Update: COVID-19 & Church Gatherings

Effective February 28, 2022, all public health orders related to COVID-19 are rescinded in the province. This includes the requirement for masks in indoor public places.

  • Please respect those who may want or need to continue wearing masks and maintain physical distancing at church gatherings.
  • Hand sanitizer and extra masks are still available at the church building.
  • As always, stay home and do not come to church if you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, or breathing difficulties.

More Info: COVID-19: Public Health Measures (Government of Saskatchewan)

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Wearing a non-medical mask is now required in all indoor public spaces in Saskatchewan. This means that a mask must be worn at all times when you are inside the church building. Those who are leading the service are permitted to remove their mask while speaking from the podium and then replace it when they step down.

While there is a limited supply of face masks and gloves available at the church building, you are encouraged to bring your own.

Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces isn’t enough on its own to curb COVID-19 spread. Please respect the physical distancing directive, practice proper hand hygiene, and stay home when ill.


In-Person Worship Gatherings (Updated)

Effective Sunday, October 25, 2020,
there will be a single in-person worship gathering every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Families with young children are welcome to sit at tables in the “Fidget-Friendly / Wiggle” area.

Please note that changing circumstances
may require this schedule to be altered at any time.

All who attend will be expected to adhere to physical distancing requirements
and other COVID-19 prevention measures as advised by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

A Zoom simulcast will also be available.
Please contact the church for information on how to connect.

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God in the Pandemic

There is some talk heard of what God is up to in these pandemic days. Some of the talk tends toward the apocalyptic — COVID-19 is somehow a precursor to the end of the age or the Second Coming of Christ.

Such talk forgets (or ignores) Jesus’ caution that “about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (Matthew 24:36, NIV). If only the Father knows, then it seems wise for us mere mortals to refrain from such speculation – especially when Jesus goes on to warn that “the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Matthew 24:44).

However, I do not want to dismiss any consideration that God may be doing something in these pandemic days. As the Apostle Paul asserts, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28), although it may be many miles/kilometres down the road before we will see what “the good” is in the rear-view mirror of our lives.

Paul’s declaration comes after a vivid description about how “creation was subjected to frustration” yet hopes to “be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:20). In the meantime, creation is “groaning as in the pains of childbirth” (Romans 8:22).

We certainly know that creation has been groaning. The degradation of the environment through pollution, abuse, and exploitation has been extensively documented. But in these pandemic days, there have been numerous reports of the healing of creation, such as significantly reduced levels of nitrogen dioxide in parts of Italy and China, reduced emissions of carbon monoxide due to less motor vehicle traffic in large cities like New York, and visible improvement of water quality in Venice’s canals attributed to the absence of boat traffic and tourists.

Could it be that these pandemic days have afforded creation a respite and rest from its groaning? Is this where we might see God in the pandemic?

Not as dramatic or apocalyptic as some soothsayers would have it. But what a blessing for both creation and we who have been formed in the image of the Creator!

My fervent hope and prayer is that it will not be a blessing spurned.

– Darrell

Illustration of the ultrastructure of the Covid-19 virus

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