Updated May 28, 2020

What's happening with reopening?
We know many of us can't wait to get back to worshipping together as a community, in person, in our sanctuary. We've all really missed gathering with one another, seeing one another, chatting with one another, in short, being community. We know the separation has been difficult, yet we cannot rush back and take unnecessary risks. 

The Board met on Tuesday May 19, 2020 and approved a plan to re-open our buildings and start in-person worship in the sanctuary using a multi-stepped approach. The plan contains all the requirements of both Northern Health and Work Safe BC. We know we all want to get back to what worship looked and felt like on March 15, however that simply isn't possible for now. With that in mind, here are a few things you need to know:

  • The Pacific Mountain Regional Council and The United Church of Canada are recommending that congregations not fully reopen for in person worship and only reopen their buildings for small group gatherings and only do either with very strict COVID-19 protocols.
  • The Board approved a plan that involves a stepped approach for in person worship that starts with 10-15 people, specifically those who have not been able to join us via livestream.
  • The office has reopened in-person on Monday and Tuesday from 9am-12noon. Email and phone messages are being checked regularly throughout the week.
  • Regardless of the maximum number (currently 50 in BC) we can only have the number of people the space will accommodate while following all the provincial, federal, and denominational guidelines.
  • The goal remains to provide the highest quality online experience. Online will continue to be the most familiar worship experience, especially if you like to sing along!
  • Everyone who can join online for worship is encouraged to continue to do so.
  • We know there have been some challenges with our livestream. The ones within our control we are addressing. Many are beyond our control. Keep sending us feedback. It's important and helpful for us to hear about what would make the livestream experience even better.
  • People who do gather for in-person worship will need to:
  1. Phone and leave a message by Thursday 12noon to pre-book your seat each week
  2. Sign-in and confirm they have not experienced any symptoms for 21 days and are willing to follow the protocols established by The Board;
  3. Wear a mask while in the building at all times (cloth masks will be provided thanks to some of our awesome sewers);
  4. Sit in designated seats and not move around during worship;
  5. Enter and leave the sanctuary in a designated manner ensuring proper physical distancing at all times; and
  6. Not remain inside the building to socialize.
NOTE:
  • Step 1 is limited to a maximum of 15 seats. Our priority is to offer those seats to people who have not been able to join us online. 
  • You will receive a confirmation on Thursday afternnon.
  • We cannot sing, even masked, at this time. It is considered a high risk activity, even outside. You could hum along though :)
  • Things like the offering, communion, and passing the peace will all be done differently.
  • People will have to call or email the office each week to reserve a seat. You won't be able to book a block of Sundays. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to reserve a seat by Thursday 12 noon each week.
  • The Board will continue to meet monthly (or more often if needed) throughout the summer to regularly reassess which phase we are in and the implications of any changes in provincial, federal, or denominational recommendations.

Things remain very fluid as the situation continues to evolve on a daily basis. 

We really appreciate all of your support and patience. We know it hasn't been easy for any of us and we really want to be together again. That will happen, yet only if we take a measured and thoughtful approach ensuring that we're doing all we can to care for the most vulnerable amongst us. After all, that's part of what makes Trinity United so special: how we care for one another and our community.

To help feel more connected with one another, starting Sunday June 7 following worship we're going to host a Virtual Coffee Hour on zoom. It won't be the same, yet hopefully it will help us connect with one another and enhance our sense of community. Using Zoom means people will be able to join using their device for audio and video or call in. The information you need to join us for fellowship is:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/6206888602?pwd=clMxRzNpcFJPZHdUeEl6VncvUnZjZz09

or using your phone line, dial
+1 647 558 0588

and enter the meeting ID: 620 688 8602

and the password: 017384

If you are calling in you will need both the meeting ID and Password. Please note that long distance charges may apply.

We Are Live-streaming Worship

You can join us Sundays at 10am through our www.TrinityPG.ca website. (Click HERE) You can also click the link at the top of the page. (Where the countdown timer is during the week) If you click the 'watch now' tab you should be able to participate in worship and share comments. If that doesn't work, please just click on the 'live-stream' tab. The Archive will be posted by 5pm Sunday so that you can also watch it that way. (Click HERE) If there is an issue viewing using www.trinitypg.ca, please switch over to www.connectnorth.ca as that site is hosted on a different provider. We are now also streaming to Facebook Live. You'll be able to watch by going to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/trinityucpg (Click HERE)

Tuesday and Thursday Snack n' Chat Check-in

By phone and online using zoom we'll be hosting a twice-weekly one hour check-in so that we can stay in touch with one another and support one another. You'll be able to join by phone or with video. The information you'll need is here: Tuesday Snack n' Chat and Thursday Snack n' Chat. Please note the links and information to log-in are slightly different.

Here's a video of how to log-in.

Evening Prayer

Monday to Saturday we gather for Evening Prayer as a community using FaceBook Live. You can join us (through your FaceBook account) by searching for TrinityUCPG or clicking HERE. You can also watch the recording each evening once the live broadcast is done. You can find the Evenign Prayer Archive by clicking HERE.

Wednesday Worship

Each Wednesday a short 20-30 minute Wednesday Worship experience will be posted on both the Trinity United and Connect North websites.