Dear Friends in Christ:
As you know, the Provincial Health Officer regularly announces health orders for services of worship in our province. It’s prudent, wise, and responsible to protect ourselves and our neighbours during this time of a highly transmissable virus.
In a Letter of Jan 21, Bishop John Stephens confirmed that COVID measures for churches remain unchanged until Feb 16 for all worship, fellowship, gatherings and events from those measures stated in his December pastoral letter, Letter of Dec. 22, 2021.
At St. Philip’s, this means the following:
- Vaccine passports (indicating two completed injections) and government identification must be presented by those 12 and older to the greeters before admission to worship or events. Please have them ready!
- If all participants are vaccinated, then there need be no capacity restrictions for worship.
- Masks are required for those five and over everywhere in our buildings, but may be temporarily removed for individuals leading the worship when speaking, reading or singing solo, or for all receiving Communion.
- We strongly encourage physical distancing between households at worship, and elsewhere in the building.
- Communion continues to be in one kind only with all communicants receiving the consecrated bread and the presiding priest consuming the consecrated wine on behalf of the entire community.
- Offertory plates are not to be passed amongst the congregation.
- We exchange the peace without any physical contact (except for those of the same household).
- Fellowship, luncheons, and coffee hour after service have been suspended for now.
- Masking and physical distancing are required for all pastoral care visits, meetings, and appointments, including when visiting the church office.
- When visiting the church complex at any other time, those remaining in the building for more than an hour will be required to present a vaccine passport to parish staff or lay leaders.
- We offer live-streamed services on the website, as well as ZOOM access for prayer groups, gatherings, meetings, and events like Vestry
Yours in Christ,
-Rev. Lorne Manweiler, Rector