Message to the congregation:
On Friday March 13, the parish received an urgent communication from Bishop Geoff. All
gatherings and worship in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land are suspended as of
Monday March 16.
What does this mean for us:
There will be no official meetings or Sunday worship with people in the parish in
our worship space
The Pastoral Care team will not be doing home or senior residents communions
Some decisions or work may not be done in a timely basis, depending on the
urgency of the work
What are the options for worship and spiritual sustenance available to
us as a faith community?
In all of this situation, this world pandemic, it is important to remember that God is with
us, that we are the body of Christ and that we are called to take care of one another,
especially the vulnerable. It is for the safety and concern for the whole body, that we
must do what is necessary to protect the body. Bishop Geoff is calling us to do just
that - to self isolate and diminish our activities so that the vulnerable will be protected.
The body of Christ also needs sustenance if we cannot gather together around the
Word and Sacraments. With that in mind, we, the Corporation of St. Chad’s will offer
the following options:
1. Livestream Sunday worship services. A liturgical outline will be sent through electronic
means- emails, Facebook and our website on Wednesdays. You may follow along with the
liturgy having the words in front of you. There will be no musical aspects to worship at this
2. Create a weekly devotional: Formatted around “Dwelling in the Word”, which includes a
prayer, a scripture reading, questions to consider, and a short devotional about the text .
This will be sent through electronic means - emails, Facebook and on the website, each
3. Invigorate our phoning tree: We are asking team leaders and callers to call out to
parishioners once every two weeks, beginning the week of March 23. If you don’t want a
call, then let your team leader or captain know so they can plan accordingly.
4. Keep the church building open: We will make available time for people to do their own
prayer time or for one on one time with the rector. Set hours will be posted on Facebook
and through email.
5. Continue with Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and study. If you wish to receive a
copy of those resources on our bulletin board, please send an email to Rev Elaine and she
will see that you receive a link to the site where to download the resources.
6. Seek Hope! Read, pray and speak the proclamation of hope to one another, through kind
words and gestures, through phone conversations and emails to one another.
7. Give- Even though we are not in worship together, the ministry of the congregation still
continues. If you are able, please send donations through the mail for specific ministries
such as West Broadway Ministries as food will still need to be purchased when we are
unable to bring it physically to the church. The parish budget still needs to be met. You
may also send those by mail or through e-transfers. Contact Laura Frederick at
204-895-4896 if you have questions on how to do this.
During this fast paced week of information overload, please remember that the virus is
transmitted through the mouth, eyes and nose. We wash our hands to ensure that every
time we touch our mouth or nose we are able to cleanse the hands before they touch others or
things around us where germs will reside.
Finally, I offer these pastoral thoughts:
In the First Commandment it says “You shall have no other gods”. This means we are to fear,
love and TRUST God above all things. During this pandemic, this life changing and world
changing trauma, we can remember that God can be trusted - for hope and grace and mercy
in the midst of our fears and those other things that overwhelm us.
The Fifth Commandment says “ You shall not murder”. This means we are to fear and love
God, so that we neither endanger nor harm the lives of our neighbours, but instead help and
support them in all of life’s needs. We are being called to secure the safety of the vulnerable in
this midst of this crisis. Its not murder but it is life threatening. I don’t mince words, as you
know. We are doing this because of our concern for others. Its the ultimate sacrifice for the
time being. Self isolating and sacrifice are hard things to do. Let us rely on one another to do
what is right and good for the common endeavour of being Christ’s hands and feet and voice
in the world today. God is with us in this!
Let us pray:
O God, look with compassion on this troubled world. Feed us with your grace, and grant mercy
where it is needed. When we are empty in our isolation from one another, fill us with hope.
Strengthen us through this adversity and warm us with your love that it may spread outwards
to our neighbours. Bless our community of St Chad’s and all those who are hurting and in pain,
those who are ill, those who are alone. Lay your healing hand upon us and give us peace.
Peace be with you.