June 4, 2021 update
As our province begins to loosen restrictions on public gatherings, including gatherings of faith communities, the following protocols apply to all worshipping communities and ministry groups of our diocese. They are designed to help us protect all those who gather in our midst and particularly the most vulnerable. At the same time, our buildings and circumstances vary considerably, and so the attempt here is to outline non-negotiables, and to encourage communities to determine how best to implement them in their own context.
In order to give time for adequate preparation, the earliest date parishes may re-open for in-person worship in the diocese of Islands and Inlets is Sunday, June 20, 2021.
We recognize that other faith communities and dioceses may be moving more quickly than this. Our objective is to act with an abundance of caution. In this regard, for some communities this timeline would be inadvisable or impossible: please note that no worshipping community is required to re-open for public worship on June 20.
As parishioners and community members return to parish facilities, it’s everyone's responsibility to ensure that the safety protocols are understood and practiced. The information, as relevant, should be provided in print or digital copy to each user group: liturgical participants / congregation, parish group and community users. Downloadable versions of all documents can be found by navigating through the grey-shaded menu bar.