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Please stay home, stay safe, and stay connected as we do all we can to help everyone through this COVID-19 time. In the mean time, ministry continues and so do our worship services.

Session Minute: 
The Session (Elders of the church) of St. Andrew’s Stittsville met September 7, 2021 and we have decided not to move back to in-person worship in the sanctuary until Thanksgiving Sunday October 10th at the earliest. We are waiting to see what happens with students going back to school and the spread of this current COVID-19 variant. The Session we will meet again on October 5th to make a decision about next steps. The Session also decided that when we do move back to in-person worship, we should have some protocols in place to keep us current with Ottawa Public Health and provincial health authorities, and beyond those requirements to keep the church family as safe as possible. You will find below the protocols we will have in place when we resume in-person worship in the sanctuary. 
 
We will continue to offer our online worship services and live-streaming when we do move back to in-person worship in the sanctuary and for the foreseeable future. The Church will be keeping records of those attending worship to facilitate contact tracing if necessary. The Session also decided unanimously that we will require people to be fully vaccinated to join us for in-person worship in the sanctuary. The Session hopes to be able to obtain the provincial Covid19 vaccination passport reading software when it becomes available. As mentioned, when we return to in-person worship in the sanctuary we will continue to offer our ministry online for those who are not comfortable being in-person yet, those who have weakened immune systems, those who are concerned about the possibility of themselves spreading the virus, those who choose not to be vaccinated, and those who live far away and still want to be involved with our church family.
 
In Person Worship Protocols for St. Andrew’s Stittsville
The Session approved these following recommendations on September 7, 2021.
    1. We follow the provincial and City of Ottawa guidelines.
    2. We require all staff, volunteers and attendees be double vaccinated and wear masks, with the exception of those not eligible for the vaccine and where they are not required to wear masks (under the age of 2).
    3. Maintain the six feet for social distancing.
    4. Everyone will enter the building via the west entrance into the addition.
    5. An attendance sheet containing the name of one person per family & the telephone number will be kept for contact tracing. The record will be kept for one month & then destroyed.
    6. Use every other pew and one family unit per pew or two-family units if one consists of two people and the other consists of one. The ushers will ensure that worshippers are seated from the front of the Sanctuary to the back.
      1. If additional seating is required, the ushers at their discretion can move small families to the outside of 2 alternate rows. One or two people can be seated in the previously blocked pew.
    7. Provide hand sanitizer at the entrance and exit.
    8. Conduct an organized exit through the front door. Duty Elder will direct alternating rows to the exit starting at the front of the sanctuary and working to the rear. People requiring use of the lift will be asked to remain seated until all worshippers have left by the front stairs.
    9. Maintain the masks during the service.
    10. Delay any decision on indoor services until the October Session meeting.
    11. Coats will be retained with the attendee.
    12. Outdoor services may occur, weather permitting.

All are Welcome!

You are welcome to join us in person once we return to in-person worship if you are fully vaccinated, or online if you are not fully vaccinated. Stay safe, and help keep others safe too!

And we really mean it!

Please find all our past services below, or on our YouTube Channel.

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Here is he link for our Sunday Service for September 12, 2021.

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Here is the link for service for Sunday September 5, 2021. Happy Labour Day Weekend!

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Here is the link for our Sunday Service for July 18, 2021. We have guest minister the Rev. Dr. Mark Ward for this service.

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We enjoyed a combined outdoor service this morning July 11, 2021 with St. Andrew’s Richmond. Here is the link.

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Here is the link to the Service for July 4, 2021.

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Here is the link to Sunday Service for June 27, 2021.

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Here is the link to Sunday Service for June 20, 2021 with guest preacher the Rev. Dr. Mark Ward.

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Jun 13, 2021. This past week was the General Assembly or Annual Meeting of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. At that meeting our church voted to approve same-sex marriage and ordination of our LGBTQI brothers and sisters. This worship service has a focus on those issues.

Here is a link to the service

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 June 6, 2021 is Healing & Reconciliation Sunday, Communion Sunday, and the beginning of General Assembly.

Here is the link for our Sunday Service. This service includes a recorded communion service at the end of it. A link for 11:00 a.m. communion service and coffee hour will go out before the service.

Support is available for anyone affected by their experience at residential schools, and those who are triggered by the latest reports.

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

I mention in the service that there will be links on our website for our national office and our church’s role in residential schools and the healing and reconciliation process.  “Healing and Reconciliation”

Here is a link from the Tḱemlúps te Secwepemc– First Nation on how to help them right now.

And finally, here is a link to the General Assembly Meetings this week. They are being live-streamed!

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May 30, 2021 marks the beginning of our 200th Anniversary Year celebrations. Here is the link to our service.

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Here is the link for our Sunday service for May 23, 2021 – Pentecost Sunday and Camping Sunday.

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Here is the link for our Sunday service for May 16, 2021 – Ascension Sunday.

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Here is the link for the Mother’s Day service – May 9, 2021.

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Here is the link to the service for Sunday May 2, 2021 – Battle of the Atlantic Sunday and Communion Sunday.

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Here is the link to the service for Sunday April 25, 2021.

If our feel you need help getting by in these challenging times, please don’t hesitate to reach out. There are people who care and who are ready to help. Contact the minister, the Rev. Doug Kendall and he will get you connected with someone who has the training to help you. The church phone number is 613-831-1256.

Here are some resources through the city of Ottawa that I mentioned in the sermon.

Counselling Connect

Counselling Connect provides quick access to a free phone or video counselling session, available in English and French. You choose a convenient date and time. This service is for everyone: children, youth, adults and families in Ottawa and the surrounding area. There is no waiting list. You, your partner or your children may be concerned about:
              • Sleep issues
              • Anxiety and depression
              • Bullying
              • Behavioural issues
              • Separation
              • Relationships
              • Grief and loss
              • Drugs and alcohol
              • Gender and sexuality
              • Adjusting to life in Canada
              • Problem gambling
              • Isolation and loneliness
https://www.counsellingconnect.org/

Unsafe at Home

Unsafe at Home is a secure text and online chat service for women and members of LGBTQ2S+ communities in Ottawa and Lanark County who may be living through increased violence and abuse at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our personnel provides emotional support, practical advice and referrals using encrypted technology so conversations are confidential and secure.
We can help you:
              • Talk about how you’re feeling
              • Create a safety plan to reduce your risk of harm
              • Get you the services you need for support
              • Cope with your situation during this period of physical distancing
https://unsafeathomeottawa.ca/#about

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Here are the links for our previous services:

Sunday April 18, 2021

 Sunday April 11, 2021.

 Easter Sunday Service

Good Friday Community Procession of the Cross

Sunday Service for March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday

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Please find all our past services on our YouTube Channel.