At Royal City Mission (RCM) we have chosen to live by 3 simple values: Relationship, Justice and Beauty. The real test of what we value comes in time of struggle, and this is such a time.
With the outbreak of Covid-19 we are trying to understand how to live out these values while keeping people safe and healthy...
As a community we recognize the need to be flexible, this is especially true today when things are very uncertain. Please be patient as we plan, adjust, replan, adjust etc.
Relationship: We can continue to contact each other, to care for each other, to pick up items for those who are unable…even if we are not able to gather in community.
If you are not connected please contact the office and give us your contact info so we are able to keep you posted and to contact you.
Justice: Remember that our community contains a diverse group of people. Not everyone has a place to live and so how will they “isolate”? Not everyone has money to purchase food or a kitchen to cook in or even the ability to cook the food they have, so how will they find sustenance?
We are called to stand with the oppressed even as Jesus did, so we will look for new ways to do this while committing to follow safe guidelines.
Beauty: In the midst of fear and uncertainty, we continue to see God’s image in each and every person, no matter how they choose to deal with their struggle.
Here’s How We will Proceed
We ask any who have travelled outside of Canada, not to attend the building (staff, volunteers or community members etc) for 2 weeks and to monitor for any symptoms.
We encourage any (volunteers, community members and staff) who are compromised or sick to stay isolated and not attend.
We will open up both sides of the building to ensure there is enough space to properly distance community members.
We will have hand sanitizer available (as long as possible), and have plenty of soap in washrooms for hand washing.
We will continue to serve food in the building until that is no longer fitting, then we will look to serve food from the back of the building ie) BBQ, etc.
We encourage each of you to stay home if you are able to do so.
If you attend, please sit at least 3 chairs away from the next person and use hand washing stations and/or sanitizer.
For those of you who struggle with shelter, we will be present during our regular worship times and ask that you do your best to socially distance yourselves.
For those of you who need spiritual guidance, we welcome you and ask that you do your best socially distance yourselves.
Please continue to monitor our communications for updates.
Please see link for Public Health recommendations:
We ask that you continue to pray for our community, that we will respond to this crisis with grace, love, health and peace.
Pastor Kevin Coghill