s) for the size of your party and lead you there. Kindly sit where you are ushered.
Pews closer to the front will be used first. Once seated, you may not change seats.
If 2+ persons not in the same household are in an exclusive Social Circle in which each person agrees to not physically distance while at WFMC, each of you may register your Social Circle by calling the church office (905-725-1280). (Definition: in an exclusive social circle, each person knows the identity of all other persons in the circle, up to 10, and belongs to only one circle.)
The worship experience will continue to be about one hour long and incorporate different elements — initially, a blend of pre-recorded and live.
Per a Durham Public Health guideline, we will not have congregational singing. Congregants may hum and clap along to the worship music provided.
Prayer will remain an essential and valued element of our service. However, in order to minimize movements in the sanctuary, persons will not be invited to pray at the altar during the service. If you wish to pray at the end of the service, please remain seated in the pew. A member of staff or prayer team may enquire if you wish to have them pray with you, while physically distanced.
All physical contact such as handshakes, fist pumps, hugs, etc. are not allowed under the current physical distancing rules.
The food bank cart remains accessible in the foyer for donations. Other furnishings in the foyer such as the Welcome Desk have been moved aside.
Informational materials are not to be handed out inside the building. Please refer to the Newsletter, Connections Facebook and the church website for announcements.
Food and beverage will not be served inside the building.
The offering plates will not be passed. Pew racks have been emptied.
Coat racks are closed. Kindly take any outer clothing, umbrellas, etc to your seat.
Access is closed to Founders Hall (the Arise congregation is using this space for services), the nursery, the kitchen and rooms in the lower level.
Due to the current health and safety restrictions, we cannot provide “in person” children’s ministries during the service. Children who attend must stay with their parents in the pew for the duration of the service.
A children’s moment will be offered during the service.
Colouring packets with materials and activities will be available for any child(ren) who attend with their families. Each packet will be sanitized before/after the service.
First, we are so grateful for your faithfulness in giving to the ministries of Whitby FMC.
The washrooms off the lobby will be available for necessary use, and preferably only before or after the service.
A maximum of one adult (with his/her child, if accompanying) will be allowed in a washroom at any given time. The user will change the “Vacant / In Use” sign on the door when entering/exiting.
Persons waiting for the washroom are to physically distance in a queue in the foyer.
Each user is responsible to self-sanitize the washroom, per the posted signage. Use and leave behind the materials which the church has provided. An attendant of the Re-opening Crew will be stationed in the foyer.
At the end of the service, the Pastor will provide initial guidance for exiting. An usher then will dismiss you by row, starting at the back, via the aisle closest to your seat. Only one aisle at a time, in order to avoid having persons cross paths in the foyer.
You will continue directly through the front doors of the building and to the parking lot. Stopping to socialize in the aisle, foyer or the porch regrettably is not allowed.