Sunday, 14th June is the day when we remember those we have lost, particularly those in our cemetery. In place of a regular in person service, we will present a virtual service on video, in SERMONS on this website. We invite you to join us for the service; we also invite you to send pictures of your loved ones to email@example.com for inclusion in a facebook tribute to those we mourn.
MOREWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Starting Sunday July 5th, 2020, we will begin worship services again. In preparation for reopening, the board and elders are following the guidelines provided by the Health Authority. The following plan has been developed to ensure your safety.
In short, the following will be done and continue to be done until the time when guidelines change:
- All common areas will be cleaned and sanitized regularly with special attention given to areas of high touch including backs of pews, washrooms and door handles.
- Pews will be barriered to ensure social distancing.
- Hand sanitizer will be available, and everyone will be required to use it on entry.
- Hymn books will still be able to be used but you are asked not to share except with immediate family.
When you arrive for worship, you will find some things different:
- You will be asked to keep a social distance between one another as you enter the sanctuary and when exiting the sanctuary. Please follow any directional signs that may be posted.
- You will be asked to leave your offering in a plate that will be on a table just inside the main door.
- You will be asked to sanitize your hands and then immediately proceed to take a seat where you will stay for the duration of the service.
- If there are responsive readings or other participatory responses, you are encouraged to keep your voice low. For the sharing of the peace, you are asked to turn and smile or wave to those around you.
- For the hymns, you are encouraged to follow the words but to hum rather than sing.
- The use of printed bulletins will be suspended till further notice.
- Families are asked to sit together and children to remain with their parents.
- Separate children’s activities will not happen for the immediate future.
Finally, you are encouraged to attend services only if you are comfortable. Online services will continue. If you are not comfortable returning to in-person services and are unable to access online services, please contact your elder and a copy of the Sunday service will be made available to you.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your elder.
Blessings to all
Bruce W. Kemp
Rev. Bruce W. Kemp
This year, 2020, marks the 150th anniversary of the building of our church. Due to the pandemic, we have postponed our anniversary celebrations to the fall. As the church re-opens on July 5th, although at 30% capacity, we will continue to collect non-perishable items for the foodbank.
The Presbytery of Seaway-Glengarry has decided to sponsor a refugee family. To that end a Refugee sponsorship committee has been formed. They have asked each pastoral charge to name a representative. Garnet Thompson from Morewood has agreed to be our representative. The cost to sponsor a family is approximately $30,000. Support for the programme will be by freewill donations through our local churches to the Presbytery. Our refugee family has arrived and is thriving in Kemptville. This venture was very successfull, and as a Presbytery, we have agreed to support another refugee; freewill donations are ongoing.