Covid & Church of the Cross
The Bullet Point Summary as well as the long winded version.

Worship

Worship Services are outside of the Restriction Exemption Program scope.  That means that we will not be asking for proof of vaccination to attend.  

  • All people in attendance must remain masked at all times (the only exception is when receiving communion).
  • Physical distancing must be observed
  • Family groups/households should be seated together
  • Pews will be marked as Not In Use to help faciliate physical distancing
  • Our capacity is capped at 75 people
  • Communion will be continuous: ushers will advise when it is your turn to proceed down the aisle, communion will be received at the front, continue moving along the front to the next aisle to return to your seat.  If you would like to kneel at the rail, or light a candle you may do so during this time.  Please be mindful of the others around you and that physical distancing must be maintained.
  • Offering plates will be located at the entrances.
  • Fellowship will take place after worship in adherance to the physical distancing and masking protocols with open doors and/or outside in the courtyard.

All Other Activites Within the Church

Lutheran Church of the Cross has declared our building as a Restriction Exemption Program Facility.  This means that in order to enter the space (for anything other than worship) you must provide proof of vaccination.

  • As of Nov 15th the only eligibile proof of vaccination within Alberta with be the Alberta Health Services QR code. 
  • The link to download your QR code is https://covidrecords.alberta.ca/
  • We will be using QR code readers to check everyones vacinnation record.  (I just wanted to share with you that the app we download as the scanner does not keep any information, nor does it show us any personal information.  All we see on the screen is your name, birthday and a green check mark to say that your vaccination record is up to date.  The reason we get to see your name and birthday is so that we can check that against your ID. )
Covid Policy as of Sept 16/21
Restriction Exemption Program and Worship

The Government of Alberta has declared a State of Emergency, reinstituting many previous restrictions, and introducing a Restriction Exemption Program which took effect on Monday, September 20.  

There are some confusing aspects to this new order as we fall into two categories: worship and nonworship activites.  Please find below answers to some FAQs.

 Important  

  •  Restriction Exemption Program (REP) is a program set up to allow indoor activity to go forward as long as all participants are vaccinated or show proof of negative covid tests.
  • If a business is not part of the REP they are not allowed to engage in any indoor activity unless they fall under stated exceptions (school, health services, solo sporting activities, child groups activities, volunteer work etc.)
  • Worship Services are considered Out-of-Scope.  This means the worship service is not allowed to turn anyone away based on their vaccination status. 

MYTH: Churches are exempt from restrictions.

FALSE: Every indoor space (and some outdoor) are under a mask mandate.  Period.  There are exceptions to the rule but they are quite limited and very specific. 

MYTH: Churches are not allowed to join REP.

FALSE: Worship Services are “out-of-scope” from the program.  However, all other activity which take place in a church building are subject to the same rules as all other businesses.  Only Worship Services are out-of-scope.  Therefore, all other activities must choose whether they will participate in REP or not.   

Out of Scope means that we are not allowed to turn anyone away from worship because of their vaccination status.  Worship is not under the REP, but we do suggest that you be fully vaccinated to attend.  Being out of scope means we are under the full extent of the restrictions within a worship setting.

  • Masked at all times (except while receiving communion).
  • Physical distancing of 2m between cohorts
  • Must be symptom free
  • Maximum attendance of one third our fire code (75 people). 

MYTH: We can continue as normal without declaring participation in the REP, just follow regular restrictions.

FALSE: If Church of the Cross chooses not to participate in the REP the only activity that could take place in the building is work activities and volunteer activities.  All other indoor activities fall under social gathering (i.e. Men’s Breakfast etc.), or recreation group (Quilting Group etc.). 

MYTH: If we declare REP then we are not bound by restrictions.

FALSE: Declaring that we are participating in the REP allows indoor activities to take place.  You still must be masked.  Under the program physical distancing rules are relaxed in an REP setting.  That being said the church has decided to keep physical distancing in place at all times for everyone’s safety. 

CMOH order 44-2021 Restriction Exemption Program
Church of the Cross REP Policy

Linked below is a PDF of our policy in regards to CMOH order 44-2021 and Restricton Exemption Program

REP Policy

Prayer for Serenity

O God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference;
living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Reinhold Niebuhr, Lutheran Reformed Theologian

 

Church of the Cross Worship

A prayer for these days:  May we look backward with gratitude, forward with courage, and upward with confidence. Amen.

MORNING DEVOTIONS, Thursday 10 am (Live Zoom Meeting)  Resources from these prayer times are available below. Having trouble joining? Zoom shares your device's memory with other open applications. Close other applications on your device and try again!

Sunday Worship & Kids' Worship & Sunday School    Sunday Worship is Live Streamed from the In Person Worship Service.  The Service is Live at 10am Sunday.  If you are unable to join Live, the service will be recorded and posted on the our website Monday.

 

Resources from Morning Prayer

Be Still and Know - Pastor Phil

Be Not Afraid - Pastor Phil

Think on These Things - Pastor Phil

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46) - Pastor Laura

Revv52: O Canada!  Happy Canada Day!

Children singing "For the Healing of the Nations"

This is my song, sung by Harvard University Choir

Nathan Holst, "Breaking Open". ("Like water breaking open, we will sing our way through grief...")

 

  

Other Worship Resources

    Live streamed and pre-recorded ELCiC worship services

    Daily hymn and prayer from ELCiC National Bishop Susan Johnson

    Holy Week Worship in the Home (ELCA)

    Maundy Thursday 11:15 MDT Livestream Steve Bell Concert

    Two-minute sermons (Wisdom Centre Facebook Page)

   

Holden Village Prayer around the World

 

Synod of Alberta and the Territories

     COVID-19 Updates and resources, including Light One Candle

Light One Candle:

Bishop Larry is inviting us all to join him in a Synod initiative, Light One Candle.  He is encouraging all members of our Synod to light a candle and to pray together daily at 10:00 am.

In addition, please consider crafting a one sentence prayer with your name (optional) and your congregation’s/ministry’s name and location and forwarding this to him via email with Light One Candle in the Subject Line of the email (lkochendorfer@elcic.ca).

An example from Bishop Larry:  Light One Candle

God of steadfast love,
As our Lenten journey deepens embrace your children with faith, hope and love.

– Bishop Larry Kochendorfer, Synod Office, Edmonton

 

To Lift Your Spirits (These are homemade creations!)

The Gruffalo (A production of Kurtz Quarantine Studios, San Diego) (Pastor Laura's sister)

Some Good News (The "news" program of John Krasinski)

We are having an online art show!

 

Have you made something that will lift people's spirits? Text or email Pastor Laura:  lauraholck@gmail.com  (403) 540-0053

 

COVID-19 Information

    Alberta Health Services information

    Info about Text4Hope from AHS   Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe for daily uplifting texts

    Seniors Social Supports  Phone support, deliveries, essential transportation

    City of Calgary COVID-19 Information   

    Alberta COVID-19 Information

    Canada COVID-19 Information

  Church of the Cross also has a team of people willing to run errands. Call (403) 255-4792 if you need help.

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