OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE

Friday April 17 – Financial Assistance Available from Lanark County Social Services

New funding is available from the County for people with rent, mortgage or general financial challenges. The application form is available here (a downloadable pdf file):

http://www.lanarkcounty.ca/Assets/New/Social+Services/Social+Housing+2020/SSRF+Application+2020+FINAL+Fillable+ss+April+17.pdf


Thursday April 16 – Prayer Ties: a prayer practice for uncertain times

On Easter Saturday, Father Richard Rohr, director of the Centre for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque New Mexico, wrote about the indigenous tradition of “prayer ties”
(https://cac.org/reality-initiating-us-part-two-weekly-summary-2020-04-11/). The following is excerpted/adapted from that source.

We invite you to join in this practice – a visible sign to our community of all the prayers for this pandemic, for all those who are suffering as a result of COVID-19, those who have already lost their lives, and those who are healthcare workers attending to the sick. We can also experience doing this as a personal blessing since, just as so many of the mystics have taught us, doing what we are doing with presence and intention is itself prayer.

CLICK HERE  to learn more…


Good Friday, April 10 – Message from Rev. Jonathon

Dear Friends,

I pray that Holy Week has been meaningful for you despite the fact that we have not been able to gather together in person at the church for worship.

CLICK HERE to see Rev. Jonathon’s message.


Thursday April 9 – Bells on Easter Sunday

CLICK HERE to find out what’s happening.


Wednesday April 8 – Be Still My Soul  Service home edition

From Michael Mavis, leader of our monthly service:

Hello,

Normally, yesterday I would have sent out the usual reminder email about this this week’s Be Still My Soul. Obviously that is not happening. But, I have also felt strongly that given the new reality in which we living, we could all use some peaceful time gathering in God’s Healing presence.

So, I have created this Home Version of the Be Still My Soul. as a response to the  new reality that we are all coming to grips with, within the celebration of Holy Week.

CLICK HERE to access the Home version (a PDF file)


Sunday April 5 – Message from Rev. Jonathon

Dear Friends,

It feels very unusual not to be able to mark Palm Sunday and Holy Week (the most important part of the Christian year) together in person this year. During this pandemic we are all learning what it means to be a community without actually gathering in person…

CLICK HERE for more.


Tuesday March 31 – Prayer Resources for Uncertain Times

NEW! Prayer-Resources-for-Uncertain-Times


Sunday March 29 – St Paul’s YouTube Channel

NEW: The St. Paul’s Almonte YouTube channel
Rev. Jonathon conducting BCP and BAS Morning Prayer.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGNiLkYlItj-ClMRRp94rFA


Sunday March 29 –  Eucharistic Fast and Feast Upon the Word

A letter from Bishop John calling us to a new practice during the present crisis. With an explanation of the practice from Dr Elaine Scully at the national church.


Friday March 27 – Daily Devotions for Uncertain Times

Daily devotionals such as The Upper Room, Our Daily Bread, and The Word Among Us provide a specific spiritual reading for each calendar day. Traditionally daily devotionals came in the format of a book, with one reading passage for each day. However, many are now also available on the internet.

See Anglican Devotions on Wikipedia for more information about specifically Anglican practices.

Center for Action and Contemplation (Richard Rohr): https://cac.org/ (click on the “Email Sign Up” link to receive daily deliveries to your email in box.)

Daily Devo (Joyce Meyers): https://joycemeyer.org/dailydevo

Daily Devotions (Lutheran Hour Ministries): https://www.lhm.org/dailydevotions/

Forward Day by Day: https://prayer.forwardmovement.org/forward_day_by_day.php?

Our Daily Bread: https://odb.org/

Navigators’ Email Devotions: https://give.navigators.org/email-devotions/

The Upper Room : https://www.upperroom.org/devotionals/about (by paid subscription)

The Word Among Us: https://wau.org/


Sunday March 22  – Message from Rev. Jonathon: Online for Beginners

Dear friends, I hope and pray that you and your families are managing well during the current coronavirus outbreak. …Read his message HERE.


Sunday March 22 – Online access to Anglican resources for worship

Please see a list available here: https://www.stpaulsalmonte.ca/sunday-services/


Sunday, March 22 – The Primate of Canada, the Most Reverend Linda Nicholls’  letter to all Anglicans:

Of particular interest: The Archbishop of Canterbury (leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion) has designated  next Sunday, March 29 (Lent 5) as an international Anglican Communion Day of Prayer.
At 7 p.m. local time, we are invited to light a candle of hope in the window of your home or on the porch and join in prayers (as listed in the letter linked above).
Let’s join together in faith with the wider community to pray.

Friday March 20 – Guidance from Bishop John on our response as Christians to Covid-19

Please CLICK ON THIS LINK to read his message.


Tuesday, March 17 – An email to members from Rev. Jonathon

To protect the health and safety of our members and the wider community, all IN-PERSON parish activities (Sunday and mid-week worship services, in-person meetings, Bible study groups, the Lenten Lunches, Open Table, the Coffee House, EfM, CFCL, the Lent retreat, regular office hours, nursing home and hospital services, pastoral visiting, etc.) are suspended until at least Palm Sunday. The Food Bank will remain open because this is an essential service for its clients.

Please monitor our website, Facebook page, and your email for details on how we are going to move our ministries online and over the telephone during this time.

Online services are being planned for Sunday.

Please reach out to us if you have questions or need assistance. And please check-in on your fellow church members, particularly those who may be isolated and/or vulnerable.

Do not be afraid. May the peace of Christ be with you during these challenging times.

Rev. Jonathon +