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Sept 9 Update from the Board

The church board held a special meeting on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 to discuss protocols for worship and meetings in light of the new public health orders from the province, including vaccination certification.  
 
Worship
While vaccination certification will not be checked for worship services, we strongly encourage all people attending in-person worship to be fully vaccinated. As a board we believe that the Christian response during the pandemic is to get vaccinated, because being vaccinated is a way of loving ourselves and our neighbours, near and far.
 
MOTION that for regular outdoor worship we will require distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizing, and will strongly recommend that all non-vaccinated people get vaccinated.(Jim C./Ardee)  CARRIED
 
As we return to weekly, in-person worship, we will suspend livestreaming of worship because the production of a hybrid worship service (providing an experience for both in person and remote attendees) will take increased resources from technical, financial, volunteer and staff perspectives.  As well, we want to take full advantage of re-connecting our congregation through weekly in-person worship.  We will continue to worship outside, at Creekside Commons (at Naramata Centre), while weather permits, as this is considered the safest mode of group gathering during the pandemic.
 
Meetings/Gatherings/Events
Meetings/gatherings/events are subject to the vaccination requirement. The first time someone attends a meeting (Board, Bible Study, Visioning, etc.), we will require that they show proof of vaccination.
 
Please contact any Board member if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
More About the BC Vaccine Card”Effective September 13, people aged 12 and over will be required to show proof of vaccination to get into certain events, services, and businesses in BC If you’re 18 or older you’ll also need to show valid government photo ID.

The three accepted forms of proof of vaccination will be: 
✅ An official BC immunization record – accepted until Sept 26
✅ The BC Vaccine Card – save it to your phone, print it, or call 1-833-838-2323 to get one by mail. Translators are available. Individuals can also go to one of the 65 in-person Service BC Offices
✅ An official immunization record from outside-of-BC – accepted if you’re a visitor to BC

To obtain your BC Vaccine Card go to:https://www.healthgateway.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard You will need to provide date of birth, personal health number (PHN), and date you received dose 1 or dose 2.

To learn more about the rollout of BC’s Vaccine Card go to https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html