COVID-19 Updates

JUNE 11

Hello Redemption!

 

As of today, June 11, 2020, staff and elders have approved going ahead with having an on-site service this Sunday, June 14, 2020. Please continue to monitor all our social media and our website. We will continue to post any relevant updates and let you know if anything changes in our ability to have service this weekend.

 

To maintain social distancing and keep our building at 30% capacity or lower, we are starting with two
services. These will be at 9 AM and 11:15 AM.

 

Registration is mandatory to attend these services.

 

Please use these links to register for the services:

 

9:00 AM

11:15 AM

 

You can also go to rbcstthomas.ca/events and click on “More details” to register for the specific service you would like to attend.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you remain home. If you are high-risk and concerned about in-person services, we encourage you to postpone coming until you are comfortable.

 

Washrooms are available in the building but try to maintain distancing as much as possible.

 

Currently, children’s ministry (Nursery – Grade 5) is not running as we are not able to maintain social distancing regulations within this ministry. We do ask that children stay with their households.

 

The building will be sanitized before, between, and after the services.

 

If you do not feel like going to the in-person service this week, we will still be offering our simulated live service this Sunday. This will start at 11 AM for chat and the service will start at 11:15 AM. Please click here to go to the simulated live webpage.

When you arrive at the church this Sunday, please make sure to follow the guidelines below:

 

  1. We are not allowed to socialize in the parking lot. Please move towards the front entrance doors. There will be ushers there to show you which door.
  2. Please maintain social distancing while you wait to enter the building.
  3. In the front entrance way, ushers will check off your registration and get verbal confirmation that everyone in your household has not and are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  4. Once you enter the lobby, please go towards the main worship centre entrance, the ushers in the worship centre will direct you to where you can sit.
  5. After the service, the ushers will dismiss families with young children and then by pews. Please wait in your seat until directed.
  6. Once directed, please exit the worship centre and go to your vehicle.

 

We just want to take the time to thank you for your grace and patience as we navigate these regulations. We are excited to see you again this Sunday! If you have any questions or have trouble registering, please email [email protected] and we would be happy to help you!

 

Sincerely,

Redemption St. Thomas

JUNE 10

Hello Church,

 

If you have not heard yet, Premier Ford announced on Monday, June 8 that Phase Two is starting in Ontario. This includes places of worship that are allowed to have services with 30% of their capacity.

 

We are working on plans for re-opening. At this time, we are still waiting for specific guidelines for places of worship that will come from our government. As well, local health units have the ability to make any final decisions for our location.

 

With the limitation of 30%, we are able to have approximately 200 people. We have measured our worship centre to keep with the 2m distancing rules, this means we can have approximately 150 people in the worship centre at the same time. This will vary depending on how many singles, couples, and families attend the service.

 

As of right now, we are working through the details of our on-site service under the current restrictions. This will probably include increasing to two services on Sunday and registering for the specific service you wish to attend in order to accommodate as many people as possible.

 

We do not know yet if we will be ready to have on-site services for this Sunday (June 14), as we will be working to make sure that we follow all mandated guidelines once we receive them. We are still planning on doing our simulated live service this Sunday.

 

We will have another update available for you on Thursday, June 11 with more specific details once we know them. Please continue to pray for wisdom and strength for our staff and elders as we navigate the re-opening process.

 

God bless,

 

Jake

MAY 20

Hello Redemption St. Thomas,

 

We just want to extend our deepest thankfulness for how God has been using you through these past few months. You are constantly in our prayers.

 

Over the past couple of months, we have been working on getting our online presence more up to date. We want to make sure that you know the best ways to find out more information and to contact us.

 

  1. We are on social media. This is often the best source for the most up-to-date information. Find us on Facebook: @rbcstthomas; Twitter: @rbcstthomas; and Instagram: @rbcstthomas.
  2. Almost every Tuesday & Thursday, we are posting updates, serving opportunities, and encouragement on our social media platforms.
  3. We also have a YouTube channel where we are posting all our videos and our full worship services on Sunday.

 

We want to make sure that you are able to find these resources if you desire to use them. Please let us know if you are having any trouble locating any one of these resources.

 

Finally, we have been steadily working on improving our communication through our website at rbcstthomas.ca. Through the website, you can find links to the current and previous sermons, the latest updates, connection cards, and prayer request forms. We love hearing from you so please feel free to use any of these methods to communicate with us.

 

You are loved.

 

God bless,

 

Staff @ Redemption St. Thomas.

MAY 11

It has been ten weeks since we have been able to meet and worship together. There is something wonderful about coming together, seeing one another, and being together with the body of Christ. We miss it, and we long for it again. It has become clear how precious our weekly gatherings are. How much we need the body of Christ — even on a Sunday morning — to sit under the preaching of the word and to worship together.

 

Modern technology has allowed us to stay connected more than we could have without it, yet the reality is that this quarantine has brought about a very real separation. We all feel it, and the media platforms which allow us to connect still do not satisfy our need for the fellowship that God created us for. It is hard to be disconnected for such a long period of time; even more with all the new relationships that were being formed.

 

We want to extend a few encouragements to you from our elders.

 

1. You truly are missed.

 

We long to see you and to connect with you. We desire to know how you are doing.

 

2. You are loved.

 

There is a unique love within a church that I am not sure exists in any other corporate setting. Although people within a church may not know each person personally, the love of God unites us and binds our hearts together as one body.

 

3. We are praying for everyone that attends Redemption St Thomas.

 

We would also like to pray with you. Everyone has been affected by this quarantine in different ways, and you do not need to go through it alone. In Christ we are joined as one body, so let us be joined in prayer. If you have a specific
need, please reach out and let us know. Or if you would simply like to connect and pray together, our elders would love to pray with you.

 

Please click the link below to pray with an elder.

 

Contact Us

 

You are loved.

 

The Elders.

MARCH 31

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with your wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9 (ESV) 

 

Following the direction of the Premier of Ontario, our offices remain closed. We have been given permission from Southwestern Health Unit for a small team to record the Sunday sermon as we continue to practice social distancing and sanitizing procedures

 

We will continue to weekly post links to our sermon at https://www.sermonaudio.com/solo/gfc and will continue to post updates through our social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). If you need any help, want prayer, or have any questions please contact us at [email protected]. Our email and phone are being regularly monitored. We will also continue to have a weekly Zoom meeting on Sunday at 11:00 AM for anyone who would like one-on-one prayer with an elder. The link for this will be posted with the weekly sermon. 

 

We would encourage you to take the time to email, text, or call five other people in our church as you are led by God. Keeping in touch with others, even virtually, is a great way for us as the body of Christ to care for one another. 

 

Finally, let us be faithful in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ as we show the hope that we have in Christ. He is our hope and the ultimate answer to all our needs. 

 

We are continuing in prayer for you all! 

 

Staff & Elders