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We are thrilled to be back! 

We are thrilled to be able to gather in-person again. While we are providing you with the option to return to in-person gathering, please do so only if you are ready, and feel safe and comfortable gathering again. If you feel more comfortable attending service online, we will continue to provide online services on the various platforms (online through the, YouTube, Facebook, Apple TV and Fire TV) at the regularly scheduled service times (Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 9 am & 11 am). Of course, if you happen to miss a service, you can always watch it or previous services On-Demand through the website.
If you decide to return, there are a few things you need to know about before you come back--church will look a lot different than what you remember! That being said, and in keeping with our new reality, we will still worship, pray and learn together in a way that glorifies and honours our Lord and our God.
We take your health very seriously and have implemented a number of protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, we are relying on provincial government authorities for guidance.  
Before deciding to return to gather in-person again, you should know what to expect. Here are a few answers to some questions you may have.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

If you would like to attend weekend service in-person, you must pre-register online by visiting our website.Reservations for subsequent in-person weekend gatherings will be available one week prior to the gathering.

Once registration opens, you can reserve your spot for your group. The person making the reservation acts on behalf of the group and is responsible for ensuring all people within the group are healthy at the time of service. In addition, the person making the reservation agrees to be the contact person for Alberta Health Services, if necessary.

There is no limit to the number of people you can register; however, to maintain a safe physical distance between people in our auditorium, the chairs have been arranged in pods of five. If there are more than five people within your group, they will be split and seated in another pod. We will try to ensure the pods are as close together as possible. Please keep your group together and stay within your assigned pod.
To guarantee a spot for you and your group, please reserve your seats. If you do not register, there is no guarantee space will be available at the time of service. The website will indicate availability or if the service is fully booked.

If you choose to drop-in for weekend service and have not pre-registered, your chance to attend the service will depend on availability. If reservations are fully booked, you and your group will be placed on standby. If reserved parties do not show up and there is room for all to attend within your group, you will be assigned to a pod.
Each group attending an in-person service is considered a cohort group. That is, groups of people who are in contact with one another on a regular basis and do not have to maintain a two metre (six foot) distance. For example, members within your household. The chairs within the auditorium have been arranged to accommodate for cohort groups in pods of five. If there are more than five people within your group, your group will be split into two pods. Each pod has been measured to maintain a 2 metre (six foot) distance.
While the guidance for worship service does not stipulate restrictions on the number of attendants, social distancing regulations must be followed. As a result, attendance must be managed in a way that maintains a two metre (six foot) distance between cohort groups. For Sherwood Park Alliance Church, we could host up to 75 groups of five people: a maximum of 375 people per service time.

For now, the main floor of the auditorium will be the only area accessible. Starting November 1, 2020, the balcony will be made available to families with small children who choose to attend main service. Fireside Room will remain closed.
As of October 5, 2020, a mandatory face covering bylaw is in effect for Strathcona County. To ensure your safety and the safety of everyone around you, you are required to wear a mask at all times while in the building and through the duration of service including while seated within your pod. If you don’t have a mask when you enter the building, one will be provided for you. People not required to wear a mask are:
  • Children under the age of two.
  • Those who are unable to place, use, or remove a face covering without assistance.
  • Those with mental or physical concerns or limitations, or any other protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act, that prevent them from wearing a face covering.
  • Those with medical conditions.
  • Masks can be removed temporarily during communion.
On November 1, 2020 an in-person service time will be added at 9 am along with the 11 am service time as the desire to gather together in-person continues to grow .

Online gatherings will continue to be available at the regularly scheduled times (Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 9 am and 11 am).
We are so excited to welcome you back to Kids Ministry (Ministries) programming starting Sunday, November 1 during 9 am service and 11 am service!
While the option to have your child(ren) return to Kids Ministries is available, please register your child(ren) only if you are ready and you feel safe doing so. To keep your child(ren) engaged with main service, age appropriate Sermon Kits containing fun activities related to the sermon will continue to be provided. For the duration of the service, please ensure your child(ren) remain within your designated pod area and respect physical distancing protocols.
If you are interested in registering your child(ren) for Kids Ministries or would like more information, please visit the Kids Ministries Welcome Back page! The safety and health of your child(ren) is our utmost priority.
You only need to cancel your registration if your entire group is unable to attend. By cancelling your group registration, you open your pod up for someone else to reserve. To cancel your registration, please click the 'cancel your reservation' link on your registration confirmation email.
  • Volunteers and staff from the Hospitality team are trained on the latest protocols and practices to ensure that your return to in-person gatherings is done safely and in-line with the latest guidelines outlined by Alberta Health Services.
  • One entrance will be opened to enter the building to manage the flow of traffic.
  • To ensure the safety of everyone, a temperature check will be conducted on everyone who enters the building.
  • Markers have been placed throughout the building, so you know exactly the two metres (six foot) distance in relation to the next person. All who attend are expected to follow physical distancing regulations.
  • Sanitization stations have been placed throughout the building. You are encouraged to practice good hand hygiene.
  • Before and after service, all frequented areas will be cleaned and sanitized.
  • High-touch areas will be sanitized frequently.
  • To manage sanitization practices and traffic, the main floor washrooms will be open. An accessible washroom located on the main floor will remain open for use to those with a disability. All other washrooms will be closed.
If you have mobility restrictions or have a disability, you do not need to wait in line to check-in. You will still be required to register online prior to service and reserve a pod for your group.

When you arrive, please inform a Hospitality team member and he or she will be happy to check you and your group in. You and your group will then be escorted you to your pod. The accessible washroom located on the main floor will remain open.
Please come early to allow you and your group time to check-in. If you have not arrived five minutes before the start of service, your reservation may be offered to another party waiting on stand-by.

You and your group may need to wait in line to check-in. Please ensure you bring a copy (digital or printed) of your confirmation email as proof of your reservation on check-in.

When you enter the building, sanitize your hands. Please wear a mask to protect yourself and everyone around you. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you. People not required to wear a mask are:
  • Children under the age of two.
  • Those who are unable to place, use, or remove a face covering without assistance.
  • Those with mental or physical concerns or limitations, or any other protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act, that prevent them from wearing a face covering.
  • Those with medical conditions.
Once you have successfully checked-in, you and your group may proceed to your pod. Please keep your group together, stay within your pod and practice physical distancing between other groups.

Once service concludes, seating areas will be dismissed in an orderly and controlled fashion. Please follow the instructions given and wait until your section is dismissed before leaving the auditorium. Please exit the building immediately. This will ensure bottlenecks do not occur and that traffic flow is managed appropriately while maintaining physical distance.
You still can give during service; however, receipt of the offering will be different. To avoid as much contact as possible, a giving station will be set up at the entrance of the auditorium; however, you are encouraged to take advantage of the options to give online, electronic giving stations for online donations will also be available in the auditorium.