On this page, we hope to post updates on how our church is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the effects of the pandemic are still affecting many and the virus itself is not eradicated, provincial & health unit restrictions are lifting.
The mandate to wear masks in places of worship has been lifted. You may still choose to wear a mask and your decision will be respected.
Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
We ask that you still self screen before attending any functions at the church - simply said, please stay home if you are ill.
The wing area of the sanctuary will be reserved as reduced capacity. Please leave this area available for those who would like to attend services but would also like a little more space.
The congregation member mailboxes are available but only items addressed to members will be placed in the mailboxes. Items such as the Banner will be available on the tables at the entrances.
We praise God for His goodness to us and ask for His continued grace and mercy.
As the effects of the Covid pandemic begin to wain, the province is lifting more of the restrictions.
As of today, March 1, 2022, capacity limits for worship services and indoor gatherings have been lifted.
The plastic barriers on the pews have been removed. The 'wing' area of the sanctuary will continue to have distanced seating for those who prefer this aspect of attendance. Please respect this and allow those with wishing to keep a distance to be seated here.
The hymnals and Bibles have been placed in the pew holders once again and on a table at the rear of the 'wing'.
A revised version of the bulletin will be printed and placed at the entrances as well as being emailed out on Fridays.
Limits to those in the building for meetings/gatherings have also been lifted allowing for multiple meetings and the Lord willing, an in-person congregational meeting in April.
Masks are still required at this time. Please respect the need for our church to follow the provincial requirements as well as respecting those around you in the church building.
We praise God for His goodness and faithfulness! His love endures forever.
Clinton Christian Reformed Church - COVID-19 safety plan
Date completed: September 9, 2021 Huron County Health Unit: 519-482-3416
Date distributed: September 10, 2021
Measures we’re taking
Our procedures are up to date by a weekly review of Ministry of Health guidance by the office administrator.
Passive screening for Covid-19 symptoms for everyone entering the church building – signs on all doors.
All persons must:
o review the Covid-19 screening questions before entering the building
o register their name, date/time of entering and exiting the building for contact tracing upon entering/exiting the building and sanitize hands
o wear a mask which covers the nose and chin while inside the building
§ also wear eye protection if supervising children not required to wear a mask in a child care setting
§ wear the required PPE. Those unwilling to wear a mask/eye protection, will be reminded once then asked to leave the building if not willing to comply.
o remain 2m/6ft distant from other people in the building as much as is possible
o be aware of and respect the room capacities for each room in the building
o be aware of and respect meeting size capacities
- All frequently touched items (door knobs, hand rails, washrooms, etc.) are cleaned with more frequency by the building custodian.
- Anyone who becomes ill while in the building should go home immediately and monitor for Covid-19 symptoms. If a child becomes ill while in the building, a supervising adult will assist the child to the “isolation room” where the retrieved parent/guardian may find the child and take him/her home to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms. If symptoms appear, the office administrator should be contacted. The office administrator will then contact the Health Unit.
- As ministries and meetings within the church building increase, regular check-ins with the staff and volunteers of the church will be established. This check-in will find out how staff and volunteers are coping by Team Leaders.
- Contact will be made between the staff and office administrator to ensure this Covid-19 Safety Plan is working on a regular basis.
The vaccination status of volunteers will NOT be disclosed.
Singing in Church: The Admin Team of Council, in line with communication from the Huron-Perth Health Unit, has approved resuming singing. The Health Unit still recommends we abstain from forceful singing, so we encourage quieter singing with masks on (helps with breathing between lines too 😊). We are thankful to the Worship Team for finding videos which have allowed our congregation to worship more fully. We will be using music videos yet this week to allow our musicians, vocalists and the Tech Team a bit of time to practice. We will transition to live music led by our musicians over the next couple weeks as our musicians and Tech Teams prepare and adjust. While many are excited to use their voice in song during worship, there are also many who are feeling uncomfortable about singing. We pray that all attending will be respectful of each other; keeping 6 feet apart and wearing masks throughout the service. May God be glorified not only by our singing but also in how we care for each other.
As Ontario remains in Step 3 until further notice, the regulations for churches remains the same as well. Church capacity is regulated by the ability to stay at 2 meters apart. It is not required to pre-register for services but you are asked to keep the 2 meter distance, wear your mask inside the building and also outside the building when you are not 2 meters apart and sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the church. Contact tracing will continue. An usher will highlight your name on the member's list and if you are visiting with us, your name will be added to our visitor's list.
Outdoor Sunday School will begin August 1, weather permitting.
As we begin moving into Step 1 of the reopening stages in Ontario we are so blessed to be able to offer in person worship starting Sunday, June 13. The province has provided us with the ability to have 15% of our church capacity worship in person. The number of people we can accommodate in the church building is 67 individuals. The Administrative Team met to look at ways we can follow the law but provide in person worship to any one who wishes to attend. The plan was shared with Full Council.
The Team wishes to extend our thanks to all those who choose to worship at home via live stream and as well as to those who come to the live worship at the church. We wait with joyful anticipation for the day when we all return to worship together.
For the coming Sunday services where the church building is limited to 15% capacity/67 individuals, we will have our regular 10:00 am service that will also be live streamed. Sunday, June 13 we will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper via video at 2:00 pm. Please prepare the elements at home and participate with our larger congregation via video.
The Administrative Team wishes to acknowledge this is only possible through the continued increase of the work that the worship team, sound team, live stream team and screen team are doing as volunteers. We further acknowledge Pastor Ray for so capably leading us through these rough waters with his servant’s heart. We thank God for providing all we stand in need of.
All other protocols remain in place. Please wear a mask at all times in the church building and outside when you are less than 2 meters/6 feet from others that are not in your household. Enter at the back of the sanctuary through the entrance that is closest to Princess St. E. You will be greeted by Council members and asked to sanitize your hands. You will be added to the list of those attending the service. Once we reach our capacity of 67 individuals we will ask anyone else arriving to return home to watch via live stream. We are aware that there are a number of our members who cannot access live stream and would like to encourage them to attend in person worship if they are able. Please refrain from singing at this time (we all long for the day that we can lift our voices in praise to God but in the church building we can not do this quite yet). Please remain 2 meters/6 feet apart when entering and leaving the sanctuary. Please refrain from congregating in the parking lot before and after the service.
As we work through this third stage of the pandemic and the stages of reopening, we also want to acknowledge that we are aware that this has taken a toll on our members and our community. Our deacons and elders are available to provide support where it is needed, but we may not be aware of a need. If there is a need you become aware of please reach out to us. We encourage the congregation to find a way to connect with other members in a safe manner. A phone call or a note of encouragement can have a real impact on those who receive it.
Our ministry teams continue to amaze us by the creative ways they are reaching out to those they serve. Keep up the kingdom work. Our God is great and in control.
Due to the new provincial guidelines that came into effect for religious gatherings, we will be moving to online services only starting April 25 until at least May 22. We praise God for the live stream technology and thankful to all those involved with each service.
Dear Congregation of the Clinton CRC,
As we enter further in to this third wave of the pandemic, the province has issued a further limit on the number of people we can accommodate in the church building to 15% or 67 individuals. The Administrative Team met to look at ways we can follow the law but provide in person worship to anyone who wishes to attend. The plan was shared with Full Council.
The Team wishes to extend our thanks to all those who chose to worship at home via live stream on Easter Sunday and as well as to those who came out to the live worship at the church. It was a good example of our church family working together. We wait with joyful anticipation for the day when we all return to worship together.
For the coming Sunday services where the church building is limited to 15% capacity, we will be offering two church services:
- 10:00 am which will be live streamed
- 11:30 am which will be the identical service and not live streamed.
In between the services, all required surfaces will be disinfected as per public health guidelines. The serving Elders and Deacons will be taking on this duty. This will allow for everyone who had been attending live worship prior to the lockdown to continue to attend.
Members are asked to register for one of the services and attend the service for which you registered. All other protocols remain in place. Once there are 67 people registered for the 10:00 am service, the remaining people will be registered for the 11:30 am service. If there is less than 67 registered for services, the 11:30 am service will not be held. To register, please do so prior to 3 pm on Fridays by either calling the church office at 519-482-5264 and leave a message (Sandy is working remotely and will access the messages). Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register prior to 3 pm on Fridays.
The Administrative Team wishes to acknowledge this is only possible through an increase of the work that the Worship Team, Sound Team, Live Stream Team and Screen Team are doing as volunteers to run the additional services. We further acknowledge the support of Full Council to take on these additional roles and Pastor Ray for so capably leading us through these rough waters and embracing these extra duties with his servant’s heart. We thank God for providing all we stand in need of.
As we work through this third stage of the pandemic, we also want to voice that we are aware that this has taken a toll on our members and our community. Our Deacons and Elders are available to provide support where it is needed, but we may not be aware of a need. If there is a need you become aware of please reach out to us. We encourage the congregation to find a way to connect with other members in a safe manner. A phone call or a note of encouragement can have a real impact on those who receive it.
Our Ministry Teams continue to amaze us by the creative ways they are reaching out to those they serve. Keep up the kingdom work. Our God is great and in control.
The Administrative Team of Clinton CRC Council
Dear Clinton CRC Congregation,
On behalf of church administrative team, we extend our wishes for a blessed Easter. May the miracle of the empty tomb and joy in the Risen Lord fill your heart .
On April 1, the provincial government announced changes to their pandemic response plan, putting the emergency brake on for the entire province, effective April 3 . We are thankful that this time places of worship are able to remain open for worship services and all of our current practices comply with the guidelines. However, there is a reduced number of people able to attend in person worship. The limit for this stage is 15% of the building’s capacity. For our church, this translates to 67 people.
For this Easter Sunday, there is not time to implement anything other than reduced capacity for in person worship. The limit of 67 people is all that we are able to admit into the church building. Once that limit is reached, people arriving will be asked to return home and encouraged to join the livestream.
We will meet this week to plan for the remainder of this restricted period. Once decisions are made, they will be communicated. Please keep us in your prayers as we seek ways to honour our Lord and comply with the law, while providing worship options to the congregation.
We are thankful that there is no limit on the number who are able to worship via live stream or the recorded service and that the church is not constrained to a building but to the limitless grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we celebrate his resurrection, may we extend grace to those around us and be His light in this dark world.
In Christ Alone,
The Administrative Team of Clinton CRC.
There is no doubt that NOW is the time for all of us to do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19. We now have community spread of the virus within Canada and time is of the essence for implementing changes to “flatten the curve” before this pandemic overwhelms our healthcare system.
The time is now to STAY AT HOME WITH YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY.
- Attend playdates with friends off from school – try virtual playdates!
- Go to crowded places (eg. Malls, movie theatres)
- Have family or social gatherings such as dinner parties
– use technology to keep up with friends and family!
- Attend Music lessons (unless they are virtual)
- Attend Athletic events with large groups
- Attend club events
Please, do what you can to AVOID contact with people outside of your immediate family as much as possible. Work from home. If needed, take vacation days and stay at home – do what you must to isolate in your home. Keep trips to the grocery store short, and only send one family member.
We are asking all our members to consider connecting with those around you by phone or computer. We can continue to be a community of believers supporting each other and our neighbours.
We have asked that all meetings and groups not meet until further notice – this includes meetings in your homes. Try using Skype, Facetime or Zoom to connect or just pick up the telephone and call someone.
We would encourage you to join our church Facebook page Clinton CRC Church Family or check out our website Clinton Christian Reformed Church. If you know someone that does not have a computer please call them and keep them updated on what is happening.
At this time if you need any assistance please contact your pastoral elder or deacon. They are available to talk, provide help, deliver items but will not be able to face-to-face visits.
Use your church directory to pray for each member in our congregation. It is through prayer that we connect with God, worship him and bring to him our concerns.
As this pandemic continues to evolve we will keep you up to date with the changes and will try to provide ways for you to worship in your home.
Thank you for taking this seriously and following the guidance of the Federal and Provincial governments and the Public Health Unit.
God continues to hold us in His hands and is always in control.
IN CHRIST ALONE we find our strength.
Clinton CRC Administrative Team.
We are so blessed to be able to return to in person worship in our church building! On Sunday, February 21 we had approximately 50 members attend the service in person to worship God as a community of believers with many more members attending through live stream from home.
As we continue to meet together to worship, we as Full Council of the Clinton CRC would like to share with you the guidelines we have received from the Huron Perth Public Health Unit. These guidelines and screening questions were updated by Huron Perth Public Health on February 17, 2021 and provide our congregation with the tools and knowledge to provide a safe and healthy place to worship our Lord and Saviour. We encourage you to read the guidelines so you are aware of what we are doing as a congregation.
Please answer the screening questions at home before you come to worship in person and if you answer yes to any of the questions, please stay home and join us for worship via live stream or watching the recorded video.
We would like to encourage all our members to join us in thanking God for continuing to provide us with all we need each and every day.
God is good!