Services Resume at All Saints

           Regular Sunday Services to Resume                                                  at                                                All Saints, Bayswater

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

Services for the First 4 week period:

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

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

 

 

This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford

First Sunday in Lent:

February 21, 2021

The Parish of Blandford Worshiping at Saint Barnabas – Morning Prayer

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

First Sunday in Lent – Morning Prayer

Collect: God of the wilderness, your Son battled with the powers of darkness and grew closer to you in the desert: help us to use these forty days to grow in wisdom and prayer, so that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Common Worship(2000) alt.

First Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS. God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. GENESIS 9:8-17

Psalm Refrain: The paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me. Let none who look to you be put to shame; let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes. R

Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long. R

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting. Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord. R

Gracious and upright is the Lord; therefore he teaches sinners in his way. He guides the humble in doing right and teaches his way to the lowly. All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. R PSALM 25:1-9

Second Reading: A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PETER. Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you -not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. 1 PETER 3:18-22

Gospel: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK. Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ. In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” the Gospel of Christ. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. MARK 1:9-15

Prayers of the People:

As heirs of God’s covenant and called to share Christ’s victory over temptation, let us offer our prayers to God saying: Lord, have mercy.

For the Church throughout the world, that we may be led by the Spirit to a fuller living of the Gospel, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For this parish family as we meet for our Annual Meeting, that we who are one with Jesus may experience the Lenten wilderness not only as a place of testing, but also a place of triumph, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For peace, that God strengthen those who work for peace and grow their numbers, that they may be guided along new paths of dialogue, understanding and action, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For each of us as we embark on the journey of Lent, that we may seek ways to find room for God in our lives and increase our compassion for others, let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

For all those who seek shelter from storms, freezing temperatures, violence, and war; those seeking work, and those burdened by isolation, that they may receive our helping hand and obtain the resources they need, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all who are ill with Covid 19 and their caregivers, and for those in need of our prayers for healing from physical, emotional and spiritual illness, that their trust in God’s healing love may be strengthened by the healing presence of their brothers and sisters – US, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those who have died, remembering especially Kingsley Meisner, that having been baptized into Christ’s death, all may share in the resurrection, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Blessed are you, O God, who set your bow in the clouds as a sign of your covenant and brought us through the wilderness. Hear our prayers for all people, and bring us through these forty days to the joy of the resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Savior. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts: God our refuge and our strength, receive all we offer you this day, and through the death and resurrection of your Son
transform us to his likeness. We ask this in his name. Amen.

Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford

Sunday February 28: We return to All Saints in Bayswater for our 10 am Sunday worship. We will be monitoring attendance over the coming weeks as physical distancing restrictions limit capacity to a maximum of @24 depending on the size of ‘bubble’ groups sitting together. We want no one to stay away because of fear of lack of space.

Bible Study & Reflection: There will be no Bible Study this week.

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

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

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

Diocesan Prayer Partner: King’s College Chapel

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Collieries ParishThe Reverend Dorothy Miller,The Reverend Myrna MacMullin, Associate Parish Priest, and Robert, St. Mary’s, Glace Bay, St. Paul’s, Port Morien, St. Luke’s, Port Caledonia, Christ Church, South Head, All Saints’, New Waterford, Church of the Good Shepherd, Dominion.

Anglican Lutheran Cycle of Prayer: ACC Bishop David Edwards, the clergy and people of the Diocese of Fredericton

ELCIC The dean, council, and congregations of the Grand River and Thames Areas of the Eastern Synod

Forty Days And Forty Nights

1. Forty days and forty nights
You were fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights,
Tempted, and yet undefiled.

2. Shall not we your sorrow share
And from worldly joys abstain,
Fasting with unceasing prayer,
Strong with you to suffer pain?

3. Then, if Evil on us press,
Flesh or spirit to assail,
Victor in the wilderness,
Grant we may not faint nor fail!

4. So shall we have peace divine;
Holier gladness ours shall be.
Round us, too, shall angels shine,
Such as served You faithfully.

5. Keep, O keep us, Saviour dear,
Ever constant by your side,
That with you we may appear
At th’eternal Eastertide.

Meter: 77 77. Lyrics: George Hunt Smyttan (1822 – 1870). Public Domain

 

Rector’s Reflection

Last Sunday after Epiphany – Transfiguration

February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day! So what is valentine’s day anyway – where did it come from? Some say that Valentine’s day finds its origins in third century Rome. One of the versions is that it was an early example of an organized draft dodger conspiracy. A priest named Valentine in the 3rd century A.D. is supposed to have married couples in secret so that the men could avoid being called to service in the military. This kind of begins the link between Valentine’s day and Romantic love; although getting married to dodge the draft may not necessarily be the most romantic reason to do it.

Even if this story is true, the holiday did not take off right away. In fact, there is no history of it being celebrated until 1100 years later near the end of the 14th century…. so it’s not likely to be completely or may be even at all historically accurate – but it’s a good story to tell.

Other stories linked to the origins of Valentine’s day to a Roman holiday celebrating the coming of spring. In this version it involved a lottery, pairing off men and women to “celebrate” spring. In the 5th century when Christianity had just become the official state religion of the Roman Empire, you might see why the pope and others would want to change that custom to one of Romantic love – of a much more innocent and more “acceptable” variety. Also, Valentine seems to have been a popular name in those days and there are several martyrs and priest whose names could have been associated with the feast.

In modern times the practise of celebrating this day came into popularity in the late 1800s in the USA. Like many of our modern “Christian” holidays it quickly became commercialized. We know it today in images of romance, cupids, & doves. We give and receive cards, roses & chocolates. The practise has been moved beyond romantic love to friendship, giving Valentines to celebrate these friendships. Kids in school, in normal years, would exchange them with each other.

Does this Valentine’s day with the notion of Romantic Love relate at all to today’s feast of the Transfiguration? Well, what about this link? We sometimes fall head over heels in love – knocking all sense out of our heads in the process. Our loved one becomes transfigured in our eyes. They grow more beautiful than they really are. They glow and they make us glow. They seem to have no faults at all. They are the centre of our world. We do really silly things (sometimes even stupid things) to show our love to them and to the world – like sky writing or proposing on TV! Lots of songs and stories, movies and tv shows are written and produced about this aspect of romantic love.

Later on, hopefully as romantic love grows deeper and matures – the loved one is once again transfigured. We may get a more realistic view of her/him – but one that can be all the more glowing for that new depth and maturity. In really good relationships this aspect of love continues to grow as the person is transfigured and the true light surrounding them grows stronger and steadier, less blinding, as our eyes adjust to the reality and the beauty of the other.

Today’s is one of those blazes of light and love for the apostles who accompany Jesus to the mountaintop. It’s not likely a demonstration of romantic love, but I compare it to Valentine’s day all the same in that it is both a revelation of Jesus’ own glory, and a revelation of Jesus’ not only as the beloved one of God – but as their own beloved. The apostles are falling into true love with Jesus and their eyes are opening to who he really is and to what & how much he means to them.

Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.” Being frightened by the intensity of love is not unusual. Love can cause us to react in unexpected ways and do or say things that appear really out of context – like the head over heals silliness I just mentioned. What in the world could Peter possibly mean by building dwellings for Jesus, Elijah & Moses. How could they be built? Why? What use would they have? There is not much sense in his proposal, but the awe of the moment of revelation makes him terrified and it is too much for his brain to process. Even the Gospel writer – and those writers ALWAYS looked for meaning and sense in the apostles words – he couldn’t couldn’t figure out a sensible reason for it. Peter was just ‘off his head’.

This experience of the Transfiguration of Jesus is one step along their journey – one important momentous step which bowls them over the way any revelation of love can bowl anyone over.

This week we are coming to the beginning of Lent. I don’t remember ever considering how this Gospel could possibly be leading us into Lent – at least not in the context of Valentine’s day. However, Lent is a time of transformation, a time of re-examining our relationship with God, with Jesus, with the role of God’s guiding Holy Spirit in our loves and in our entire life. It is a time, in a very real sense, of falling in love with Jesus all over again – or maybe even falling in love with Jesus for the first time. It is a time of growing deeper into the relationship which can bring us to the top of a mountain and see his glory. It is a time which will take us into the fullness of his sacrifice in suffering and death and his triumph in Resurrection. It is a time in which we can grow into the kind of people who can love him and each other as he loves us – a time we can fall in love with each other as his brothers and sisters. It can and should be a time in which we do silly things for that love – like giving till it hurts, or forgiving when others would simmer in thoughts of hate and revenge, or of asking for forgiveness when we have no right to ask. It is a time when building a dwelling for Jesus may not seem that silly – if that dwelling is within us, if that dwelling is our church – the parish of Blandford.

 

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

Parish of Blandford

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

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

Worship in our Buildings – relaxing of COVID 19 Restrictions

June 23. 2020

Prior to gathering for worship:

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

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

  3. Proposed time line:

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

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

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

    4. Sunday July 19 – Service of Morning Prayer

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

Plan for Gathering Safely for Worship:

  1. Preparation in advance:

    1. Cleaning – as above

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

  2. Gathering for Worship:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    6. (When Service includes Communion

      1. preparation of the altar before service

      2. procedures for Eucharistic prayer at the Altar

      3. procedures for distributing/receiving communion.

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

Record Keeping:

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

Reviewing Procedures:

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

Resuming Services together in an Indoor Worship Space

Parish of Blandford

July 2020 – Revised July 25

Resuming Services together in an Indoor Worship Space.

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

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

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

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

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

    1. If you are in any way unsure

    2. if you feel your health is in danger

    3. if you feel ill in any way –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parish Ministries during COVID19 Outbreak

Parish of Blandford.

Parish Ministry During COVID19 Corona Virus Outbreak

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

Louis +

Rector, Parish of Blandford

Doctrine of Discovery – Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

Truth & Reconciliation, another beginning –Postponed Until Further Notice

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

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

Doctrine of Discovery, Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Schedule 2019

Services for the Christmas Season – 2019

December 08

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

December 15

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

December 22

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

December 24

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

Christmas Holy Eucharist at 8 pm at All Saints.

December 29

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

January 05

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