BACKGROUND: On March 13, St. Augustine’s formed a COVID-19 Response Team in anticipation of the needs of our parish at this time. Soon after, a protocol of physical distancing was adopted by the Anglican Diocese of Calgary, leading to the suspension of in-person meetings and services at St. Augustine’s.
CURRENT SITUATION: Good news! The Archbishop has given the go ahead to reopen public services this fall. While parishes may open as early as September 1st, each will develop its own plan for reopening that must first be reviewed and approved by the Diocese. While reopening St. Augustine's is something we have all been anticipating with great longing, it will also be a complicated and complex undertaking that will need a lot of planning and organization. The process will involve creating a plan to move forward that adheres to the government of Alberta's guidelines for places of worship and the Archbishop's task force on the reopening of public worship services. That being said, at this point we have a lot of work to do and we will be communicating those plans with you as we create them. We will be keeping you up to date in our weekly emails and on the website, and when all the planning is done, we will let you know our official reopening date, and how you can arrange to join us in person. Stay tuned!
WORSHIP CONTINUES: During this time of physical distancing, St. Augustine’s is using Facebook Live to “live stream” services of prayer and worship. Livestream links for home worship and The Daily Office are posted on this website approximately 15 minutes prior to each event.
- Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM (Book of Alternative Services)
- Thursday Spiritual Eucharist on hold for the summer
- Mon./Wed./Fri.: Morning Prayer 9:00 AM (Book of Common Prayer)
- Compline will resume soon
- Tues./Thur.: Evening Prayer 6:00 PM (Book of Common Prayer)
Follow this link to view live and recorded events: http://www.staug.org/worship-services
MINISTRY CONTINUES: The church is now using Zoom to facilitate virtual gatherings. For example, our Lenten Study Series successfully transitioned to a virtual study using Zoom, and our Adult Confirmation class was able to continue in the same way. This format is also appropriate for virtual pastoral conversations.
GIVING CONTINUES: Parishioners are encouraged to keep up with their regular offerings. These can be dropped in the church mailbox (in the slot located to the right of the main doors) or cheques can be mailed to the church. Please do not mail cash. Contact the office if would like to start an automatic monthly bank transfer arrangement, or you may click on "Donate Now" at the bottom of our website home page to make a payment using your credit card.