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Parish Re-Entry

On September 13th, our parish will Re-Open

A letter from the Rector and Wardens of the Church of St Peter and St Simon-the-Apostle

September 1, 2020

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and come into His courts with praise. Psalm 100.3

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St Peter and St Simon-the-Apostle,

In mid-March when our Church buildings were closed for public gatherings including worship, we had no idea it would be a protocol that would last six months. It has been a challenging and strange time, yet we, along with other Churches and faith groups, have found ways to worship remotely, and to keep in touch. We are grateful to the many people who have helped us worship on-line and to our faithful parishioners and friends who have been with us over the weeks and months. We are also grateful to the many parishioners who have been working hard to ensure we have a safe and enjoyable return to our Church building. Thank you for your support, encouragement and prayers.

Just as we have come to adapt to this new normal, we are now in the position of being able to come back to worship in our Church building. On Sunday, September 13th we will re-open for in-person worship at St Peter and St Simon-the-Apostle. For the time being we will have one Sunday morning service at 10.30 am. It will be a said celebration of the Holy Eucharist with some restrictions such as no congregational singing, no choir and no anointing for healing. Holy Communion will be administered in one kind only (bread) at a standing station by the chancel steps. There will be organ music, a Cantor and some pre-recorded music offered by Robin Davis and members of the choir. While this is a great sadness, especially for members of our beloved choir, all of these changes are in keeping with directions of public health and the Diocesan guidelines and are for the well-being and safety of all. For those unable to attend at the present time there will be a live-stream of the service made available. The mid-week said Eucharist will resume on Wednesday, September 23rd at 11.00 am. Compline will take place on Tuesdays at 8 pm via Zoom, beginning on September 15th.

Please see the key information below outlining what you can expect when you come to Church. You may also visit the website of the Diocese of Toronto for the Re-Opening Guidelines and video.

Friends, we have longed for the day when we can meet again. Though we may not be able to sing out the Te Deum lustily as we would like, the time is coming when we will be together for worship and praise and to receive the Blessed Sacrament which we have missed so much. We give thanks to Almighty God for all the goodness and love He continues to bestow upon us, in good times and in times of difficulty, and we commend to his gracious care especially those who suffer and those who serve. We look forward to seeing you – and please, stay safe.

Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness;
that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities,
and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity, BCP p. 254.

Yours Faithfully,

The Reverend Canon Geoffrey Sangwine, Rector
Dr Ted Robinson – Rector’s Warden (Health & Safety Working Group Chair)
Ms Vanessa Scott – People’s Warden
Ms Laurie Sanderson & Ms Stephanie Woodside – Deputy Wardens


Coming Back to Church: What You Can Expect & What You Need to Know

Attendance Information

Please consider virtual services of our live-stream option if:

There will be no coffee hour.

There are floor markings throughout the building much as you see in other public spaces. Please follow those markings. We have removed the furniture from the lobby to create more space and there will be a flow of people protocol in the building.

When you Arrive
Worship
The Eucharist
Leaving the Church
Other Things to Note

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
We look forward to welcoming you to St Peter and St Simon-the-Apostle.


COVID-19 Self-Assessment Questionnaire

Prior to arriving we encourage you to conduct the self-assessment recommended by the Ontario Ministry of Health as provided below and found here.
This self-assessment of your daily health status ensures that you continue to meet the health and safety requirements from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) guidelines regarding the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you answer NO to all questions, proceed to the Church.

If you answer YES to any of these questions: Please Do not come to the Church.

Monitor your situation and call Telehealth (1-866-797-0000) or your health care provider for guidance and to determine if you require a test for COVID-19.