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 enters Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan, we put in place some new procedures to allow us to meet face to face:

Current Phase: July 5 to (duration to be determined)


Join Church on Zoom

Every Sunday 10am

Watch Online Service

Live Stream Sunday 10am & any time on-deman

In-person Sunday Service Suspended

In-person Sunday Service Suspended

By order and direction of the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer (PHO), in-person religious gatherings and worship services are suspended. The order is in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to January 8, 2021 at midnight and renewed again until further notice.

We are committed to creating a safe space where we can worship and meet face to face. Because we are following the physical distancing requirements given by the Province, the number of seats we can open up is for only 14 people in the Sanctuary and 6 in the overflow room (you would be viewing the service on our big screen TV in that room, but have the benefit of in-person fellowship before and after service). 


We ask that you continue to join the online Sunday Live Stream at home if:


  • You are showing any signs of illness or have been around someone who has been ill

  • You have travelled outside of BC within the last 14 days

  • You are senior over 70 years of age

  • You have a compromised immune system


Parents with infants can attend the service as long as the children are held the entire time. We ask young children to stay at home.

Suspended until further notice:

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 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.

Suspended until further notice:

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 of November 8, 2020) Due to recent changes in recommendations from the Province and Dr. Bonnie Henry, we will now require masks to be worn in the church any time that you are not sitting/standing at your assigned seat in the sanctuary or the overflow room.


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. We hope you will come on time for the 10am service.

Cancelled Services & Ministries

The following services and ministries are cancelled at this time: 


  • In-person Sunday service

  • In-person Kids’ Church

  • In-person “Red carpet” Prayer Ministry

  • 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 Gillian


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



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: December 7, 2020 6pm  |  Adapted from Westside Church. Used with Permission. (