PARISH NEWS - 20 September 2020
UPDATE: RETURNING TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP
A few updates as we prepare to resume ‘in-person’ worship.
On Saturday past, the province changed the limits of private in-person gathering in response to increased Covid infections. This does not affect religious services at this time. However, it does effect the size permitted for funerals. It does remind us all to be careful and cautious in our day to day practices and as a community as we return to our building.
On Friday we received the letter from the Diocese approving our reopening plan after its review. That there were no corrections made is a testimony to how thoroughly our reopening team have worked and thought out the plan and we are deeply grateful to them for weeks of hard work.
Our first in-person services are on Sunday October 4th at 9.30am and on Wednesday 7th October at 11am. These services are identical. Those wishing to attend on Sunday will need to reserve a seat online (or call the parish office) by Thursday 12noon. Those wishing to attend on the Wednesday will need to reserve a seat online (or call the parish office) by Tuesday at 12noon.
A reminder that the church building remains closed except by appointment during the rest of the week.
Over the last two Sundays we have held training and orientation sessions for our new teams of greeters who will help us come together safely to worship for our Sunday. Thank you to all those who have taken on this new role.
MASKS! MASKS! MASKS!
Masks, masks, masks! We have sold over $1000 in masks but we have only just begun!
We have children’s masks, small, medium and large ninja style and pleated masks!
We have special masks more comfortable for those with hearing aids and masks made for those with latex allergies. There are thanksgiving masks, Halloween masks and Christmas masks.
Some for everyone on your shopping list- a great thank you gift, thinking about you gift or Christmas gifts.
We have them in colours to match your wardrobe.
If people in the church each sell a few we will make our target of $10,000...
Custom orders welcome.
We need cotton fabric, elastic, thread, and people to sell masks.
If you would like to be involved call the office 905-627-1424 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2021 church calendars are now available priced $5. You can reserve one by contacting the parish office.
Our weekly podcast can be heard by clicking on the link on the front page of our website or by visiting our channel on sound cloud:
Mike continues to offer the office of Compline (Night Prayer) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm live on our Facebook page throughout September. From the first week of October, Compline will be live on our Facebook page every Wednesday at 8pm.
Sunday worship with Bishop Susan is on Sunday to 2pm in the afternoon. This coming week it is a special celebration led by our children, youth and leaders from around the Diocese. Please take time to watch!
You can find the Diocesan Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/niagaraanglican
READING THE BIBLE:
For those who keep their pattern of daily Bible readings and reflections, the Bible readings for this coming week are below. The suggested readings are the Gospel reading appointed in the daily lectionary for the celebration of the Eucharist. This week:
Monday 21st September Matthew 9.9-13 (Feast of Saint Matthew)
Tuesday Luke 8.19-21
Wednesday Luke 9.1-6
Thursday Luke 9.7-9
Friday Luke 9.18-22
Saturday Luke 9.43-45
Sunday Matthew 21.23-32
ZOOM Coffee Hour
Our online coffee hour will continue through September at 10am on Wednesdays.
Join us this Wednesday 16th
Topic: SAINT JAMES ONLINE COFFEE HOUR
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 826 0575 7834
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK:
Lord, grant us the wisdom to care for the earth and till it.
Help us to act now for the good of future generations
and all your creatures.
Help us to become instruments of a new creation,
founded on the covenant of your love.
– from The Cry of the Earth