September is here, and uOttawa students are back in Sandy Hill and Lowertown, as well as students from Carleton U, Saint Paul U and Algonquin College. COVID-19 has definitely made things different this year, with many courses online and not all students returning to campus. But if you are a student in Ottawa, we’d love to welcome you to join us at St. Albans Church! Even if you’re not in Ottawa, you are welcome to join our online worship and our online activities throughout the week. Hope to see you soon.
In-person worship will resume at St. Albans Church on Sunday September 6, with some restrictions due to COVID-19. It will be great to get back together in-person. Our online worship will continue, so both ways of worshiping are available. During the month of September 2020, our in-person worship will be on Sundays at 4pm. Or if you want to worship in French, please join our Communauté de St-Bernard at noon. Online worship continues at 10am & 7pm. Thanks goes to our Pandemic Planning Team who have been busy working out the details of reopening so that everyone will be safe. Some of these details can be found in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa plan, In This Together. Please subscribe to our email newsletter for the latest information.
“Cure the sick. Raise the dead. Cleanse the lepers. Cast out demons.”
There’s been a lot of talk this week about reopening churches. The provincial government made an announcement allowing churches to reopen with reduced capacity. Our Anglican bishops in Ontario sent us a pastoral letter advising that “our churches will not be reopening for in-person worship until at least September.”
All of which kind of begs the question: what is the church?
“Whenever I hear Paul’s speech to the people of Athens, I always think about fish. . .