COVID-19 Response and Precautions

Updated: Tuesday, June 9th, 5:00pm

On June 8th, the Ontario government made an announcement that churches are permitted to open at 30% of its building’s capacity. It has been recently decided by Walton Council and Trustees that it is too soon for Walton to reopen.

Some of Walton’s leaders and staff have been working on a plan over the last 6 weeks regarding the reopening of Walton. This draft re-opening plan is based on guidance from many credible sources including the United Church of Canada and will require Council’s approval before it can be implemented. It is focused on what they feel is best to ensure the health and safety for our people, volunteers and staff.

As you can appreciate, there are many different people and situations to take into consideration when creating and then implementing the re-opening plan. We thank you for your patience and understanding. More information will be shared when it is available.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11


Updated: Monday, March 31th, 12:30pm

Dear Walton Friends,

Most local church congregations of various denominations are now closed for services and programs. Walton Church Council approved that as of Sunday afternoon, March 15, Walton will have a full closure of all church facilities, and the cancellation of services, meetings, and programming until further notice.

To replace the Sunday Services we will email everyone on Sunday mornings, a copy of the Sunday sermon, a pastoral prayer, scripture reading and the words of two hymns.

For a more traditional experience, we encourage you to visit the United Church of Canada Facebook page on Sundays, where they will be streaming a weekly worship service.

We are suspending all home, nursing home or hospital visits unless it is an emergency and specifically requested by the family – provided it is not COVID-19 related.

The church staff is working from home and we are available to assist you with administrative and pastoral needs. Please leave a voice message on our main phone line (905-827-1643) or email office@waltonmemorial.com and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member.

In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact Rev. Jim directly by email at jamescgillwuc@gmail.com.

We know this period of isolation and worry can be stressful, particularly for those with existing health challenges. We are here to help. If you are in need of essential supplies, medications, or food, and are unable to leave your house or do not have someone else who can shop for you, please call or email the church office. We are coordinating volunteer deliveries of necessities and all requests will be kept confidential.

As this situation continues to evolve, please monitor Walton’s own social media channels, website and email for further updates.

Some important reminders:

• Please communicate with staff by email or phone if you are unwell so we can pray, call or email with you.
• Please follow all the official heath directions from various levels of government.
• Go to reliable sources for information and updates. The Government of Canada website has excellent information and resources on COVID-19, click here to go to their website.

This is a challenging time but if we follow the advice of health professionals and the government, hopefully, the risk of this virus can be minimized.

Blessings,
Rev. Gill, Staff and Council


https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

 
 
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