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Parish services, meditations, studies, and diocesan updates from
Sunday, March 15 | Lent 3
this current Sunday
ARE AVAILABLE/FINDABLE ON OUR WORSHIP VIDEOS PAGE.
We have a worship schedule, which organizes the weekly participation of each of our churches in our online services. We need readers, intercessors, and musicians to help! For readings and prayers, this could be as simple as calling Justin, who can record you over the phone. It is a great encouragement to your fellow parishioners to hear your voice. Please be in touch with your church wardens and worship coordinators if you are able to participate.
From the Diocese of Huron
From the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario
"...regardless of where the Government of Ontario is with its reopening plan, our churches will not be reopening for in-person worship until at least September."
Read the rest of the pastoral letter from the, here.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Parish council will next meet Thursday, September 17, at 7 pm via Zoom. If you are a member of parish council, you will receive that link via email.
Suspended for the summer, but back Wednesday, September 9:
The parish Bible study, "Outside These Walls", is held each Wednesday at 1 pm via Zoom. It focuses on how we can live our faith in this time of isolation, when we're unable to meet together in person. If you wish to join us, write to ask for the link (for web or phone -- you can just phone in if that works best for you). If you receive a parish newsletter, the link is posted there.
Individuals all around the parish are doing what they can to keep in touch with shut-ins, deliver groceries and cheer, and follow protocols to keep everyone safe!
It takes a village...
The Village Stitchers (St. Matthew's and Florence Library) always accept donations of good quality yarn and cloth. Where they once worked together on articles for the local men's and women's shelters, meetings are, right now, cancelled until further notice.
But the stitchers are stitching from home! They are making facemasks for the community and for group homes. If you need a mask, write to stmatthewsflorence at gmail.com and they will fix you up!
On April 16, at the request of the Sarnia Bluewater Health ICU, the Stitchers started a new project knitting hearts for COVID-19 patients, dying alone, and their remote grieving families. A heart is placed with the patient, while a matching heart is 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.
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 community in keeping it stocked.