Updated on Tuesday, July 21

The following are guidelines to help with the re-opening of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle while the pandemic is still active. This document is an initial listing of protocols but will be ever changing as the Governments and local leaders make decisions in light of the progress of the coronavirus.

 

General:

  1. BGT is open for Sunday service at 10:00 am.
  2. The first priority of the leaders of Bethel is to ensure that all are as safe and protected as possible while attending the church.  Decisions will err on the side of caution and submission to directives from its leaders.
  3. The use of hand sanitizers on entry and exit will be a requirement.
  4. All service attenders are required to wear a face covering unless they are exempt as per City of Hamilton By-Law 20-155 - click here to learn more about the by-law.  If you do not have a face covering we will provide one. The speaker and worship team on the platform will be unmasked but will wear one once dismissed from the platform.
  5. All doors will be propped open so that there is easy access and no handles to touch.
  6. The online option will continue to be available on Sunday mornings.
  7. If anyone has any symptoms of illness, we would ask that they remain at home and watch the online service.  Also if you are uncomfortable with the exposure to a large gathering then please stay at home and use the online option.
  8. The ushers and greeters will be wearing a face coverings and latex gloves.

 

Services:

  1. As per the limitations on gatherings set by the Ontario Premier, meetings will be limited to 30% of building capacity and comply with the social distancing recommendations of 6 feet / 2 metres.
  2. Attenders are asked to register for each service they plan on attending during the week leading up to the service.  You can either go to the BGT website – www.bgthamilton.com - to register for the service you wish to attend or you can call the church and register over the phone. If you have not registered then you will be required to wait in our stand-by section until space is available.
  3. The doors will open 25 minutes before the start of each service.
  4. At this time, BGT will not be running alternate Sunday morning programs for children or youth. Children and youth are required to sit with their families/guardian during the Sunday service. This may change over the next month or two.
  5. Bus Ministry will remain on hold for now. The buses have been taken off the road and there may be some limitations on the number of riders so we are waiting for further direction.
  6. We would ask that any greetings or gatherings before or after the services would conform to recommended social distancing standards and not include any form of physical greeting such as handshakes, hugs, high fives, elbow bumps or ankle taps. However, hand waves are acceptable.
  7. Tithes and offerings will be received in offering boxes placed in the sanctuary or the credit/debit machine in the foyer will also be an option. Offering envelopes are available at the Reception desk only or ones brought to the service.

 

Washrooms:

  1. The main washrooms will be the only washrooms open. We would ask that they have limited use as the numbers entering at any given time will be reduced. A greeter will be stationed outside of each entrance to oversee and facilitate the number of users.

 

Parking:

  1. Parking will be as normal although we plan to enter the building through our East entrance (by the gym) except for those who have mobility challenges as they will park near the main doors and will be ushered into their seat upon entry.
  2. Please stay in your car until 25 minutes prior to the service. Please check in at the East door when you arrive. 25 minutes prior to each service the doors will open for the queue line and 15 minutes prior to the service you will be brought into the sanctuary.

 

Entry and Seating:

  1. The East entrance at the back of the building near the gym will be the main entrance.  At this entrance will be a greeter with a print-out of those who have reserved a seat for that service. For those without a reservation we will have a place for you to wait in the gym on stand-by.
  2. The queue line will be down the right-hand side of the hallway going from the gym to the foyer with 6 foot spacing lines. (It will be just like Costco, but not for wholesale items, just wholesome ones from the Lord).
  3. Ushers will escort each attender and family into the sanctuary for seating.  Seating will be every fourth pew and clearly marked.  It will only be at the end of each pew. Families may sit in close proximity but all others must be 6 feet apart. (Note: the pew that you normally sit in may not be available so please respect the placement by the ushers)
  4. The balcony will be open as a seating option with the same restrictions.
  5. The foyer will not have any place for fellowshipping either before or after the services.
  6. Once the service has been complete we would ask that the congregation would move immediately to the parking lot and their vehicles.
  7. Seating will be accommodated according to the family need and mobility challenges.
  8. Exiting the building will be through the two front, north and south entrances. It will be a controlled exit directed by ushers as each row will be released in order to maintain the spacing required for social distancing. Once the building has been exited any return would be through the East entrance.

 


 

Posted Wednesday, June 10

We are excited to announce that in accordance with the provincial, stage 2 allowance for Places of worship, Bethel will be resuming Sunday morning services beginning June 21. These current guidelines allow for gatherings that do not exceed 30 percent of the building capacity and they must comply with standards for social distancing. As we begin the process of staged re-opening, we will be mindful of the guidelines set forth by the province and local health authorities for maintaining a safe environment.

We will provide further guidance prior to the weekend of June 21 on what you can expect on that first Sunday back in the building.


 

Posted Wednesday, March 25

- All services and programs are cancelled and the church office is closed -

Given the most recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) related announcements from government officials, all services and programs have been cancelled and the church office will be closed until further notice. Phone support will be available during daytime hours Monday to Friday if you require assistance or have any questions - please call (905) 387-6530.

You are in our thoughts and prayers during these days. Let’s continue to remember our neighbours and community in prayer as they face the challenges this situation presents.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

 


 

How Can I Still Give Tithes and Offerings?

 

There are currently three methods for giving tithes and offerings to the church while the office is closed.

1. Giving Online

Using our online tithing platform - Tithe.ly - you can give securely online using credit or debit. There is a giving link on our "Online Giving" page or you can download the Tithe.ly app

Online Giving Page

2. Drop Box for Cheques

If you are giving your tithes and offerings using cheques, a drop slot has been installed in the Lead Pastor’s side entry door (located along the wall three parking spaces east of the main entry doors). The timeframe for depositing your cheques in the slot is Monday to Friday between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. The contents will be collected at the end of each day. Please do not deposit cash.

3. Call in with Credit Card Information

You can call the church office at (905) 387-6530 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday and someone will complete and submit a Credit Card giving form on your behalf.

4. Mail your cheque to the church

Bethel Gospel Tabernacle
1355 Upper Wellington St.
Hamilton ON
L9A 3S8

 


 

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Link to the latest COVID-19 information

ontario.ca/coronavirus

 

Contact Us

Bethel Gospel Tabernacle
1355 Upper Wellington St.
Hamilton, ON
L9A 3S8

Phone: (905) 387-6530
Fax: (905) 387-4566
mail@bgthamilton.com

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