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March 14, 2020

 

Dear Friends in Christ ~

 

As you may have heard our Bishop has announced in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic that, “Until further notice, and starting Sunday, March 15, 2020, the College of Bishops is cancelling all corporate worship and all other gatherings in our churches.”

This decision was made by both the Ontario House of Bishops and the Toronto College of Bishops late yesterday with an eye toward prudence and safety particularly for those most vulnerable in our communities and was released in the public domain last evening at 9:30 pm.

I have reached out to our ministry team leaders asking them to share this information..   I have also asked them to call those not on email and share the information as widely as possible. 

This information has been posted on our Facebook and Instagram platforms as well. But as you might guess, even though I am asking that information be shared as widely as possible, not everyone will have heard in prior to tomorrow morning. I will be on scene outside of Christ Church tomorrow morning to greet anyone who might not have heard and to answer any questions people might have.

Since we are not able to physically gather, we will be looking at other ways in which we can continue through the use of technology and other means: worship, service and study during this time. As always, we will endeavour to present to the sick and those who are struggling with appropriate pastoral care and attention. Please continue to reach out with any concerns that you might have.

I realize that not everyone will be thrilled with this decision, but it was made with an eye toward safety and prudence and with regard to the most vulnerable among us.

Please consider using this time in Lent to draw nearer toward the one who first loved us and draw nearer to those most closest to you. My prayer is that we will all use this time to pray worship and to serve those around us; whether we live with others or by ourselves, there are always people to love and care for.

The link above to the Diocese of Toronto's website includes all information we have received to date including The Bishop of Toronto's announcement regarding the cessation of corporate worship.

May God richly bless you.

Byron+

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