Return to In-Person Worship

St. Peter’s is in the planning stages for offering a Sunday in-person worship service. We are anticipating that we will get approval from the Diocese of Toronto to hold our first in-person services as early as September 27th.  This will not be a return to normal but will be limited services which will adhere to all government and diocesan guidelines for worship services. Because of the need to limit numbers, if you wish to attend in-person services you will need to let us know by completing a simple registration form, which will allow us to invite you to attend.

Please add me to the In-Person Service list.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I am new to St. Peter’s, are these services open to me?

Yes, St. Peter’s is a welcoming parish open to all. Although we will be behind masks, please make yourself known to us and we will do our best to welcome you to the parish. Please read on to find out how to register and what to expect at these services.

What if I am not ready to attend services in person?

No problem. Many of our parishioners will be in the same situation. We will be continuing the three scheduled Sunday morning Zoom services at 8:00am, 9:15am and 11:00am for anyone who wishes to attend.

I/my family is ready to attend. How do I/we sign up to be invited?

Simply click on the Register link above. It will take you to a simple form for you to fill out. We will use this information to invite people each week. How often you will be invited will be based on how many people we are authorized to accommodate in the church and how many people register for in-person services.

I don’t have access to a computer, how else can I register?

If you don’t have access to a computer, you can simply call the church office at 905-828-2095 and ask to be registered for in-person services. We will collect your contact information and put you in the registry.

How will I know when I/my family can come to church?

You will receive an invitation by email. If we don’t have an email address for you, we will call you. Please respond to the invitation. If you cannot attend that week, we will do our best to schedule you for a coming week.

OK, I get to come to church today, what do I do?

This is an exciting day! Please arrive at the church between 5 to 15 minutes before the service begins. Please bring your own masks, water bottles, etc. Masks are mandatory unless medically unable to wear a mask. Please do not come to the church if you or any member of your family is experiencing COVID symptoms or you have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days.

What should I expect at the church?

You will be welcomed at the main entrance to the church by one of our friendly greeters and asked to use a hand sanitizer. You will be asked a standard set of COVID health questions and must wear a mask at all times while in the building. A sidesperson will confirm you are on the list for that Sunday and also confirm your contact information. Seating is limited and you will be assigned seating to adhere to physical distancing of two metres. You will not be able to choose your own seats.

I can’t use the steps, can I still attend?

Of course. The lower entrance will be available for accessible entry only. Enter by the lower door and proceed to the elevator. After arriving on the main floor, please wait for the sidesperson to seat you. If you need to use the accessible seating in the worship space, please be sure to note this when you register for in-person services and we will save you that section.

Will I be able to use the washroom while at church?

Yes, the washrooms will be available. We ask you to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer before returning to the worship space.

Will the worship service be any different than usual?

Yes. Probably the biggest difference will be no singing. Hymn books and bibles have been removed from the pews. There will be no church school or nursery offered. Children’s activity bags will not be available. Communion will be limited to communion wafers. Everyone will enter by the main entrance and exit by the Bell Tower doors unless they require use of the elevator. There may be other changes necessary as we work to maintain physical distancing.

Will the hall, nursery and lounge be open?

Unfortunately all these rooms will not be open to parishioners as per the guidelines provided.

Will there be a coffee hour after the service?

Regulations do not allow any drinks or food to be consumed before, during or after services while in the building.