Suspension of Sunday services amid COVID-19
These are unprecedented times, with new directives for public health and safety changing almost hourly in regards to COVID-19.
As the Church we are called upon to respond with wisdom, grace, and faith.
Following the recommendation of the Ministry of Health of the Province of Ontario that their be an immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings, the house of Bishops, have decided that the time has come to suspend public worship as of Sunday March 15th until further notice.
The most Reverend Anne Germond, Metropolitan of Ontario writes: “Gathering as a people of faith is important, but God also summons us to seek the welfare of the cities in which we live and move and have our being. This extraordinary measure is consistent with the measures put in place by other civic institutions within our province, in an effort to impede the transmission of the coronavirus from person to person. While it comes at a cost, this sacrifice is offered out of a deep and abiding love for our neighbours, particularly those who are most vulnerable to severe repercussions from a COVID-19 infection.”
As Christians we are a people who appreciate sacrifice – for we owe our lives to our Lord, who sacrificed his life, for us, upon the cross so that we may have life, and have it in abundance.
We too at this time are being asked to sacrifice for the greater good so that the lives of others may be protected.
Although we will not be physically meeting, I will share a message with you on Sunday morning as is our custom, and which will also be made available as a podcast. You can find it uploaded on our webpage stbedesanglican.ca or our youtube channel Sunday morning at 10:30.
Choral Mattins with a message from our Diocesan Bishop will also be streamed live on the diocesan Facebook page at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 15. To tune in, you can go directly to the diocesan Facebook (you don’t need an account to watch).
I also ask you to continue to pray – for the church, for the world, for our leaders, for health care workers and all those on the front lines, for the sick and those in need, and for each other.
If you are looking to deepen your prayer life at home may I recommend these gathered resources put together from The Diocese of New Westminster entitled: COVID19 Can’t Stop Us from Praying!
Although we are ceasing meeting publically, the work of the church continues on with prayer and care for those in need.
If you need pastoral care or support please feel free to reach out to me at 416-801-3474.
And please in this time we ask you to continue to remember the church with your givings. Financial gifts will still be received online through the secure Canada Helps account at: www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-bedes-church/
Or via e-transfer directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have sent your donation please text Gg with the password you have selected. His number is 647-588-3816
Or lastly cheques can be placed in the mail to the church directly. We thank you for remembering us.
The golden rule is quite simple and directive in these times, Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbours as yourselves. If we do these things we shall find life, even in uncertain times.
And finally – May God’s peace which passes all understanding guide your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Blessings to you all,
Jennifer +Tags: coronavirus, COVID19, Mnistiry of Health