As we discuss opening our buildings to various gatherings and needs, we know that complex discernment and planning that will be necessary before any doors can be opened. Lay leadership and ministry personnel alike need to be part of these conversations. To assist, here are two new resources, originally developed in Living Skies Regional Council and edited for Prairie to Pine use:
A discernment resource (use as much or as little as you need) (PDF format)
A building re-opening planning template (Word document- this will download automatically, so check your downloads folder)
These join previous important core church resources:
General Council’s outline of re-opening considerations; a letter from our Executive Minister; and the We Are All Relatives letter from the National Indigenous Elders Council, in which they remind us of our sacred responsibilities. Our kin in the Manitoba and NW Ontario Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada also offer us a careful and extensive overview of cautions and considerations.
And of course all of our re-opening or “remaining online/ by mail only” conversations are shaped by evolving provincial health regulations that we must follow. These are:
Manitoba: Restoring Safe Services Ontario Framework for Re-opening