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Hello everyone and welcome to this edition of St. John’s e-bulletin. 

PANDEMIC UPDATE The COVID landscape is confusing these days.  News of the Province of Ontario vaccine passport implemented on September 22 has had people wondering and asking questions about the rules at St. John’s.  At this point, proof of vaccination is NOT required to attend worship at St. John’s.  If you are coming to attend worship (Sundays, Wednesdays or for a funeral or wedding) you will not be asked to show proof of vaccination.  However, the Province of Ontario does have rules around other activities not related to worship which are held in church buildings.  If you are attending an in-person study inside the building St. John’s, or some other event, you may be asked to show proof of vaccination.  Staff and lay leadership who have specific roles that may see them in close contact with unvaccinated individuals have been contacted directly with regards to what is required of them.  We hope that you will find it reassuring that all the clergy at St. John’s have been fully vaccinated. 

St. John’s and our diocese is in the Yellow Stage of our diocesan In This Together pandemic plan.   Sunday service times remain at 8am & 10am.  We plan to return to a said liturgy at 8am and a sung liturgy at 10am starting on November 7.  More on this is in the Harvest Thanksgiving pastoral letter mailed out this weekend.  Capacity limits are still in effect in order to ensure physical distancing between households.  Please be mindful of the following: 

  • It is better to pre-register.  If you call or e-mail the parish office, letting us know which service you would like to attend, we can be sure to have a spot for you.  It also makes collecting contact tracing information quicker and more efficient.
  • Please continue to enter via the parish hall entrance at George St.  If the steps are a barrier, then you may enter via the ramp at the back parking lot.  It is helpful if you tell us if you need the ramp entrance when you register.  A reminder to please leave the back parking lot for those who need access to the ramp and rear door, and for the volunteer greeters. 
  • Masks must be worn in the building.  Even if you are vaccinated.  Masks play an important role in helping to prevent virus spread.
  • Congregational singing has resumed and the service books are back in the pews.  Choirs and vocal ensembles have also returned, with restrictions.
  • Refreshments will no longer be served after this weekend.The Common Cup will return to the Eucharist starting November 7 (presuming Yellow Stage) for those who wish to partake.  This will involve changes in the distribution of Communion.  This will be explained in church on November 7. 
  • The Common Cup has been deemed safe.  It is understood not everyone will feel comfortable receiving from the Common Cup at this time, so please know that receiving just in one kind is considered full Communion and you are not required to receive the wine if you are uncomfortable doing so.  Please read the paper provided by the Rev’d Michael Garner, Public Health Advisor to the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa available at this link https://www.ottawa.anglican.ca/images/COVID-19/July-21-2021/Garner-Common-Cup-and-SARS-CoV-2_Infection-Risk-2021-07-15.pdf?type=file
  • In-person Sunday School resumes this Sunday, October 10!!  Please bring your child to the lower hall via the outside lower door of the parish hall facing George St.  Check your child in, then proceed upstairs to church, checking yourself in with the Greeter on duty in the hall.  Children will remain in Sunday School for the duration of the service.  Please pick your children up after the service.  Please feel free to be in touch with Emily Duberville if you have questions or if you can help out: emduberville@hotmail.com

Not ready to come back into the building yet?  That’s okay.  Livestreaming of the service will be offered on YouTube & Facebook starting at 8am (Note:  if we are having technical difficulties, please be patient.  We’ll get the service posted asap.)  Also, the service is broadcast the following Sunday at 8am & 1pm on YourTV Cogeco Cable.

While it is best to register prior to noon on Fridays, do feel free to call in after the deadline. After office hours, it is best to call and leave a message rather than e-mail as the parish e-mail is not monitored outside of office hours.  We’ll do everything we can to accommodate you, but please understand that if you do not pre-register by noon on Fridays, there is no guarantee that there will be a spot on Sunday. 

Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer is offered Wednesdays at 10am.  You do not need to pre-register for this service.  Enter via the parish hall or the door from the parking lot.  Please provide your contact information on the sign in sheet at the back of the church, collect a prayer book and reading sheet and make your way to an available pew in the church, observing physical distance from other households. 

Information regarding our diocesan response to the pandemic can be found at https://www.ottawa.anglican.ca/index.php/covid-19

It is important to understand that pandemic protocols are in place as ways of protecting and caring for one another.  They are not meant to be exclusionary and we are called not to judge others for decisions they choose to make.  In order that the church may be open and able to serve and protect all of God’s people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, some members with certain responsibilities or engaging in certain activities in the building are required to be vaccinated.  This is to protect themselves and others who are not able to be vaccinated, who choose not to be vaccinated or who are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.  If you have any questions regarding St. John’s pandemic plan, please speak with a member of the clergy.

CANON CATHERINE AWAY FROM THE PARISHCanon Catherine will be out of the parish on holidays after church October 10 and returning on Sunday, November 7.  During her absence, please contact the Rev’d Robert Sicard at (519) 820-0931 with any inquiries or with pastoral emergencies.  Weekly liturgies during this time are as follows:  Sun Oct 17 8am Holy Eucharist, 10am Liturgy of the Word; Sun Oct 24 8am & 10am Holy Eucharist; Sun Oct 31 8am Holy Eucharist, 10am Liturgy of the Word.  BCP Holy Communion will continue to be offered.  Nightly streaming of Compline will pause and resume Sunday, November 7.

ALL SOULS’ VIGIL NOVEMBER 7 AT 4pmAn in-person service for the Commemoration of All Souls will be held at St. John’s during which we remember by name all who have died in the past year, and any of our loved ones we wish to remember.  If you would like your loved one to be remembered by name at the service, please e-mail rsicard@gmail.com by Tues Nov 2.  If you would like to attend this service in person, please contact the parish office to register.  COVID protocols and capacity limits will be in place.  The service will also be lived streamed for those who cannot or choose not to attend in person.

Compline continues to be live streamed on Facebook at 9pm each evening. 

MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY 7pm
Monday Night Bible Study via Zoom has resumed.  If you would like to join in this weekly discussion of the Gospel passage for the upcoming Sunday, please e-mail catherine-ascah@ottawa.anglican.ca