Covid-19 Response

 

BACKGROUND: On March 13, 2020, 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. During that time our Response Team studied the options and developed a plan for public worship that observed safety protocols. Over the summer, the Province of Alberta approved public worship and religious meetings that follow strict guidelines and, in the fall, St. Augustine's resumed in-person worship for a short time. However, the threat of mounting COVID cases over the Christmas holiday saw public worship suspended into the spring of 2021. 

CURRENT SITUATION: St. Augustine’s remains closed to public worship for the time being. We had very much hoped to open the church for Easter services – a decision prompted by both the relaxing of diocesan restrictions and declining number of COVID-19 cases throughout the province. Contrary to that trend, however, the number of cases in Lethbridge and the surrounding area has continued to rise significantly. The Corporation of St. Augustine’s, in consultation with the Diocese, has therefore decided to defer resumption of in-person worship for now. We look forward to re-opening as soon as possible, and will keep you apprised of any changes in our weekly email updates – you can subscribe below.

LIVESTREAM WORSHIP CONTINUES: During this time of ongoing physical distancing, St. Augustine’s is using Facebook Live to “livestream” services of prayer and worship. The church has installed audiovisual equipment that allows parishioners to watch events on a home computer or mobile device. Livestream links for home worship and The Daily Office are posted on this website approximately 15 minutes prior to each event. Go to to this page to view live and recorded events.