*As of October 26 the Town of Stony Plain has implemented a Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw. Our policy has not changed and masks are required for all in-person gathering, with the exception of any one who is medically prohibited from wearing one.
SPAC will be relaunching in-person Sunday gatherings beginning on October 4. Two services will be offered each Sunday, one at 9am and one at 11am.
In preparation for our relaunch of in-person services at our auditorium in Stony Plain, we wanted to provide you and your families with the following information so that you are completely prepared for being together and know what to expect.
We understand that personal or family situations may hinder many of you from joining us in-person, however we are excited to be able to offer live-streaming of our services so that our SPAC family, whether joining in-person or having church from home, are worshipping together.
Please know that whether you decide to join us on Sundays, in-person or online, we support you in your decision and look forward to the day when we can once again all meet together.
We thank each one of you for your grace and cooperation in respecting and following these new practices together.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Pre-registration: The capacity of our auditorium space has been limited to 80 people to ensure physical distancing can be maintained; therefore pre-registration for each service will be required. Registration will be open from the Monday-Friday the week before. Click here to register or call the church office, (780) 963 -2082.
Arrival: Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the service starts to allow time to sign-in and be seated by our First Impressions Team.
Entrance: Please enter the auditorium through the small, single west door entrance at the front of our building. Our First Impressions Team will be waiting outside to greet and guide you.
Foyer: When you arrive, please line up physically distanced from others in the foyer. Floor markers will help you with this. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the foyer which we ask everyone to use upon entering.
Sign-In: Our First Impressions Team will be waiting to help you sign-in, offer additional face masks if necessary and provide an activity pack for children.
Seating: Our First Impressions Team will help each person or family find a seat in the Auditorium. You will be asked to sit with your family or cohort family and to please keep the space of three chairs between you and another household.
Exit: Once our service has ended, our First Impressions Team will dismiss each row. Please wait for this signal before exiting through the main doors of our auditorium and the main doors of our foyer.
Physical Distancing: Before, during and after our services, we ask you to practice physical distancing and to please leave the building immediately following the service. We encourage everyone to socialize outdoors in the parking lot while maintaining physical distancing.
SPAC will have all AHS health and hygiene protocols in place for our in-person services in our auditorium space.
Entrances and exits will be clearly marked to ensure a smooth, safe flow of traffic and to limit exposure.
Floor markers will be placed on the floor to help maintain distancing and create a flow of foot traffic.
Physical distancing of two meters will be maintained as much as possible.
Hand sanitization stations will be readily available throughout the building and all those entering will be asked to use hand sanitizer.
Seating will be set up to ensure physical distancing is in place and trained staff and volunteers will seat each person and family.
All high-traffic areas, high-touch surfaces, washrooms and seats will be cleaned and sanitized before each gathering.
Masks are required at all times inside our building during services to provide additional protection in instances where physical distancing may not be able to be fully maintained. (See below for exceptions to mask wearing).
No coffee or food will be provided during or after our gatherings during COVID-19.
Services will be one hour in length to ensure we have adequate time to dismiss in a safe manner, minimize crowds and prepare for the next service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need to wear a mask?
We are making the choice that out of love, care and kindness for one another those attending any of our in-person services on a Sunday will need to wear a mask (see exceptions below). For children under the age of 12, it is up to the parent’s discretion if their child should wear a mask. As we have a limited supply, we ask that as much as possible, each person provides their own mask. We will have a limited number available if necessary.
What if I am unable to wear a mask?
We recognize that there are those with pre-existing mental and physical conditions that prohibit them from wearing a mask. We completely respect this and do not ask those in this position to wear a mask.
Will there be singing?
As masks will be required to be worn for our in-person gatherings at all times, congregational singing will be allowed with a mask on, although we recommend you sing softly or hum along to the music to reduce respiratory droplet spread.
Exception: Our platform presenters and vocalists will not be required to wear a mask while on stage speaking or singing as they will be placed 4 meters away from the first row in the audience.
Will there be Children’s Ministry?
As we have made the choice to relaunch services in our auditorium space in Stony Plain, we will not be able to offer in-person Children’s Ministry until we move into our new building and have our own space. Children are very welcome to attend in-person with their families and will receive an activity package when they arrive. SPAC families will also receive resources each week to help children continue to grow in Christ.
Are guests welcome?
Everyone who is healthy and not experiencing symptoms is welcome to attend. We encourage guests to pre-register as well so we can ensure adequate seating.
What about communion?
When we have communion we will provide communion elements in pre-packaged, single-use units that contain both communion juice and a wafer. These will be available to you before you are seated.
What about offering?
We will not be passing the offering plate during our services or providing a debit/credit machine. Instead, we will have a box in the foyer where you can leave an offering envelope (if you are in need of more offering envelopes, please contact the church office and we will mail them to you). However, we would encourage you to consider giving online if you are able to. All the information for our online giving options can be found on our Giving Page.
What if someone who attends is found to have COVID-19?
If someone who attends a SPAC in–person service or gathering is found to have COVID-19, you will be contacted by the SPAC office as well as by Alberta Health Services to notify you of this development. AHS will provide you with instructions and a process to follow.
How do I register?
There are multiple ways to register:
What does SPACYOUTH relaunch look like?
Youth will be starting back up in early October! We will be meeting in person at the Auditorium on Wednesday nights with alternating weeks for Sr. and Jr. High students. All Alberta health protocols will be followed, including social distancing and mask wearing. More details to come, watch our website page and Instagram page for updates.
What if I have more questions?
If you still have more questions or concerns about how services will function, please contact Pastor Kimberly at email@example.com or 780-963-2082.