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1. In-Person Services suspended until January 24, 2022 – Published January 17, 2022

2. This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford  – Revised January 17, 2022

3. Rector’s Reflection – Revised January 17, 2022

4. Resuming Services together in an Indoor Worship Space  – Revised November 28, 2021

5. Worship in our Buildings – relaxing of COVID 19 Restrictions – The Plan Revised July 05 , 2020

6. How you can continue to Contribute to the Parish.

 

 

This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford

The Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 17, 2022

The Parish of Blandford 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.

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

Morning Prayer

Collect: Almighty God, your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world. May your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed
to the ends of the earth; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH. For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. ISAIAH 62:1-5

Psalm Refrain: We feast on the riches of your house, O Lord.
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep; you save both man and beast, O Lord. R

How priceless is your love, O God! your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings. They feast upon the abundance of your house; you give them drink from the river of your delights. R

For with you is the well of life, and in your light we see light. R

Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, and your favour to those who are true of heart. R PSALM 36:5-10

Second Reading: A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. 1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-11

Gospel: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN. On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. JOHN 2:1-11

Prayers of the People: Called by a new name in baptism and adorned by the Spirit with a variety of gifts, let us pray to God whose hand provides for the needs of all, saying, Hear us, we pray.

For the Church, remembering especially Sandra, our bishop, that like Mary, we may all become better disciples by doing all that God asks of us. Hear us, we pray.

For this Parish Family, that, in our journey of faith, we may use the gifts God has given us for the good of the Church and all Creation, and bring forth an abundant harvest. Hear us, we pray.

As we approach the week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we pray for the unity of all those who call Jesus “Lord,” that God will heal the wounds in the body of Christ, and help us to give common witness, through prayer and compassionate service, to the human family. Hear us, we pray.

For our country, that God will move those in leadership positions to work together, to address the issues that confront so many, and help us to better listen to one another. Hear us, we pray.

For all who are suffering from storms and cold, for the poor and the homeless, and for the sick and the suffering, that they may take refuge under the shadow of God’s wings. May they find strength and light through our service to God in them. Hear us, we pray.

For those who have died, remembering especially, our brother Gordon Awalt, that all may share in the wedding feast of the eternal Jerusalem. Hear us, we pray.

O God who sent Jesus among us, hear the prayers of your people, transform us with the power of your love, and make us into new wine for the glory of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Prayer over the Gifts: Living God, you have revealed your Son as the Messiah. May we hear his word and follow it, and live as children of light.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford

Next Week: No Service on January 24.

Pastoral Presence during Uncertain Times: Rev. Louis is available by telephone or email anytime. He will in the Parish on Wednesday & Thursday this week.

Bible Study: We will resume once restrictions are removed and it is safe to meet. Please stay tuned.

Supporting your Parish during Suspension of Services: Our parish still has many expenses even when we have no Sunday services. You can continue to support your faith community by continuing to make your offering. You can do this by dropping off your envelope at Brian & Ann Stott’s house, mailing it by Canada Post, or sending it via interac transfer to: treasurer@parishofblandford.ca. (It is automatically deposited into our general account.)

Diocesan Prayer Partner: King’s College Chapel

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Alberton, Prince Edward Island The Reverend Ann Bush, Priest-in-Charge and Gordon St. Peter’s, Alberton St. Luke’s, O’Leary Christ Church, Kildare Capes Holy Trinity, Alma Christ Church, Cherry Valley, Prince Edward Island The Rev. Dr. G. Wayne Short, Priest-in-Charge, and Sheila

Anglican/Lutheran Cycle of Prayer

ACC Executive Director, Will Postma, and staff of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund ELCIC Executive Director, Karin Achtelstetter, and staff of Canadian Lutheran World Relief ACC/ELCIC The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

 

Rector’s Reflection

Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 16, 2021

John 2:1-11 – The Wedding at Cana

Today our Gospel reading is a story of Jesus found only in John’s Good News about Jesus’ life. It is known as the Wedding at Cana. I know I’ve said this a number of times about a number of scriptural passages, but here we go again – this is another of my favourites. It may be one of the best known stories because of the “changing water into wine. As stated in in the email which accompanied the bulletin… who wouldn’t want a friend who could do that.

This event in Jesus’ life is important in many other ways for us who begin another stage on the road as Jesus disciples at this time of year. We leave the baby in the manger behind and look once more at the adult human being who has replaced him. We may think that what is said today are things that we already have considered. We may feel that we have gone over it all before, and squeezed it dry.

Today though, we are different people than we were three years ago (the last time this came up in our scripture cycle). Perhaps our mind jumps here to Covid 19 and all the related complications and hardships associated with the disease and all the changes those have made in us. However, even if the last three years had been the smoothest sailing in our entire lives, we would still have changed. We have met new people. Some friends have moved away and out of our lives. We have had quarrels with some and reconciled with others. We have had health scares and we have been healed of other challenges. Whatever it is that has happened in our lives has made us different people today than in the years that have passed.

Repetition and re-examination, then, of the stories of our faith, may give us new insights because of the new things that have happened in our own lives.

This story, coming so near the beginning of the Gospel, reveals many things. It is the first SIGN that Jesus gives of what his coming and his ministry is all about. The Gospel writer says: Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory”. The word SIGN is capitalized because it is a different word than the other Gospels use. For John, the focus is not on the specific act that Jesus does, but that it is a SIGN pointing to everything that God is doing throughout Creation in Jesus. There are still some people who refer to these signs as “miracles”, but for this Gospel writer that is not the focus. For him, they are like the first flowers of spring bursting forth after a long, cold and snowy winter. They are showing us and pointing out to us what is to come. For me, this is important, because it shows God’s presence in the world now. Again like the first flowers, whether they are in my yard or yours, their message is the same. It does matter for whom the sign is made manifest. This is unlike praying for the “miracle” to happen to/for me or to/for us, personally. Sometimes those miracles can never happen for us as individuals, but it doesn’t mean that signs of God are not all around us still.

This is also the first time we see the dynamic between Jesus, the adult, and his mother. This is not the baby in the manger of Luke’s Gospel. Nor is it the precocious 12 year old discussing theology with the scholars and priests in Matthew’s Gospel. In Jesus’ abrupt (if not rude) response, we see in the conversation with his mother still a little of the young man trying to untie himself from his mother’s apron strings. We do not know how long Mary has been a single mother, we just know that no one, in any account of Jesus’ adult life mentions the presence of Joseph. Mary doesn’t take the bait though, she simple says: “Do whatever he tells you.” Her faith in her son is absolute, as her faith in God was shown to be when she first learned of her pregnancy. In all accounts of Mary, that image of the faithful follower of God’s will in her life is always front and centre. It is not proof that she equates her son with the divine, but her simple and complete faith in Jesus does point directly to her simple and complete faith in God. She is confident that whatever Jesus tells them to do, it will be the right thing.

In the paragraphs before this story, John tells us that Jesus has begun to preach and gather disciples (students, and followers) around himself. Some are present with him at the wedding feast. This is the first time, however, that we are told Jesus is beginning to DO. It is his first SIGN that what he has begun to say is coming true, and that it is here now. God’s work is in the world…as he speaks! God is present in the world and the incarnation does not just mean that Jesus is the physical presence of God in the world, but also that God is present everywhere in the world and all of Creation. God is present in that first flower of spring and God is present in us.

And so for each of us this story is a sign of Jesus, the embodiment of God in the world. What it means for each of us today can be different than what it meant yesterday and what it will mean tomorrow. What has happened in your life over the past 3 years to make this story different today than it was then? In what way have the signs of God in the world changed our perspective, our faith, our lives? Have we taken the time or made the effort to see those signs? Too often we take the time or allow whatever is happening around us to dictate the signs that we see. And, let’s be honest there are many signs of brokenness and cracks in our world. We tend to focus on those rather than the signs of God’s divine presence. Our world is not perfect – yet. There are cracks in everything. That’s how Leonard Cohen describes it in his Anthem: There is a crack, a crack in everything; That’s how the light gets in.” .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8-BT6y_wYg

To those of us who follow Jesus, the light which comes in is the the light of God. The streams of light are the signs of God’s presence. Had they lived in the world in a time and a place where they could have met, I don’t believe that Leonard Cohen would necessarily or even likely been a follower of Jesus. I believe, however, that there would have been mutual respect and perhaps a deep friendship between them.

So what about those signs, those beams of light that we see and that in which we see God? Are we looking for them? How do we recognize them?

My new Revelation – epiphany if you like, about today’s story is about the generosity of God. It strikes me as very important that the first sign of God in the active ministry of Jesus is an act of pure generosity. There is no need for more wine. Sure, some people would have been disappointed. There might have been some gossip by mean spirited people about the fact that the hosts were not generous enough. There could have been embarrassment for those hosts. The steward might have been criticized for bad planning. No one would have died, been made destitute, or suffered violence because of it. The gift of wine is a gift of pure generosity. It is a light where the celebration might have been dimmed. It is a sign that our God gives, just because giving is a good thing. God gives because he wants us to be happy – happy in the sense of true joy. God gives just because it’s fun to to give, to see the smile on the loved ones face when they receive – not out of necessity, but out of love. That’s a sign I love to see and it confirms a belief I have about the God we worship. The fist sign of God in what Jesus DOES is a sign of love, generosity and pure fun! May we give and receive those signs of God in our lives. May we have to wear sunglasses because there is so much light getting in!

 

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

Phase 5 – October 4, 2021

Please read original rules below for general principles regarding safe gatherings.  The following rules are now in effect:
  • Rows at FRONT RIGHT on Right hand side of the church are reserved for those who continue to physically distance (2m/6ft).
  • Masks must be worn throughout the service with the following exceptions: to receive the communion bread( or cup if you are receiving that day) when you are proclaiming Scripture or leading in Prayers.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required, but contact info  (phone #) for purposes for Public Health contact tracing only (information is destroyed after 30 days).

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.