We welcome you back to worship in person.

See your church family, celebrate the Eucharist, raise your voice in song!

Please read the following about how we are worshipping:

No pre-registration is required

You do not need to pre-register to attend services. Just come!

Before you come to church

Please screen yourself and your family members for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if you are unwell or are in a high-risk group.

In the church

Taking care of ourselves through vaccinations, masking, hand-washing and social distancing are expressions of our baptismal covenant in which we vow to love our neighbours as ourselves. And so, as we return to communal worship, please provide contact information as you enter the church and wear a mask. Seat yourself and family in the portion of the pew where there is a green cross. This will help physically distance you from others while seated. Always maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from each other, including going forward to receive communion. And if you are eligible, be fully vaccinated.

Eucharist

You have the opportunity to receive both the wafer and sip from the common cup at Communion, if you wish. However, please know that the wafer alone is full Communion. At the time of Communion, come forward to the Celebrant to receive the wafer, walk 2 metres (6 feet) away, lower your mask and partake of the wafer. Then raise your mask again and sanitize your hands.

Singing

Singly softly is permitted during worship and the hymn books have been returned to the pews. A choir of 10 choristers under the direction of Kirkland Adsett will lead us in the psalms and hymns of praise and thanksgiving.

Sunday school

At this time there will be no Sunday school classes inside the church. The Rector hopes to offer online content as well as some outdoor activities this fall.

Coffee hour

At the request of the Diocese we are not holding Coffee Hour at this time.

Online services continue

Our online Sunday services are now being live streamed. This means you are worshipping with those in church at the same time that the service is taking place.

Please join with us in live online worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM on Youtube.

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 required for some church visits

The Diocese is following provincial regulations in advising that that all people aged 12 or older entering the church building must show picture ID and proof they have received two doses of vaccine against COVID-19, and that at least 14 days have passed since their second dose except for the following exemptions:

  • they are attending worship services including social time
  • they are preparing for worship or caring for facilities
  • they are participating in social services such as AA groups or community ministries
  • they have a written medical exemption

In order to meet these requirements, if you are a parishioner or visitor and are coming to St. Matthew's for activities that are not exempt, please come during regular office hours, Monday to Thursday, 9:00 AM to noon. When you enter the building please first visit the Church office on the lower level to show your ID and proof of vaccination.

The requirements to mask and provide contact information remain in place for everyone entering the church building.

We thank you for your cooperation.

Further information

Stay informed of developments through parish emails, our eblast email list as well as visiting our regularly updated website. Visit this page regularly.

Last updated: October 13, 2021

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