Dear Parishioners and friends of St. John's,
Given the dramatic rise of COVID-19 cases in our region, the Parish Council of St. John's met to discuss how we should proceed with our in-person services. The original plan was to go to an in-person service every Sunday starting in Advent.
However, Parish Council decided the safest and most prudent thing to do right now is stick with our in-person services of Morning Prayer on the first and second Sundays of the month. This means the next two in-person services will be Sunday, November 15 and Sunday, December 6. Please do note that there will of course continue to be a recorded service every Sunday.
We normally have our annual Lessons and Carols service the Sunday before Christmas, this year being Sunday, December 20. However, the clergy of the North Vancouver region have decided to produce a joint recorded Lessons and Carols service that we will broadcast on that day and there will therefore be no in-person service on December 20. We are excited about this joint recorded service and hope it will joyful and creative alternative to what we have done in the past.
I also need to let you know that I have decided that the two services we normally do on Christmas Eve (The Family Service and the Traditional Candle Light Service) will both be recorded. There will be no in-person service at St. John's on Christmas Eve. This was a very difficult decision to make and I did consult widely before making it. In the end I felt it would be too difficult to manage and register the number of people who would want to attend and those who might just drop in expecting there to be a service. I would not want to have to turn those people away.
I am very confident that the energy and creativity we put into the two recorded Christmas Eve services will as well be a joyful and uplifting alternative.
The next in-person service after Christmas will be Sunday, January 3, 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please do feel free to contact me.
I know this will be a very different Advent and Christmas season for everyone. Let us pray that we may get the curve of COVID-19 cases down again and that a safe and effective vaccine arrive soon. I thank you for your attention and your understanding.
For the latest information regarding the COVID-19 Diocesan policy and the BCCDC policy regarding religious places of worship please click on this link.
Please continue to be safe, take good care of yourselves and know that God walks with us even in times of trial. Many blessings to you all.