We have been enjoying the opportunity to worship together again the past two months. And with Easter around the corner, we have much to look forward to as it will be our first Easter together in two years!
We know that some federal and provincial restrictions have eased. Some of our own diocesan restrictions have been revised as well. You can read the updated version of our diocesan In This Together pandemic plan here: https://www.ottawa.anglican.ca/images/COVID-19/In-This-Together-ADO-COVI-19-Plan-3-4-2022-03-14.pdf?type=file We are currently in the Yellow Stage of the plan, so here is what you need to know about worshipping in person at St. John's starting this Sunday, April 3. Protocols:·
- Capacity limits are no longer in effect. Pre-registration is no longer required, and contact tracing information is not being collected.·
- Physical distancing is not required, but encouraged. More pews are now available for seating, and for those who are comfortable sitting with different households, this is permitted. Please note: not everyone is comfortable being in closer proximity with other household bubbles at this time. Please be respectful and sensitive to other people's comfort levels. Some sections of the church continue to have more space provided between groups. Please observe the pew signage, and ask someone if you want to sit closer than 2 metres from them;·
- Masks must be worn while in the building except when receiving Communion. While the province has lifted mask mandates in public places, we as a church are choosing to follow public health recommendations to continue masking at this time;·
- Proof of vaccination is not required to attend worship; clergy and singers are all triple-vaccinated;·
- You may choose to enter and exit at any of the entrances. A greeter will be available at the back of the church in the Canterbury Room and at the north entrance by the bell tower;·
- Congregational singing has resumed;·
- Communion is available in both kinds;·
- Sunday School is offered in the upper parish hall at 10am and children will rejoin their families at the offertory;·
- People are welcome to visit after the service. St. John's Pandemic Task Force is recommending that we wait a bit longer before offering refreshments after church;·
- The office is open Mon - Fri 9am -12noon.
For those who are not comfortable returning to in-person worship at this time, be assured that the 10am service will be live-streamed via Facebook and our YouTube channel, and will be broadcast at 8am & 1pm on Cogego YourTV cable the following Sunday. Lots of things are opening up again, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be a bit more natural in our interactions. Patience is still very important. Two years of restrictions and heightened awareness has left some people nervous about easing restrictions. Please be respectful of one another's comfort level, and above all be kind to one another.
EASTER MEMORIAL FLOWERSIf you wish to remember loved ones with memorial flowers this Easter, please contact the parish office with the names of the people you wish remembered. Donations may be dropped off at the parish office or placed in the offering box clearly marked "Easter Flowers". Please make cheques payable to St. John's Altar Guild. Please ensure your names are received by Mon Apr 11.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER IN PERSON AT ST. JOHN'S·
- Sun Apr 10 Palm Sunday: 8am Holy Eucharist; 10am Sung Eucharist & Liturgy of the Palms; 7pm Way of the Cross·
- Mon - Wed Apr 11-13: 10am Holy Eucharist·
- Wed Apr 13: 7pm Tenebrae·
- Thurs Apr 14 Maundy Thurs: 7pm Sung Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar·
- Fri Apr 15 Good Friday: 10am Solemnity of the Lord's Passion; 1pm (TBC) Ecumenical Cross Walk starting at St. Francis de Sales·
- Sat Apr 16 Easter Eve: 7:30pm A Vigil for Easter·
- Sun Apr 17 Easter Day: 8am Holy Eucharist; 10am Sung Eucharist·
- Sun Apr 24: 8am Holy Eucharist; 10am Holy Baptism & Sung Eucharist
THE PARSON'S SOUP
Canon Catherine is making soup this season, with proceeds going to sponsor children undergoing residential treatment and therapies at the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre. Soup varieties are roasted carrot & shallot or asparagus. Both are vegetarian, gluten free and will delivered frozen. Cost is $5/16oz container. Please contact the parish office to place your orders (phone or e-mail). Order deadline is Apr 5. Operated by our partner Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem & the Middle East, JPBC offers comprehensive rehabilitation therapies and services to children from East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza living with a range of complex developmental and physical needs. For more information about the JPBC's program visit http://www.basma-centre.org/
MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
Monday Nights at 7pm via ZOOM. Pour yourself a pint or a cuppa and join the conversation around the Gospel passage for the upcoming Sunday. If you would like the ZOOM login, please contact Canon Catherine at email@example.com
COMMUNITY DINNER ON DELIVERY
Our next Community Dinner on Delivery will be on Mon Apr 18 (Easter Monday). If you are able to help with meal prep in the days leading up to the weekend, please contact Virginia Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are able to help deliver the afternoon of Apr 18, please contact Canon Catherine at email@example.com
PWRDF SUPPORT TO UKRAINEIn response to the military invasion of Ukraine, PWRDF is accepting donations to support those displaced and affected. Visit https://pwrdf.org/category/ukraine/ for information on how to donate.