Please Note: Knox Church has resumed in-person worship services. To protect other members of the congregation, we ask that anyone who is feeling ill, or showing symptoms of a cold, cough, or flu, please stay home and join us on-line.
For those unable to attend, or feel uncomfortable doing so at this time, Sunday worship services continue to be livestreamed and can be found on the home page of our website or by clicking HERE. Services are also archived on our YouTube Channel (Knox Ottawa).
***With the changes in Province of Ontario public health restrictions, the document below has been updated (Jun 17, 2022) with current health and safety protocols for Sunday Worship.
This document outlines everything you need to know for keeping yourself and others safe and healthy. Also, as the situation with the pandemic changes, protocols for 'In-Person Worship' may be reconsidered.
GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING: Plans are in place for anyone attending worship to do so safely and in compliance with Ottawa Public Health directives. Please review and be prepared to follow the guidelines below.
- Arrival: To help decrease potential waiting or crowding in the Narthex, arriving early will be very helpful.
- Entry: The Narthex doors will be the only main point of entry. For people in need of a more accessible entrance, the Garden Courtyard Doors will also be available.
- Face Masks: While no longer mandated, the wearing of masks for Sunday services is still encouraged. Before entering, fasten your facemask. If you do not have one, and would prefer to wear one, there will be a supply available.
- Hand Sanitizer: Please sanitize your hands upon entry and exit from the sanctuary.
- Physical Distancing: Every other pew in the front half of the sanctuary remains roped off to continue providing safe and welcome spaces for people who are vulnerable or otherwise want to be ensured of physical distancing in our sanctuary. Though we have a large sanctuary, we want to encourage everyone, wherever you are seated or standing, before and after worship, to respect one another's personal boundaries and safety.
- We encourage everyone to respect the decisions of others.
- Restrooms: Two restrooms are available. Down the North Narthex Stairs across from the Nursery and in Geneva Hall. Please follow all sanitation procedures as noted in Restrooms.
- Exit: At the conclusion of worship, people will be invited to exit, row by row from the back toward the front, through the centre and two outside aisles. Please refrain from mingling inside the sanctuary or gathering in the Narthex or outside exit doors.
OTHER CHANGES AFFECTING WORSHIP: Though we will make every effort to have a worshipful environment, our time together will be different than usual, including the following changes in order to help us be together safely:
- Bulletin: We have resumed Sunday hand-outs of a simple two-sided half-sheet including our Sunday Liturgy and main contact information. All other information of events and news at Knox will continue to be included in our weekly email Knox Newsletter. If you are not yet a subscriber to the Knox Newsletter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.
- Congregational Singing: We have welcomed congregational singing during worship services again. However, people are encouraged to sing modestly.
- Child Care: Until it is safe to do so, our downstairs nursery will not be open, though there are spaces available in our cloak rooms for parents to be with children, and single-use craft-bags are also available for children to bring into the sanctuary.
- Sunday School: While weather permits, our Sunday School ministry is meeting outdoors, usually in the Garden Courtyard. Sunday School children and youth are dismissed during the early part of worship (usually after 15-20 minutes).
- Coffee Hour: Coffee Hour has resumed and we ask that those attending respect the personal space of others.
- Offerings: Instead of passing offering plates during worship, all donations will be received at the exit doors. Online giving options also continue to be available.
OTHER PRECAUTIONS WE HAVE TAKEN: Knox has a Contingency Committee which has been working diligently to help create a Sunday Worship environment where we will be able to meet safely and in compliance with direction from Ottawa Public Health. To that end, in addition to the above-mentioned temporary changes and guidelines for worship, we also want you to know about the following practices:
- Sanitizing: Extra measures will be taken each week to ensure all areas in the sanctuary are thoroughly cleaned.
- Limiting Touch Points: To decrease the amount of spaces people touch, all doors will be opened in advance for entry and exit from the sanctuary and building. For your own safety and that of others, please minimize touching doors and other surfaces.
- Staff/Volunteers Screening: For everyone’s well being, Knox Staff and leadership are asked to do a self-assessment each Sunday morning, and anyone exhibiting COVID19-like symptoms are asked to remain at home. All staff and volunteers in any leadership roles on Sundays are also required to demonstrate proof of being fully vaccinated.
- Removal of Items: Due to increased understanding of COVID19 spread mainly via areosol particles rather than contagions remaining live on surfaces, Hymnals and Bibles have recently been replaced into the church pew racks.