St. Nicholas Birch Cliff

Anglican Church

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Covid- 19 Updates and Changes- March 13 

The Diocese of Toronto’s directives in respect to Covid-19 (for the full text, please click here)
From Bishop Andrew Asbil "The World Health Organisation has now named the Covid-19 outbreak as a global pandemic.  The need for prayer is more urgent than ever, and our vigilance in caring for each other must remain intentional and strong."

  • The Diocese of Toronto has suspended the sharing of the common cup at celebrations of the Eucharist. Presiding celebrants are to consecrate both the bread and the wine, and to consume in both kinds, but to administer only the bread to the rest of the congregation. The Church’s ancient teaching is that the whole Christ is received whether one receives only consecrated bread or both bread and wine. (please see the rubric in the Book of Common Prayer, top of page 584)
  • During the Exchange of the Peace, people are advised to share words and smiles only, not handshakes or hugs.
  • But in those places where healing ministries are normative during services, we encourage those who desire it to come forward only for the laying on of hands (on the shoulder or arm) with prayers for healing (ministry of anointing with oil has been suspended)
  • The person-to-person passing of collection plates is suspended. Now is a good time to consider alternative ways of donating in your parish by Pre-Authorized Giving -PAR or via CanadaHelps (for links to both, please click here).     
  • we are immediately ceasing the practice of coffee hours and all other purely social non-essential gatherings, especially those that involve the serving and sharing of food for social reasons.  Ministries where food is served to hungry and disadvantaged people can, and should, continue, using the most current health and safety guidelines available from public health. Updates in respect to changes for our Adult Community Lunch will be provided.

Please also see the City of Toronto Public Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage. 

For the Safety of all, please:

  • Practice diligent hand washing and use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough and use a tissue if you sneeze
  • Practice safe “social distancing” a minimum of one metre distance between you and your neighbour.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, face…
  • If you have been out of the country, please follow the guidelines and self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please look after yourself, and others, and stay safe at home.

As the Covid 19 virus increasingly affects all aspects of our life - industry, supply of medicines, travel, gatherings, especially high risk groups….
We pray for those on the margins of our society, we remember the millions in the world already living in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions, with little access to clean water or to health care. We give thanks for all who care for the sick and for those researching how best to combat and defeat disease. Give us compassion Lord that we may treat one another with love and respect and share our resources to bring relief and aid.     From St Philp’s Anglican Church in Milford