COVID-19 UPDATES & IN-PERSON PLAN
- Please stay home if you are sick.
- No food or drinks in the classroom.
- Be respectful of physical distancing and masking choices.
Resonance Church is continuing to monitor the pandemic situation closely and adapt accordingly to all Public Health orders and guidance. Stay informed through our COVID-19 and In-Person plan updates, emails, and our Resonance Church Facebook Group.
JUNE 22, 2022
In reviewing the current pandemic situation and public health guidance surrounding it, Resonance Church has followed suit and removed the mask mandate for all in-person gatherings, effective immediately. While not required, masks are recommended by public health for public indoor settings, particularly for higher risk activities such as group singing. We encourage our church community to be kind and respectful of personal masking choices.
Personal food and drinks are allowed in the lobby and courtyard of the church, but not in the classrooms. Connections Café will be resumed at a later time.
Please be assured that health and safety protocols for communicable disease prevention are in place. This includes enhanced cleaning procedures and ability for online giving.
As you know, but it bears repeating, your ongoing safety and well-being remains a top priority for us. We will continue to closely monitor and adapt as needed.
MAY 12, 2022
In reviewing the current pandemic situation and public health guidance surrounding it, Resonance Church has removed the mask mandate for all small group gatherings (LifeGroups and fellowships), along with any food/drink restrictions for all outdoor gatherings and small group indoor gatherings, effective immediately.
However, all Sunday Service health and safety protocols will continue to remain in place until further notice. This includes the continued requirement of masks and the prohibition of food or drinks while indoors for Sunday Services or other large group gathering.
We continue to keep the ongoing safety and well-being of our church community as a top priority. As we've been doing, we will continue to closely monitor and adapt as needed.
MARCH 10, 2022
In response to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions by provincial health officials announced today, Resonance Church will no longer be checking for proof of vaccination from those attending our worship services, fellowship and LifeGroup gatherings starting Sunday, March 13. However, parents can be assured that all ResKids leaders interacting with kids will continue to be fully vaccinated and wearing masks at all times.
While mask mandates have been lifted by public health, Resonance Church has chosen to continue to require the wearing of masks while indoors for all in-person gatherings until further notice.
No food or drinks are allowed indoors until further notice.
While this is a hopeful direction, we will continue to keep the ongoing safety and well-being of our church community as a top priority as we worship together in person and will continue to closely monitor and adapt as needed.
FEBRUARY 17, 2022
In response to the lifting of most restrictions by provincial health officials earlier this week, Resonance Church fellowship and LifeGroup gatherings can resume meeting in-person, with the following safety measures in place:
- Full vaccination and wearing of masks are still required per provincial health orders
- No food or drinks
As usual, we will continue to closely monitor and adapt as needed to ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of our church community.
DECEMBER 23, 2021
With the forecast for snow in the coming days, along with record numbers of COVID-19 cases in BC, Resonance Church will be moving our Sunday Service and ResKids class online via Zoom this Sunday, December 26. Please join us online! Details here.
We expect to resume our Sunday Service and ResKids classes in-person the following Sunday (January 2), but will continue to closely monitor the weather and pandemic situation and will notify you of any changes to our gatherings through our email updates and website.
DECEMBER 21, 2021
As you're likely aware, since our update two days ago, new provincial COVID-19 restrictions were announced again today. In response, we will be moving our indoor fellowship and LifeGroup gatherings online until further notice.
DECEMBER 19, 2021
We know how important it is to stay connected to one another through our fellowships and LifeGroups for our spiritual, social and emotional well-being. We also remain committed to ensuring the safety of those in our church community. In response to the new provincial COVID-19 restrictions for personal and organized indoor gatherings, effective December 20, those attending any in-person fellowship or LifeGroup gatherings must be fully vaccinated until further notice.
We are closely monitoring the emerging evidence and impact of the Omicron variant on BC and will continue to adapt as needed to ensure the ongoing safety of our church community.
DECEMBER 2, 2021
In response to the change in provincial health order concerning worship services, the Resonance Leadership Team has assessed the situation around its impact for Resonance. To avoid a capacity restriction on our worship services, while keeping the health and safety of our Resonance community a top priority, we are following the provincial health order to require all participants attending our worship services to be fully vaccinated starting this Sunday, December 5, until further notice. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement. Note that the provincial order does not apply to fellowships or small groups. We will also continue to require masks while indoors.
We will be asking all attending our worship services for proof of vaccination and identification.
For any who may not be able to join us because of this requirement, we will be live streaming our services via Zoom, Contact us for access info.
For our ResKids, we are also taking extra precaution in having the kids go directly to their classrooms, rather than meeting all together at the start.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to navigate the continuing pandemic together.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
We are very excited to welcome you back and to gather together for IN-PERSON worship services beginning Sunday, October 3, at our regular service time at 10:30 am.
Please note our NEW location at 102-5300 Number 3 Rd, at the northwest corner of Lansdowne Mall in Richmond, on the second floor. We have health and safety protocols in place and are strictly following all Provincial Health Orders and guidelines to keep everyone in our community safe. Some things to note of what to expect:
- Please stay home if you are sick
- Masks are required while indoors
- No food or drinks are allowed indoors
- Contact tracing is in place
- Be respectful of physical distancing
- Thank you for continuing to partner with us; giving can be done online
Thank you for your grace, support, and continued prayers as we navigate together resuming in-person worship services during this time.
If you have any questions please contact us
We look forward to seeing you on Sundays!
AUGUST 8, 2021
Mark your calendars! The Resonance leadership team of elders, staff, and deacons is excited to announce, with joy and anticipation, that Resonance Church will be officially relaunching to meet in-person for Sunday Worship on Sunday, October 3, 2021!
That’s not all – we’ll be meeting at our new location: at the Trinity Western University - Richmond (Lansdowne) location. Not only will we be in a new facility, but we’ll also have a new worship service start time of 9:30 am. All this, of course, assumes that BC’s Restart Plan continues to move forward into Step 4 as planned.
We are working hard to prepare a safe and welcoming environment for you and your families to worship, including plans for a soft launch starting mid-September for our leadership and volunteers.
Stay tuned as we continue to share more updates in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please continue to join us for our Sunday Worship service online. We look forward to seeing you and your families (in-person!) at our relaunch!
JULY 21, 2021
We want to update you on the reopening plans at Resonance Church, especially for those of you who might have missed the Town Hall meeting on July 18, 2021.
As you are aware, on July 1, 2021, British Columbia entered Step 3 of BC's Restart Plan. As we anticipate moving towards the final Step 4, earliest on September 7, 2021, we are thankful that the number of COVID-19 cases continues to trend downward as the number of British Columbians being fully vaccinated continues to rise. As a church, we are excited to start preparations for resuming in-person worship services, while continuing to monitor the pandemic situation closely.
For the rest of the summer, we will continue our Sunday worship services together online. For the fall, we are actively working towards having in-person Sunday worship services at Trinity Western University Lansdowne as we work out some of the logistics. This, of course, assumes that the pandemic in British Columbia continues to trend positively and that we can provide a safe environment to worship together in person. Meanwhile, some of our fellowships and LifeGroups have been meeting outdoors within public health guidance and will continue to do so.
Stay tuned for more detailed updates as we progress in our planning. We are hopeful and excited that we will be able to meet together face-to-face soon!
JUNE 16, 2021
As you’re likely aware, on May 25, the B.C. government announced a four-step restart plan to safely bring people back together. This is welcome news, as this plan allows us to look forward in our planning. Your most pressing question concerning Resonance Church at this time is likely, "What does this mean for us in terms of returning to in-person worship services?"
Our primary goal is to continue the ministry of Resonance Church, while ensuring the health and safety of our congregation by continuing to align our decisions with public health orders and guidance. For now, we will continue to conduct our worship services online. Fellowships and LifeGroups may choose to consider meeting outdoors in accordance with public health guidance. As further restrictions are expected to be lifted in July, you can expect more details at that time.
We thank God that COVID-19 cases are decreasing in our community and we count down to the day we can worship our Lord Jesus Christ together in-person ... soon!
OCTOBER 30, 2020
Can you believe it? It has been 33 Sundays since we've last met together in person for church! Though this is a trying time, we rest in the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior.
Our church's elders and staff continue to closely monitor the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and its implications on our ministry going forward.
With the latest numbers provided by our Provincial Health Officer indicating an upward trend in cases within our local community, we have made the obvious choice to continue suspending all in-person gatherings (including all Sunday services, LifeGroups, and fellowships) at least for the remainder of the year.
Again, thank you for your patience as we continue to find ways to connect with one another and serve our community in the name of Christ.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
I can't believe that it's September already. I trust you have experienced the faithfulness and hope of our Lord Jesus! As we're getting ready for the fall, I would like to give you some updates concerning our plans as a church for in-person gatherings.
As mentioned in previous communications, our elders and staff team have been monitoring the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and reviewing public health recommendations on a regular basis.
After careful evaluation, prayer, and review of your feedback from our recent pulse check survey, we have made the decision to continue holding all church gatherings virtually until further notice (including all Sunday services, LifeGroups, and fellowships). We will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure the safety of every member of our church community when we do meet again in-person. Thank you for your patience as we continue to find ways to connect, encourage, and pray for one another until such time.
If there are ways in which I can support you through prayer, do reach out to me. I also welcome any hellos just to keep in touch. Miss you all!
MAY 9, 2020
The B.C. government has announced BC’s Restart Plan – a phased approach for reopening B.C. businesses. At Resonance Church, we want to assure you that while we miss our in-person gatherings and services, we are committed to a safe and cautious approach that is aligned to the guidelines and phases of BC’s Restart Plan.
Based on the phases described, we are not anticipating resuming in-person gatherings any sooner than September. We will continue to closely follow the progress and keep you informed. In the meantime, we will continue to worship and fellowship online. We are working towards a plan to restart our church’s in-person meetings that will demonstrate and ensure the safety of all Resonance members and guests.
MARCH 20, 2020
Further to our update last week, and in response to the rapidly changing news, advisories and bans around the growing spread of COVID-19 around the globe, Resonance Church is temporarily suspending our regular, face-to-face church gatherings including Sunday Services, LifeGroup and fellowship meetings until further notice.
This also includes the cancellation of the Res Retreat this year.
Instead, we’ll continue to provide alternative ways for us to worship together and stay connected:
- Tune in together this Sunday, March 22 for an online streaming of this week’s video sermon. Join us at 10:15 a.m. to quiet down your spirit for worship, and the message will start at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Sam will be preaching on the Parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).
- You should have received today in your Inbox another edition of the ResKids Newsletter – ResKids: Church At Home (Vol 1), with uplifting words and excellent resources for you and your kids.
- ResKids will be checking up on each other over a video conference call this Sunday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m.
- Ignite and Crossroads fellowships are trying out their first virtual meetings tonight!
- We encourage you to continue connecting with your LifeGroup online.
- Online giving is available for those who wish to continue their giving.
- Be sure to check out our website and e-bulletin for the latest updates and happenings, as we continue to closely monitor new developments and updates from provincial health and government bodies.
We understand that this is a time of uncertainty and crisis in the world, and it’s so important that we draw near to God, especially now, to seek his wisdom, comfort and strength, and to rest in His protection and sovereign will. Resonance Church wants to provide you the support you need. If you would like us to pray for you, don’t hesitate to send us your prayer request.
MARCH 14, 2020
As you know, the ongoing response to COVID-19 has been quickly evolving. In light of growing concerns around the spread of COVID-19, Resonance Church is temporarily suspending our church gatherings including Sunday Service on March 15 and 22, LifeGroup and fellowship meetings. Although we are not meeting together, we encourage you to worship at home with your family with songs, prayers, devotions and listening to this week’s sermon. We will reassess the situation around the outbreak as it continues to unfold. Please know that your families will continue to be in our prayers as we navigate these circumstances together.
In the meantime, we’re providing alternative ways for you to grow closer to God and stay connected:
- You can still tune in to this Sunday’s sermon and notes online. Elder Matthew will be preaching on the Parable of The Talents (Mathew 25:14-30).
- Look for a special edition of the ResKids newsletter from Kat early next week, where she has curated some resources for family devotions, which we encourage you to use.
- We encourage you to continue connecting with your LifeGroup online.
- Online giving is available for those who wish to continue their giving.
- Be sure to check out our website and e-bulletin for updates and happenings.
We will keep you informed through our website and emails as we continue to closely monitor new developments and updates from the provincial health authorities and Government of Canada.
While the uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our world, we are reminded in Psalm 46 that “God is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear,” but with confidence and faith, pray for those who are affected by this illness and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.