Guidelines for In-person Worship

ESG will no longer check for proof of vaccination as people enter for worship. Our practice of checking for proof of vaccination was welcomed when introduced back in September 2021, and provided a sense of safety for all attending worship services. However, this virus has changed and dual vaccination no longer provides as much protection against the virus spread. We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated, including booster doses, as they become eligible, and we ask individuals to continue to assess their own risk factors when deciding whether or not to attend church in person.

Toronto Public Health reminds us that masks “protect ourselves and one another.” Our Covid response team asks that we maintain masks/ face coverings requirements upon entry for worship, weddings, and funerals. This requirement will be reviewed monthly and updated information sent out as the public health situation shifts.  The province has extended the mask mandate for specific locations such as public transit, long term care homes and hospital settings. We are keeping a close eye on hospitalizations and ICU admissions to inform our decisions.

Our commitment is to balance creating enriching in-person worship experiences with our duty of care for all – our seniors, parents, grandparents, children, and young people.

What to expect for in-person worship?

  • We choose to continue to require the now well-understood, recommended practice of wearing masks.
    While we strongly encourage everyone eligible to become fully vaccinated, you will no longer be required to present proof of vaccination to attend worship services.
    Our Greeters will welcome you, help you find a spot in the Sanctuary, and answer any questions you have.
    If you enjoy having the music with you during the service, there will be hymn books available.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home. You can also consult Toronto Public Health guidance on health self-screening.

Online live-streamed church is still a great option.

We will continue to offer online worship, presented by live streaming on Sunday mornings, so you can still watch from home in real time or later if you prefer to do so.

We are grateful to be able to offer this alternative to those who may not yet be vaccinated, may not yet feel ready to return, prefer to “go to church” whenever they wish, or who simply have become comfortable with the virtual alternative. Thanks to our talented Ministerial team, musicians, producer and volunteer members who make this possible each week.

Special note: in accordance with guidelines set out by Toronto Public Health, every reasonable precaution has been and will continue to be taken by Eglinton St. George’s United Church to protect your health and wellbeing. There can be no guarantees of complete protection, however, due to the higher risks of contracting viral infection through larger gatherings.