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