Outreach — We have many regular visitors who come to the church in need of assistance. Your donation of $25 grocery gift cards for us to give out would be much appreciated, especially this time of year as the weather gets colder.
Have mobility issues? — We hope you are enjoying our new accessible seating at the front of the church. On the first and third Sundays of the month, we will be communicating those with mobility issues and those who don’t wish to climb stairs first. Once we have communicated everyone who wishes to be served at the foot of the steps or in their pew, we will invite the rest of the congregation to receive communion at the altar rail as usual.
No scents please! — A gentle reminder that Epiphany is a fragrance-free environment. We have parishioners with severe reactions to scented products including perfumes, body sprays, lotions, powders, etc. Please help keep our church fragrance –free for the safety and enjoyment of all.
E-transfers — We have a new email address for accepting e-transfers for anyone who wishes to donate electronically. It can be used effective immediately. The email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the dates:
Wednesday, February 26th - April 1st - Lenten Bible Study series at 11:00 am
Sunday, March 1st - Sung sermon “Blessed Through His Brokenness” with The Rev'd Mark Curtis
Tuesday, March 26th - Revered Ronda away at an all-day Diocesan meeting
Saturday, April 18th - Marie Cook's Funeral, details to follow
Sunday, April 19th - Confirmation ceremony at Christ's Church Cathedral 3:00pm
Saturday, April 25th - Walton Memorial United Church is using our parking lot as overflow for their auction sale from 10:30am -3:30pm
Saturday, May 23rd - Epiphany Extravaganza from 9:00am-2:00pm (overflow parking at Walton Memorial United Church)
IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT SUSPENSION OF WORSHIP SERVICES
The bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario have been in touch with Public Health experts about the pandemic and have made a decision to suspend all church services and gatherings until further notice. This includes regular Sunday and Wednesday services as well as craft groups, meetings and the book study. Please see the attached letters from the Metropolitan and our own Bishop Susan Bell.
I ask that you share this news as widely as possible in the parish and notify anyone you think may not have access to email. I will be in touch in the coming days as we get more information and direction. In the meantime, the bishop is live streaming a service with a small sermon through Facebook on Sunday morning. You can go on the Epiphany Facebook site or the Diocese of Niagara for more information.
I know this might sound alarming but it is an effort to socially distance people to slow down and flatten the spread of the virus which will take pressure off our healthcare system. Please keep those who are ill in your prayers as well as our leaders and front line health care workers. Take care of yourselves during this time and please do not isolate yourself. Proper hand washing and keeping a little distance when you are with a friend or family member or in a small group is still the best way to fight this thing.
God's Peace be with you during this challenging time.