We continue to give thanks to God who sustains us even (and maybe especially) when we have exhausted our resources. Godâ€™s power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
We also give thanks for the vaccine rollout that has seen many people receiving at least one jab and some have received both. Of course, we know that this is only a protection against severe infection and that we still have a very long way to go before we reach â€œpopulation immunityâ€. In the meantime, we must continue to follow all the safety protocols.
Further, we give thanks that we are beginning to see a decrease in infections, and hospitalisations related to COVID, in the Western Cape.
We will therefore begin with in-person worship on Sunday 15 August 2021 at 09h00 under the same rigorous safety protocols as before the â€œthird waveâ€.
Please note that, as previously mentioned, we are limited to the number of people we can accommodate in the church building, as we have to ensure physical distancing of at least 1.5m between all those attending – up to a maximum (at this stage) of 50 people. We can only accommodate a maximum of 42 (allowing for those who live in the same household, who are permitted to sit together).
Once again, we, therefore ask that all those wishing to attend a service book their space by contacting the church office during the week. This will allow us to plan the seating to accommodate the most people at a time. You may be allocated specific seats.
The services will be recorded and posted on YouTube and Facebook as soon as possible after the service.
As space is limited, we may not be able to accommodate anyone who has not pre-booked.
If you show any of the following symptoms you will not be allowed to enter the building so please continue with online services at home:
- Body pains
- Sore Throat
- Loss of taste
- Tiredness, shortness of breath, diarrhoea
Everyone attending will need to be screened for the above on entry.
All those attending will be expected to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times.
Hand sanitiser will be made available at the entrance.
There will be no singing at the services but we will include a few music videos. This will mean that the services will be a little shorter than usual.
Communion will be served on the first Sunday of the month (except, for this month, it will be served at our first service on the 15 August). Servers will follow strict hygiene protocols and communion will be served in the pews.
We are required to ensure proper ventilation and so doors and windows will be open. Please dress warmly if you are concerned about the draft.
We have had to remove all cushions from the pews so please bring a cushion with you should you require it.
A retiring offertory will be taken at the exits as you leave and we regret that socialising before/after the service is not allowed and physical distancing must be adhered to at all times, even in the parking lot.
Childrenâ€™s Church (for Primary School children) will meet in-person in the hall on the 15th of August, and every second week thereafter. Every other week they will meet online via Zoom. Please contact Melinda (083-259-0906) should you require the Zoom link.
Youth Church (for teens and up) will meet in-person in the Little Seeds lounge every Sunday starting on 15 August.
Those not able to attend are encouraged to continue their giving through online banking and those who continue to make use of the planned giving envelopes are welcome to contact the church office to arrange collection if not able to bring them in.
As we follow the Wesleyan â€œrule of lifeâ€, “Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God” we are reminded that we are called to serve one another in love â€“ seeking the very best for all people. We seek to love one another in practical ways as we do all we can to prevent the spread of this virus.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support.
Grace & Peace