We’re relaunching our in-person experience in Orillia this fall. It’s going to be great to have an in-person opportunity to invite friends and connect in community in the Orillia area. This relaunch season will have a few bumps as we get our legs under us, but it’s exciting to be moving ahead.
We’re looking forward to hosting you and your guests at the Cineplex in Orillia. At the same time, given current health restrictions, your in-person experience will be a little different, and we wanted to share some of the details with you.
Reserve Seating and Check-In
One of the important new parts of the experience is your need to reserve seats for the service ahead of time. You may have already done this for other events. This allows us to adhere to the theatre COVID capacity guidelines as we gather inside their venue. All adults and kids must pre-register for the service they are attending. We’re excited to know you are coming.
Of course, when you arrive, you’ll want to head to the check-in table inside the front doors to let us know you are there for your seat. We’ll be waiting to say hi!
New Worship Experience
For a season, we’ll be trying something new that we’ve never done before. Our worship experience will be hosted on the large screen in the theatre. In fact, our musicians are working on a special custom worship experience each week just for Orillia. While the Cineplex movie theatres aren’t comfortable having singers without masks on stage yet, we’ve found a unique solution that we think will engage you in a new way this fall. We’ve seen this approach work well at other churches. We’ll also have a live host in the room–keep your eye out for Campus Pastor Joseph Swan in his mask! 🙂
Youth Ministry? We Love the Next Gen!
For this semester, we’ve also moved both Transit (grades 5-8) and InsideOut (grades 9-12) to Tuesday night from 7-9pm at Orillia Christian School. These will be two separate environments for students to invite their friends and make their faith their own. The new venue and new night allow for more physical capacity to host students under the guidelines, and give us more space for our team to be creative on each night.
We know you need your caffeine fix in the morning! So, yes, there will be coffee and tea served on Sundays by the theatre staff. Enjoy a cup on us!
Do I Need a Vaccine Passport Since We Are Meeting in a Movie Theatre?
At Connexus we want you to feel safe. We know many of our staff and attendees have been vaccinated. As a church, we are adhering to the public health guidelines for Faith-Based Organizations, which do not require church attendees or volunteers to show proof of vaccination.
However, our Orillia campus meets in a theatre. If in the future public health or Cineplex mandates that churches follow guidelines for a movie theatre, and proof of vaccination is required, we will let you know. They are not requiring it at this time.