We continue to live through these unprecedented times, seeking to embody Christ's love to all whom we meet. As we reintroduce in-person gatherings into Cathedral life, we seek to respond to the current global pandemic in ways that are calm, measured, and informed.
Effective October 4, 2020, the Cathedral will offer five opportunities for in-person worship.
8.00am Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer
10.30am Choral Eucharist using the Book of Alternative Services
1.00pm Choral Eucharist using the book of Alternative Services
5.30pm St. Brigid's Eucharist using a contemporary liturgy
Both the 10.30 Choral Eucharist and 5.30pm St. Brigid's Eucharist will continue to be livestreamed on the Cathedral website.
A maximum of 50 people will be able to participate in each of these worship services. Those wishing to particiapte should register in advance on Eventbrite to guarantee a spot. Those who have not registered in advance will still need to register at the door for the purposes of contact tracing. All registrants will be required to provide detailed contact information (name, telephone number, email address) and answer a short self-assessment questionnaire. Vancouver Coastal Health requires the Cathedral to gather and keep this information for 30 days. This is to help with contact tracing in case it becomes necessary.
Communion will be administered at the 10:30am, 1pm, and 5:30pm services, in the form of bread only. The congregation will receive communion in the form of individual wafers. There will be no common cup. Only the celebrant will administer communion.
All participants in worship will be seated at least two meters apart. This includes the presider, preacher, readers and any musicians. Some chairs will be removed or roped off to help with physical distancing. The number of clergy, servers and readers will be kept to a minimum to allow for proper physical distancing in the chancel.
Everyone entering the Cathedral is required to wear a mask. If you have your own reusable, non-medical mask, please bring it with you and put it on before entering the building. If you do not have a mask, or forget your mask, disposable masks will be available at the entrance to the church. You will notice the presider, preacher, and reader, will not be wearing masks during the service. They will be wearing masks at all other times.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to the church. Everyone entering the church will be asked to sanitize their hands.
The lower level of the building will be closed to the public.
The washrooms will be closed to the public, except in case of emergencies.
If you are feeling at all unwell, you are asked to please stay home and take part in the 10.30am or 5.30pm Livestreams via the Cathedral website.
To help with physical distancing, there will be one designated entrance to the church – the upper, east doors- and one designated exit – the west doors leading to the memorial garden.
In order to help ensure the health and safety of everyone who comes through the Cathedral, Building Services staff will be thoroughly sanitizing the upper level after each service.
There will not be a receiving line after services. Parishioners are asked not to congregate in the building after the services. This is a temporary measure to help maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Printed bulletins will be available in the church. Digital bulletins will also be available for download on the Cathedral website.
Weekday services, Saturday services, and other in-person gatherings will be re-introduced at a later date.