Updated Service Guidelines

Dear brothers and sisters at Crestwood,

With the new guidelines issued this week for phase two of Alberta’s reopening, there are some changes to Crestwood’s worship beginning this Sunday, June 14th.

Those who wish to attend worship must still let the office know by noon on the Friday before. We will still assign seating in order to maintain physical distancing between people from different households. Those who are at all unwell, those who have travelled internationally in the last 14 days, and those who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, may not attend. Aside from these groups, anyone who wishes to attend is welcome. If needed, we will set up overflow seating, with physical distancing, in the church hall. For all those who cannot come or who wish to worship from home, we will continue to live-stream the service.

There will still be no child care, Christian education, or fellowship hour. Children may come with their families but they must stay seated in the family’s assigned seats. If a child needs to visit the bathroom, they must be accompanied by a parent. 

Rather than passing a collection plate, we will still have a plate available at the back when entering the church. The other options for giving remain. Now, members of the congregation may sing if they are wearing a face mask. Also, we will begin celebrating the Lord’s Supper again this Sunday.

Rather than passing the elements down each row, the elders will distribute individual portions to each person while wearing a mask and gloves.

We ask that those who attend arrive at least ten minutes prior to the start of the service.

While some of these things will be difficult and awkward, we’re grateful that we are taking these new steps toward a return to gathered worship as a whole.

– Pastor Jeff