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. During the summer of 2020, the Province of Alberta approved public worship and religious meetings that follow strict guidelines. This led to the resumption of in-person worship at St. Augustine's for a short time. However, the threat of mounting COVID cases over the Christmas holiday saw public worship suspended into the spring of 2021, including Lent, Easter and beyond. In April, the Diocese announced rigorous new restrictions on worship services, limiting total participation to five people. June 2021 saw a welcome increase in vaccinations and a corresponding drop in infections and hospitalizations, leading to the relaxation of restrictions throughout the province. At the end of the summer, however, the rate of illness and hospitalization climbed once again leading to a return to restrictions on in-person worship. At the end of October 2021 COVID cases reduced enough to encourage the resumption of in-person worship, with restrictions.
 
CURRENT SITUATION: St. Augustine’s is now open to in-person worship Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. (Holy Eucharist, BCP), Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (Holy Eucharist, BCP). Congregational singing is permitted with masks. For now we require pre-registration for the 10 am service. To register for the service, click here or call the church office. To register a child for Sunday School, please send an email to wendy@staug.org or gillian@staug.org 
 
LIVESTREAM WORSHIP CONTINUES: Although official restrictions have come and gone throughout the pandemic, some people are not yet ready to participate in public worship. Others are not able to attend for various reasons. Therefore, St. Augustine’s continues to record and “livestream” services of prayer and worship. The church has invested in audiovisual equipment that allows parishioners to watch events on a home computer or mobile device. Livestream links for Sunday worship and The Daily Office are posted on this website approximately 15 minutes prior to each event. Go to this page to view live and recorded events.