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Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 until Dec. 31, 2020
October 8: Re-opening Sanctuary for Self-directed Prayer & Contemplation
We are planning a trial re-opening of the sanctuary in October. It is for self-directed prayer and reflection, and will not be a formal service. We plan to start on October 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. If the COVID-19 case rate continues to climb, or Toronto Public Health recommends changes, we will reevaluate closer to that date. Public Health has recommended that older adults and those with chronic health conditions not attend at this time. If you’d like to attend, please:
• email to sign up by October 7 at 12:00 p.m., so we can speed up our entry process and provide for contact tracing, plus send you the COVID-19 screening and protocol information to visit; and
• wear a mask to ensure all attendees’ safety. If, for health reasons, you cannot wear a mask, we ask that you not attend at this time.
The elevator will not be operating and washroom use will be limited to emergency visits only.
FAIRLAWN: LIFE NOW & IN THE FUTURE
On July 13, Governing Council provided a Fairlawn update on what we learned in our recent online services survey, new initiatives we’re trying, and what returning to the church building will look like. Please:
OUR COMMUNITY RESEARCH REPORT IS IN!
The Taking the Call Forward Community Research Report that we’ve been waiting for is in! Thanks to everyone who provided your valuable input – there were almost 370 participants.
We listened carefully and heard from our community – both Fairlawn and our neighbourhood. Now, we’re looking forward to hearing back from you as, together, we shape Fairlawn’s path in this new time.
You can read the:
When the Government of Ontario announced, in mid-June, that faith communities could reopen with some restrictions, Fairlawn’s Governing Council (GC) issued this statement with our “Reopening Principles”.
We’re looking forward to when we can return to the building, but we want to ensure that we do it safely and faithfully so everyone remains healthy. For now, we’re:
FAIRLAWN’S CURRENT BUILDING STATEGY
The GC task group – formed to consider what needs to happen for us to have a safe, phased-in return to Fairlawn and in-person public gatherings – notified our community partners (renters) that the building will not be ready for occupancy from June through August.
Fairlawn has minimal capacity to facilitate the operational processes that would be required if COVID-19 broke out on the premises. We also don’t have the ability to secure PPE and hand sanitizers to ensure everyone’s safety since the orders we placed in February remain on back-order.
In late July, the task group will follow the Toronto Public Health guidelines to reassess opening the building in September.
Once it decides to start the re-opening, this will be done in stages:
• Stage 1: bring staff back, up to three weeks ahead of our community partners.
• Stage 2:
Fairlawn Avenue United Church
Sunday Oct 4, 12:00 am
Monday Oct 5, 12:00 am
Tuesday Oct 6, 12:00 am
Wednesday Oct 21, 12:00 am
Friday Oct 23, 12:00 am
Saturday Oct 24, 12:00 am