UPDATE: June 3, 2021
Over the past few weeks, we have all heard about the loosening of restrictions here in BC. In particular, you may have heard about the loosening of restrictions for faith-based gatherings. This is good news! We can now gather up to 50 people indoors or outdoors with safety plans in place. This means that our youth will continue to meet in person as they have been doing for months, our preteens are beginning to gather in-person, as well as Arts Camp and our upcoming Men’s and Women’s Network Worship gatherings. So exciting!
However, with the ability to gather in person also comes the safety protocols that make it possible. This means that when we gather it will still not be the same as pre-pandemic. Masks, physical distancing, and limits on socialization and singing will be in place for the coming weeks and months. Although not ideal, we are celebrating that we can be in-person and together!
As pastoral and volunteer teams, we are so excited to be able to begin welcoming everyone! A few things you can do:
If you have any questions, please let us know!
UPDATE: May 27th, 2021
With the recent update from our provincial government, we have outlined how the new loosening of restrictions impacts LWC. Here is what physical gathering can look like for religious groups:
LWC has a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place to facilitate these kinds of gatherings and our team will be working to roll out options as we can. We appreciate your patience as we navigate the ongoing changes in restrictions in how we can gather safely.
We will continue to bring updates as soon as possible and how this influences our ministry directions!
UPDATE: MARCH 4th, 2021
As current provincial health restrictions permit that “structured extracurricular activities and programs for children or youth 21 years of age and younger can continue to operate with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place," we will begin hosting in-person youth gatherings beginning March 16th.
These gatherings will align with our safety protocols given to us by BC Health and WorkSafeBC such as contact tracing, a limit of 50 guests, mandatory masks, and physical distancing among other considerations.
For more information on these gatherings and how to register you can check out The Youth Network's Calendar.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2020
Here's an update from Living Waters Church following the release from B.C.'s health authorities concerning the new restrictions for religious organizations.
As of November 19, 2020, indoor religious gatherings are no longer permitted. These province-wide restrictions will be in place for the next month and will be reviewed throughout the month.
These gatherings include things like Life Groups, worship services of any size and other indoor public events. Outdoor events are permitted so long as health and safety protocols are followed (such as a drive-thru).
Even though LWC has an approved COVID-19 Safety Plan in place that has allowed us to safely gather in our church building, these new restrictions supersede those precautions. However, though gatherings are not permitted, religious buildings remain open for essential community support and as workplaces.
In the coming days, we will aim to clarify further what this means for community volunteerism and other connection points.
Though this news is obviously disappointing for many of us, we want to remind you that there are many ways to connect online through Life Groups, Church at Home on Sundays and other online Network events. Please see the website for more details!
Let's all continue to pray, stay safe and do our very best to stick together through this challenging season. If you have any questions, please let us know!
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