Good Friday Service

Friday April 10th, 2020      11:00am Halifax

You are all invited, as are any of your friends, to our Good Friday gathering, by Zoom.  

Readings and reflection, prayer and silence.   Anyone who wishes to read, please contact me, as there are several opportunities. 

It will definitely be relevant to the present challenging times. 

Here’s what you need to get into the Zoom room. I’ll be there early to welcome you in.  The phone options are if you can’t get computer connection to work for you.  

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Maundy Thursday invitation

Thursday April 9th 2020, 5:40pm or/and 7pm

As advertised already but now with an additional feature.   If you would like to log on early, Jane will open the door to the virtual Zoom room at 5:40pm for a virtual potluck.

You get to eat real food but you ‘ll need to provide your own, while enjoying conversation with friends.  Some of us have been eating alone quite often and we might be happy to have some company.  

Then we will take a break and start our contemplative gathering at 7pm.   

That will give any supper-eaters a chance to put away dishes and settle into a more contemplative vein, while any who had other supper plans can come in and get comfortable .  We may, just may, have a special guest or two with us., who couldn’t have been with us at a physical gathering.  Time will tell. 

If you haven’t done Zoom before . it’s not hard.  The link below should do it.  The phones are just in case you can’t connect via computer.  It’s nice to be able to see everyone’s faces, as we don’t get to do that much these days! 

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Maundy Thursday Virtual Potluck and Contemplative Gathering 

Time: Apr 9, 2020 05:40 PM America/Moncton

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A pastoral note from Jane

Sunday 29th March 2020 6:30pm

As I shared in today’s worship , we have been asked to keep our church buildings closed and abide by physical distancing until at least the end of April .  This means no in- person gatherings , no in- person home , hospital or care facility visiting , no weddings , no funeral .

This is not unexpected .   When we agreed to suspend physical gathering for worship and cancel other in person events , we knew we did not know when we could resume our normal practices .  All we knew was : we would give thanks when that day came .

Indeed if we follow the trajectory observed in China where the pandemic began , we may very well continue the current status quo well beyond the end of April.  We will follow directives from church and government leadership . We understand : loving your neighbour means helping to keep them safe !

As our ministry candidate Emma Seamone reflects in her Sunday message ( add link ) , we may  all be grieving something and that’s OK.  Some may grieve the loss of customary family Easter gatherings . I’m grieving the loss of our customary ways of gathering for Holy Week , especially Easter Sunday , complete with the beautiful anthems and congregational singing we so love . And this is my last Holy Week before I retire.

Yes, we grieve these losses and more .  But we are a strong , resilient people . And we are still the United Church in St Andrews and the hills and ridges. And the Spirit still works with us and through us .

We will share Holy Week , just differently, perhaps more memorably than ever Stay tuned !

We continue to work at providing physically distant gathering opportunities , this Friday at 10through Zoom , some Sundays ( I hope ) , some group prayer times , our study group , Board meetings and more .  It does one’s heart good to hear each other’s voices and see each other’s faces .  Stay tuned !

Visit our church website ( link ) for frequent updates .  It’s our public face for now. Plus you are welcome to join my mailing list for a prayer / spiritual resource a day . Visit our church FB page too !

I can also arrange virtual coffee with you – we stay home but meet via Zoom . Just ask me!

I know this is a long haul for all of us , emotionally , mentally, spiritually, and financially. Let us continue to be a strong and loving community , reaching out as we can to each other and beyond . 

Please continue to be in touch , letting me know how you are doing and if I/we can be of any help.

Blessings, peace and love to all !

“Being church in pandemic season” ” by Jane Doull, March 15, 2020

Wandering/Wondering in Spiritual Landscape

As I stand before you today, I have real questions about whether I will be standing here next week.

Especially the last 12 hours I have wondered if I should even be standing here today. But here we are..

It’s been a roller-coaster this week, just keeping track of developments with COV, with the latest federal or provincial government directives, interviews with public health and epidemiology specialists, mailings from the United Church, updates from other churches, trying to sort out what to do about next week’s Lenten lunch, which Wesley was to serve, and it was clear we should not be having one.

I scrapped my sermon series, because this took over. And how could it not? It’s a story that affects all our lives, Especially those who are part of the vulnerable, 60 plus demographic, or have people in our lives who are vulnerable,. It’s raising questions for how…

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