Dear beloved friends in Christ,

I hope you are well, and that you are keeping up your spirits. Voluntary isolation is a challenge when we cherish gathering for worship, learning, serving, and sharing meals. By practicing social distancing, we are exercising care of our neighbours and taking responsibility for our own health. Please don’t let isolation get you down. If you need help, reach out to us. If you need someone to listen, or to talk with, we are here. And I encourage you to be there for each other. A phone call can make all the difference to someone who is in quarantine, or who lives alone.

While we can’t gather in person, we can gather in spirit, pulling together to flatten the curve. Thank you to those of you who have reached out to me, who have gathered for our online prayers on Facebook, who continue to find imaginative ways to stay connected and to care for one another. I believe we will come through this time stronger in faith because you are faithful in prayer, bonded in friendship, and generous with your kindness and love for others.

Please note the following:

The Church is no longer open during business hours. In keeping with the state of emergency that has been declared in Ontario, all staff are working from home. But fear not; emails and phone calls are being answered and returned. We are here.

Worship is happening online. If you have a computer, tablet, or cell phone, you can join by going to our Facebook page. at 8 am and 8:30 pm, and on Sundays at 10 am.

Intercessions continue. If you have a prayer request, please let our administrator know either by phone  (905) 683-7981, or by email – stgeorgesajax@gmail.com. We will include these prayers in our worship. If you would prefer your prayers stay offline, contact Rev. Marilyn rev.marilynmetcalfe@gmail.com and she will send your prayer request to the prayer team.

Are you sick or self-isolating? Please let us know! We would like to help you with errands and pray for you. It may be possible to arrange to visit you under certain circumstances.

Connection Groups.   We would like to divide the parish up into groups of 6 to 10 in order to keep in touch, share information, and be available to provide assistance. Would you be willing to be a group coordinator? Please let Rev. Susan know as soon as possible.

Finances. If you would like to make a contribution to St. George’s, visit the Giving page for ways to do so.

I am at your service. I look forward to receiving your calls and emails, and I welcome your questions, concerns and ideas.

May the peace of Christ reign in our hearts.

Rev. Susan Spicer

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