Re-opening Plan


Midweek Use of Harbour During COVID

Groups/Ministries are permitted to use Harbour if the following parameters are adhered to:

  • The room(s) that will be used are booked online as before
  • Each member will do a self assessment prior to attending
  • Masks are mandatory inside the building
  • Abide by physical distancing guidelines
  • Only enter the part of the building that you are using
  • Follow washroom protocol displayed in washrooms
  • Kitchen is not to be used
  • No sharing of foods
    • (People can bring their own individual food, or groups can use prepackaged food items)
  • Each group is required to clean after their use
    • Wipe down doorknobs and light switches
    • Wipe any used tabletops, coffee tables and chairs
  • Group Leaders will record attendance through PCO so we have a record of who was in the building

Sunday Services

Here are a few important things to know as you prepare to come:

  1. EVERY Person (adults and ALL Children) must register
  • If you are scheduled to volunteer you MUST also register
  • Your registration allows us to prepare a safe environment for all who want to attend

2. If you have you had a fever (above 37.8 C), chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath in the last 72 hours (3 days) or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 2 weeks or have possibly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 you may NOT attend. Please watch online.

3. We are following all physical distancing recommendations.

a. We are also following the guideline that masks are now required in St. Catharines. Please bring your own mask.

b. Please pay special attention to maintain physical distancing while entering and exiting the building

4. Chairs are separated and positioned in the Auditorium in groups of 2,3,4, 5 or 6.

A. Please sit in a grouping that matches the size of your family unit

This Sunday we will worship, laugh, study the Bible, pray, and enjoy seeing each other face to face.

Friday June 16 Update

I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (Ps 122.1). That is how we are feeling as we process the news that effective Friday, June 12, 2020 Ontario is permitting all places of worship to open province wide with physical distancing in place at 30% of building capacity. We as a leadership are working to put protocols in place. Here is an update

  • We are planning to open the Harbour office next week.
  • We will be following all physical distancing recommendations.
  • Outside groups will continue to be unable to rent or use the facilities.
  • Summer camps remain cancelled and our team continues to investigate permitted options for this summer.
  • Groups and ministries may resume meeting in-person as the leader and participants feel comfortable and as they are able to follow the physical distancing guidelines.
  • Please contact us if you would be able assist with extra cleaning / sanitization during the week or on Saturday morning – office@harbourfellowship.com

Sunday Mornings – What to know before you Register (registration link below)

We are pleased to inform you that we are resuming our In-Person service starting Sunday June 14th. Here are some of the guidelines that we have put in place

  • The live streaming of our services WILL continue.
  • EVERY Person (adults and ALL Children) must register
    • If you are scheduled to volunteer you MUST also register
    • There is limited seating available.
  • If you have you had a fever (above 37.8 C), chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath in the last 72 hours (3 days) or have recently travelled outside of Ontario or have possibly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 you may NOT attend. Please watch online.
  • We will strongly encourage all physical distancing recommendations.
    • In other words, no hugs, hand-shakes or even fist bumps
    • Masks, face coverings and gloves are not mandatory, but are welcomed if you choose to bring and wear your own.
  • We have asked our host team to prop open all doors and to practice physical distancing
    • Hand sanitizer is available in the Atrium
  • Our coffee service will be temporarily suspended.
    • Please arrive early to avoid a rush but not before 9:40am.
    • Please pay special attention to maintain physical distancing while entering and exiting the building (after the service we will dismiss from the auditorium slowly)
  • Chairs are separated and positioned in the Auditorium in groups of 2,3,4, 5 or 6.
    • Please sit in a grouping that matches the size of your family unit
  • We will not pass the offering bowls.
    • We recommend that you give your offering online at TITHE.LY or send an E-transfer to give@harbourfellowship.com
    • We have provided wipes to clean the debit machine after each use.
  • Communion is NOT planned for this Sunday and we continue to discuss ways that we can serve communion safely on future Sunday’s
  • Spark, Power-up and Junior Youth (Birth – Grade 8) programming is temporarily suspended
    • Children are asked to sit with their family during the service and stay with their family after the service.
    • There will be seating available outside the auditorium where children who need a break from the service can go and parents can watch the service via the Live Stream.
    • Kids programming will be streamed starting at 9:30am
  • After the service we will continue with physical distancing and we are strongly recommending we greet each other outside.
  • Bathrooms will be open. Please follow the posted protocols.
  • Please be patient and gracious to us as well as those who attend while we navigate this uncharted territory.

This Sunday we will sing, laugh, study the Bible, pray, and enjoy seeing each other face to face.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again!