COVID-19 UPDATE

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, all of the church services and regular parish activities at St. Thomas have been cancelled.  We have moved to an 'at home' worship model.  You can find our virtual Sunday services and weekly video updates from Fr. Allen on the "Sermons" page on this website, as well as on Facebook.  If you would prefer to have the virtual service and weekly updates emailed to you, please contact the church office.  

We know that "the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his.  We are his people, the sheep of his pasture." (Psalm 100).  Especially know, we may trust in our Shepherd's faithfulness and providential care.  Therefore, we do not need to be afraid, even in the face of this pandemic.  In fact, in times of uncertainty such as this, the church has a unique opportunity to share God's love to those around us and to help people to see Christ. 

Our primate, the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, calls us to be "a people of hope and compassion. The Canadian Council of Churches offers this reminder to all its churches:

We urge our member churches to reflect a compassionate, peace-seeking response to COVID-19 by:

  • Recognizing through prayer the human dimension of grief and suffering COVID-19 has brought to communities both near and far;
  • Being mindful of the needs of shut-ins and other vulnerable groups who may require additional help accessing medical services and basic amenities;
  • Actively repudiating the racism and xenophobia that has shaped certain reactions to COVID-19;
  • Using this as an opportunity to embody hospitality and kindness with creativity and hope;
  • Giving thanks for the many professionals who continue to risk their own health to treat the sick, be near to the dying, contain the virus, and protect their communities."

In addition, Rev. Nicholls reminds us that we are a people of prayer. The Diocese of New Westminster has gathered resources for prayer with the wonderful title: COVID19 Can’t Stop Us from Praying!  The Church of England also provides various prayers and intercessions which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with people who are in isolation or who are unable to access the Internet.

Finally, Rev. Nicholls urges every Anglican to be "diligent in personal practices for ourselves and to protect those around us who may be vulnerable."  As such, St. Thomas asks everyone to follow all of the recommendations by Dr. Bonnie Henry, as well as all the requirements of our local, provincial, and national governments.

And so we pray with Rev. Nicholls:  "May God’s peace hold us in the midst of the fears that swirl around our communities and at time within our own hearts. May we find courage to compassionately care for one another and find strength in community. May we find comfort in the knowledge that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:38-39)"

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