COVID-19

As of November 2nd and until further notice, Trinity United Church building is closed. Staff are mainly working from home. Staff and volunteers can access the building for specific tasks; email, phone and mail will be checked every day. Please call the church for information on how to contact the staff or leave a message.

This is what to expect when you come to Trinity United Church

Welcome back to Trinity United! We are blessed by your presence and hope this in person worship service – although different – will be meaningful and you will know God’s spirit as we gather.

Watch this “how to” video before our first indoor service: https://youtu.be/dfG9etiBDyA

  1. Please use the parking lot door ONLY. Street-facing door will remain locked.
  2. Arrive at least 20 minutes before the posted start of the service.  If there is a long line up at the door, please remain in your car, in the parking lot, until the line is a bit shorter. While in line, please respect the social distancing markers for 2 meters/6 feet between people. You will be invited in by an usher. We will not start the service until everyone is seated.
  3. Wear your mask as you come into the building and at all times inside the building.
  4. Once in the entryway, sanitize hands with hand sanitizer provided. Check in with usher to register your name and contact information.  If you do not have a mask, there will be some fabric masks available for a “toonie”” donation.  Put on the mask and wear it for the entire service. (After the service, take the mask home with you, wash and iron it, and bring it each week as your “Sunday” mask.)
    There will be an offering box/basket in the entrance and in the sanctuary. Please deposit your offering envelope directly into the box/basket, as offering will not be taken as part of the service.
  5. Wait on the marked places in Narthex to be taken by an usher to a seat in the sanctuary. Seats are marked to observe and optimize physical distancing between individuals and family groups.  Please sit at a marked place only: in the pews, on the masking tape “cross”. Do not pass in front of someone else. There is room for couples or families and you will be directed to these areas. We will fill the pews first, then the chairs and the pews at the back. Please understand that you may not be able to sit in your “usual” place.  Once you are seated, please remain seated.
  6. There will be no paper bulletins handed out; hymnals, Bibles, papers and other items have been removed from the pews. Everything will you need to follow along with the service will projected onto the screens.
  7. Pew cushions have been removed. You may bring your own cushion to sit on, but take it home with you each week.
  8. Washrooms are for emergency use only. Please clean after use with bleach/paper towels and use hand sanitizer before returning to the sanctuary to a vacant seat at the back.
    Similarly, if you are coughing/sneezing during the service, please leave the sanctuary. Use the washroom to clean your hands; sanitize the area in the washroom, use hand sanitizer and return to a vacant seat at the back.
  9. At the conclusion of the service, please remain seated until an usher directs you to leave, maintaining social distancing, through the front (choir loft) door. Sanitize hands again in the entryway; go out to the parking lot and proceed directly to your car.  Please do not congregate/socialize in the parking lot.

Reminder: The Provincial guidelines prevail: If you are sick or feel unwell; if you have a fever; if you have recently travelled, including provinces outside Manitoba’s safe area (Terrace Bay, ON and east); if you have been in contact with anyone who has had COVID-19, unless you have worn Personal Protection Equipment, please do not come to church. If you wear Personal Protection Equipment in your employment, you are welcome at Trinity.

There will be a short video on Trinity’s website (trinityunitedwinnipeg.com) showing what to expect when you come to church.  Please answer the COVID-19 questions on Trinity’s website before coming to church each Sunday morning.

Before you come, please read and answer these COVID-19 questions by accessing the link: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/

Or by answering the following questions:

  1. Do you or the person you are inquiring about have any of the following symptoms: severe difficulty breathing (e.g., struggling for each breath, speaking in single words), chest pain, confusion, extreme drowsiness or loss of consciousness?
  2. Do you or the person you are inquiring about have shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing when lying down?
  3. Do you have a new onset of any of the following symptoms: fever/chills, cough, sore throat/hoarse voice, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, vomiting, or diarrhea for more than 24 hours and if the patient is an infant, poor feeding and lethargy?
  4. Do you have a new onset of 2 or more of any of the following symptoms: runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, conjunctivitis (pink eye), headache, skin rash of unknown cause or nausea or loss of appetite?
  5. Have you been in contact in the last 14 days with someone that is confirmed to have COVID-19 unless you wore Personal Protection Equipment as part of your employment?
  6. Have you had laboratory exposure while working directly with specimens known to contain COVID-19?
  7. Have you been in a setting in the last 14 days that has been identified by public health as a risk for acquiring COVID-19, such as on a flight, in a workplace with a cluster of cases, or at an event?
  8. Have you travelled outside of Manitoba in the last 14 days, excluding travel to western Canada, the territories or Ontario west of Terrace Bay?
  9. If you answered yes to any of the questions, please do not come to the church. Please contact Health Links-Info Sante at 204-788-8200.

2020 Protocol for attending church

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