Dear and Beloved People of Salt Spring Parish,
Summer greetings to you all! I hope you are finding many ways to enjoy this beautiful weather and God’s creation simmering with life all around us. We might want to join with the psalmist in singing for joy: 12The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,
13the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy… Psalm 65
Even in this time of caution and concern for health and safety, we can still rejoice in the beauty of our island, the kindness of people, and the abundant generosity of the Holy of Holies! Returning from my holidays, refreshed and renewed, I found it was lovely to be away, and now, it’s lovely to be back! I suspect many of you are enjoying as I did, time with family and friends – safely socially distanced, of course!
We’re reopening the church! We have permission from the Diocese, working in concert with Dr Bonnie Henry, to reopen our building and to worship in person. Our six-page plan for maintaining a safe facility was submitted to the regional dean and approved. It’s available for anyone who wants to read it. (A copy is posted at both upper and lower entries).
Our first service will be this coming Sunday, August 9th at 10:00 am. If you want to come, make a reservation by phoning the office 250-537-2171 or email Dale at [email protected]. Leave your name(s) and the number of people you are reserving for. Reservations are required every Sunday.
For people attending the in-person service, you will need to:
- bring a mask and wear it while in motion (entering the building, going to chairs, leaving the building) - If you have email, please print the bulletin that’s been emailed to you (a few printed copies will be available for those without printers or email)
- arrive a bit early to help the seating move smoothly
- sanitize your hands before entering the building
- remain seated for communion – I will bring the bread to you
It will be grand to see those of you who are coming. I look forward to seeing you, praying together, and sharing Communion while others are doing the same from their homes. The online service continues at 10:00 am – we will all be worshipping together.