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PANDEMIC UPDATE - TRANSITIONING TO GREEN STAGE
Effective Sunday June 12, St. John's will begin to transition to the Green Stage of our diocesan In This Together pandemic plan.  This will mark a significant shift in our protocols which we have become so accustome4d to over the past couple of years.  Starting that day: ·         

  • Masks will no longer be required while in the building though strongly encouraged;·         
  • Physical distancing and capacity limits are no longer required.  Alternate pews will continue to be marked off to provide some extra space for those who wish to physically distance from others outside of their household or 'bubble' and it is a good idea to continue to observe physical distancing where possible, and avoid overcrowding;·         
  • Lemonade on the lawn will be provided outside the parish hall after the 10am service, weather permitting;·         
  • Communion will continue to be offered at the foot of the chancel steps and the side aisles;·         
  • Please self-screen for symptoms before coming to church and if you are feeling unwell for any reason at all, please do not attend in person.  The 10am service will continue to be recorded and live-streamed;·         
  • Be both gracious and vigilant -- with yourself and with those around you.  Consider the risk level when gathering with larger groups -- outside is always better than inside and when inside and unable to distance, wearing a mask is encouraged by public health;·         
  • Meetings will still be held on-line as a rule, though some in-person meetings will take place.·        
  •  Our Community Dinner will remain "on delivery" for the present time, and we will review returning to in person for that in the fall;·         
  • St. John's is also going to hold off on social events with food and drink at this time, as we gradually move to fewer restrictions. 

    This shift to Green stage is welcome for some, and a cause for concern for others.  Bishop Shane shared with his clergy this week that it was the most difficult pandemic plan related decision he had to make yet.  As we have in the past, we are moving into this stage gradually.  Please be kind and patient with each other.  Do not judge people for the choices they make.  Always ask someone if it is okay to sit close to them if they are not in your household or 'bubble' and respect people's wishes to keep distance and wear masks at this time.

    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 catherine-ascah@ottawa.anglican.ca 

    SPIRIT OF THE DRUM POW WOW JUNE 11 & 12
    Come and enjoy the offerings of dancing and drums in this year's Pow Wow on  Duck Island.  Open to all, it goes from 12noon - 6pm each day.  To help educate and promote reconciliation, consider joining a group from St. John's as we walk over to Duck Island for 12noon on the Sunday.

    COMMUNITY DINNER ON DELIVERYOur next CD on Delivery will be BBQ'd hamburgers.  If you are able to help with prep work ahead of time, please contact Virginia Willis at vawillis723@yahoo.com.  If you can deliver meals on the Sunday afternoon, please contact Canon Catherine at catherine-ascah@ottawa.anglican.ca