Covid and Trinity Services, including Christmas Eve
Based on guidance from the Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church, the Board has decided to suspend the in-person aspect of all our worship services until Sunday, January 16, 2022, when there will be a further update from our Provincial Health authorities.
That means that our planned Christmas Eve service for this coming Friday
will no longer be in-person. It will only be online (livestreamed).
Treena Duncan, the Executive Minister of the United Church of Canada’s Pacific Mountain Region, has written today:
Throughout this pandemic we have been called again and again to make difficult choices, to wade through the politics and rhetoric to get to the grain of truth which will lead us toward the best next step on this journey.
She notes that while we could legally hold an in-person service, there is a real risk that such a gathering could turn into a super-spreader event. Treena adds:
… we are called to a higher standard to care for our members. …This pandemic has gone on for longer than any of us could have ever imagined. We are all tired of restrictions and we just want things to go back to ‘normal.’ But we are led by one who calls us into difficult choices and walks with us through these challenging times.
And so we do have to make the difficult choices. As we do so we follow the God who assures us we are never alone. We will celebrate the birth of baby Jesus, but with love and care for the safety of our neighbours, we will worship online.
One final programming note, while the livestream will now start at 4 pm December 24, it will be available for viewing at any time that suits you after that time.
With Christ’s love and warmest Christmas Blessings,
Rev. Robin Jacobson