My dear ones,
It is with joy that we send this next step in the recovery journey as has been presented by the Leadership team of our diocese (see below).
I have met with our wardens and we will meet with the parish council to lay out a strategy to open our worship space. Please note however, that this process involves several steps before the opening of our buildings can occur. Chief amongst our priorities is your health. Many parishioners, myself included, fall within the "at risk" category, including over the age of 60 and other criteria, compromised immune systems, and other health concerns. With this in mind, we will be taking our time to make sure that every measure is taken to make our worship space as safe as possible. Please feel free to remain at home and look for our worship online.
We will keep you all up to date as quickly as possible.
As we continue to walk this journey to healthy living, please remember to wash your hands, physical distance, wear a mask, and be kind to each other.
I continue to hold you in my heart and in my prayers,
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. MJ D. Leewis-Kirk
As our province begins to loosen restrictions on public gatherings, including gatherings of faith communities, we are offering the following protocols to parishes of our diocese of islands and inlets. They are designed to help us cover the bases and to protect us from unwitting errors or omissions that could cost us dearly. At the same time, our buildings and circumstances vary considerably, and so the attempt here is to outline basic non-negotiables, and to encourage parishes to determine for themselves how best to implement them in their own context.
In order to give time for adequate preparation, the earliest date parishes may re-open for in-person worship in the Diocese of British Columbia is Sunday, July 12, 2020.
We recognize that other faith communities and dioceses may be moving more quickly than this. Our objective is to act with an abundance of caution.
In this regard, for some parishes this timeline would be inadvisable or impossible: please note that no parish is required to reopen for public worship on July 12.
Read the full reopening plan here.