Online COVID-19 Resources
The following link takes you to the Nipissing – Parry Sound Distrtict Health Unit Coronavirus information page: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/coronavirus.asp
Online Worship Service – Sunday, March 29
Below is a link to a recorded time of worship for Sunday March 29th . It is about 50 minutes long. Tracy delivered the Prayers of the People in this service which was produced by the folks at Trinity United. May this online presence give you comfort and help sustain you in the anxious days that surround us.
Update – March 25 – Letter from Council Chair (link)
Update – March 15, 2020 – Suspension of Sunday Service
The Council of St. Andrew’s United Church in North Bay met this morning (March 15Th) to plan a way forward during the current COVID19 situation. The following decisions were made in a committed effort to keep our community safe and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
- Sunday worship services will be suspended with the hope that they may tentatively resume on Easter Sunday. The Council will, however, actively monitor the situation and may extend the suspension as needed.
- All face-to-face meetings and gatherings of church-related committees and groups will be suspended until the worship suspension is lifted.
- Outside groups using the church will be permitted to continue doing so provided they take the usual preventative health precautions.
- The Loaves Fishes foodbank will continue to operate on Thursday mornings, but with special modifications in place.
As the COVID situation evolves, members of the St. Andrew’s faith community can still connect by phone, email, facebook, and the church website. They are encouraged to visit https://standrews-northbay.ca/covid19/ for messages and weekly updates from the Minister. Plans are also underway for a short recorded online service each Sunday. Facebook and the church website will have details posted shortly. Tracy will be in the church daily and all phone messages will be returned promptly. She has asked folks to reach out to her with any pastoral care needs for themselves or anyone they know of.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:270
A Prayer During Times of COVID19 by Rt. Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator, United Church of Canada
In this time of COVID-19, we pray:
When we aren’t sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can’t touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that “perfect love casts out all fear.”
For the doctors, we pray,
for the nurses, we pray,
for the technicians and the janitors and the
aides and the caregivers, we pray,
for the researchers and theorists,
the epidemiologists and investigators,
for those who are sick,
and those who are grieving, we pray,
for all who are affected,
all around the world…
May we feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked and house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone,
and may we do all that we can to heal
in spite of the epidemic,
in spite of the fear.
Help us, O God,
that we might help each other.
In the love of the Creator,
in the name of the Healer,
in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,
May it be so.