Dear Colleague and Partners,
Grace and peace be with you!
In the most recent series of meetings that I have convened with the rostered ministers of our synod, we have discussed potential scenarios by which in-person worship might begin in our churches as provincial restrictions begin to be lifted. Many of us, while mourning the absence of in-person worship, have grave concerns about our congregational capacity to ensure a safe and healthy environment in which to gather should current government restrictions be relaxed anytime within the next few months.
Early last week the Anglican House of Bishops in the Province of Ontario decided that their churches will not re-open for in person worship until September 2020 at the earliest, regardless of where the Government of Ontario is with its reopening plan. This decision was made in consultation with public health experts, with the well-being and safety of parishioners and the communities they serve uppermost in their hearts and minds. I have also clearly heard that our pastors and deacons would welcome a directive of this kind. As such, it is my strong recommendation that our synod’s congregations not contemplate initiating in-person worship experiences within our church buildings until the beginning of September at the earliest.Read more →