Re-Opening at Christ Church Deer Park – A Quick Reference Guide

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A message from our Rector:

July 4th is our re-entry into the beautiful building we call our church home. With a 15% limit and the physical distance requirement, we can accommodate 60 people, including the clergy and other staff. If you would like to worship in person, please register online so that we may keep track of numbers and continue contact tracing. For the time being there will be one liturgy at 9:15 AM each Sunday. Eventually, we will return to our full schedule of liturgies when more people are double vaccinated, when pandemic restrictions are further loosened, and when many of our parishioners return to the city after their vacations. We encourage parishioners to get their vaccinations, and those who feel safe to attend worship may register and join us at church each Sunday, beginning July 4th at 9:15AM. Our Wednesday morning worship will resume July 14th at 7:30 AM. Online registration will not be required for that liturgy.

Please remember that whenever you are in the church, you will be required to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose, and you will sit six feet apart from each other, regardless of your vaccination status. In other words, double vaccination does not exempt you from mask-wearing and physical distancing.

I am excited about the return to our worship space and look forward to seeing you.

Many blessings,

Cheryl C Palmer

Quick Reference Guide

To in-person Worship

Before Coming to Church

  • Register online in advance on our website.
  • For each person,
    • List their name and contact information
    • Answer basic health screening questions.

No computer or internet access? Call the office.

When Arriving at Church

  • Line up, if need be, on Heath Street, staying 6 feet apart
  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Enter through the Bell Tower doors
  • Show your service ticket (paper or electronic)
  • Reaffirm your health status.

On entry

  • Sanitize your hands
  • Continue to wear your mask
  • Obtain a paper order of service
  • Follow directions from greeters
  • Sit only where designated and/or indicated
  • Stay 6 feet apart
  • Socialize with mask on and safely distanced only please

During the Worship Service

  • Remain in your place except as directed
  • Observe the Peace with smiles, words, or gestures from your place.
  • Refrain from singing
  • For Communion, come forward as directed in single file. Receive the host in your hands, mask on.
  • Remove your mask only to consume the consecrated bread
  • Continue to stay 6 feet apart at all times

When the Service is over

  • Continue to wear your mask and stay 6 feet apart
  • Follow directions from clergy and/or greeters
  • Take everything with you, including your order of service
  • Exit through the Yonge Street doors
  • Refrain from gathering at exits, vestibules or walkways.

If you have children:

  • Keep those under 10 with you
  • Use masks, except for those 2 and under
  • Bring your own toys and snacks or get a package from the greeters
  • Do not share items or leave anything behind.

Special circumstances or individual needs?

  • Worshippers with mobility issues or other health needs should advise and take direction from the greeters.

The Story behind our

Tracking Organ

Our magnificent three manual, tracker-action organ was installed in the chancel of the church in the spring of 1982 and dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory of those who died in the First World War and the Second World War.

The organ, built by the Karl Wilhelm Company of Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, has a classical continental design. The case is made of white oak and the pipe shades are of carved butternut. Voiced in the classic French style, its 36 stops and 50 ranks are capable of interpreting a wide variety of organ literature.

Installation required considerable changes to the chancel including moving the altar forward and arranging choir seating to either side. These renovations prompted the design and production of our award-winning Benedicite Kneelers, done in needlepoint by a dedicated group of church members.