Suspension of All Faith Gatherings – NS Public Health Covid 19 Regulations

Until further notice All Public, in Person gatherings including Worship Services & Meetings of the Parish of Blandford are CANCELLED.

We encourage everyone to “Pray at Home, Together” using our Morning Prayer Document on this website.  Weekly Bulletins which include Scripture Readings & Prayers for the week are posted on the website.  They are also available by email to those on our mailing list. If you wish to be added to our mailing list for the weekly bulletin and other parish news please request it by emailing Rev. Louis Quennelle at : ministry@parishofblandford.ca

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.

 

 

Recent Posts

1. This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford  -Revised June 20

2. Rector’s Reflection -Revised June 20

3. Services Resume at All Saints – posted January 28

4. Resuming Services together in an Indoor Worship Space  – July 04  Revised July 25, 2020

5. Worship in our Buildings – relaxing of COVID 19 Restrictiuons – The Plan Revised July 25

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

 

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This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 20, 2021

The Parish of Blandford Worshiping 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

Fathers’ Day – Morning Prayer – Praying at Home Together

Collect: O God our defender, storms rage about us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us all from unbelief; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen.

First Reading: A READING FROM THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL. David said to Saul, “Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and whenever a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after it and struck it down, rescuing the lamb from its mouth; and if it turned against me, I would catch it by the jaw, strike it down, and kill it. Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.” David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.” So Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you!” Saul clothed David with his armour; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. David strapped Saul’s sword over the armour, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them.” So David removed them. Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd’s bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine. The Philistine came on and drew near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was only a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the field.” But David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This very day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the Philistine army this very day to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hand.” When the Philistine drew nearer to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. David put his hand in his bag, took out a stone, slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. 1 SAMUEL 17: 32-49

Psalm Refrain: The Lord is a refuge in time of trouble.
The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of trouble. Those who know your name will put their trust in you, for you never forsake those who seek you, O Lord. Sing praise to the Lord who dwells in Zion; proclaim to the peoples the things he has done. The avenger of blood will remember them; he will not forget the cry of the afflicted. R
Have pity on me, O Lord; see the misery I suffer from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gate of death; So that I may tell of all your praises and rejoice in your salvation in the gates of the city of Zion. R
The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, and in the snare they set is their own foot caught. The Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands. The wicked shall be given over to the grave, and also all the peoples that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever. R
Rise up, O Lord, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; let them be judged before you. Put fear upon them, O Lord; let the ungodly know they are but mortal. R PSALM 9:9-20

Second Reading: A READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS. As we work together with Christ, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as imposters, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see – we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return – I speak as to children – open wide your hearts also. 2 CORINTHIANS 6:1-13

Gospel: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK. On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” MARK 4:35-41

Prayers of the People: Let us offer our prayers for all creation to the God whose mighty power earth and heaven obey, saying: Holy God, hear our prayer.

For the Church: for Sandra, our bishop; for all priests, deacons, lay ministers and all who minister by answering the call of their baptism. In all things may we have faith in Jesus, the Teacher who will not let us perish. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For this family of the Parish of Blandford, that we who are blessed to have Jesus in our midst. May we always be filled with awe, hope, faith, and have love for one another. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For the leaders of the nations, that their spirits and actions may be guided by wisdom, justice, and love. We pray the the resolutions made to help humanity by the recent gatherings of world leaders will be fulfilled for the benefit of all. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For those in need of liberation from poverty, persecution, and fear; for refugees and the homeless, that God will give us the strength to make no peace with oppression, and hasten the day when we may lift every voice and sing the glory of our God who is freedom, peace, and love. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For all fathers, and those who have shown a father’s love to us, that God will make them beacons of light, sources of encouragement, and grant them joy and health. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For all those recovering from storms, fires and drought, that they may come one day to rejoice again in the calm of peace. We pray especially for the end of the drought which currently ravages much of Western North America. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For all those in need of our prayers, remembering, especially, the ill in mind, body & spirit. We pray for those suffering from Covid 19 and those whose recovery is difficult, that all may be strengthened by God’s amazing grace through the hands, hearts and knowledge of those who support them. Holy God, hear our prayer.

For those who have died, remembering especially those who continue to die from Covid 19, that having crossed to the other side with Christ, they may become a new creation for all eternity, let us pray to the Lord. Holy God, hear our prayer.

God of our salvation, hear the prayers we offer you this day for all who are tossed in the storms of life, and open wide our hearts to accept your peace and grace, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer over the Gifts: Eternal God, you have made our Saviour Jesus Christ the head of all creation. Receive all we offer you this day and renew us in his risen life, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford

Next Week: No Common Worship – Praying at Home, Together.

National Indigenous Day of Prayer: June 21. In light of the need for true reconciliation with our Indigenous sisters and brothers, we are all encouraged to observe this day with prayer, action and thoughtful reflection for understanding. Please visit https://www.anglican.ca/im/nidp/, the National Anglican Church website for resources to help you observe this day.

Resuming Worship in Phase III of Nova Scotia’s Re-opening Plan: Phase III of the re-opening plan allows for resumption of indoor faith gatherings. Unless something happens to derail it, it now looks like this will be in early July. Once things are more certain, we will announce the date and location of our first in person service.

Pastoral Presence during Uncertain Times: Rev. Louis is available by telephone or email anytime. He will be in the parish on Thursday & Friday (24-25).

 

Rector’s Reflection

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 20, 2021

Father’s Day (20) & National indigenous day of Prayer (21)

On and around Fathers’ day I, like many of you, spend time thinking about my dad. Whether he is alive or has passed on, whether the memories are good or mixed, it’s a natural thing to do.

I think of my dad working his farm. His father died young, so dad took on sole care of the farm from age 18. He was an extremely hard worker and worked very long hours every day of the year. As children we participated in the work, but we still had a lot of freedom and play – certainly more freedom than many children have today. I can say that my father’s work (alongside my mother) brought, not riches, but much joy. Dad was the mushy one in our family. He was emotional and affectionate to us all, especially as small children. In the summer his work often ended for the day at 9pm or later. If we were still up when he came in to his warmed up supper, it was not uncommon for him to have one boy on each knee and an arm around another one. He learned to eat that way and mom learned to put extra food on his plate as he shared with us. My teen years were not so rosy in my relationship with him, but the solid loving foundation formed in childhood won the day in my twenties when we finally re-established that loving relationship. I am glad we were able to do it before he died at the early age of 69.

I know that this is not everyone’s experience of fatherhood, not just in the details, but in the substance. Some people recall only negative experiences or memories of their father. Some have no real childhood memories of their fathers for one reason or another. Some have experiences of, not only fathers, but of both parents being ripped away from their early childhood. I am, in this instance, speaking of many of Indigenous children in Canada who were sent to Residential Schools.

This subject is difficult for us to face. What must it be like for those who lived it? It makes me reflect on what happens to a culture, to a people, when all the reference points for fatherhood get ripped away? Everything unique and shared, good and bad about fatherhood for the individuals who lived the residential school experience simply disappeared.

When we compare our families with that of thousands of indigenous children who never knew fatherhood – good,bad, or indifferent,not too many of us have as much to regret, or be angry about.

Fatherhood (patriarchy) & ancestry are intimately tied together in our society. In some societies ancestry is more identified with motherhood and matriarchy. In most societies, to varying degrees, both play a strong, if sometimes distinct role. We know how important our ancestry is to us in the Parish of Blandford. We revere not only our ancestors, but also the places where their bodies rest. The parish of Blandford is the first parish since my childhood home parish where I have experienced this reverence for our cemeteries. Church buildings are also treasured. If they were somehow destroyed, we would not just miss them and mourn them. I am convinced that the members of this parish would find significant ways to mark where they were, even if they could not be rebuilt.

Monday is national Indigenous Day. We mark the day as a day of prayer. When we do: think of residential schools; think of lost motherhood and lost fatherhood; think of lost cemeteries and burial sites, and the lost communities and villages, think about lost children. Recently I have heard, but been unable to confirm in checking our news sources that the construction of the Blandford ferry terminal has been postponed because it is a possible Mi’kmaq archaeological site. Is it any wonder that these sites are perhaps even more precious to the Mi’kmaq than our buildings and cemeteries are to us. So much has been lost to them: places, traditions, culture, families and especially children and a sense of parenthood; fatherhood.

The model of Truth and Reconciliation is an important one. The truth needs to be seen & acknowledged before we can truly reconcile. Seeing the truth cannot be skipped.

I know that this is only one of many challenges we face in our world today. We are dealing with the Covid Pandemic, with wars & refugees, with climate crisis and associated difficulties. Sometimes it’s easy to lose hope. Today’s Scripture and prayers offer help.

Let’s begin with the words of the Collect (opening prayer): O God our defender, storms rage about us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us all from unbelief;”. The Psalm opens with these words: “The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of trouble. Those who know your name will put their trust in you, for you never forsake those who seek you, O Lord. Sing praise to the Lord who dwells in Zion; proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.” (Psalm 9). The Gospel shows Jesus calming the storm and we hear or read these words:Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? The answer to the question the apostles ask is, of course: he is the Son who has complete faith in his father, that he and those he loves and journeys with, will be protected to do the work they must do. God will be faithful to him as he is faithful to God. These are true descriptions of the fatherhood of God. At times it is difficult to see this fatherhood.

For those who have a negative or no experience of fatherhood, it is very difficult at times to even understand this concept of fatherhood, much less know and experience it. How much more difficult is it for whole nations to to appreciate fatherhood when all the cultural and family signposts have been ripped away? How can we even begin to reconcile and heal not only with the indigenous people of these lands, but with all those who have experienced only difficult or no fatherhood? How can we heal our families, some of whom have also been troubled in our experiences of fatherhood? How can those of us who KNOW from our own experience and faith, what good fatherhood, human and divine, is all about somehow show it to others?

In our own Christian faith we are called to see & hear these messages in Scripture and recognize in them true, whole, wholesome and loving fatherhood. Those of us who have some taste and experience of this kind of fatherhood through our own fathers or uncles or grandfathers or others who have been as fathers to us in some way or other, also have a responsibility to show that side of fatherhood to others.

We may think we need special training, special enlightenment, special calls to do this. We’re right of course, there are times when all of these are needed.

Sometimes though it’s just a matter of using the tools we have and know. In today’s reading from the book of Samuel, David tries to use tools that he does not know and which are not his own to go off to fight the enemy, but he finds all they do in encumber him: “David strapped Saul’s sword over the armour, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them.” So David removed them. Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd’s bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine”. (Samuel 17)

We can help others reclaim this fatherhood no matter what their experience has been so far by showing them the qualities of fatherhood which are universal to all humanity. Some of these are protection, care, affection, and love. They may be expressed in one way in a home of fishermen, in another in a farmer’s home, and in other ways in accountants’, tradesmen’s or lawyers’ homes. They may be expressed culturally differently in our homes in Canada, in Chinese homes, in German homes, in Polynesian, in Congolese or in Mi’kmaq homes. If a father shows these qualities in his parenting role, he can serve as an example to others of what true fatherhood is or can be. If we as Christians show these qualities in our lives, then we too can show the true Fatherhood of God to others, whether or not they have experienced it for themselves yet. We can make that gift to them, not only on Fathers’ day but every day of the year.

 

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.