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 cancelation of in-person meetings and services at St. Augustine’s.
CURRENT SITUATION: Due to the threat of COVID-19, services and meetings at the church have remained on hold. In early May, the Government of Alberta issued instructions for the relaunch of various sectors throughout the province, including places of worship. On May 12, Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson issued a Letter on Transition Planning from COVID 19 Restrictions, stating that “no parish in the Diocese of Calgary will reopen physical gatherings without the Archbishop’s permission. At this point we remain in the protocol of not allowing physical congregational services including weddings and funerals.” The letter goes on to say that the “length of time it will take to return to regular in-person worship is to be measured in months not weeks.” A task force will be formed to develop a transition plan and guidelines for Anglican parishes within the Diocese. Here is a link to the full text of the Archbishop’s letter: https://www.calgary.anglican.ca/news/the-archbishops-letter-on-transition-planning
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 takes place at 10:00 a.m. each week.
- Thursday Spiritual Eucharist occurs at 9:30 a.m. each week.
- Morning Prayer takes place at 9:00 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
- Evening Prayer is broadcast at 6:00 each day.
- Compline occurs at 8:45 p.m. most evenings.
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: 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.
READ MORE about what St. Augustine’s is doing in the age of COVID-19 in the latest issue of our newsletter. Follow this link: http://www.staug.org/newsletter