Council Update for March 21st, 2022
On Tuesday March 8th, Council met to review the new regulation changes that were implemented on March 1st to confirm how this would affect our worship and programs here at Hope.
Keeping with our approach of following the government regulations as closely as possible while finding creative solutions to continue gathering together for worship and service, we are very pleased to announce the following updates.
We are returning to full in person worship for all members. This means that we will no longer require a registration process to attend.
We are also pleased to announce that we will again be making coffee and juice available to all who choose to participate in the fellowship hall, members will have the option to have their refreshments inside or take it outside for more space.
We will be maintaining our exiting procedures after worship to allow all members the opportunity to enter and exit the building safely.
Nursery and Sunday school previously had a regulation that teachers for children under 4 must be vaccinated, this has now been removed and there is no vaccination status for this or any other program.
As of March 21st, we are pleased to announce that masking will become optional effective immediately for all programs and ministries at Hope including our worship services.
However, as a member if you prefer to continue wearing a mask you are welcome to do so and we encourage that.
While we are celebrating that we are nearing the end of the pandemic and returning to normal, we also recognize that not all members have the same comfort and ability to join us in person as we return and the removal of masks may make that more difficult for you.
We ask those members who are not able to return to full in person worship at this time to please reach out to us and let us know how we can best walk alongside you.
We also recognize that after 2 years of this pandemic there is a greater need for love, respect, grace and patience within the membership and we strongly encourage all members to continue to extend these attributes to each other.
While the Council is aware of the challenges that we still face, we are grateful for the steps that can now be taken towards more normal worship and ministry.
We also look forward to continuing with the reconciliation that needs to happen within our community.
The council of Hope CRC
Psalm 71:14 - "As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more."