Services Resume at All Saints

           Regular Sunday Services to Resume                                                  at                                                All Saints, Bayswater

Beginning Sunday February 28, we will meet for our common worship at All Saints, Bayswater  & Saint Barnabas, Blandford on an alternating 2 week rotation.

Services for the First 4 week period:

February 28  All Saints – 10am Morning Prayer                      March 07  All Saints – 10am Holy  Eucharist                         March 14 Saint Barnabas – 10am Morning Prayer         March 21 Saint Barnabas – 10am Holy Eucharist

Please check with the website occasionally for any changes in this schedule or watch for updates by email.  If/When  the Covid 19 restrictions change according to the pandemic situation, we will have to be adaptable.  Also, Physical Distancing regulations limits our capacity at All Saints to somewhere in the low 20s for participation at services.  At this time, our participation at in person Sunday services permits us to meet safely at All Saints, however once spring arrives  and/or more people are comfortable with in person worship we may have to reassess since we do not want to deny anyone access to services who wishes to participate.

 

 

This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford

Third Sunday of Easter

April 18, 2021

The Parish of Blandford Worshiping at  All Saints – Holy Eucharist

Sunday Bulletin – Scroll Down.

Parish of Blandford

Aspotogan Peninsula, Municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia

Striving to be a Christian Community

of Worship, Welcome and Care.

If you know someone who cannot access this document on line, print it for them or pick one up at the rectory. Please Remember – if you are concerned about transmission of the virus on surfaces: Wash or sanitize your hands before handling the document. I will be doing so as I print them.

Contact Information: Telephone: (902)228-2761, Email: ministry@parishofblandford.ca, Website: parishofblandford.ca

Rector: Reverend Louis Quennelle, Rector, Phone: (902)521-5169, E-mail: louisq@eastlink.ca

Our Wardens: All Saints: Malcolm Boutilier (902)228-2961, St. Cuthbert: Ken Miller, (902)204-1000, Saint Barnabas: Claudia Zinck (902)228-2091

Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Anglican Church of Canada

Third Sunday of Easter – Holy Eucharist

Collect: Wounded God,disabled and divine: give us faith to perceive you pierced and embodied, standing here among us feeding us forgiveness, beautifully broken; through Christ, the suffering servant. Amen. Prayers for an Inclusive Church(2009)

First Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS. Peter addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.” The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. ACTS 3:12-19

Psalm Refrain: The Lord does wonders for the faithful.
Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. “You mortals, how long will you dishonour my glory; how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?” R
Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me. Tremble, then, and do not sin; speak to your heart in silence upon your bed. R
Offer the appointed sacrifices and put your trust in the Lord. Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!” Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord. R
You have put gladness in my heart, more than when grain and wine and oil increase. I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety. R PSALM 4

Second Reading: A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF JOHN. See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who commits sins is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. 1 JOHN 3:1-7

Gospel: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus himself stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” The Gospel of Christ. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. LUKE 24:36B-48

Prayers of the People:

To the God of our ancestors who has glorified his servant Jesus, let us pray for our own needs and those of the world, saying: Alleluia! Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Church of Jesus Christ in all its expressions and all of its leaders, that we may be signs of Christ’s forgiveness to a broken and sinful world. Alleluia! Lord, hear our prayer.

For this parish family, that the Spirit of God will give us courage to share the Gospel and our experience of God’s love and action in our lives. May we never be embarrassed by our faith. Alleluia! Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who are broken and wounded, that we may recognize Christ in them and help them to see Christ in their lives. Alleluia! Lord, hear our prayer.

For the people of St. Vincent whose lives and all those in danger from naturla disasters, that God will watch over them. and keep them safe in the work of our hands and the sharing we can give them. Alleluia! Lord, hear our prayer.

That people of good will may come together to work for justice, the end to race based prejudice and the welfare of all, and that peace may prevail, especially in cities and communities which are threatened by storms of rage and violence. Alleluia! Lord, hear our prayer.

For those who are commended to our prayers, remembering especially tose who are ill in our parish and communities, that they may put their trust in the Lord who makes them dwell in safety. Alleluia! Lord, hear our prayer.

For those who have died, remembering especially His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, whose funeral was yesterday. We remember also the victims of the mass shooting in and around Portapique last year. May they now be with Jesus, the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. We pray for those who mourn, especially Elizabeth our Queen and the Royal Family and the families and friends of the Portapique victims. May they all be comforted by faith in God, the love of those who surround them and the hope in the Resurrection. Let us pray to the Lord. Alleluia! Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are you, O God of our ancestors in the faith, you have glorified your servant Jesus, and made him the source of peace and reconciliation for the world. Hear the prayers we offer this day and send us forth as heralds of that peace and forgiveness. Glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer over the Gifts: Creator of all, you wash away our sins in water, you give us new birth by the Spirit, and redeem us in the blood of Christ. As we celebrate the resurrection, renew your gift of life within us. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord. Amen.

Prayer After Communion: Author of life divine, in the breaking of bread we know the risen Lord. Feed us always in these mysteries, that we may show your glory to all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford

Next Week: Morning Prayer at Saint Barnabas, 10 am.

Parish Council: Tuesday, April 20, 7:30pm at All Saints

Pastoral Presence during Uncertain Times: Rev. Louis is available by telephone or email anytime. Rev. Louis will be working from home this week.

Food Bank Donations: A small donation box is be available at the service for Monetary Donations ONLY to the Chester Food Bank. No food donations will be accepted at this time. If you wish to make food donations, please do so as you have done since the beginning of Covid 19 restrictions.

How you can continue to contribute to the parish at this time: Checkout our website (parishofblandford.ca) or contact Rev. Louis for different options available.

Diocesan Prayer Partner: King’s College Chapel

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Tangier, Nova Scotia: The Reverend Tricia Ingram, Priest-in-Charge, and Dave,Holy Trinity, Tangier, St. James’, Spry Bay,St. Andrew’s, Spry Harbour, St. Thomas’, Mooseland, St. Paul’s, Mushaboom, St. Peter’s, Murphy Cove, St. Michael’s and All Angels, Sheet Harbour; Retired Clergy of Eastern Shore Region: The Reverend Pamela Bishop and Bill, The Reverend Kathleen Knott, The Reverend Katherine Tait, The Reverend Tricia Ingram and Dave; Widows of Eastern Shore Region – Mrs. Bernice Logan, Mrs. Sandra Wagner.

Anglican/Lutheran Cycle of Prayer –

ACC: The Most Rev. Anne Germond, Archbishop, and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Algoma

ELCIC: The dean, council, and congregations of the Manitoba South Area of the Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario Synod

ACC/ELCIC: The Right of Indigenous Peoples to Free, Prior and Informed Consent and a renewed commitment to responsible resource extraction.

 

Rector’s Reflection

Third Sunday of Easter

April 18

Today’s Gospel reading from Luke begins with a message of peace as John’s did last week. It ends with the statement that they, those frightened confused disciples, are the witnesses to all that has happened.

So let’s begin as Jesus did, with Peace: Peace be with you. The message of peace is easy to understand in the context in which Jesus appears among the disciples. They are in a state of confusion after his death. They have obviously not understood everything he said, what he meant by it all. This is completely outside their experience. Some feel guilt for having abandoned him or denied him when he was arrested, tried and crucified. Then there is the whole idea of resurrection. How would we feel if someone we thought dead suddenly appeared in front of us? Now wonder they needed the reassurance that this is REALLY him; that he is alive; and that he is not a ghost. His greeting of peace is meant to be calming, reassuring and healing: Peace be with you.

Then we go to the end of the Gospel – to the concept of witness. It’s a word that we are familiar with in everyday life. We know that witnesses testify. We know that to give good testimony, all the senses we have must be used to be a witness. Aslo, we must understand what we are witnesses to. We try to grasp what we have witnessed: What is the context? What happened before?, What was the result? In addition, we must also be able to communicate what we witness. How we say things is often as important as the content of what we say. For example, I could be speaking to you in French right now rather than in English, giving exactly the same message – but it would mean a lot less to most of you in French. At least I hope that’s the case. Oh, and finally, we must be consistent in the testimony we give as witnesses, not giving one story today and another tomorrow.

When we are a witness in a context that is not in a legal framework, in our faith life for instance, in addition to speaking as a witness, our living should also be consistent with that spoken witness. To witness – when we use this word as a verb, an action, one of its meanings is “to furnish proof of”. In our lives as Christians this is important to understand. By our lives we WITNESS. Our living furnishes the proof of what we are saying.

Too much of our history as Christians is littered with false witness; false witness where we have testified outside the truth of our faith. We have given others incorrect information. We have communicated the our faith incorrectly or out of context. We have way too often deliberately mislead or lied. Perhaps the most negative impact of false witness is when we have acted contrary to the faith to which we are testifying. We have at times preached or lived hate in the name of the God of Love, judgement in the name of the God of forgiveness, and exclusion in the name of the God who welcomes all. We have given out confusing messages by saying and doing different things at different times, being inconsistent in our faith.

It is difficult to always be and do everything we want to testify to. Understanding what we believe or have experienced and to which we are witnesses can be difficult.

Today’s first reading follows a miraculous healing that Peter has performed in the name of Jesus. In the reading, he says that those gathered around wonder how he could have the power to do that. He says it is not by his own power, but by his faith in which he witnesses to Jesus. This strength of witness to the faith comes from the Righteous One, the Author of Life whom God raised from the dead. Peter has gone from a man too ashamed and afraid to admit he even knew Jesus, to become a witness who by his life and actions truly testifies to the Risen Jesus.

Well, good for Peter! We may think this has nothing to to with us, that we can’t possibly compare ourselves to Peter, the apostles or any of those first disciples, followers of Jesus. How can we live up to their standard. Comparing ourselves isn’t the point. Most of us will never be called on to cure an disability by faith alone. Most of our miracles will happen in and by how we live our everyday lives. The smile we put on someone’s face when we give them a phone call, tell them a joke, share something we baked with them or fix that broken chair they were about to throw out: it is in these real acts which witness to the love of God that we are witnesses to Jesus. We may also witness to others when we open our homes to those whom others judge, or forgive someone the hurt done to us, or cry out against the oppression of others. And our witness too will be a miracle to those who have been told that they do not belong, when we welcome them with open arms. Yes, God does work in extraordinary miraculous ways in our lives and the lives of others. God works through miracles like Peter’s. Most of all though, God works through the Creation in which we live: the science, the medicine, the mechanics, the physics and all that is in this place God has made for us. When we perform our little miracles we are true witnesses, as true as Peter. When we perform those little miracles we are witnesses to the Reign of God in this very place, in this here and this now. And, to the measure that we are true witnesses, we live in Christ’s peace.

 

Worship in our Buildings – relaxing of COVID 19 Restrictions – The Plan

Parish of Blandford

Revision July 25 in Light of new Public Health Directives Effective July 31

All those participating in the service will be required to wear masks at all times. See Link: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/Faith-based-gatherings-guidelines.pdf

Worship in our Buildings – relaxing of COVID 19 Restrictions

June 23. 2020

Prior to gathering for worship:

  1. Planning group: Bev & Curtis McDonald, Jackie Cleveland, Alfred Gates, Ken Miller, Louis Quennelle

  2. Where do we gather: In order to accommodate as many as possible with physical distancing, until this is no longer necessary, we propose that all services be in Saint Barnabas.

  3. Proposed time line:

    1. Cleaning and sanitizing in the church prior to resuming services to be completed by early in the week following July 05 (Alfred will put together a team to do this.)

    2. Measuring and marking out space in building for safe physical distancing and welcoming as many people as possible (Week of July 6-11).

    3. Sunday July 12 – information and run through for those who will be ministering as greeters/ushers inside and outside.

    4. Sunday July 19 – Service of Morning Prayer

  4. Identifying and obtaining supplies required:1 box of 50 disposable face masks and 4 bottles X 750ml of alcohol based sanitizer have been purchased. Still needed – pumps (like liquid soap pumps) for dispensing sanitizer. Possibly towels for use in wiping down high contact areas.

Plan for Gathering Safely for Worship:

  1. Preparation in advance:

    1. Cleaning – as above

    2. Making physical adjustments to space as necessary – chairs for ushers one near door one near Baptistry.

  2. Gathering for Worship:

    1. Identifying and preparing individuals as greeters/ushers: 3 each Sunday. We will need an absolute minimum of 6 (ideally 10-12 trained) of these people to prepared to perform these ministries so that no one person has to be on duty every week. Those who volunteer can choose to volunteer for any one of or all these ministries:

      1. Outdoor greeter: Will welcome people, explain the process of entering the building, assist them in maintaining physical distancing while they wait to enter and distribute masks if they are needed. After the service begins will sit near the door to greet and assist any late arrivals.

        After service will encourage worshippers to move away from the door to allow others to leave safely.

      2. Indoor Greeter: Will welcome, point out offertory plate, Food Bank Donation box, distribute bulletin, answer any questions and and ensure people wait for usher to show them to their pew. Check the names of parish members on list provided as they enter. Ask for name and contact information from visitors for contact tracing purposes in case of Covid outbreak.

        After service will assist people in leaving the building, allowing the doorway to clear for safe distancing.

      3. Usher : will welcome & assist people in getting to their pew – to the extent possible accommodating their preferences in where they will sit, explain as needed the physical distancing requirements, pointing out taped markers which will help them to maintain the physical distancing.

        After service will assist people in leaving in an orderly way, ensuring that there is not a build up of people near the exit.

        These persons will wear gloves and masks as they may not be able to maintain physical distance of six feet from members of the congregation at all times.

    2. Readers: Those proclaiming Scripture & leading in prayers will do so standing at their place.

    3. Informing the congregation in advance: Document welcoming people back to our worship space and explaining how we will gather will be prepared by July 10 weekend and available by email, website and print with the weekly bulletin. It will also be used to help to prepare the greeters/ushers for the first services.

    4. Members of the assembly will be encouraged to sit with members of their immediate family or bubble group to maximize the number of people we can welcome to worship. All will stay at their place for the entire service. If someone needs to leave for any reason, when possible, they will indicate their intention to the greeters/ushers. In case of emergency – falls, fainting, etc. The Usher should attend first, if possible, as they will be gloved and masked. In any emergency First Aid principles apply – the idea is to prevent further injury and to get help. Although avoiding possible transmission of COVID is still important, it is secondary to the emergency.

    5. Music during the service: Will be instrumental (organ, guitar, etc.) or singing by soloists. Anyone singing will be seated in the front right pew (facing the chancel) for the service and sing from that corner to the right of the pulpit facing the congregation.

    6. (When Service includes Communion

      1. preparation of the altar before service

      2. procedures for Eucharistic prayer at the Altar

      3. procedures for distributing/receiving communion.

        Our first 2 services, at least, will be Morning prayer. The Rector with the planning group will work out detailed procedures as per directives from Archbishop Ron Cutler, Public Health and the limitations of our space.)

Record Keeping:

  1. Contact Tracing Names and contact information of those worshipping will be kept in case of COVID spread. These will be kept in the parish office and only shared with Public Health if necessary to assist in contact tracing.

Reviewing Procedures:

  1. Feedback from congregation is welcome in helping us to streamline procedures to make our services prayerful, joyful, and safe.

Resuming Services together in an Indoor Worship Space

Parish of Blandford

July 2020 – Revised July 25

Resuming Services together in an Indoor Worship Space.

Due to the space restrictions of 6 feet (2 meters) physical distancing, for the time being, services will be held in Saint Barnabas only to allow for as many people as possible to worship together.

How we can worship together while following Public Health Measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19?

  1. This is not just “back to normal”!

    In the same way as our lives have changed permanently – or at least long term temporarily when we go to the Grocery Store, the Doctor or pretty much anywhere else, our gathering in Christian Community for worship on Sundays will also change as we resume our common worship indoors. The procedures and safety measures implemented are for EVERYONE’S safety & health. We not only pray, but we do everything within our power to ensure that our worship will not become a way that this virus is spread. In order to do that, we not only need the procedures in place, we also need the co-operation of everyone who comes together for worship.

  2. Should I (WE) even come to church?

    1. If you are in any way unsure

    2. if you feel your health is in danger

    3. if you feel ill in any way –

    4. If you are unable to wear a mask through the entire service. (as of July 31)

    you should not come to common worship. You are part of our community. We will continue to have the services available by email or in bulletin form and can continue to pray together with our parish at your home. We are called together to pray, but we can pray together no matter where we are. God will understand whatever you decide is best for you.

  3. What can I expect if I come to our morning service:

    1. Before you get there the church will have been cleaned. There will be Sanitizer available for your hands & towels if you want to wipe down your pew as you enter it and when you leave it. Please Note: The cleaning of the church and using the towels are additional safety precautions since we will only have one service each week and the virus, if it is present, will not live on surfaces for 7 days.

    2. Outside: After parking as you walk to the church building, please maintain physical distancing. You will be greeted & welcomed by a member of our parish wearing mask and gloves. Please follow this person’s instructions in how and when to enter the church.

    3. Beginning July 31 all members those worshiping together inside the church building are required to wear a mask throughout the service . (Revised from: Since physical distancing of 6 feet (2 meters) is not possible when entering and leaving the building, you will be asked to wear a mask AT LEAST while entering and leaving the building. We strongly encourage that you wear the mask during the entire service if possible. Disposable masks will be available from the person who greets you outdoors if you do not have your own.)

    4. Inside the church as you enter you will be welcomed by another greeter who will let you know where you can leave your offering for the Parish or money for the Chester Food Bank if you wish. (No food donations in church for the time being please.)

      They will also give you a service bulletin if you did not print your own off from the email which will continue to be sent.

      Your name will be checked off on a copy of the parish list for contact information in case someone who attends our service ever contracts the virus. (If someone is visiting with you they will be asked for their name and contact information for contact tracing as well.)

    5. Please wait at the entrance until an usher comes to show you to your seat.

    6. You might not get your “usual” pew. Due to physical distancing requirements not all pews will be available. An usher will show you to your seat and will try to accommodate your request for where you will be during the service. We encourage people in the same family or the same “group bubble” to arrive together and sit together, if possible, so that there will be room for everyone.

    7. Once you are in your pew, please stay there for the entire service. Please participate in the prayers and responses as usual. Unfortunately, because of the additional distance needed to stop communication of the virus while singing, there will be no congregational singing at this time during our services. A sign of peace will be suggested which respects the Public Health requirements.

    8. If you need to leave at any time, you may of course do so. Please remember to continue to wear your mask and maintain physical distancing, where possible, as you leave.

    9. At the end of the service please wait until the usher indicates that you may leave. This is to help in maintaining physical distancing. The rector will not greet you as you leave. If you are among the first to leave, please move away from the door so that others may also safely leave.

    10. The Greeters & Ushers are providing a ministry of WELCOME and SAFETY for us all. Please respect their requests and each other. We have waited a long time to come back together. Let us celebrate WELL and SAFELY. Smiles, nods and hellos are welcome – and very much a part of our Christian calling.

    11. Our first 2 or 3 services will be Morning Prayer in order to help keep things simpler as we get used to these new procedures. Additional information will be available when we meet for Holy Eucharist (Communion) once again.

As we prepare for this next part of our Christian journey. Let us thank God that we are safe. Let us pray to God for those who are ill and those who mourn the loss of their loved ones. Finally, let us remember that whether we gather in buildings, in open spaces, or in spirit, we will be recognized as followers of Jesus by the love we have for one another and for all!

This we pray in the name of Jesus our Brother and Redeemer. Amen.

How you can continue to contribute to the parish at this time

You can continue to contribute to the parish in any of these ways:

Your contribution may be dropped off at the home of Brian & Anne Stott (5480 – Hwy #329).

On Line Banking: If you use on line banking, you may now deposit money directly to the Parish of Blandford Chequing Account.  Simply send the donation to the following email address – treasurer@parishofblandford.ca. This email address is linked to the parish account. The money will automatically be deposited to the parish account. If you have a parish envelope linked to your name, please include the envelope number in the message section. Your donation will be registered with that envelope number. If you do not have a parish envelope, you can indicate if you wish to register the donation to a particular church for accounting purposes only. If you do not indicate a particular church, the donation will be registered to the Parish of Blandford. Your particular financial institution may require additional security steps.  Please follow the procedures as they  indicate.

Pre Authorized Remittance: The Diocese offers the opportunity for you to make financial offerings to your parish directly from your bank account. If you want more information on this process and how to sign up for it, please contact Tammy Cummins – tcummins@nspei.ca If you do not have an email and wish to speak to Tammy about this option – with your permission, Rev. Louis will forward your phone number to her & she will call you.

Parish Ministries during COVID19 Outbreak

Parish of Blandford.

Parish Ministry During COVID19 Corona Virus Outbreak

  1. All parish Liturgical services, group studies & meetings are cancelled until AT LEAST Palm Sunday, April 05.
  2. Notification will be given by or before Friday April 3 concerning  Palm Sunday & Holy Week services.
  3. Reverend Louis will be available Friday afternoons from 1 – 5pm at the rectory and as needed on an ‘on call’ basis. (Email: ministry@parishofblandford.ca, Phone: 902-521-5169)
  4. If you wish to meet with Rev. Louis individually, that is certainly possible.  Personal meeting procedures will follow the most Current Public Health Guidelines.
  5. The Sunday Bulletin with the week’s Scripture Readings, Parish News, Prayer Intentions, and a weekly Reflection from Rev. Louis will be available as of 5PM, Fridays in the Porch at the Rectory (#4821 – Hwy 329) and on the parish website (parishofblandford.ca). It will also be sent out to the regular email list.
  6. Copies of Archbishop Ron Cutler’s latest letter will be in the Rectory Porch.
  7. As you may remember, some services were cancelled earlier this winter and attendance at others was reduced by poor road conditions.  As a consequence of these cancellations, parish contributions are down significantly for the first two months of the year. With at least 2 more weeks’ services cancelled, this is likely to continue for the month of March .  Please remember that whether services happen on Sunday or not, most parish expenses do not change.  Your contribution is important to the continued ministries of our parish.  You can drop off your contribution to the Home of Brian and Anne Stott, at the Rectory or to one of our Parish wardens.
  8. If you have any neighbours, friends, or family members in the parish who do not have internet access please pass on this information to them and ask them if they would like any of these items dropped off at their home.
God Bless you and keep you all safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Louis +

Rector, Parish of Blandford

Doctrine of Discovery – Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

Truth & Reconciliation, another beginning –Postponed Until Further Notice

For more than three decades, the Anglican Church of Canada has been on a journey of listening, truth-telling, repentance and healing with Indigenous Peoples, both within and outside the church. There is an urgent need for further healing and justice-seeking across the land, and we all have a role to play. (From the introduction to The Reconciliation Toolkit on the Anglican Church of Canada website)

The Parish of Blandford hopes to provide the opportunity for us to begin to study and reflect on the “Truth” part of Truth & Reconciliation using the documentary film:

Doctrine of Discovery, Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

Doctrine of Discovery, Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts” is a challenging, truthful documentary. It is meant to educate people on the Doctrine and create an awareness of its legacy. We will reflect on this documentary using a prepared study guide in order to allow us an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the subject of the video. At the first session, the video will be viewed in its entirety (67 minutes) and then broken down into discussion and reflection by chapter at the following sessions. If there are topics which stimulate more discussion and require more time, we will not rush through just to cover the material for that evening. If necessary additional sessions will be scheduled for after Easter.

Prayer and scripture that speaks to the concerns which are raised by the documentary will be included as part of the study. The message is important and will give understanding to the current state of Indigenous affairs on Turtle Island or North America. Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery and its manifestations are important as we strive for reconciliation.

The video was produced by the Rev. Canon Virginia “Ginny” Doctor, Mohawk from the Six Nations and the indigenous ministries coordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada. It is presented from a Christian perspective in the Anglican Tradition but is for anyone.

When: To Be Announced AFTER COVID19 restrictions have been lifted.                           Where: Parish Rectory

Please contact Rev. Louis by phone at 902-228-2761 or by email at ministry@parishofblandford.ca if you are interested in participating.

Christmas Schedule 2019

Services for the Christmas Season – 2019

December 08

Second Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist at All Saints, 10am

December 15

Third Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist at Saint Cuthbert, Ocean Swells, 10 am

December 22

Service of Advent Lessons and Carols/ Lighting of the Memorial Tree at Saint Barnabas, 10 am.

December 24

Christmas Holy Eucharist at 4 pm at Saint Barnabas (family service)

Christmas Holy Eucharist at 8 pm at All Saints.

December 29

Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols at All Saints, 10am.

January 05

The Epiphany of our Lord at Saint Cuthbert/Ocean Swells, 10 am.