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In-person services are held every Sunday at 9:30 am in Aughrim and Dresden, and 11 am in Ridgetown and Florence.
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Bible Studies in Dresden on Wednesday mornings at 10 am include Eucharist. All are welcome.
Listening to Indigenous Voices
We are studying, on Monday nights, Listening to Indigenous Voices: A Dialogue Guide on Justice and Right Relationships published by the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice.
Would you like to know more? Write to stmatthewsflorence at diohuron.org and we will get you homework, links, and next steps!
At the moment we are taking a break. Back in September!
Parish Council and Kent Area Cluster Meetings
The big news is that the Parish of the Transfiguration entered a new partnership on July 1. It is the Rondeau Bay Transfiguration Anglican Partnership.
Individuals all around the parish are doing what they can to keep in touch with shut-ins, deliver groceries and cheer, and follow pandemic protocols to keep everyone safe!
Here is the story from one of our points. Tell us yours!
It takes a village...
The Village Stitchers (St. Matthew's and Florence Library) always accept donations of good quality yarn and cloth.
During the pandemic, unable to meet together, they stitched from home. They started that "new normal" by making facemasks for community individuals and for clinics and group homes.
Nearly at the same time, they turned to making hearts: At the request of the local hospital ICU, the Stitchers knitted hearts for COVID-19 patients, dying alone, and their remote grieving families. A heart was placed with the patient, while a matching heart was held by a loved one. In more cheerful news, these hearts are now going to a local retirement residence so residents and their families can "hold hearts" while physically distancing. The hospital continues to accept hearts as well.
St Matthew's has also set up a Little Free Pantry in the village of Florence and has been overwhelmed by the generosity of the pantry builder, the sign painter, the "landlord" (who installed a heater in winter!), and the community in keeping it stocked!
The last true pandemic effort was a project that provides quilts for the local men's and women's shelters and the Westover Treatment Centre. The quilt pieces were cut by one Stitcher, and sewn, at home individually, by others.
But now the group can meet together again! Masked, of course, they get together at St Matthew's Hall on Tuesday mornings. A request for funds for quilt batting was a big success, and will keep them sewing, according to one Stitcher, until they are 200 years old!