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

Parish of Blandford

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

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 –

    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. 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 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.

This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

July 05

Morning Prayer – Praying at Home, Together

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.

Morning Prayer

July 05, 2020

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

Diocesan Prayer Partner: King’s College Chapel

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Good Shepherd, Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia: The Reverend Cathy Lee Cunningham; Church of the Holy Spirit, Mt. Uniacke, Nova Scotia: The Reverend Jack Risk, and Chris; All Saints, Bedford, Nova Scotia:The Reverend Trevor Lightfoot,and Jen,The Reverend Arthur Cuzner, Honorary Assistant, The Reverend Shirley Carras, Assistant Priest, and Andy.

Anglican/Lutheran Cycle of Prayer: ACC – The Bishop, clergy, and people of the Diocese of Athabasca; ELCIC – The congregations of the southern area of the Saskatchewan Synod

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Morning Prayer

Opening Prayers: Lord, open our lips, And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lord is our refuge and strength: O come, let us worship.

Venite: Psalm 95.1–7

Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above all gods. In his hand are the caverns of the earth, and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his for he made it, and his hands have moulded the dry land. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

Collect: Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ has taught us that what we do for the least of your children we do also for him. Give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, who gave up his life and died for us, but lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS. Eliezer said, “I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.’ I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also” let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’ Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.” And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will.” So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “May you, our sister, become thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain possession of the gates of their foes.” Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. GENESIS 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

Psalm: “Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; forget your people and your father’s house. The king will have pleasure in your beauty; he is your master; therefore do him honour. The people of Tyre are here with a gift; the rich among the people seek your favour.”

All glorious is the princess as she enters; her gown is cloth-of-gold. In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; after her the bridesmaids follow in procession. With joy and gladness they are brought, and enter into the palace of the king.

“In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; you shall make them princes over all the earth. I will make your name to be remembered from one generation to another; therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever.” PSALM 45:11-18

Second Reading: A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! ROMANS 7:15-25A

Gospel: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW. Jesus said, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” MATTHEW 11:16-19, 25-30

Apostle’s Creed: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

We pray for our needs and the needs of the world

Gracious God, you have taught us that to welcome another is to welcome Christ, hear us as we pray for all your people everywhere who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, saying: Holy God, hear our prayer.

For the Church: especially for Michael our Presiding Bishop and Kevin our bishop, that we may help others come to God and learn of the love, compassion, and forgiveness that Jesus offers. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For this family of the Parish of Blandford, that we may go forth to serve the world in that gentleness of heart that we learn from Christ, whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For leaders and legislators, that God will give them wisdom in addressing current challenges, courage to work for the greater good, and open to new approaches for the good of all they serve. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For our nation Canada, that God will guide us in living out the values which we proclaim, so that all may experience life, compassion, and justice. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For all those who do not believe and/or ignore the words of our public health officials, that they may come to understand that science like all else on earth is part of God’s Creation. May they also understand that we share in responsibility for each other to protect, to nurture and to love. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For all who need healing, particularly those with Covid-19, the work of all health care providers and God’s healing Spirit will ease their suffering, restore them to health, and strengthen those who care for them. Holy God, hear our prayer.

In Thanksgiving for all the departed, that God welcomes them with the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. For those who mourn them that they will be upheld by this faith and the support of those who love them. Holy God, hear our prayer.

Lord of heaven and earth, hear the prayers we offer today, teach us the secrets of your heart, and help us take up the gentle yoke of the cross, that we may proclaim to everyone the joy that comes from you. This we ask in your most Holy Name. Amen.

A Prayer of Offering: God of heaven and earth, receive our sacrifice of praise, and strengthen us for the perfect freedom of your service, through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Let us live in peace to love and serve the Lord in the Joy of the Resurrection. Thanks be to God! Alleluia! +

Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford

Schedule for Resuming Services in our Church Building(s): Sunday, July 12 – Preparation of those who have volunteered to be Greeters & Ushers, Saint Barnabas. Sunday, July 19 – Morning Prayer, Saint Barnabas.

As many of you know already, we may now gather in groups of up to 50 people following public health regulations. In order to do this safely in our buildings, procedures for physical distancing, movement of people in and out of the building and protocols during the worship service need to adapted for our particular space. This week, parish council approved the plan put forward by our small planning group. (Alfred Gates, Bev & Curtis McDonald, Jacquie Cleveland, Ken Miller & Rev. Louis) This plan is available on request by email or in print to all members of the congregation. It will also be posted on our website. In a separate email/printing, information will be sent to all members of the congregation to help you navigate the new procedures. Help will be needed in the welcoming ministries of Greeters & Ushers to the implement these procedures for our Sunday Mornings. If you are interested in being part of this important ministry, please let Rev. Louis know as soon as possible. This is a “Test Run”. After our first service we will review to see if we wish to continue in this way or take another pause until September. Feedback from all members of the congregation is an important part of the decision making. Please let us know your thoughts and wishes.

Continued Parish Contact During COVID 19 Restrictions: Many of you do not have internet and so do not always get notification of news and changes with regard to our Parish community. We recognize this and are trying to correct it. Thank-you to Diane Langley & Hanni Taylor for agreeing to organize a Telephone tree which will specifically call to let people know of any news which is sent out by email or on our website during this time of restricted personal contact. A list of the people who we know do not have internet access has been compiled. If you know of anyone who should be on that list, please call and leave their name and number on the parish phone or email Rev. Louis. If their name is not on the list, it will be added on.

Bible Study & Reflection: Next Sunday’s Readings GENESIS 25:19-34; PSALM 119:105-112; ROMANS 8:1-11; MATTHEW 13:1-9, 18-23

Pastoral Presence during Uncertain Times: Rev. Louis is continuing to try to contact by phone especially those who have no internet access. If you know anyone who would like a telephone call from Rev. Louis, please contact him by e-mail or phone. Rev. Louis plans to be in the parish this week on Thursday & Friday.

Food Bank Donations: For those of you wishing to continue to make donations to our local food bank (Chester) here is a list of the items that they are in most need of at this time – Pasta Sauce, Crackers, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Veggies, Rolled oats, Cereal, Hand Soap, Shampoo, Juices. They can be dropped off as you do your shopping at The Independent Store, Chester or at Jeff Hogue’s Auto, East River.

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.

 

Rector’s Reflection

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

July 05, 2020

A Reflection on Today’s Gospel Passage

MATTHEW 11:16-19, 25-30

There are many occasions in life when we experience that same kind of frustration which Jesus seems to in the opening verses of today’s Gospel reading. We are faced with decisions in life which seem put us in a bad light in the opinion of at least some others no matter how we decide to act or react in a particular situation. We feel damned if we do and damned if we don’t.

Jesus is often put into this position, not only in the stories of the Gospel, but often still today. “Look at that” some say (both inside and outside the Christian fellowship) “all those miracles Jesus ‘performed’ couldn’t possibly have happened that way. That’s not the way things work. And anyway, if he could do all that, why didn’t he prevent all evils and illnesses from happening”.

Others take a different tack. Everything that Jesus said and did, in their opinion, has been said and done by others before – sometimes said more eloquently and done with more skill or power.

Let’s tackle this second one first. Of course everything that Jesus has said and done finds resonances in every culture, every religion, and every time in history! The whole point of Jesus as revealed to us in Scripture, faith and history is that God is to be found in ALL that is good! What would be a lot more difficult to reconcile would be any major differences between all the good things found in world history and the message of the Gospel! Incarnation, God becoming human in Jesus Christ, is an affirmation that God is with us and that we can “tap into” the divine through ALL the goodness we find in our world. While we recognize that this has not always been taught or believed by all Christians (yesterday and today) it is entirely consistent with the revelation of Jesus in the Gospels.

As for the first why question – Why didn’t Jesus just wrinkle his nose, wave his wand, or whatever and fix whatever is wrong with the world. Well, we all know that not everyone agrees on what is actually wrong with the world. I am certain that there would have been critics – no matter what he did. More importantly and more truly, the same answer works for this question/criticism as for the other: it is in solidarity with our humanity that the limitation to what Jesus can or chooses to do finds its centre. If we believe that God truly wanted to show solidarity with Creation, with us, in the humanity of Jesus, it could not be in the sometimes beautiful, fancy magic world of waving wands. It had to be embedded in the wonderful, but often grimy world of human relationships where Jesus truly lived like us. All the miracles and wonders of Jesus are based on relationship, compassion, empathy and full blown love! They are not Jesus taking control of the life of someone else. That was a temptation he rejected at the very beginning of his ministry.

What Jesus did was to tap into the reality of all the goodness that is God and of God in our reality. It is all of a piece with the same goodness we find everywhere in our world. What my Christian faith tells me is that in the person of Jesus – in his life, his death, and his resurrection we find the most complete revelation of who God is and what God intends for Creation and humanity. God wants partners, sisters, brothers, lovers, friends, and children in bringing out all the good that is possible in ourselves and in the universe around us. We are those partners, sisters, brothers, lovers, friends, and children whenever we take up a part of this joyful task. That is why Jesus can say to us, truthfully and with authority: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Louis+

 

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.

‘Till Christmas in the Parish of Blandford

Coming Events in and around the Parish of Blandford

Bible Study & Reflection: Next Sunday’s readings – JEREMIAH 23:1-6; CANTICLE 19 (LUKE 1:68-79); COLOSSIANS 1:11-20; LUKE 23:33-43

Home Visits: If anyone would like a visit or communion at home from Rev. Louis OR if you know anyone who may wish to receive a visit or communion, please contact him in person, by e-mail or phone. Rev. Louis will be in the parish this week on Tuesday and on vacation from November 20 – 26.

Christmas Bazaar: Saturday, November 23, 11-1:30 at the Blandford Community Centre. Admission Free. Bake Table, Handwork, Fudge, and more. Lunch (Soup or Chili, dessert, tea or coffee) available: Adults $8, Youth (6-12) $5, Children 5 and under free. Proceeds to the Saint Barnabas Guild.

Country Christmas Music Concert (Christmas and Gospel) with Matt Balsor, NS Hall of Famer, Sunday November 17th, 2019 – 2:30pm to 4:30pm ( doors open at 1:30) at The Chester Basin Legion,.$10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets available: at the Hair Salon #6 Pig Loop Rd Chester 275-5966 or Sheila Hirtle / Lynn Hatt or Jessica Sawler. New Ross Credit Union Limited or Roger 275-4142
Bake table / cookie sale~ 50/50 ~ Christmas basket tickets ~ Door Prizes ~Canteen. Proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society’s The Lodge that Gives. Let there be Christmas ~ Christmas Everywhere!

Decorating the Church & Tree; preparation for Christmas Eve Family Service: Sunday December 15, 4PM – Saint Barnabas Church. For the young and the young at heart. Start Spreading the word!