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Changes to our in-person worship policies!

The Session (elders) met March 23 to discuss next steps for St. Andrew’s with the changing public health guidelines and Provincial COVID-19 mandates. We recognize that people are experiencing different comfort levels with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Some people are just thrilled to finally take of their masks, some people are concerned about their own exposure or exposing others to COVID-19 and would prefer to keep their masks on for a little longer, some people are happy to continue to wear masks for a while just to make other people feel more comfortable. With changes in COVID-19 restrictions we ask everyone to be sensitive to each other’s different level of comfort with being masked and with not being masked. It is a very personal decision.

Masks in Worship:

While the province of Ontario lifted the mask requirements as of March 21 the Session decided that we will keep the masking requirement for attending Sunday morning worship in place for one more Sunday (March 27). Beginning April 3 masks will be strongly encouraged in worship, but not required. The reason the Session chose to wait for one more week with required masking in worship is in part due to the rising levels of COVID-19 being identified in the city of Ottawa waste water, and also allowing 2 weeks from the end of March Break when many people were travelling and were at a higher risk of exposure. By April 3 we will know whether the increased levels in the waste water are also reflected in increased hospitalizations and if there is an increase in reported cases after March Break travel. The latest advice from Public Health officials is that anyone with a compromised immune system, or who is a senior should seriously consider continuing to wear a mask, especially when gathering with a group of people and when physical distancing is not possible.

Singing in worship:

The Session agreed that starting Sunday April 3 we will be allowing singing in worship again, but we will require people to wear their masks while singing. According to research done in 2020 specifically on singing and speaking with and without masks showed that singing with a well fitted surgical mask can significantly reduce aerosol and particle emissions. While it is not a perfect solution it appears that wearing a mask while singing is the best way to return to singing in worship while reducing the risk of transmission of CIVIOD-19. Here is a link to the 2020 article. If you prefer not to wear a mask but would like to sing, we just ask you to put your mask back on during the hymns for the time being.

Proof of Vaccination & Contact Tracing:

In keeping with the changing provincial mandates and public health guidelines we no longer require proof of vaccination to attend worship, and we are no longer doing contact tracing. We do ask you to think about your health before you come to worship with others, and if you have any COVID-19 symptoms please stay home and join us online.

In Summary:

      • If you have COVID symptoms or you are not well, please stay home and join us online.
      • We will continue livestream and recorded services indefinitely.
      • We no longer require “Proof of Vaccination” to attend worship.
      • We are not physically distancing during worship.
      • You may sit wherever you like, but be sensitive of other people’s comfort level with sitting close to people.
      • If in doubt, just ask if they are comfortable with you sitting near them.
      • Effective April 3 masks are no longer required in worship, but are still strongly encouraged.
      • Effective April 3 we will begin singing again in worship, but you must wear your mask while singing.
      • We are not yet returning to having coffee hour… but hopefully soon!

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All are welcome here!

And we really mean it!

Stay safe, and help keep others safe too!

Please find our recent services below, and all of our worship services back to March 2020 on our YouTube Channel.

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Here is the link to our Sunday Service for June 19, 2022.

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Here is the link to our Sunday Service for June 12, 2022 – Trinity Sunday.

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Here is the link to our Sunday service for sunday Service for June 5, 2022 – Pentecost Sunday. Guest preacher Tony Boonstra.

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Here is the link to our Sunday Service for May 29, 2022.

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Here is the link to our Sunday Service for May 22, 2022. This was our Camping Sunday and we also had no electricity because of the storm. We recorded it on a cell phone and did our best to edit the audio to make it work well.

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Here is the link to our Sunday service for May 15, 2022.

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Here is the link for the Sunday Service for May 8, 2022 – Mother’s Day.

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Here is the link for our Sunday Service for May 1, 2022 – Battle of the Atlantic Sunday.

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Here is a link to our Sunday Service for April 24, 2022.

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Here is the link for our Easter Sunday service featuring brass accompaniment for our hymns!

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Here is the link for our Palm Sunday Service April 10, 2022.

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Here is the link for our Sunday Service for April 3, 2022.

Here is the link for our Sunday Service for March 27, 2022.

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Here is the link for Sunday March 20, 2022.

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Here is the link to our Sunday Service for March 13, 2022.

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Here is the link to our Sunday service for March 6, 2022.

This is the first Sunday in Lent, Communion, and back to in-person worship.

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Here is the link for our February 27th, 2022 Service

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Here is the link for our February 20th, 2022 Service.

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Here is the link for our February 13, 2021 Service.

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Here is the link for Sunday February 6, 2022.

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Here is the link to our Sunday morning worship service for Sunday January 30, 2022.

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Here is the link for our Sunday morning worship service for January 23, 2022.

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Here is the link for our Sunday morning worship service for January 16, 2022.

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Here is the link to our Sunday morning worship service for January 9, 2022.

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Here is the link to our Sunday morning worship service for January 2, 2022.

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Here is the link to our Children’s Christmas Eve Service.

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Here is the link to our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service.

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Here is the link for our Longest Night Service, December 21, 2021.

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Here is the link for Sunday December 19, 2021 Advent 4 – LOVE.

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Here is the link for our Sunday December 12, 2021.

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Here is the link for Sunday December 5, Advent 2.

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Here is the link to the Sunday Service for November 28, 2021 – Advent 1

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Here is the link for our Sunday Service for November 21, 2021 – Christ the King Sunday.

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Here is the link for our Sunday service for November 14, 2021.

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Here if the link for Remembrance Sunday Service, November 7,2021.

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Here is the link to our Reformation Sunday Service, October 31, 2021.

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Here is the link to the recording of our in-person Sunday service for October 24, 2021.

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Here is the link to the recording of our in-person  Sunday service for October 17, 2021.

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Here is he link to the recording of our first in-person service in 19 months.

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Here is the link for our Sunday Service for October 3, 2021.

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Here is the link for our Sunday Service for September 26, 2021.

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Here is the link for our Sunday Service for September 19, 2021.

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Here is the 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.