Join Us In-Person
After nearly a year of not gathering in-person, we are extremely excited for the opportunity to be physically gathered together as a church family. Starting on March 7th, these church-wide gatherings will be happening bi-weekly and will be focused on corporate worship through singing, short teaching times, and practicing the ordinances of communion and baptism. Crestwicke Baptist Church is graciously allowing us the use of their space on Sunday afternoons, but despite the size of Crestwicke’s facilities, there are still restrictions on how many people can attend each gathering. You must register for each Sunday you wish to attend. To register, click below.
You can register for all Church of the City events at https://churchofthecity.churchcenter.com/registrations.
Any member of your household who is wanting to attend an in-person gathering needs to be registered (including children and infants). You, the person doing the registration, register as 'Registering Attendee'. Anyone else who will be in the service with you should be registered as an 'Other Attendee'. Later, when CityKids starts back up, you'll register any children who will be participating within their appropriate group; for now though, they should be counted as 'Other Attendees'.
Don't worry about this too much; it's simply a tool to help us assign the seats more efficiently. What's important is that you choose a Seating Selection that has enough seats for your group. For example, if you are a group of three but there are no '3 seats' options remaining, simply choose the '4 seats' option - if that's not available, choose '5 Seats'. Anyone registering just themselves should choose the '2 seats' option if available.
There are tables set up at the back of the auditorium with various capacities. These are a great option for families with kids if you would like some room to spread out with activities to keep the kids occupied.
It's likely we will be able to find space for you - we will contact you late in the week after registration closes to let you know how things look.
Once registration closes (noon on the Thursday before Reunion Live), we match the seating selections that you made in your registration to a seating plan Crestwicke has created specifically for their auditorium. Using this plan we are able to get the most people into the auditorium while still maintaining appropriate distances. You'll be shown to your assigned seat when you arrive on Sunday.
Try to arrive between 15-30 minutes before the start of the service - we need time to sign everyone in and get you seated. When you arrive, you'll head to the main entry that faces the parking lot. If there is a line, use the 2m markings on the ground to properly distance yourself from other households.
Each attendee will be asked the three required COVID screening questions before you are cleared to enter. Because we cannot pass the offering plate, there will be an offering box just past the front doors. Once signed in, you'll be shown to your seat by a volunteer. If CityKids is happening and you need to drop off any children, you can do that on your way to your seat. Once seated, we'd ask you to remain in your seat until the end of the service unless you need to use a washroom, change or feed a child, or if you are feeling unwell and need to leave the building. Washrooms are available in the Fellowship Room, and we’ve also set up a change table space in there as well.
There will be some changes from what our in-person gatherings used to look like. Most obvious is that everyone will have assigned seats in the auditorium and masks will remain on for the duration of our time indoors. On a broader level, we are wanting to increasingly use our in-person church-wide gatherings to emphasize the things that are best done as a whole church: worshipping through singing, the ordinances of communion and baptism, and sharing testimonies of God's work in our midst.
Public Health has required that places of worship modify certain activities, like singing, or cut them out altogether. For us, musical worship is an important part of our gathering together and so, following Crestwicke's lead, we will be singing together at a moderate volume, wearing masks the entire time.
Two main reasons - first, safety has always been a top priority for our CityKids ministry and so while we might technically be able to run a program with all of our usual age-groups, we've decided to proceed at a slower pace and expand the classes available when we can maintain a level of safety we are comfortable with. Second, CityKids requires a large volunteer roster, which after a long break from in-person gatherings needs to be built back up. If you're willing to volunteer with our CityKids ministry, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll chat!
We know that reduced CityKids programming will mean that more children are with their parents in the service and that some families might prefer that initially, regardless. In that case, simply register your child as an 'Other Attendee' and they can sit with you during the service. Please note that children who are not registered in CityKids must stay with their family for the duration of their time in the building, so please do not let them run off to interact with other households.
Sadly, no mingling can take place within the building at this time. You'll be directed out of the building at the appropriate time and can say hello to others outside if you desire, while maintaining appropriate social distancing.
As has always been the case, volunteers are needed to pull these gatherings off. If you were previously engaged on a volunteer team and have contact info for your team leader - send them a message! If you've lost their info or are new to volunteering, email us at email@example.com and we'll find you a spot!
The church has been cleaned and sanitized prior to your arrival and will be cleaned and sanitized after you leave. Where possible, Church of the City will utilize different seats within the auditorium than Crestwicke has used in the morning. We will also wipe down all high contact surfaces during the gathering, and are using a detailed checklist to ensure that our enhanced cleaning measures are being consistently executed.