I hope that you all had a good Easter, or at least the best you could have given the Ontario Government restrictions. For Nancy and I, it wasn’t quite what we had planned, but it worked out. I have requested that the Wardens and I meet on a regular basis, every month prior to our Vestry meeting. This allows us to be transparent with one another, allows us the ability to keep each other informed on parish concerns and be able to quickly deal with them.
As some of you may be aware, our church services are being broadcasted on Facebook on Sundays. We are very impressed with the response to our Facebook ministry. The statistics show that we are getting more viewers than we had coming to church. It begs the question: What role will our online ministry play in our ministry once we resume some sense of normalcy? Churches have found that online ministry has been able to reach out to shut-ins or people we have hurt. It gives them a way to re-enter the church and we have seen a younger generation engaging with the church. What this says to me is that the world is hungry for the word of Jesus, and that we may have found a way to reach the world. I would ask that you pray that we find what the role of the online ministry will play here at St. Peter’s as we continue to journey.
This last year for many as been difficult for many reasons. One difficulty is the issue of financial giving. People have found that they can get around this either through electronic offerings or by mailing their offerings. Some churches have had safe drop-offs, where you bring your offering to the church at a designated time, when someone would be there to collect it. The Wardens and I thought that this might be something that we would try out at St. Peter’s. Unfortunately, with our current restrictions, I believe that an offering drop-off would put us in violation of the restrictions. We would like to thank you for your faithful support during these difficult times of Covid19.
Starting a new ministry during a pandemic is proving to be somewhat difficult. Nancy and I anxiously await the time when we can meet everyone face to face, and get to know the congregation. In the meantime, I plan to begin calling everyone on the parish list, a few calls at a time, and introducing myself.
At our last Warden’s meeting, we agreed that it was important to keep the parish updated to what was happening in the church.