September 27, 2021
Good news! We have options for each you of to worship live and in safety at OBC this Sunday!
We are probably all aware of the recent Government of NB restrictions imposed to combat the spread of COVID 19 within our province. Unfortunately for us here at OBC, these restrictions will change how we conduct our worship services (and change is always uncomfortable for someone). We continue to work with our Convention who is helping us seek clarity from the Government of NB on several questions of detail. At this moment the three options available to OBC for our worship services are as follows:
Option 1. This option requires that everyone attending the worship service show proof of vaccination. All persons inside of our church building will need to wear masks at all times unless they are actually leading the worship at that moment. As everyone will be fully vaccinated, no social distancing will be required, there will be no capacity limits imposed and congregational singing will be permitted.
Option 2. This option does not require proof of vaccination. All persons inside of our church building will need to wear masks at all times unless they are actually leading the worship at that moment. Everyone will have to respect 2 meters of social distancing from those outside of their “Steady 20”, the worship service will be limited to 50% of the Sanctuary’s normal capacity, no congregational singing will be permitted and the names and contact information of attendees must be recorded by row.
Option 3. OBC will continue to live-stream our worship services, so that people who may not attend our in-person worship services, for whatever reason, can still worship with our Church family.
Throughout the week, any other non-worship service activities within the OBC building will require proof of vaccination.
We desire to offer worship services that are diverse enough so they can meet the needs of all of our Church. Our Church family consists of people who are already fully vaccinated, those who cannot be vaccinated and those who do not plan to be vaccinated. Regardless of their vaccination-state, they are still OBC people, in need of fellowship, our support and our worship together.
The Board of Deacons has considered all of this situation, discussed it in detail, and decided that all of the Options need to be offered each Sunday morning:
At 9:00 am, an Option 2 service will be offered, where no proof of vaccination is required and the service will be conducted with the limitations as stated above. Music will be available through video of the OBC Worship Team (recorded on the WT practice night).
At 11:00 am, an Option 1 service will be conducted; attendees will be asked to show proof of vaccination then the service will proceed more or less as we have been for the past few months. For the next few weeks music will be available through video of the OBC Worship Team.
Also at 11:00 am, the OBC worship service will be live-streamed online.
This scheme of OBC Worship services will commence on Sunday, October 3rd.
We know that change is uncomfortable. We ask for your patience and forbearance as we try to minister to the needs of all of our OBC people. Please find the type of worship service that best meets your needs and join with us to worship. We request your prayers and cooperation throughout this time of change.
Please stay safe, stay healthy, be kind to one another.
Douglas MacLean
Chair, Board of Deacons