St Paul’s follows the guidance issued by the BC’s Provincial Government and additional direction from the Diocesan Bishop. Our aim is to ensure that all volunteers, staff and visitors to St Paul’s are kept safe – this includes recognising that each of us have different anxiety levels and our personal boundaries will vary. We will need to learn a new way of being together in this phase as we re-open. We will be posting our revised Re-opening Plan shortly, once we have updated it in the light of revised guidance.
Update July 1, 2021
While British Columbia’s Provincial Government announced the move to Stage 3 effective from July 1, 2021 – insufficient detail was provided for the Bishop to be able to make any particular directions. In view of this, he has directed that we continue with June’s restrictions for the time being and our service on Sunday will be operating under those, which we hope will then change for the following Sunday. We can look expectantly to considerable relaxing of rules, but not for July 4 worship.
Update July 11, 2021
We are pleased to say that we continue with our re-opening, but it will take time to reach the ‘new normal’. This is a gradual approach – we will gradually introduce hymns, social opportunities, etc.
We are in the process of checking with existing/pre-COVID volunteers to see if they are willing and able to volunteer or if things have changed. We know that for a number of people, COVID has meant changed priorities and commitments.
Most teams of volunteers will need to be rebuilt and probably new/revised guidance we move out of lock down. This is all a work in progress and we ask for your encouragement and support.