Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
The Church is closed until further notice
Please check our "What's New" page for details of our "Virtual Worship" services.
We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will be posting frequent updates here.
The following is a message from The Reverend Wes Denyer
March 18, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Rosedale Presbyterian Church,
I want to assure you that my wife Judy and I are safe and well, and back on Canadian soil. We cut short our vacation in Spain and arrived home in Canada on Monday night. We were able to board a flight from Madrid to Paris only one hour before Spain went into lockdown, and then, after a layover in Paris, took an Air France flight to Toronto. Having been out of the country, Judy and I are isolating ourselves from contact with others for the next fourteen days.
Last night the leadership of Rosedale Presbyterian Church had a conference call to consider how we might respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This call included members of Session, Feite Kraay and Norm Creen representing the Board of Managers, Stephen Kendall, Chris Dawes, Jen Bell and Ijeoma Ross.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW
In compliance with the requirements of Ontario’s State of Emergency declared by Premier Doug Ford, Sunday morning worship services are cancelled on March 22 and 29. Additionally, all other church activities including Globe and Faith, choir practice, Bridge and Scrabble, Book Club, Messy Church and Movie Night are cancelled until further notice. Our visits to Boarding Homes and the dinner we were to serve at Evangel Hall on Sunday, March 29 will not take place. Evangel Hall has closed their Drop-In programme. The Church Office will be closed for the remainder of March and Ijeoma will work from home.
All those who use our church building have cancelled their activities, including the Scottish Country Dancers, Penthalia, Ballet, Kids and Company Daycare and the Sunday afternoon Eritrean congregation.
The leadership of the church will be meeting by teleconference again on Tuesday, March 31 in order to assess the situation for the month of April.
A WORD FROM THE BOARD OF MANAGERS
The Board of Managers will meet by teleconference on Tuesday, March 24 to review the church’s financial situation. In the meantime, since weekly offerings will not be collected, here are other options to financially support the congregation:
- Fill in your offering envelope as usual, put it in a regular envelope and mail it to the church
- Sign up for pre-authorized remittances (PAR), which are charged to either a credit or debit account once a month. The attached form may be scanned and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or sent to the church by regular mail.
- Donate on-line, through the Canada Helps charitable organization through this link - https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/119123347RR0001-rosedale-presbyterian-church/ Canada Helps is a well-regarded organization which has been operating since 2000. It will issue tax receipts directly to donors.
THINGS TO DO NOW
Over the next two weeks, and perhaps beyond, we would still like to be active as a congregation. Here are some ways you may do that:
- Our church website has audio recordings from literally hundreds of sermons over the last seven years. To access these recordings, please use this link: http://rpcc.ca/145-sermons-webware.htm
- We will be increasing the activity on our Facebook Page. If you are already on Facebook, simply search for Rosedale Presbyterian Church. Use this as an opportunity to interact with others. Consider posting uplifting thoughts, quotes, pictures, messages and prayers to the timeline, or respond to items that other people may post. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view our Facebook page using this link: http://www.facebook.com/rosedalepresbyterianchurch
- Beginning on Wednesday, March 25th, Globe and Faith will resume by teleconference. You will be able to phone in to a special teleconferencing number beginning at 10:30 am. In this way we will have the opportunity to reflect on the latest news about the coronavirus and how the world, the country and the city are responding to it, as well as expressing our own ideas, feelings and reactions to this extraordinary new challenge. Regular attendees of Globe and Faith will be emailed instructions as to how to join the conference call. If you do not regularly attend this group but would now like to be involved in these discussions, please email me at email@example.com .
- Finally, each week I will be consulting with Jen Bell and Chris Dawes to produce worship resources which you may use to conduct worship in your home, either on your own or with the rest of your family. This will include a Message from the Minister, music selections and resources for children.
WE’RE NOT ALONE
Be assured that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this anxious time. I am especially aware of how difficult this may be for those of you who live alone. If you want to reach out to me, I can always be contacted on my cell phone at 416-271-2233. I welcome your calls.
My wife Judy and I have decided that we do not like the term “social distancing.” We may have to be “physically distant” from one another, but we do not need to be socially distant. This is a time to reach out to family members, friends, neighbours and those who are a part of our Rosedale Presbyterian Church family. We don’t need to be socially distant. We can make a phone call, send an email or text message, or be visually present to one another through Skype or Facetime.
A PRAYER FOR THESE TROUBLED TIMES
I would like to share with you the prayer I used to open the teleconference meeting last night with the leadership team of the church:
As we gather to give leadership to our congregation, we pray for those infected with the COVID-19 virus. We pray not only their healing, but for them to be comforted while they heal – comforted by family and friends, cared for by medical professionals, and resting with trust in your everlasting arms.
We pray for those who are worried and afraid. Remind us that you are bigger than the threat of anything, especially illnesses. Help us to find your peace and serenity in this anxious time. Comfort those who are living in fear, that we may learn to trust in you, as we rest in your love.
We pray for doctors and nurses, hospital personnel and medical researchers, who are caring for people infected with this virus and with those who are searching for a vaccine to prevent this infection. Give them strength and courage, wisdom and skill, as they selflessly care for those who are sick, and seek to find answers to this disease. We pray that You would give them rest, replenish them when they are weary, and be their source of hope in such overwhelming times. We also pray for their health that they may not become ill.
Lord, we pray your guidance as we meet tonight and seek to give leadership to those who desire to know and follow you. May we offer faith and hope to those who desire to worship you and love one another.
We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.
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