Worshiping In Person at St. Paul’s

We are so pleased that restrictions on public gatherings of worship can now be gradually lifted.  As eager as we are to welcome people back to worship in person, however, our first priority is to keep one another safe and to do our part to protect our community in the midst of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

We have made some important changes to our worship gatherings. The information below will help you know what to expect if you choose to come and worship with us in person.

While the measures in our operational plan are meant to minimize the risk of transmission, they do not eliminate the risks.  If for some reason COVID-19 poses an especially severe health risk to you or to someone close to you, please consider choosing one of our online options for joining us in worship.

What to expect when you register:

Registering in advance to worship in person is a key component of our church’s COVID-19 Operational Plan. By registering in advance, you help us make the experience of worshiping in person at St. Paul’s as safe and as welcoming for everyone as possible.

You can register to worship in person by calling the parish office at 832-3375, Monday through Thursday from 9am to noon, or online using our online registration form HERE.

The deadline to register for worship each week is Thursday at 12 noon.

When you register, please include the names of everyone from your household that will be coming to worship with you. You can also register people from your “bubble” of family and friends who will be worshipping with you

When registering, you’ll be asked the following COVID-19 screening questions.

  • Do you or any of those whom you have registered for worship have any of the following symptoms:  fever/feverish, cough, sore throat, headache, runny nose, a new cough or worsening chronic cough, new onset of fatigue, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell; in children, purple markings on the fingers and toes?
  • Have you or anyone that you have registered had close contact within the last 14 days with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
  • Have you or anyone that you have registered been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • Have you or anyone that you have registered returned from travel outside of New Brunswick within the last 14 days?
  • Have you or anyone that you have registered been told by public health that you may have been exposed to COVID-19?

We regret that if any of the answers to these questions is ‘Yes,’ you will not be permitted to enter the church building until that changes.

After you have submitted an online registration, someone from the church will contact you as quickly as possible to confirm your registration.

Once again, please remember that the deadline to register for worship each week is Thursday at 12 noon.

What to expect when you arrive:

When you arrive, volunteers will ask you to review the COVID-19 screening questions posted at the entrance to the building. Additional greeters will confirm your registration and direct you to your seat(s).

We ask that you observe effective physical distancing when entering the building by following the physical distancing markers on the floor, and by trying to remain in your seat(s) during worship.

Community Masks

We ask that everyone entering the St. Paul’s church building wear a mask. In New Brunswick, masks are not mandatory except when maintaining effective physical distancing of 6 feet may not be possible. However, wearing a face covering does provide an added safeguard when entering, exiting, and moving around the building.  

Making Your Offering

You can make your offering through St. Paul’s any time online using Interac e-Transfer or through CanadaHelps.org. You can also arrange preauthorized giving through the Diocesan e-Offering program.

If you prefer making your offering in person, there will be an offering box located at the back of the worship space where you can safely leave your offering as you make your way to your seat.

Fellowship

Worshiping in person allows for an experience of fellowship which is unique from even the very best online options. It is vitally important, however, that as we gather in person all of us maintain effective physical distancing and observe good hand and respiratory hygiene throughout our time together.

Those wishing to catch up with friends and neighbours are asked to do so before and/or after worship OUTSIDE the church building where socializing can be done most safely.

Continued vigilance and care for one another’s wellbeing are of the utmost importance.

Music in Worship

Singing will not be encouraged at worship gatherings that take place inside the church building until such time as there is strong indication from the Diocese of Fredericton that doing so is no longer a risk. We are, however, developing some alternatives for including music in our worship, and look forward to hosting outdoor gatherings where we will be able to sing together.

After the Service

To help maintain effective physical distancing as we leave worship, the congregation will be asked to leave the worship space starting with the back rows and moving forward as guided by our greeters. Those who wish to remain in their seats to pray or in order to receive prayer ministry from one of our team members are welcome to do so. Once again, however, those who would like to catch up with neighbours and friends following the service will be directed to do so outside the church building.

These are trying times, but they can also be times of significant spiritual growth as we seek God’s peace and strength in prayer and worship together. We thank you for your continued patience and on-going prayers as we continue to seek out ways to support you spiritually.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns

Parish Office