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January 27, 2022
Dear friends in Christ,
With public health indicators starting to show signs of improvement, our diocese advised parishes that in-person worship could resume shortly. While we must continue to exercise caution, parish leadership is pleased to announce effective Sunday, February 6, 2022, St. John’s will move to the modified Yellow stage of our diocesan In This Together pandemic plan.

Most of the protocols that were in effect at Christmas before the shut-down will be in effect when we
return to the building. They are quite familiar to us now.
Please note:
• Masks must be worn in the building at all times;
• Physical distancing between different household groups or bubbles;
• Capacity limits are in effect (maximum 30%)
• Proof of vaccination is not be required to attend worship;
• Congregational singing is not permitted – choir/ensemble singing is permitted;
• Communion is available in both kinds;
• Sunday School will gather in the lower hall;
• Social time is not permitted – people are encouraged to depart promptly after the service;
• As always, if you are not feeling well for any reason, are experiencing any COVID symptoms or know that you have been close contact with someone who has COVID, please stay home.

Sunday Services
• 8am (said Eucharist)
• 10am* (sung Eucharist) livestreamed via YouTube, Facebook and our webpage

Pre-registration by phone (613-283-1261) or e-mail (stjohns_smithsfalls@bellnet.ca) is strongly recommended for Sunday services. The principal entrance continues to be via the Parish Hall door facing George Street. Those requiring the ramp will be able to enter via the parking lot.
*There will be one service only at 9am on Sunday, February 27 to accommodate the annual Vestry meeting at 11am
via ZOOM. Vestry information will be made available in February.

Wednesday Service 10am said Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer. No pre-registration is required for this service, and entrance is via the parking lot entrance at the back of the church.

Office Hours
Starting February 7, the parish office will be open from 9am – 12noon.

I am grateful to all of you for your patience, persistence, faithfulness and generosity both financially and of spirit during this past month of restrictions. You have shown that it is possible to be the Church in the world even when we cannot gather together, and I give thanks to God for you all. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, if you are not comfortable attending in-person worship, then please do not feel pressured to do so. As noted, Sunday services will be livestreamed, as well as being offered on Cogeco Cable YourTV at 8am and 1pm the following Sunday.

I remain your servant in Christ,

The Reverend Canon Catherine Ascah
Incumbent
catherine-ascah@ottawa.anglican.ca
(613) 859-4962