What measures is Crosspoint putting in place to provide a clean and healthy environment?
We will have the recommended AHS health and hygiene protocols in place in our facility. Seating in all our spaces will be set up to ensure physical distancing. All high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned before each gathering. Those present will be encouraged to practice physical distancing, and hand sanitization stations will be readily available.
Will I need to wear a mask?
You will need to wear one while attending any of our gatherings, in any of our spaces. As good citizens, who care for the most vulnerable among us, we will uphold the municipal requirement from the City of Edmonton to wear masks in public. Children under the age of three do not need to wear a mask.
Will there be singing?
Congregational singing will be allowed, but we recommend you sing softly or hum along to the music. We ask that you continue to wear your mask while singing.
Our worship teams will be wearing masks and we will have a plexiglass shield in place to prevent our worship leader from transmitting respiratory droplets while singing.
What will be required to attend in person?
If you are sick or show any symptoms, please stay home and join us online. If you plan on attending, here is what you can expect:
- Register in advance for each gathering you plan on attending. Registration opens Wednesday of each week.
- Arrive fifteen minutes early. We want to help everyone sign-in and get seated in a timely manner. Our order of worship will be changing, so you will want to get to your seat before the gathering starts.
- Please enter through the back “EVENTS ENTRANCE” door on the east (back) side of the building.
- When you arrive, please line-up physically distanced from others. Floor markers will help you with this.
- Sign-in with our team. We will have hand-sanitizer and additional face masks available as you enter the facility. Pick up a Praise Pack for your kids.
- At the entrance to the Worship Centre and Simpson Hall, we will have welcome team members who will help you find a seat.
- Laugh. Love. Worship in glad surrender.
- Before, during, and after our gathering, we encourage you to practice physical distancing. Please exit the building immediately after each gathering.
- As you leave the building, please exit through the front glass doors, on the west side of the building. Hand sanitizer will be available as you leave.
What if I need to use the washroom?
There is a single-person, wheelchair accessible washroom on the main floor. There are also washrooms in the basement of the building. We will be keeping these clean throughout the morning.
What about coffee?
We will not be providing any food or beverages during COVID-19. You are welcome to bring your own beverages. Also, please dispose of your own cups in the garbage.
What about bulletins and offerings?
We will no longer be providing bulletins and will be providing digital copies of sermon notes. We will not be passing the offering plate. Instead, we will have boxes at the back of the Worship Centre and Simpson Hall where you can leave an offering. We encourage you to donate online.
What about communion?
When we have communion on the fourth week of every month, we will provide communion elements in pre-packaged, single-use units that contain both communion juice and bread. These will be available to you as you enter the Worship Centre and Simpson Hall.
Why are we reopening?
Some may ask, “Why don’t we just keep our doors shut until the Covid-19 blows over?” We know that many have valid reasons for not returning to in-person gatherings right away, and we support their decisions. Yet for many, gathering for worship is a critical source of community and spiritual nurture. We want to support them as well.
If you asked us before Covid-19, “Why does it matter if we gather in-person to worship?” our answer would have been the same as it is now. Jesus wants us to be one body. The church – the redeemed people of God – have been gathering together to worship Christ since the day he called his first disciples. Public worship is a sacred and vital spiritual rhythm that is part of our pursuit of God. You cannot grow as a disciple in isolation.
We are thankful that we have the technology to be able to stay connected via video, but there are many drawbacks to participating in church via screens. Moreover, the church isn’t a content deliverer, a building, an institution, or a vendor of religious goods and services. When God created the church, he had in mind a people who meet together for encouragement, prayer, study, accountability, and worship. This is why the author of Hebrews so strongly declares: "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Our faith isn’t singular, it’s social. When Christ called us and saved us, he called us to be part of a body, a family, a kingdom, a people. We are more than watchers of a screen or consumers of content. We are an incarnate, flesh-and-blood people. Every Sunday is a family reunion, where we get to come together and spend time with our Father.
So whether you decide to join us on Sundays in-person or online, we support you in your decision. We also long for a day when we can all meet together as one body.
We understand that personal or family situations may hinder you from joining us in-person. So, while we are in this Covid-19 crisis, we encourage you to worship with your cohort or to consider other creative and safe alternatives.
Why are we not offering children’s ministry at this time?
There are many reasons why we cannot offer a children’s ministry at this time. First, we have limited space in our preschool rooms which will not allow for physical distancing. Also, we presently do not have sufficient volunteers to support a full children’s ministry. Finally, because of current restrictions, any children’s ministry experience we offer will be extremely limited (e.g. not able to play games, sing songs, or share toys, and more focus will be placed on policing restrictions than discipling kids). Conversations with other churches and children’s pastors that have opened have revealed that the kids’ ministries are not well attended, nor are they providing significant value to the kids.