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September 2020
 

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St. Paul's Presbyterian Church
is open for on site Sunday worship
Please contact the church office by Thursday of each week, by phone or email if you would like to attend.
Masks or face shields mandatory.
sppc@kwic.com 519-426-1845
with safety protocols in place
Screening questions:
Do not enter if you have:
- a fever, cough or shortness of breath
-travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days.
- been exposed to someone who is, or may be, infected with the COVID-19 virus.
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Open Mondays to Thursdays 9-4.
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St. Pauls' Presbyterian Church
Vision Statement
St. Paul's is a witness in Norfolk to the transforming love of Jesus
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Ministry Co-ordinator Position available

If you feel a calling to this role, please read through the document attached above and send a C.V. or letter to our search committee through physical mail or at lioninwinter@stpaulssimcoe.com

 

Welcome to St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Simcoe.

IMPORTANT NOTICE  - PLEASE READ!!  Some church activities opening.

As many of you are already aware, this Sunday (September 13) will be our first in-person worhsip service since March.  I'd like to take this opportuniy to fill you in on what we are doing to care for those folks who choose to attend.

First of all, be assured that we have a dedicated team who will be overseeing our enhanced cleaning procedures.  They are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that all contact surfaces are disinfected regularly to minimize transmission risk.

In regards to safety precautions that you will see when you enter the building, you will note that doors will be propped open so that you will not have to touch door handles, and that we will all be entering the building through the sidewalk level glass doors.  These doors give fully accessible entry to the building, and will direct our guests to our greeters who will be offering hand sanitizer and asking those questions that we hear so often now about our travel and if we are experiencing any symptoms.  They will also be ensuring that all our attendees are wearing a mask or face shield.  Face coverings will be mandatory as we do our best to look after the most vulnerable among us.

Our greeters will also be recording names and phone numbers of all who enter the building in accordance with the local regulations.  To simplify this task, I would lke to encourage all members to pre-register with the office through email or phone message.  RSVPing will allow our office administrator to put together an attendance list to speed entry and to make sure that we remain within the limits of our building capacity.  Please send your RSVP by early afternoon on the Thursday of each week as our administrator is not in the office on Fridays.

Our elevator/lift will be in operation for those who would like to make use of it - for the foreseeable future the lift operator will control the lift from outside and the lift will only carry a single person or couple at a time to reduce any time spent in close quarters.

As you enter the sanctuary please wait to be seated by our ushers - they will be responsible for making sure that we are all properly distanced while maximizing our use of space.  Once you are seated, please avoid moving about the sanctuary. 

Unfortunately, we will not be able to sing together.  We will continue to be blessed with Ian's instrumental talents and will have a soloist each week who will sing our praises on our behalf.  By all means, lift you hands, dance; feel free to express your worship, just please don't do it with your voice.

Our children and youth will be worshiping with us for the month of September, as per our local Medical Officers' request.  We are hoping this request will be reviewed in the near future as our kids are all together in school - they are mixing with each other already and might be better off in their own class away from some of our more vulnerable members.  But until this order is lifted we will continue to not have separate Sunday schools for our younger folk.

Offering plates will be placed at the door to the sanctuary - we will not be passing the plate during service, so please remember to give your offering as you enter.

Unfortunately, coffee hour is suspended for the time being - the close contact, food and necessity to unmask to sip coffee makes this too much of a high risk activity for the present.

All this adds up to a strange and awkward worship experience.  While there will be a certain sense of 'coming home' as we re-enter the church building - some of us for the first time in six months -  it is also the case that the ubiquitous presence of masks, lack of hugs and handshakes, physical spacing, and lack of singing will be a constant reminder of how far from normal we really are. Don't let this discourage you.

As Jesus said to his disciples 'In this world you will have troubles.  You will have tribulations.  But take heart- be of good cheer - because I have overcome the world'.

Our worship points to a reality that transcends our current physical limitations, and our community is stronger than the restrictions currently imposed on it.

I look forward to greeting many of you this Sunday, and for those not yet ready to return, I greet you also in the name of our Lord of Life, Jesus the Christ.

Peace and joy,

Rev. Mikal Schomburg

 

 

Thank YOU!  A sincere thanks to all of you who have sent in offerings to St. Paul's. 

Your generosity and continued support is much appreciated.    

 

 

 

We are a vibrant community in the heart of the city that strives to live and serve according to the purpose God has ordained for us.

We do this by rooting ourselves in the Bible, the written witness to God’s presence among his people.  We believe that this written witness directs us to Jesus Christ, who is the living revelation of our heavenly Father.  It is this same Jesus who enables us to connect to God through his saving grace, and through his gift of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God is present and active in his creation; God not only hears but also responds to prayer.  Through prayer we strengthen our relationship with Him, learn to recognize his voice, align our spirits with His, and call His healing and transformative power into particular situations.

Then, with a firm footing in God’s Word and discerning spirits responding to God’s guidance, we serve our community according to the needs we encounter and the strengths of the congregation.

Through sound biblical preaching and study of the Bible we feed our minds, through prayer we feed our spirits, and through service in His name we condition our bodies.  This threefold cord binds us to God and to one another.

All are welcome in this house of worship. There are no perfect people here; we who worship together are bound by our common need of grace and forgiveness which can only be found in Christ.

Peace and joy,

Rev. Mikal Schomburg

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

(Ephesians 4:4-6, 15-16)

 

 

 

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