Still Being The Church – A Photo Essay

 on April 25, 2020
bible study
The Reverend Michael Coren of St. Cuthbert’s (Oakville) is leading Bible Study on Thursday evenings and Prayer on Friday mornings by Zoom — everybody is welcome. He is also reading Hilary Mante — as a reminder that the church has long faced challenging times!
The people of the Church of our Saviour The Redeemer (Stoney Creek) joined with the rest of Anglican churches in Ontario on March 22 and placed a candle in our windows as requested by Bishop Susan. We then took this act one step further, by asking parishioners to continue the practice of lighting a candle each night at 7 p.m. and add their own prayers for those affected in any way by COVID-19.
St. Luke’s (Burlington) continues its Food for Life program in a new, safe way. Free groceries every Tuesday at 11:30 am at 1382 Ontario Street.
Every Sunday the diocese is invited to gather online and pray with Bishop Susan.  The bishop leads a service of morning devotions, and offers a reflection on the daily lections – connecting us and our calling during this time of pandemic and isolation.
The Reverend Eleanor Clitheroe of St. Luke’s (Smithville), posts a short video each week. Her prayers and comments are designed to keep the parish community engaged during this unprecedented time.
hardboiled Archdeacon
The Archdeacon of Lincoln has been closing every email with this amusing picture— a hard-boiled archdeacon.
St. John’s (Jordan) supports the community practice of residents putting stuffies in their windows for children to spot  and the practice of chalk drawings to brighten the days of isolation.
While doing my regular walk through of the building I checked on the Lenten Garden. I saw the sign left by Janet Armstrong our Altar Guild president who helped put the garden together. It says, “Please do not water. I am looking after the garden. Thanks, Janet.” I was comforted by the knowledge that Janet was doing her part to care for it. God provided the sun, and Janet helped by watering it. It reminded me that God is caring for us and we are doing our part, calling, connecting with, and supporting each other during this extraordinary time.
St. Luke’s (Palermo) has regular prayer time, staff meetings, and coffee time via online platforms.
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