The Session of Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church has decided that as of today March 17th all activities and services at Saint Andrew’s church are suspended until further notice.
Those in our congregation must always seek to love one another. The potential for dire affects from the spreading COVID-19 virus has resulted in one time “When loving your neighbour means keeping your distance” as stated in the subheading of an opinion piece from the New York Times of March 14th (“The Christian Response to the Coronavirus: Stay Home”). Even though keeping your distance in theory could be accomplished where small numbers of people gather such as was the case when 37 or so attended the Saint Andrew’s service on March 15th, some people unthinkingly will touch pew rails, door knobs or other objects that others have touched and in turn will touch their face. Thus, although maintaining a safe distance from others, they might transfer the virus before they use hand sanitizer. Furthermore, the risk of transmission is increased because it has been determined that certain people may display no symptoms and be out and about from their time of exposure to some time longer than the 14 days it may take for symptoms of the disease to appear in vulnerable people.
Rev. Bob Jones has advised that he “would like to keep in touch by phone. He plans to call some of you to keep in touch. If anyone wants to email him you can send it on this email & he can read it.” email@example.com
Session members will investigate and, if possible, arrange for access to a type of service that may be patterned after that planned by Rev. MacWilliams who announced yesterday on Facebook that St. James “will provide a live streamed service on those mornings so that we can minister to people through technology and provide opportunities to worship together as a community, albeit online. We will post information in the coming days on how to access the livestream worship opportunities.”
Sheila Black has advised that “During this time of church closure you will find on the Church Blog:
Each Saturday there will be a Lenten Study update and the readings for the upcoming week.
Each Sunday there will be a new children’s story. At this time we will continue with the object lessons with the Resurrection Eggs
To access the blog follow this link http://sapc.ca/news-blog/ or you can access it through our web page http://sapc.ca/“
Also, follow Sheila’s children’s stories and check for updates on our Facebook page—maintained by Colleen Watson—or our Twitter feed.
Clerk of Session
Cancelled until further notice. COVID-19 will keep us from meeting but we will continue our daily devotions. During this stressful time remember to give your problems to God.
Jesus told his disciples, “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” and indeed we will gather together for worship in Christ’s presence, however, the Saint Andrew’s Session has decided that until further notice we will follow the practices below:
The greeter will be at the back of the church to greet with a nod, smile and to direct people to the stacks of bulletins and location of collection plates. Offerings can be placed in the plates either on entering or on retiring from the sanctuary.
As you enter, we encourage you to find a seat, taking into account not tradition, but rather experts’ recommendations regarding “social distancing”.
For those on PAR there will be no need to collect an “offering card”, as we will receive our gifts as a retiring offering, thus further limiting interaction.
There will be no coffee hour following worship
We appreciate your understanding during these unique times and will continue to hold our community, country, and indeed all God’s children, in prayer.
While we will gather together for worship in Christ’s presence on March 15, the Saint Andrew’s Session has decided that until further notice we will adapt our practices. See sapc.ca/2020/03/14/not for details.
Thank you to this week’s volunteers (Mar 15):
Greeters: Wanda Klingbell
Coffee Hosts: Greg & Sheila Black
Scripture Reading: Rose Carolyn Smith
Sunday School: Sonya Burrill, David Fraser
Nursery: Carol McEachen, Sheena Page
Offering Receivers: Greg & Sheila Black, David & Leslee Dell
Counters: David Dell, Wanda Klingbell
Next week’s volunteers (Mar 22):
Greeters: Al & Arlene MacDonald
Coffee Hosts: David & Leslee Dell
Scripture Reading: Drew Speight
Sunday School: Sonya Burrill, David Fraser
Nursery: Volunteers Needed
Offering Receivers: Al & Arlene MacDonald, David & Leslee Dell
Counters: David Dell, Bill Cockburn, Brian Barnes
Ramada Luncheon: Our annual March luncheon at the Courtyard at the Ramada is March 15. Plan to come enjoy a lunch out with others from the congregation. The buffet costs $18.99 (about $22 including tax but not the tip) or order from the menu. Please let Mary Charters know by Sunday, March 8 if you will be able to attend so the a reservation can be made so we may sit together.
Easter Tree Outreach Initiative for March
The outreach initiative leading up to Easter will be creating Blessing Bags for the homeless which will be distributed to the Barnabas warming centre. Blessing Bags are Ziploc bags filled with useful necessities and a few treats. Pick up Easter eggs from the tree at the back of the church from March 8th and bring back the eggs and the listed item in plastic bags to place under the tree by March 29th. Thanks for your generous support.
Book Study “Lent for Everyone” Small Group will meet each Tuesday at noon ( 12:10-12:50.) You can participate in the group discussion without having the book. Sheila Black can provide you with the daily readings.
Don’t forget to Pray…Luke 18:1. Saint Andrew’s Sanctuary will be open each Tuesday of Lent from 9am-1pm. Feel free to drop in and pray for our church family, our Session & Board of Managers and the person God is preparing to lead us into our future.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Lent Bible Study cancelled today. Join us next Tuesday for the next lesson, Week 2.