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Latest updates from our wardens during closure of our building

June 21, 2020

Dear fellow parishioners,

It has been a little over three months since we have been able to worship at our beloved church, St. Michael the Archangel. We miss all of you, our St. Michael’s family, and hope that you and your families are continuing to stay safe and well.

Over the last few months many of you have come by on Thursday mornings to drop off your offerings, while others have begun to make use of the alternative methods of donations such as e-transfer and online donations. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for continuing to support the upkeep of our church. Our Jubilee from the Diocese was extended an extra month to the end of June, at which time we will be required to resume our regular payments to the Diocese. Because of the three month Jubilee, we are now in a position to pay off the remaining debt to the Diocese. For your information, the following is a breakdown of our average weekly givings for the last four months:

March     $1,164.50    
April        $2031.68
May         $1.051.67
June        $820.00 (as of June 18)

Recently we have added another way for you to submit your offerings. It is Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) which, after you sign up for it, will automatically withdraw a set amount determined by you from your bank account on a monthly basis. You will be required to fill out an application form and attach a void cheque in order to enroll in this program. The advantage of using this method is the stability it will provide to the finances of our church especially when you are unable to physically attend. Information regarding this method of giving is now available on our website. You can download  the brochure and application form here,  or you can pick it up from the church on one of your visits. Click here for a comparison chart outlining all the different methods of giving your offerings so that you can make an informed choice on the method you prefer to use.

Several parishioners have been asking when we expect to be back in church. The latest correspondence from the Diocese indicates that we are hoping to return in September at the earliest even though the government has given the go ahead for churches to resume worship at 30% capacity. The Corporation has been thinking ahead and has devised some safety protocols for our church when we are able to re-enter. We will of course be ultimately guided by the Diocese which, in turn, is taking its lead from the government and health authorities.

Like many other churches our worship has taken on a different form. Canon Tanner has informed us that more people have been tuning in to our online services than were attending in person before. This is indeed a blessing. Our thanks go out to Canon Tanner for making our online service as interesting as possible with his inspiring sermons and the addition of music, as well as live readings by members of the congregation.

Commencing in July we will be switching to an every other week schedule for the summer for people to drop by on Thursday mornings with their collection. Wardens will be at the church on the following dates: July 9 & 23 and August 6 & 20 for those of you who prefer to drop off your offerings in person. Otherwise, we encourage you to take advantage of the alternative methods now in place.

We are hopeful that we will be able to resume worshiping in our building come September. We know that things will not be what we were used to, but we will be able to adapt with God’s help. In the meantime, continue to stay well and safe. Blessings and have a wonderful summer!

Your Wardens’ Team