Welcome back everybody! On behalf of St. Michael’s Church Wardens, Trustee and parish council members, I would like to welcome you all back to our in-person church worship service. It has been an uncertain time for all of us. While our parish had provided online church services on Sunday and Wednesday, there is no substitute to be back to the house of the Lord. It inspires me to share and reflect these words from scriptures: 1 I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ Psalm 122. Just like the Israelites of old, people praised God once they had entered the gates of the Holy City. This Church is the centre of our worship, and the place where the Lord continues to reveal himself to all of us.
I thank you for your patience and perseverance during the time that our church was locked-down due to safety reason. This is to comply to the guidelines from the provincial health office, and the Archbishop’s directive to all the parishes in the Diocese. This was so difficult to many of us, to stay home most of the time and not be able to gather in person for prayer and fellowship. It was very disappointing and discouraging as a parish congregation.
However, many of you supported our online worship service on Sunday mornings. In spite of the technological challenges, we managed to navigate and get through the past 15 Sundays participating in virtual services.
But today, we can give praise to God (in-person) and say, 24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118
We also thank you for sending your tithes, pledges and offerings in support to the ministry of our parish. To all our readers, prayer leaders, music ministry, people behind the scene preparing the Sunday bulletin, power point slides and operating the zoom video/audio communications. All your contributions have help to keep us all connected.
May God bless you all. May God’s love be with us all. May we be a stronger and faithful congregation now and in the days to come. Thank you so much!
The Venerable Louie Engnan, Vicar
Phase II: Church Re-Opening Protocol.
(Please read carefully before you come to Church on Sunday Morning)
Parish Council members are pleased to let you know that St. Michael’s Anglican Church is now open for in-person worship service. Please note the new Sunday service times as follows: 8:00am – B.C.P. Service and, 9:15am – B.A.S. Service. Both services will be a Morning Prayer.
What to expect when you come back to worship at St. Michael’s? Please see down below some of the re-opening protocols that should be observed by all of us when we come back to our church building.
Hand gloves and Face masks will be available to anyone who wishes to use them while inside the church premises.
- Worship Service will be Morning Prayer. No Holy Communion.
- The entrance door will remain open to prevent surface
contamination of handles and to increase ventilation.
- Pews will be measured off in 6 feet sections and marked with
tape. Please sit on the pews that are unmarked with tape.
- Physical distancing must be observed, and we must refrain
from touching each other.
- Music will be piano/organ only – congregational singing is not
allowed but a soloist is permitted.
- The offering plate will not be passed – it will be left on the table
at the back of the sanctuary for your envelope offering.
- Washrooms are for emergency use only – users will be asked
to sanitize the washroom sink and toilet after use – gloves,
paper towels, and disinfectant solutions will be provided.
- Bulletins will not be handed out – you will have to collect your
bulletin on the table by the entrance doors. Afterwards, please
place your used bulletin in the recycle bin by the exit doors at
the end of the service.
- Prayers books and Hymnals will be removed from the pews.
- Coffee time is suspended for now and parishioners are
encouraged to leave the building when the service is over.
- Guests are required to sign the guest book upon entry to the
building with their full contact information in case they need to
be contacted because of any COVID-19 alerts.