Update as of Monday, March 21, 2022

As per guidelines from the Province of Ontario and the City of Kingston, wearing a mask is optional at church services, not mandatory. This will start on Sunday, March 27. Bethel Church recognizes that this change is welcomed by some and unwelcome by others; you are free to make your own choice in wearing a mask or not, and we ask that you accept the choices of others with grace. We also encourage you to take into consideration the people around you who you know to be vulnerable or immune-compromised; if someone asks you to wear a mask in their presence, please consider this request with love.

Update as of Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Bethel will be moving from two Sunday service to one Sunday service at 10:00AM starting Easter Sunday, April 17. We will also hold one Good Friday service at 10:00AM on Friday, April 15. Read more below.

10AM Sunday Service

(New time as of Easter Sunday, April 17)

10:00AM

  • Includes Nursery & Kid’s Programs for children ages 0 – Grade 8.
    • Families with kids can enter via the SIDE DOOR entrance by the Nursery hallway.
  • Library with live stream feed is open for overflow seating.
  • Service is live streamed to Church Online Platform
  • Masks are recommended, but not mandatory.

Policies & Procedures

As of March 21, 2022

Screening Questions

By attending an in-person church service, including nursery and kids’ programs, you agree that you and all members of your party answer NO to all of these questions.

    1. Have you or someone you live with travelled outside of Canada AND  been advised to quarantine (as per federal quarantine requirements)?
    2. Has a doctor, healthcare provider, or public health unit told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home)?
    3. In the last 10 days, have you been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19?
    4. In the last 10 days, have you tested positive on a rapid antigen test or a homebased self-testing kit?
    5. In the last 10 days, have you received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone?
    6. In the last 10 days, has someone you live with been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19 AND was advised by a doctor, healthcare provider or public health unit to self-isolate?
    7. Is anyone you live with currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/ or is waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms?
    8. Do you have any of the following symptoms: Fever • Chills • Cough (new or worsening) • Shortness of breath • Decrease or loss of taste or smell • Runny or stuffy nose • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) • A decreased or lack of appetite • Headache that is unusual or long lasting • Abdominal pain that is persistent or ongoing (not related to known causes or conditions e.g., menstrual cramps, gastroesophageal reflux disease) • For children under 18 years of age: Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea • For adults over 18 years of age: Tiredness, muscle aches or joint pain.

Health & Safety Procedures

  • The sanctuary, foyer, all kids’ program rooms, and all washrooms are sanitized prior to Sunday.
  • Masks are optional, but recommended.
  • Sanitize your hands upon arrival, using the provided hand sanitizer.
  • Keep 6ft /2m distance with guests outside of your immediate family/household.

Arrival Procedures

  • Arrival is through the MAIN FOYER.
  • If you have child(ren) attending programs, enter through the SIDE DOOR ENTRANCE by the Nursery hallway to bring them to their appropriate program. Be mindful of physical distancing in hallways.
  • Seat yourself in the Sanctuary using best physical distancing practices; please be aware of people around you and leave space for distancing.
  • Washrooms are available in the Main Foyer at the back of the Sanctuary.

Worship Service Information

  • Everyone is invited to worship together in the sanctuary.
  • Nursery and kids’ programs are open for ages 0 to grade 8. (Kids are also welcome in the sanctuary.)
  • Live stream video feed is available in the Library as a overflow space.
  • Worship & teaching will be live in most circumstances; other elements such as Ministry Features may be live or pre-recorded.
  • Pew Bibles are available, and you may also bring your own Bible.
  • The offering plate will not be passed around, but an Offering Box is available in the Library and Front Foyer. E-transfer donations are also accepted at give@bethelkingston.com
  • Coffee & Conversation is currently no running; conversations before and after the service are encouraged, but please maintain proper distancing with non-family members.

Kids’ Program Information

  • Hand sanitizer and surface wipes will be available and used in each room.
  • All program leaders & volunteers will only serve if they answer “NO” to the screening questions (see first section).
  • Wearing a mask is currently optional, but recommended, for children, volunteers, and leaders
  • Snacks will not be provided for nursery or Waumba Land programs. (UpStreet doesn’t typically provide a snack.) You are welcome to send a snack and/or water bottle for your baby, toddler or preschooler; program volunteers will sanitize their hands before opening your child’s snack.
  • Toys in nursery & Waumba Land will be limited and will be rotated out with different toys each week to allow for cleaning.
  • Nursery & Waumba Land kids will use the single washroom in the nursery hallway; UpStreet students will use the male and female washrooms outside the UpStreet classroom.