Socially Distanced. Spiritually Intimate

In-Person Sunday Services

Rooted in Faith
Growing in Character
Bearing Fruit in the World

Everyone is finding it hard to attend gatherings lately. We’re all trying to balance our need for human relationship with our need for safety and security during the pandemic. That can be especially difficult when we’re trying to maintain a strong relationship to God. That’s why Good Shepherd, Barrhaven has made our Sunday in-person worship services accessible to everyone while still implementing rigorous safety standards. We’ve listed details below. However, we’ve also made a video which walks you through the Sunday morning experience. Watch it at this link on our YouTube channel.

First, please don’t attend if you are feeling ill. We’re holding online services every Sunday. This lets everyone participate even if they can’t join us physically. Find out more by visiting our online services page.

Second, please bring your proof of vaccination when you come. We’ll be asking everyone who enters the building to show proof they have been double vaccinated.

Third, please bring a mask with you when you come. You’ll be asked to wear it throughout the service.

Once you arrive, sign our attendance sheet, and take a seat. If you’re alone, sit in a single chair. If you’re coming with other members of your household, please sit with them in a group. There’s lots of room in the sanctuary at Barrhaven United Church to keep our distance.

We’ll conduct the service using our usual Anglican and Lutheran liturgy. Unfortunately, health precautions won’t allow our singers to lead us in song during the service, and so we have recorded videos of them we sing along to. The service goes as usual until we get to communion. Then, our priest will direct people to come forward to receive wafers and wine if they wish. Come forward by following the directions given, and then return to your seat before the next group comes up. We also will pray a prayer of Spiritual Communion provided by the Bishop of Ottawa that those viewing the service are invited to pray along with.

Once the service is over, you’ll be dismissed and asked to leave at a safe distance from other worshipers. Sadly, we cannot offer our usual coffee hour after the service.

Finally, we cannot offer children or youth ministry in-person. However, children are welcome to attend church with their parents. Please bring any books or colouring sheets they will need.  Check out our children’s ministry page for more info.

In-person Worship Services