UPDATE, FEBRUARY 24 – This Sunday we will begin offering Holy Communion in both kinds across the Parish. We also found out this week that as of March 6, all parishes in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa have the option of allowing presiders, preachers, readers and intercessors to remove their masks when speaking (other than that, everyone must remain masked, except to take communion). We welcome hearing from people who may have concerns one way or the other. Please speak with a churchwarden or contact the clergy at 613-257-3178 x 21.
UPDATE, FEBRUARY 17 – This week’s COVID Communiqué from our Diocese stated that congregational singing is now allowed. Those attending services in the churches in our Parish should assume that others attending the service may be singing, and measure the risk accordingly.
ANNOUNCEMENT, FEBRUARY 13
The clergy team announces that the churches of the Area Parish of Mississippi Lake will come back to in-person worship on Sunday, February 13 according to the following schedule:
- St James’ Carleton Place, 8:00 am and 10:00 am
- St James’ Franktown, 9:00 am
- Christ Church Ashton, 9:00 am
- St John’s Innisville, 11:00 am
- St Bede’s Nolan’s Corners, 11:00 am
- Thursdays at 10:00 am, St James’ Carleton Place resume on February 17
For the time being, the parish office will be open for parishioners Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 1 pm. We please ask that you consider an email or a phone call instead of coming in person. Cathy is covering the phones during regular office hours, so call any day of the week.
It is more important than ever that anyone with COVID symptom should assume they have it and stay home.
When you come, you can expect something close to what we were doing before Christmas.
- Seating capacity is limited, and physical distancing (except for members of the same household) must be maintained at all times.
- Proof of vaccination will be required when you arrive (with the exception of Thursdays at St James’ Carleton Place).
- Pre-registration will not be required.
- Masks must be worn throughout the service, except when taking communion. The use of three-layer, medical, or N95 masks is encouraged.
No congregational singing is permitted. The choir, however, is allowed to singUPDATED ON FEB 17
- Social time is not permitted yet – people should leave church promptly.
Please feel free to contact us with questions, feedback and concerns about this decision, or any other aspect of our church’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.