Five Stones Church COVID-19 Safety Plan

Dear Church,


We believe it is our civic and Kingdom duty to follow the Provincial Government’s COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of our members and community. As the Province re-enters the BC Reopening Plan, we have put in place some new procedures to allow us to meet face to face:

Current Phase: June 6th, 2021 to (duration to be determined)


Join Church on Zoom

Every Sunday 10am

Watch Online Service

Live Stream Sunday 10am & any time on-deman

New way of attending: How to Register

At the moment, we are unable to accept walk-ins for Sunday Service. If you wish to attend, you need to register on our website during the week prior to the service for you and up to 3 additional members in your family. Registration closes on midnight Thursday for the coming Sunday. 


Everyone who registers will receive an email on Friday before the service to let you know whether or not you have secured seats for the coming Sunday. 


In cases where the number of registrations exceeds our seat capacity, we will give priority to Five Stones Church members and those who have not attended in-person in the prior three weeks.

New way of attending: Coming to Church

Once you have received confirmation that your seats are secured, and you are not showing any signs of illness or have been around someone who has been ill, you are welcome to arrive at church between 9:45 to 10:10 on Sunday morning. A Hospitality volunteer will ensure the door is open for a touchless entry. The Hospitality volunteer will also check you and your family in, and serve individually-wrapped communion servings, pens and tithing envelopes when applicable. 


We ask you to sit with your family, maintain a 2m/6’ physical distance when fellowshipping with people outside of your household, and practice good personal hygiene while you are at the service. You are welcome to bring your own coffee or water but we ask that you don’t share food or drinks with others and to not leave any items behind when you leave.


As per the current requirements from the Province and Dr. Bonnie Henry, we will require masks to be worn in the church at all times.


When tithing and giving, we ask that you give by cheques only and do not leave cash at an in-person service. 

To ensure a touchless service, the church entrance will only be accessible during the check-in period of 9:45-10:10am. If you arrive after 10:10am there may not be a Hospitality volunteer may not be available at the door to allow entry, and you may not be able to join the service.

We also ask that you leave the church building as soon as the service has ended and avoid socializing inside, as per the current guidelines in place. You are welcome to socialize outside, or continue on to another location as meets the current guidelines.

Cancelled Services & Ministries

The following services and ministries are cancelled at this time: 

  • In-person Kids’ Church

  • In-person “Red carpet” Prayer Ministry (prayer ministry is available via Zoom breakout rooms during worship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month)

  • Nursery

  • Access to and through Kids’ Church area or the upstairs office space

  • Sharing of food or beverage, such as hospitality coffee and snacks

  • Handing out of paper bulletins

  • Large gatherings or potlucks of more than 50 people, such as the summer church picnic


Cell Groups on Zoom

Cell Group is an important part of how we cultivate the spiritual community at Five Stones Church. You may be physically distanced but you are not alone. Stay in touch with your cell group, have bible studies, pray, etc., by phone, messaging and online conferencing platforms such as Zoom. 

Want to join a cell group? Contact Pastor Jon or email us at

No need is too small. Get Help

COVID-19 Compassion Program

As a community church in the heart of New Westminster, we are experiencing the unprecedented sociological and economic impacts caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that many of our church family members are affected or at risk, and as a church, we want to assist in practical ways to lift some of that burden.


As a church, the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) regulates how we can dispense funds, which prevents us from giving direct grants of money.  However, gift cards to essential services and stores are allowed. 

Get Help:

If you are a member of Five Stones Church who is struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email Gillian. Your request will remain confidential and anonymous. We will help you find aid to alleviate some of the stress by matching you to one of the following gift cards that you can redeem online or in-store. Additionally, on a per need basis, we may be able to creatively help with an essential need if a gift card doesn't work, please contact us. 

Groceries / Home Supplies:

  1. Walmart (e-gift card)

  2. Save-On-Foods (physical card, requires pick-up)

  3. Safeway (physical card, requires pick-up)

  4. Superstore (e-gift card)

  5. Amazon Canada (e-gift card)


Meal Delivery Services:

  1. Doordash (e-gift card)

  2. Skip The Dishes (e-gift card)

  3. UberEats (e-gift card


Ways to Give: 

  1. Online:, designate your donation to "Five Stones Church COVID-19 Compassion Program"

  2. By Cheque: To "Five Stones Church", designate it to "COVID-19 Compassion Program". Mail your cheque to 612 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC Canada V3M 1A5

  3. Interac e-Transfer:
    Send to:
    No password is required if your bank supports autodeposit
    Add note to "COVID-19 Compassion Program"

  4. Buy a Gift Card: Please email Linda


1. For donors: Giving by the purchase of a gift card to the church is eligible for a 5SC donation tax receipt.

2. For recipients: The availability of gift cards and their values are subjected to the donations we receive. Assistance will be dispensed on an as-need basis and is only for active Five Stones Church members.

3. All donor & recipient information will remain confidential.

4. The Five Stones Church COVID-19 Relief Compassion Program is available immediately. When the program retires, any unused donations will be used for other mercy ministries.

Never Stop


How can we pray for you? 

Do you need prayer in these uncertain times? Our Ministry Team is here for you! Send in your prayer request at or fill out a Prayer Request card

You can also join us over Zoom to receive prayer from our Ministry Team via Breakout Rooms! Log into our Sunday Service over Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month, and wait for the prayer callout to "raise your hand" and you will be directed into a prayer room.



Until we are back together, please use the online giving link or send in cheques to our offices at 612 Columbia St, New Westminster, BC, V3M 1A5. We certainly understand these are difficult economic times. Please navigate this with prayer and wisdom and faith.

If you’re feeling anxious, please reach out for prayer and if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know at And as always, stay in touch with your Cell Groups and church family for support throughout this season.

For more information, you can visit HealthLink BC or the BC Center for Disease Control.


How you can help


  1. Stay informed! Review HealthLink BC’s info page, especially the section on Prevention.

  2. Wash your hands with soap and water more often than you think you need to. Did you just touch a doorknob or handrail? Wash those hands. 

    1. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer. As Dr. Bonnie Henry (B.C. Public Health) said last week, “Wash your hands like you just chopped jalapeños and you need to change your contacts”.

    2. Songs that last about 20 seconds:

      1.     Happy Birthday, twice

      2.     One heartfelt chorus of “Heart of Worship”

    3. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

  3. Avoid usual contact greetings like handshakes, high-fives, hugs, etc. Try footshake or elbow bump instead.

  4. When coughing or sneezing, cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.

  5. Avoid touching your face. The virus spreads through contact with mucus membranes (eyes, nose, mouth).

  6. Keep physical distance from others to reduce transmission risk from sneezes and coughs.

  7. If you are sick with any illness or vulnerable to infection (elderly, immunocompromised), please do not attend the Sunday gathering or any other public event. 

  8. Please call 8-1-1 for information and instructions:

    1. if you’ve traveled to an at-risk area.

    2. if you show any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing)

  9. If you become ill and test positive for COVID-19, let us know right away at

  10. If you need to stay home because of any illness, please let your cell group leaders and the church staff know. We want to pray with and for you and support one another well.

Last updated: May 29th, 2021 at 11pm  |  Adapted from Westside Church. Used with Permission. (