we will only be offering a
Live Stream of the
service at 10:45am
with a Kids Feature
beginning at 10:15am
KEMC Update June 23, 2020
Hello KEMC family,
This week the government of Manitoba announced the beginning of phase 3 on June 21st. This will include loosening restrictions on public gatherings which also include the church. The new guidelines reflect a change from 25 persons inside to 50 persons inside. However, the provision has been made that if people enter the building from separate entrances and stay in separate sub-groups of 50 while also maintaining proper social distance, then facilities can have multiple groups of 50 up to a total of 30% of the facility’s capacity.
So what does that mean for KEMC? By using separate entrances, we can have 100 people in our sanctuary and an extra 50 in basement watching the service together. This is great news and we are happy to announce plans to welcome people into the church building, even if it is in a limited capacity. This will begin on June 28th.
Our sanctuary will be split down the middle with each side having 50 persons, with family groups socially distanced as per the guidelines. Each group of 50 will use separate entrances. The group sitting on the west side of the sanctuary will use the main doors and the group sitting on the east side of the church will use the east doors (by the mailboxes).
We also plan to set up chairs and a screen in the basement so that another 50 people would be able to gather to watch the service together. Those gathering in the basement will use the entrance on the west side of the building (facing the cemetery) and head down the stairs from there (unfortunately there will be no elevator access to the basement).
We realize that there may not be enough space for everyone who wishes to attend in person so we have set up a way for people to sign up so that we ensure we comply with the provincial regulations. The sign up is available below.
We will also be asking those who do attend in person to continue to comply with the social distancing protocols which include refraining from handshakes and hugs, keeping space of 2 metres (with the exception of your immediate family), and refraining from attending if you are showing any signs of sickness or have travelled outside the country in the last 14 days.
While this is not the way we would like to reconnect and the limitations may be frustrating, we are asking that people please comply. This not only shows respect for each other, as we may each be approaching these new guidelines with a differing sense of caution, but it also displays integrity as a church community.
We are continuing to work out details regarding the use of the debit machine, having access to the mailboxes, the use of nursery space, and having adequate hand sanitizer available.
**Please note that we will continue to live stream our services for those who choose, or are unable, to attend. A kids' feature will begin around 10:15am with the service beginning at 10:45am.
Lyndol and I are very excited to be able to connect face to face with our church family and pray it will be a blessing as we share in the joy of worshipping our God together.
Sign-up is available to the left under “Church sign-up.” If you need help, Lyndol has provided a short tutorial as to how to use the sign-up program. To watch it click this link:
Pastor Pete and Pastor Lyndol.