- Are we having corporate services again?
Yes, 9am and 11am on Sundays.
- Are we continuing with a church online experience?
Yes, we are livestreaming our 9:00am service on our Facebook page, "Dryden Full Gospel Church", or you can watch it here on our website.
- How do we keep at 30% capacity?
If you want to come to a corporate worship service, you’ll need to phone the church office on Thursdays between 9am-3pm to sign up for a spot. We will be compiling a master list each week to make sure we stay in the correct numbers. There’s room for 50 worshipers (not including greeters, cleaners, etc.) at both services. This allows us to reach up to 100 people in person, as well as having the online option available for those who want or need to stay home.
- I don’t feel ready to come back to a corporate gathering.
That’s perfectly alright, we understand many will not, or cannot for health or personal preference -- and that’s okay. That’s why we’re continuing a church online experience for those that need or want to stay home.
- What will change at the worship service?
A few things. To maintain physical distancing, there won’t be a greeting time, passing an offering plate, or a greeter shaking your hand. In order to cut down on cleaning and disinfecting, we won’t be having the coffee station or shared worship flags for kids to use. Seating will be spaced out so that people remain six feet from each other. Households, of course, can sit together. Sunday school will be offered during the 11:00am service for children in SK to Grade 6.
- What will be the same?
You will still be able to gather as a body of believers to corporately celebrate the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, fellowship with one another, receive communion, hear Scripture declared, hear a message from the Bible, and pray together.
- Will we celebrate communion?
Yes, but in a way that honours physical distancing and limits contact with others. Rather than coming up and being served by someone (or passing plates--both of which would increase contact) -- we will set up two stations at the front that a person can come up and take an individual bread and cup themselves. Bread will be cut up instead of torn from one loaf.
- How about cleaning between services?
Washrooms will be cleaned, and door handles and frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected. Everything will be clean for the next service.
- Will everyone have to use hand sanitizer upon entering the building?
Yes, this will be provided.
- Will people be required to wear masks?
Yes, as of August 17, 2020, all visitors and guests are required to wear a mask or face covering upon entering and remaining within Dryden Full Gospel Church. The following persons are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask or face covering: children under two years of age, or children under the age of five years either chronologically or developmentally who refuse to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver; persons who cannot safely wear a mask or face covering because of medical conditions; persons who cannot wear or are unable to apply or remove a mask without assistance.
- Who is going to stand at the door and turn people away if we reach our numbers but someone shows up that didn't sign up for that Sunday?
The greeters team and pastoral team will be prepared to explain our situation to people and encourage them to connect online if we aren’t able to have them join us for that particular service.
- How does offering work?
We will not be passing the plates, but will have a basket available at the back and watched by a greeter for people to give physical donations as they leave the service. We will continue to encourage people to give online by e-transfer or Canada Helps.
- What about other ministries? Bible studies, healing rooms, youth, etc
Some of our ministries are up and running again. Women's Bible study meets Tuesdays at 10:00am in the Sanctuary where they can remain physically distanced. Youth Bible study meets at 6:30pm on Wednesdays and Youth Group is meeting Fridays from 7:00-9:00am (dress for outdoors but bring your mask in case they need to move inside because of weather). Healing Rooms is meeting Mondays (with the exception of holidays) from 5:00-6:30pm. All ministries are currently meeting at Dryden Full Gospel Church.
For the latest information please visit www.dfgc.ca.