Important Information about a Return to Onsite Worship Services

MCC Toronto seeks to be a community for ALL and we want to providing options so everyone can be part of our vibrant, inclusive, and progressive church. So, we are creating a HYBRID of Online and In-Person Worship Services and Programing to better engage new congregants who have discovered us online over the past 18 months, long-standing congregants who can’t wait to be back in our sanctuary, and those who don’t yet feel comfortable attending in-person programs. In addition to our resumed weekly In-Person services, we are continuing our Online Worship by livestreaming every Sunday’s 11 AM Service from the sanctuary at www.YouTube.com/MCCTorontoTV and we will continue with digital programing like Bible Study and Spirituality Groups, Digital Coffee Hour, and Mid-Week Worship.

Important Information about attending our In-Person Worship Services:

  • A maximum of 150 congregants are permitted at each of our 9 AM and 11 AM services.
  • Pre-registration is required and can be done using an easy to navigate registration link right from our website (www.mcctoronto.com) that will open 6 days prior to each service. That means for our September 19 services, the registration link will be available beginning Monday, September 13 at 10 AM.
  • For all folks who pre-register by 12 noon on Friday, we will prepare nametags with preferred names and pronouns. If you register after 12 noon on Friday a handwritten nametag will be created for you when you arrive at the church.
  • Sidenote: As demand for the 11 AM Celebration Service is expected to be quite high, please consider signing up for the 9 AM Meditation Service to help us welcome as many people as possible.
  • If you are not comfortable registering online, you can call 416-406-6228 x107 during the registration period and leave a message and a staff member will return your call and register you.
  • Congregants will be asked to sit in household bubbles and maintain 2 meters from other bubbles and wear a mask at all times.
  • While the Ontario government has recently announced that churches are exempt from their new vaccine passport system, we ask that only congregants who are double vaccinated – if the vaccine is available to them – attend in-person services. Due to medical conditions some individuals and those under 12 years of age cannot be vaccinated, and we want to be inclusive of them, so in the name of inclusivity we ask those who have chosen not to be vaccinated to not attend In-Person Services. If you are unwilling to be vaccinated, are concerned about severe illness from COVID-19, or are not yet comfortable with in-person services, we invite you to join us for our Livestream Service broadcast on YouTube Sundays at 11 AM and available for viewing anytime thereafter at www.YouTube.com/MCCTorontoTV.
  • While the resumption of Children’s Church is on hold for the time being, a reminder that children and families are extraordinarily welcome at MCC Toronto. Children will stay in worship within their family bubble and activity sheets and seasonal children’s packages will be available weekly.
    Congregational singing and speaking during in-person services will be limited, choir anthems will be pre-recorded, several choir members and an offertory soloist will lead additional in-person music.
    Coffee Hour/Café Connections and high contact worship elements like anointing, the passing of offertory plates, and the hand of friendship will remain suspended for the time being.
    MCC Toronto is investigating how we can use the Province of Ontario’s Vaccine Passport system to keep us safe when it is launched September 22.
    Communion will be optional and has been modified for safety using individual communion cups and wafers delivered in a physically distanced way. Watch here for a video demonstration:

Highlights of Online Worship and Programing:

  • The same music and Lesson for Life will be offered in-person and online through livestream and pre-recorded pieces so you won’t miss out on anything if you watch from home.
  • Digital Coffee Hour will continue at a new time of 1 PM so in-person and online congregants can join together for a check-in.
  • A weekly “Spirituality Study Group” will begin on ZOOM starting in October so you can attend from home without having to travel to the church.
  • A “Reflecting on Trauma” discussion group is being tentatively planned for November as we deal with grief and challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and our pasts. More details to follow.
  • Mid-Week worship will continue on Facebook Live every Wednesday at Noon Hour to offer a moment of spiritual grounding.

Conversations are ongoing about when Children’s Church, the 7 PM Inspiration Service, and Community Meals might resume as we go through a phased re-opening of additional programs. Furthermore, The Choir of MCC Toronto are resuming in-person Choir practices beginning September 9 and we hope to introduce more in-person musical elements in the weeks and months ahead, conditions allowing.

As we have previously announced, we are hosting a very special Open House for new and newer congregants on Sunday,  September 12 at 1 PM in the sanctuary with an explanation of our in-person services and a chance to meet staff MCC Toronto Pastors and ask questions. To register for the Open House please email office@mcctoronto.com. (We are also holding a special Volunteer Training session on September 12 at 1 PM. Not yet signed up? Contact volunteers@mcctoronto.com for more information.)

Since passing of offertory plates are considered a high contact we will instead be providing offering envelopes in pew pockets that can be filled out and placed in offertory baskets at the exists, or a volunteer will be available at the welcome desk in the social hall for credit card or debit donations following worship. Alternatively you can make an online donation anytime at: www.mcctoronto.com/donate/. Please give generously as we seek to recoup significant losses incurred through COVID-19 lockdowns. We especially invite those who have found MCC Toronto’s service online grounding through the pandemic to consider a gift and let us know where in the world you have been watching from.

Congregational Care continues to be available thanks to our Lay Ministers and Clergy team. To make a congregational care or prayer request or a benevolence fund request, please visit www.mcctoronto.com/care or fill out one of the yellow prayer cards in the sanctuary pew pockets and place in offertory baskets, but please if you touch it, take it. Following in person worship, candle lighting will be available the chapel and a Lay Minister will be available in Room 100 for a moment of personal prayer.

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please contact office@mcctoronto.com.

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