*Updated Sept. 19, 2020.

Dear EBC family,

It’s been so good to gather in person together over the last few months, even if it has been in two different rooms.

However, we’re about to take another step in the right direction: beginning Sunday, September 27, our Sunday morning services will be taking place at 10:45am in the gym at Nipawin Bible College. (Here’s a map.) This means our whole church family can be together in one space, something we haven’t been able to do for six months!

(Unless specified, all other church events—Awana, Young Adults, etc.—will still be taking place at our Tindall Ave. building.)

Sunday School will be happening in the Education Centre at NBC at 9:45 am; greeters will be directing parents and children to their classroom locations. Parents, please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines and procedures we’ll be adhering to:

  • There will be no open session at this time.
  • Parents will drop off children at their class right at 9:45.
  • We will pick up with our curriculum where we left off in the spring.
  • There will be a health check form that parents must sign before children are admitted into their class.
  • All children and workers will sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom.
  • Please encourage your children maintain physical distancing as much as possible.
  • Children’s Ministry workers are encouraged to have a mask available, should the need arise to need one.
  • No items will be shared in the classroom. Each child/family unit in a class will be provided with their own bag of supplies to remain in the class.
  • Workers must wipe down all touch surfaces with provided wipes after class and reset rooms as needed.
  • Children need to be picked up promptly at 10:30 because workers need time to sanitize the rooms.

Below you can find a summary of some of the guidelines being provided to us by the provincial government for our worship services.

Provincial Guidelines
  • Please make yourself familiar with the official guidelines at this link.
  • Those who are “medically vulnerable are strongly encouraged to delay their return to services and continue to participate in services online, where possible.” Furthermore, we ask that you stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • “All physical contact, such as handshaking or passing objects between individuals, is not permitted.” We also ask that physical distancing be maintained between household units.
  • Masks must be worn if and when you are singing. (You do not need to wear a mask if you will not be singing.) Please bring your own mask if possible. We will have some available for those unable to supply their own.
Seating Guidelines
  • Chairs will be arranged in rows which have been spaced 6’ apart. Within each row, the chairs themselves have been spaced a few inches apart from each other, so that if we leave three empty chairs in between family units we will be maintaining proper social distancing.
  • Please do not move chairs around, as the proper spacing is important.
  • We also ask that, if possible general, you remain seated once you have taken your seat until the service starts.
Other Changes and Adaptations
  • Per the province’s guidelines, we will not be passing a mic around for prayer & share time. Prayer requests will continue to be submitted via text message.
  • There will be a box by the back entrance for you to deposit your offering. We also encourage you to become familiar with our new online giving system, which allows giving via text message. Click here for more info.
  • We hope to have a nursery room set up for mothers with infants.
  • Weather-permitting, we will move outside after the service for our time of conversation. As this becomes less and less of a possibility, let’s work to maintain proper distancing.

Let’s praise the Lord for the big steps in the right direction we’ve been able to take, and ask Him to protect and guide us in these times even as we ask Him to hasten the day when we’re able to be fully back to normal again.

While we wait, let’s determine to walk by faith, not by fear. The King of kings is working all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Him and seek to love one another and bring Him glory in this season!

On behalf of the board,

Pastor Chris


Download our COVID-19 Prayer Guide:


We invite you to watch or listen to our three-part sermon series, “Promises in the Pandemic.”

Who God has been for us in the past is the guarantee of who He will be for us in the future.
God has promised to provide everything we need to be content. Will we believe that He will keep His promise? And will we be content when He does?
What do the events of the first Easter Sunday have to say about our status today?

Posted by Chris Hutchison

Chris Hutchison is the lead pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Nipawin, SK. Have any feedback or questions about what you've read here? Send him an email at [email protected]