Last update: Spetember 2, 2020

In response to Ontario’s cancellation of the state of emergency order and the third phase of the province’s restart, we will enter the first phase of reopening church on Sunday, September 13 when in-person worship will be resumed at EastRidge and live streaming will be provided at the same time: English/Mandarin Services at 10 am and Cantonese Service at 11:30am. For more details, please see September 4 SGBC Family News or visit "Latest News" on the website.

We will pay attention to when school children resume classes at school and when community centre activities resume normal operation before considering Phase Two. As for Phase Three, we will pay attention to the overall situation of the pandemic and whether it can ensure safety for the elderly before we enter. Below is some more detailed information for everyone to understand and prepare to participate the in-person gathering when we restart.

Since the situation of the pandemic remains uncertain, our church will continue to evaluate appropriate time for each of the stages of reopening. As soon as the situation justifies each stage of the reopening, we shall make announcements at that time.

Since online gatherings may take a long time, the church will endeavour to provide appropriate assistance to groups that are not good at conducting gatherings or activities online. If you or your relatives and friends encounter related problems or issues, please feel free to contact the church at 647-547-3618.

Please continue to pray for the various needs caused by the pandemic and ask the Lord to give us wisdom to make timely and appropriate arrangements for the decision of when to resume physical gatherings.

Reopening Schedule
Worship
 
Children Ministry
Life Group
 
Prayer meeting
Sunday School
online / in person
(ages 12-70)
online only
online / in person with break-up groups
online only
online only
online / in person
(ages 70 and under)
in person
online / in person with break-up groups
online only
online only
in person / online
(*all ages)
in person
in person
 
online only
in person

*People 71 or over, those with underlying medical conditions that have weakened immune systems, and those who have family members at home who are vulnerable are encouraged to participate only in online activities.

Phase One Details

Building Guidelines
  • Masks must be worn at all times inside the building and hands must be washed or sanitized upon each entry and exit.
  • All classrooms and sections to be locked with the exception of: Sanctuary, Lobby.
  • Washrooms :
  • Designated washroom for SGBC.
  • Allow 1 usage in the washroom at a time unless extra help is needed. E.g. seniors or handicapped.
  • Follow cleaning checklist posted in washrooms.
  • Food is not permitted onsite (With the exception of staff during office hours. However, due to the suspension of services, all food waste including disposable coffee cups must be appropriately disposed of off-site by individuals)

 

Worship Guidelines
  • In-person worship could resume in church buildings where space allows social distancing, adhering to public health directives and allowable numbers.
  • The Lord's Supper:
  • 2 in 1 prepackaged Lord's Supper sets are offered at the entrance for self pick-up.
  • Each communicant should place their empty cup into recycle upon exit.

 

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Phase Two Details

Continuous to maintain the Best practices of Phase One with the addition of the following:
Children Guidelines:
  • All sections to be locked with the exception of: Sanctuary, lobby and designated classrooms.
  • Child worship and Sunday school will be conducted according to the size of the small class in accordance with the guidelines of Public Health Ontario. The details will be announced before entering the second phase.
  • Children will be divided into small groups and should remain in the assigned rooms the whole time.
  • Masks must be worn at all times inside the building and hands must be washed or sanitized upon each entry and exit.
  • No snack time.
  • Children will be required to bring their own water bottle and place it in their bag.
  • Washrooms:
  • Designated washroom for Children ministry.
  • According to the safety rules SGBC has been using, children could go to the washroom in pairs with social distancing, or go alone/supervised by a teacher depending on their ages and capability.
  • Follow cleaning checklist posted in washrooms.

 

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Phase Three Details

Continue to maintain the Best practices of Phase One and two where necessary.

 

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