Reopening for worship

*Register here for the October 4 onsite worship service.*

September 9 – Rector’s Update & Reopening for Worship

September 2 – Update for Return to Worship

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce our preparations to return to St. Paul’s for onsite worship, starting September 13, 2020. While our onsite service will look very different from what we have been used to (please see the instructions below for the new reality of our onsite gatherings), underneath our masks, we are so happy to begin this re-gathering and that we’ll be able to see some of you—as you are comfortable—in person! Of course, we will continue to gather for online worship every Sunday at 10:30 am for those not attending in person.

Please note our return to worship does not mean the church building will be open. Parishioners are still asked to schedule a time to meet with the Clergy for pastoral meetings, and groups will not yet be able to meet in the building. While we understand it will be difficult for many, unfortunately we are not able to offer Children’s Ministry or Youth Ministry at this time. We intend to do so as soon as it is safe and effective, and the Diocese of Toronto allows it. In the meantime, Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry will continue to meet over Zoom. Community engagement activities will continue in their adjusted formats.

Please know there is no pressure for anyone to return to “in person” worship. If you are anxious and do not feel the time is right, or you have concerns because you feel it might put you or a family member at risk, please continue to watch the service online at home and return at a time when you are most comfortable. In fact, if you are considered “high risk” should you contract COVID-19 – those 65 and older, or anyone with underlying medical conditions – we encourage you to remain at home and enjoy the service online.

If you have any questions, or if we can assist you in making this transition more comfortable, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. You can call 416-961-8116 or email us at mail@stpaulsbloor.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We ask that you pray for our safe return and for one another as we continue to navigate these ever-changing times.

Yours in Christ,

(The Rev. Canon Dr.) Barry Parker
Rector

General Worship Information

We will begin on September 13 with one service at 10:00 am, lasting approximately 45 minutes. We will also offer our online worship service on YouTube every Sunday at 10:30 am.

There will be limited seating in the Great Hall to allow for proper physical distancing. The main Sanctuary is not available this Fall due to the renovation and rewiring of the Sight & Sound Project.

Face coverings are required for all persons over the age of two, as per the Toronto Public Health guidelines. We encourage you to bring your own, though if you don’t have access to a mask, one will be provided for you to enter St. Paul’s. A donation to cover the cost of the mask is appreciated.

While we understand it will be difficult for many, unfortunately we are not able to offer Children’s Ministry or Youth Ministry at this time. We intend to do so as soon as it is safe and effective. In the meantime, our Children and Youth ministries will continue to meet online over Zoom on Sunday mornings.

With the exception of the Atrium, the Foyer and the Great Hall, the rest of our facility will be closed during the service. There will be limited access to washroom facilities as we will only be opening the one accessible washroom in the foyer, that will be monitored and cleaned after each use.

Before Coming to Church

Registration will be required for services to comply with capacity limits and for contact tracing purposes.

You will be required to answer self-screening questions for COVID-19 during EventBrite registration, and you will be also be asked screening questions upon arrival to the church. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to cold, flu, or COVID-19, we ask that you stay home and watch our online service.

Do you have the YouVersion Bible App? We’re rolling out a new way for you to take notes, reflect on weekly sermon questions, view announcements, and explore a RightNow Media devotional that accompanies the weekly message! Starting September 13, you’ll be able to find us in the YouVersion Bible app by searching “St. Paul’s Bloor Street” under the Events tab. Be sure to download the YouVersion Bible app on your Android or Apple device before the service.

Arriving at Church

In order to attend the onsite service, you must register online through EventBrite and you must wear a mask. Once you arrive, you will enter through the Atrium doors. You will notice the floor decals that demarcate physical distancing from the front doors to the Great Hall. Please utilize those. You will need to use hand sanitizer when you arrive, answer the COVID-19 screening questions and register for requisite contact tracing.

Next, you will have the opportunity to leave your offering in the office mailbox, as you are able, prior to entering the Great Hall. We also encourage you to continue to use our quick, secure and easy digital giving options such as online giving or pre-authorized giving.

There will be no paper or a bulletin as everything will be contactless (i.e. projected on a screen). Whether you attend the onsite or online service, you can use our Event in the YouVersion Bible app to take notes during the sermon, read our weekly news and announcements, and find links to a RightNow Media devotional and online giving.

Finally, you will be escorted to a seat in the Great Hall. Only staff will be moving chairs in the Great Hall. If noted in the registration, family members in the same household will be able to sit together. Please minimize any belongings you bring with you as you will need to keep them with you at your seat. Coat racks will not be available.

During the Service

You must remain masked and at your seat for the entire service.

Congregational singing is suspended for the time being, however, recorded music will be provided by our musicians.

You are invited to greet one another from your seats through peace signs, waves and bowing. You are not encouraged to have any physical contact.

During the sermon, you can refer to the Scripture reading and take notes in our Event within the YouVersion Bible App or your mobile browser.

During communion, the Celebrant will bring the wafer to you. You are asked to remain in your seat when waiting for communion. Following the directions of the Bishops of Toronto, there will only be Communion in one kind—the bread. There will be no communion wine.

After receiving the bread, while still seated, remove your mask, consume the host, and replace your mask. You will receive hand sanitizer after you eat the bread.

After the Service

There will be no coffee hour or gathering time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to socialize with one another after the service. The Clergy will direct the exit by rows from the Great Hall. Please exit the facility promptly as directed. After the building is empty, our custodial staff will clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and common areas including door handles, seats, light switches, faucets, toilet handles, etc.

Next Steps

1. View our staged plan for reopening.
2. Register on EventBrite to attend the onsite service.
3. Download the YouVersion Bible App for your Android device or your Apple device.

Connect with us!

Phone Number
416-961-8116
Location

St. Paul's Bloor Street
227 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON M4W 1C8

Office Hours

Office Closed

Weekday Online Connections

Mon-Thurs at 12 noon: Bible Study
Wed at 7 pm - Compline
Wed at 7 pm - Youth Group

Sunday Worship

9:30 am - Children's Ministry

10 am - Onsite Worship

10:30 am - Online Worship

11:10 am - Getting Traction

11:30 am - Youth Ministry

Update on reopening