St. Giles Anglican Church, Estevan

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Words from Wilma+                 Church Re-opening          June 13, 2020

As you probably are aware, the Government of Saskatchewan has allowed that churches/places of worship can now be opened.

Faith leaders have met with government representatives so that re-opening of places of worship may be done in safest manner possible.

Diocesan Council met on June 6th and the following motion was passed unanimously.

That permission be given to the parishes and congregations to reopen September 1, 2020 provided they have engaged in the education and communication of the guidelines and have signed on to the plan through clergy and vestry decision. the plan must be submitted and have diocesan approval.

That this opening date be reconsidered by Executive Committee prior to September to take into account any change in guidelines and health emergency directives.

That a detailed information and education plan be shared with all parishes and congregations.

That weddings and funerals be permissible in the parish prior to September 1, 2020 with approval of the parish clergy, vestry and the Bishop and be in accordance with the government and diocesan guidelines.

This means that St Giles will continue as we are for the time being. We will continue to have services online.

My thanks to the readers, singers, musicians and to Wendy for the taping and editing!

The guidelines for re opening are many – the government’s and the ones from the Diocese which must meet the requirements of our insurance company. Church services in the building will be changed from when we left on March 15th.

There are many people who do not want to come back just yet, - vulnerable people, because of age or health reasons and those who just want to wait to be sure. But there are some that do want to worship in the building, and I know that feeling. I miss being at the altar, being with ‘my’ people, the kids of St Giles and I especially miss the Eucharist.

But I am very aware that above all, to love my neighbour means to keep them safe. In order to that, we can wait. We are not without worship.

There is scriptural evidence of people going into exile – not being able to worship in the ways that they were accustomed to. Throughout history there have been times when congregations could not meet in person because of disease, wars, or catastrophe. Interestingly, when those times have ended, faith is still there and often stronger.

We are God’s people and God will be worshiped, perhaps not in the way we have been accustomed to for a little while longer, but God is worshipped.

This reopening process is very fluid, things change from day to day, but some things do not.

Wash your hands, maintain social distancing of 2 meters/6feet, wear a mask, don’t touch your

face, Love God, Love your neighbour.

Be well,

Be blessed,

If you have questions or comments please contact me, I would be happy to have a conversation

with you – about this or anything else.

With thanks for God’s Grace and you,

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