Weekly News & Notes.
MANDATORY MASK ORDER BY-LAW | AUG 21 UPDATEThe Mayor's office of Windsor has issued an update to the mask order as a subsection of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection act. While masks are still to be worn in public buildings, there are some exemptions for churches. You can view all the specifics and exemptions of the by-law in the document below. You can also view the Windsor Star article that explains the update here: https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/mayor-refines-order-masks-not-required-during-religious-services
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this pandemic.
UPDATE ON JAY MAYNARD
The elders are pleased to announce that Jay Maynard has accepted our offer to join our staff for the position of Lead Pastor. We are hopeful that Jay will start January 1, 2021. It is possible that the start date might be earlier or later, depending on Jay's release from the Canadian Military. Please pray for Jay, Karen, and their kids, Bryden, Carter, and Avery, as they prepare to move to Windsor in the coming months.
THE GATHERING IS OPEN FOR LIVE WORSHIP
The Gathering has carefully prepared for the re-opening of our building to live worship services on Sunday at 10 a.m. Since we are limited to 30% of our seating capacity, that means only 100 people are allowed in our worship space. If you plan to come to a service, you must reserve a seat online using this link: https://reopen.church/r/yccxTExp
TWO SPACES FOR WORSHIP
We are limited to 30% of capacity in our worship centre according to the Covid guidelines for public worship. So we have opened The Gathering Place to give us another 30 seats that can be reserved at https://reopen.church/r/yccxTExp. We ask you to go directly to the space you reserved when you enter the building. If you reserve seats in The Gathering Place we ask you not to switch to the Worship Centre after you arrive.
Every week the available seats in our worship centre are reserved by Wednesday. There are more people who want to come to church than we can allow because of the 30% maximum levied by the Province of Ontario. So we have decided to add 30 more seats by opening The Gathering Place as an alternate space for worship on Sunday morning. If you head over to https://reopen.church/r/yccxTExp and look under Sunday's listing, you will see “Church Service Worship Centre” and “Church Service Gathering Place.” You can reserve seats in one space only, and we ask that you attend church in the space you reserved seats in. No last-minute switching, please! You can reserve seats right now! The site is live and ready to accept your seat reservations for the Worship Centre or The Gathering Place.
SECOND HALF MINISTRIES COFFEE & PRAYER - MOVED HOME
Until further notice the Coffee & Prayer time scheduled for Second Half Ministries participants has been moved from the church to your house! We invite all SHM people to meet at their own homes on Wednesday morning at 10 and pray! Ron Reynolds has prepared prayer sheets for your convenience. Contact Ron at email@example.com.
SECOND HALF MINISTRY
Contact Ron or Beth Reynolds for more information
SMALL GROUPS FOR ONLINE OPTIONS CHECK WITH INDIVIDUAL LEADERS PLEASE
You are invited to check out the small group options. Click here
During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our small groups may meet while others choose to postpone. Please check with the group leader.
REGISTER FOR KIDS GATHERING UNTIL WE ARE CLEARED TO MEET, KIDS GATHERING WILL NOT BE HAPPENING
Parents must register their children for The Kids Gathering before the service begins at 9:15 and 11:00 am. Check-in takes place, between 9:00 and 9:15 or 10:45 and 11:00, just inside the Kids Gathering entrance in the far corner of The Gathering Place at the back of the church. After you check in to the new system the first time it only takes a few seconds each week after that. Each child receives a specific paging number in case of emergency.
FAST, EASY ONLINE GIVING THROUGH PUSHPAY
Many people who worship at The Gathering use the Pushpay mobile app as their giving portal. It's fast and easy to use, and most of all, it's secure. Once you have it set up, it only takes 10 seconds to send your offering to the church!
YOUVERSION BIBLE APP USERS can now find The Gathering | Windsor on the EVENTS tab on YouVersion. Follow the message, see the main points, follow the Scriptures!
PRAYER: If you have a prayer request you'd like to share with our Prayer Partners, please send an email to our prayer team coordinator, Natalie Packer at firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS CALENDAR: Please visit The Gathering church website where you will find an up-to-date calendar of events each week. www.tgcw.org