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Latest update from the ArchBishop here.
Primate’s Prayer for NS here.
See the top menu option – Resources for Worship at Home – for audio links to services and other ways to help you stay connected with God during this difficult time or when you cannot get out to church.
Each year, we like to celebrate those in our congregation who are graduating or family members who are graduating. Rev. Ruby would be pleased to recognize graduates during the June 7th service. Here’s how…..
Kindly send the name and the class/program/degree they are graduating in to Rev. Ruby, NO LATER THAN June 3, 2020 at 12:00 noon. This will ensure they are received prior to recording the Sunday service.
You do not have to struggle alone. You can contact the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia which has services available for you: https://www.mentalhealthns.ca
Also available, are online counsellors through BetterHelp: https://www.betterhelp.com And of course you own faith community.
For those of you wondering how you can continue to support the Parish during this temporary closure – you may contact Alana to set up a Preauthorized Giving plan. Those wishing to continue with their regular offerings, and who are not on PAG, are asked to please leave a message on the office phone and someone will be in touch to advise you how to do this.
There are many resources being offered on-line to help you with worship during this time and Bishop Sue and I will post various items from time to time. Archbishop Ron also offers support through prayer – visit the Diocesan web page to find the links.
Bishop Sue, the Wardens and I continue to hold you all in prayer.
Blessings and stay safe
Please direct any questions to the Parish Office at 902-864-3154 or email@example.com
From the PWRDF
As we adjust to restrictions and strains of COVID-19, PWRDF’s work supporting vulnerable communities around the world and in Canada continues. PWRDF partners are doing their best to respond to the new challenges created by the pandemic, while continuing to deliver health programs and clean water, to empower women and girls and to sustain or improve food security. We are supporting seniors in Canada coping with COVID-19 through HelpAge Canada, funding prevention and treatment in Burundi with Village Health Works, and supporting the global response to COVID-19 by Partners in Health and the ACT Alliance.
We at PWRDF are praying for all our volunteers and supporters, and we ask you to hold us and PWRDF partners in your prayers, as well as those who are unwell, vulnerable to illness, facing financial uncertainty and for whom physical distancing is not possible. We continue to lift up our hope for a more just, peaceful and healthy world.
To support you and the parishes in your Diocese, we would like to share some resources that might be helpful:
● A Covenant for Climate Justice – This new worship resource includes a Service of the Word, to be used in whole or in part
● A Prayer for PWRDF, offered for use in virtual services or electronic bulletins:
Loving God, we pray for the work of The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.
Give PWRDF and the people who depend on its support,
the courage and strength to persevere in this time of pandemic.
Be with them in the challenges they are facing,
and hold us to our vision for a truly just, healthy and peaceful world.
In the name of your child, Jesus. Amen.
● An invitation to join us on Zoom for “Praying with PWRDF,” Thursdays at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. This 30-minute service includes a short reflection, prayers for partners and an opportunity to ask for prayers, and is followed by a virtual “coffee hour.” To register, check our Facebook page each week or contact Volunteer Coordinator Kim Umbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
● An offer from Will Postma or a PWRDF staff member to participate in your virtual service (either with a pre-recorded message or live via Zoom). Please contact Christine Hills at email@example.com for more information on booking a virtual speaker.
How you can support PWRDF
Give directly to PWRDF. It’s easy to give online at pwrdf.org/give-today. To direct a gift to PWRDF’s COVID-19 response, click on Emergency Response on our Give Today page, or call toll-free 1-866-308-7973. We are picking up messages regularly and returning calls promptly.
We are reminded to continue our PWRDF blue envelope offerings. Should you wish your PWRDF offerings to be designated specifically for Covid-19, write “Covid-19 projects work” on the outside of the blue envelope.
Here is an excellent article/letter (PDF) by Dr. Eileen Scully Director, Faith, Worship and Ministry Anglican Church of Canada March 2020 on our Eucharistic Fast.
Prayer for a Pandemic
(from St. Paul’s Church, Lexington, Ken., shared by the Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls)
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close,
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbour.
How can I help? A pamphlet detailing how you can help with various outreach projects and events happening in the church may be found here.