The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Please note the office is closed for the month of August.
Those requiring ministerial support should call Grace United Church at (613) 354-4373.
Trinity office hours resume following Labour Day.
Thank you and God bless.
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As per last week’s pastoral letter, this is an update regarding the Ontario government’s announcement that we have entered into stage 2 of reopening the province as of Friday, June 12. Stage 2 includes a reference to places of worship.
I invited your input into the conversation and would like to thank those who offered their thoughts on the matter. Everyone acknowledged that we need a thoughtful and reasoned approach that does not disregard safety nor is a hurried effort to ‘get back to normal’.
Trinity Council gathered this week to begin exploring our options and the relevant health requirements and recommendations that need to be considered. We received guidance from both the province and our own East Central Ontario Regional Council Executive (ECORC). The Church Council agreed that we need to follow the guidelines set by our Regional Council.
The short story: The East Central Ontario Regional Council Executive “strongly recommend that no churches reopen for public worship before Labour Day weekend;” In the meantime, each community of faith needs to develop a plan for re-opening that meets all current health standards as set by the Provincial Government and the local Health Unit.
What this means for Trinity:
- We will develop a plan that is in line with our Risk Assessment evaluation (to be developed) as per Regional guidelines.
- This plan will include 2 parts. Part 1 will cover the conditions for reengaging in Public Worship in the building. Part 2 will cover the conditions for reopening the building for other purposes (e.g. clubs, groups, committee work, etc.)
- Trinity Council will meet again ASAP to choose a team to develop the plan.
- We will continue to provide online worship and other gatherings until further notice.
- We recognize that we do not yet have a date to return to in-person worship. We affirm that reopening will not happen before Labour Day Weekend.
- We will continue in our regular time for vacation and closure (i.e. Minister and staff will be on vacation during August as per usual). Our usual agreement with Grace United Church for summer Pastoral Care coverage will need to be confirmed.
Once again, let me reiterate that we will remain online for worship (and other matters), and the building will remain closed to the public and all church members (excepting those as outlined by the Ontario Government and our Regional Council) until further notice. Please feel free to share this information with one another and especially with those who might not have ready access to email. Your input is most welcome as we consider how best to return to worship (and other activities) in the building.
We are the church. We are the church not because of a physical building. We are the church because we have each been named and called to serve as a part of Christ’s body.
Being the church apart from one another does not deter us from being the body of Christ in the world. We are the church because of Jesus Christ who continues to walk with us, encourage us, equip us, and redeem us in ways far beyond our understanding.
As we prepare a plan that looks toward reopening our building, I encourage you to stay connected. The love we know in Jesus Christ is also a gift we are invited to share with our world. Today we need to do this as much as ever while acknowledging a need to be creative and respectful in our response. So, let me offer these words of encouragement from scripture:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3)
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7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?Acts 2:7-8
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