Tricia Gladdish
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Happy September! It is looking like we are able to gather for worship in person once again. It is so exciting and refreshing to move closer to normalcy! We will gather for in person worship on the following dates: September 20th October 4th, 18th November 1st, 15th, 29th December 6th, 13th, 20th, 24th Please note that worship is not every week because Aurora has joined us as a part-time minister and still has educational commitments. We are however, going to be able to gather for worship together for every Sunday in Advent. Gathering together is a blessing, but worship will still not be completely back to normal when we enter the worship space again. We are using the following recommendations and/or requirements from the United Church of Canada and the Chinook Winds Region: -       Hands must be sanitized upon entering or exiting the worship space. -       Masks will be provided and are strongly recommended but are not mandatory -       Social distancing will take place in the sanctuary – please keep an eye out for which pews are marked as currently unavailable to sit in. -       Offering plates will not be passed during worship. Instead they will be at the back of the sanctuary for contactless use after the service -       Congregational singing is currently not allowed in worship, even if all individuals present are wearing masks. As a result, the presence of music in worship will be less for the time being. -       Fellowship after worship is to be limited. Food and drink are not to be shared in the space. It is recommended that people exit the church quickly after worship ends rather than mingling. Many of these are difficult and frustrating tasks, but if we all work together to follow the above guidelines, we can help contribute to a future where more restrictions are lifted. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Aurora Coulthard at:   OR  306-880-0842   Blessings, Hanna First United Team