Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We find ourselves in strange times as we are all grappling with the new reality in the Covid-19 pandemic. I am urging all of us, to take heart, keep ourselves and others safe and that we continue to be the close and caring community we are, even in these difficult times.
Our Archbishop Melissa has directed us to suspend all person to person services, church services,food ministries an all meetings in our buildings. This will include our Wednesday and Sunday services, our Sacred Singing Circle, our Thursday Lunch and our Friday Emergency Food Cupboard and our Thrift Store, all recovery and other meetings in the hall or church until May 6.
Please read her directive: https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/news/suspension-of-in-person-worship-and-parish-and-diocesan-activities
The wardens and leadership of the Parish will be exploring remote and virtual ways to hold church services, keep in touch, check up with everyone and respond in these challenging fast changing times.
We will be strategizing with other community groups, in the delivery of needed food to those most vulnerable in our community. Please check our website and Facebook page.Please continue in your giving by PAR or e- transfers or by mail or dropping your offering by the office mail box.
Thank you to the leadership, Wardens, Parish Council members, Terri in the kitchen, Donna in the Thrift Store and to Rev. Shannon Tennant and our United Church friends for your support and creativity this last week. You are all amazing.In Lent sometimes we use the metaphor and image of being in the desert or the wilderness to focus our devotions. This pandemic feels like the wilderness, Jesus taught us that even in his 40 days in the wilderness he was never alone… holy angels attended him and we have each other.
May Jesus and His Holy Angels attend to our small committed community,to bolster our hearts as we are called to attend to ourselves, each other and the wider community in new ways of being and and new ways of caring. Please stay safe, wash your hands, practice self isolation and take this opportunity to get out in nature and this wonderful sunshine.
Yours in Christ,
The Venerable Mavis Brownlee
(filling in for the Rev. Emilie Smith)
March 17, 2020