New Provincial Health Order Mask Mandate - Re: Worship Services - December 1, 2021
By now you’ve likely heard the news that the province has put in place some new gathering restrictions that impact faith communities like ours. According to our Province’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the “risk of transmission is increasing as we are gathering indoors,” and “we tend to go to more faith-based gatherings over these holiday seasons.”
So, in order to comply with the latest changes to the public health orders, we are now requiring everyone age 5 and above to wear a mask while attending worship services at Cornerstone Church. This mask order also applies to volunteers in our nursery and Sunday school.
As we will NOT require anyone to show a vaccine passport (proof of vaccination) in order to attend our worship services, we do also have to limit our capacity to 50%, Furthermore, communion elements will be distributed in covered containers as you walk into the sanctuary.
We realize and fully appreciate that this isn’t the news that many of us want to hear, especially as we head toward Christmas. However, we want to encourage you to continue to gather with us in this Season of Hope. In fact, what more fitting way to celebrate the fact that God came “in the flesh,” or in-person, than being in-person ourselves, and refusing to let a mask get in the way of Worshipping Fully this Advent.
If you have any concerns, or questions about the mask mandate, or why we’re complying please talk to your Elder or one of the Pastors.