In accordance with new guidelines issued by the Province of Ontario to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Session of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church has decided to close the church building and suspend all activities, including Sunday worship, effective immediately and until further notice. We will look to the advice of governmental and health authorities when determining a potential date to re-open the building.
We encourage our congregants to reach out and support each other by phone during these difficult times. As well, we remind everyone that we must continue to pay our bills; in the absence of Sunday worship, you may sign up for pre-authorized remittance (PAR), donate online through the link on our website, or drop off your offering envelope in the mailbox at the church. The building will be checked daily for mail and phone messages. If someone is not comfortable leaving an envelope, they are welcome to leave a phone message at the office (416.261.4037) and someone will pick up their offering.
Pray for each other and for our world as we continue to be challenged by this evolving health crisis.
Yesterday, Guildwood Church issued some information regarding measures being taken during the current COVID-19 outbreak as they relate to church activities. The situation continues to evolve, and here is an update with respect to this Sunday’s worship service.
Worship will be held on Sunday, March 15, at 11 AM.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT OR UNCOMFORTABLE ATTENDING WORSHIP, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND.
Your safety and peace of mind are the primary concern of our Session. In addition to the guidelines circulated on Friday, the following measures are in place on Sunday:
Service will proceed, with people encouraged to maintain distance from each other.
Offering plates will be placed at the entrances but will not be passed among the congregation, and bulletins will be placed at the entrances but not handed person to person.
An announcement will be made concerning our current plans and advising of future communications.
Coffee hour will not take place after the service.
The nursery will be closed and locked until further notice.
A reminder – if you are feeling ill, or if you may have been in contact with an ill person, please stay home.
The session is meeting after worship Sunday to discuss further actions regarding activities at the church.
In these extraordinary times, please support each other as best you can, and pray for guidance, wisdom and understanding.
We are all watching as events unfold globally regarding the spread of COVID-19 and various initiatives to contain the virus that causes it. I want to let you know about our plans at Guildwood, while at the same time reminding you that Canadian public health officials continue to indicate that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is still considered low in Canada.
Sunday worship and activities throughout the week continue at Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church, with the following measures being put in place:
Our caretaker is being extra diligent in ensuring that washrooms are properly supplied and that surfaces throughout the building are cleaned regularly with disinfecting cleaning solutions.
Hand sanitizer and tissues are available throughout the building, and everyone is encouraged to make use of them.
Signage is in place encouraging hand washing and describing proper hand-washing methods.
We continue to monitor members of our congregation and members of the groups who use the church for any concerns.
We do remind everyone of the various measures each one of us should take to help prevent the spread of disease:
Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water.
Avoid touching your face.
if you sneeze, use a tissue and dispose of it immediately (and wash your hands); if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze into your elbow or your sleeve, not your hand.
If you are feeling ill (any kind of illness) please stay home so as to not endanger others.
If you feel you have been exposed to someone who is ill, please remain home — even if you are not exhibiting any symptoms.
In terms of church activities, the Presbyterian Church in Canada has posted these guidelines [Editor’s note: guidelines updated on March 14, 2020] for all congregations. At Guildwood, we are strongly suggesting that handshakes and hugs not happen during the passing of the peace, replaced by non-contact gestures such as prayer-hands or bowing. Groups and committees continue to meet, but no one should feel obligated to attend these meetings if they feel uncomfortable doing so. Congregants are encouraged to leave extra space between each other in the pews on Sunday mornings.
If circumstances change and the session decides that it is a risk to hold worship services and other activities, we will reach out in a number of ways
by email to the list of Tidbits recipients (Tidbits is our weekly email newsletter). If you are not on mailing list for Tidbits and wish to be, you can signup online.
and by telephone based on our latest phone list.
The church remains sensitive to the social and pastoral needs of our members and adherents. If you are feeling uncomfortable about attending church or have decided to self-isolate and want to talk with someone, please reach out to any of Elders, any member of the Care Team, or contact the church office.
Pray for all those who are being affected by this outbreak, and for the leaders and health care workers who are helping to keep it contained.
In order to enable the search committee to identify candidates that are suitable for GCPC, we need your input. As individuals, we are all going to identify those needs a little differently. However, as a congregation, we need to identify the common ground and priorities of GCPC as a whole. Please complete the 11-question on-line survey no later than Sunday, March 8, 2020, to guide the search committee into what these needs and priorities are. Paper copies—if you prefer that format—will be available on Sunday, February 23, 2020, for which a submission box will be in the church lobby until March 8.
Once your input has been received, we will be able to complete a Congregational Profile, necessary before we can officially post the position of minister.
The Annual General Meeting of GCPC will take place on March 4, 2020, beginning at 7:30 PM at the church. Copies of the Annual Report are available—one per family please— and may be picked up at church starting tomorrow, Sunday, February 23, 2020.
Please join us at Guildwood as we celebrate the season of Advent and Christmas!
Longest Night Service Our Longest night service is a quiet, candle lit service of prayer and healing for anyone who is finding the Christmas season difficult or may find peace in a more reflective service. Saturday, December 21st at 7:30 PM
Christmas Pageant We always look forward to our annual Christmas Pageant. This year the play is called God’s Great Idea: A Cosmic Christmas. Sunday, December 22nd at 11:00 AM
Christmas Eve Service An evening of Lessons and Carols. Tuesday, December 24th at 7:00 PM
The Annual Christmas Carol Sing party will be held on December 7 at 7:30 PM at the home of Catherine and Don MacOdrum at 177 Greyabbey Trail. All adult members of the church family are welcome to attend an evening of music and great fellowship. There will be wine and non-alcoholic punch, cheese and crackers, and other goodies, and we will sing all your favourite Christmas carols. Guests are encouraged to bring a small plate of squares or cookies. A modest contribution on the order of $5.00 to cover expenses will be welcome but not necessary. Please sign up at the church if you can, but come anyway. Questions? Contact the MacOdrums, or the church.
It’s the 20th anniversary of the Men’s Breakfast, and to celebrate, we’ve invited back our very first speaker, Ian Salter, for Saturday, November 23 at 8 AM. Join us for a time of fellowship, interesting information, and of course a delicious hot breakfast. For more information, please contact Dave Senik or the church.
The next Munch and Mingle luncheon will take place on Sunday, November 17, after church service. Mission and Outreach will be hosting and the featured food is chili! For more information, please get in touch with Bonnie Horton or contact the church.