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Letter from the Bishop of Huron regarding 
Anglican Churches Remaining Closed 
June 8, 2020

Dear friends,
 
Many of us are deeply missing the opportunity to gather as church to worship God.  Premier Ford’s statement today that worship services may resume in many parts of our province has been greeted with both hope and anxiety by many Anglicans.  Ten days ago, together with the provincial House of Bishops, I decided that we would not be making any changes in how we use our church buildings for worship until after Labour Day, September 7.  Nothing has changed: church buildings may be used to offer online worship (no more than five people present to lead the service, following all current church guidelines) and to provide essential ministries such as food sustainability ministries or 12-step programs.  No indoor gatherings for worship will be held in churches in the Diocese of Huron until after Labour Day at the earliest. This will provide us with the opportunity to plan well for September, and to get some summer rest.
 
Some parishes have been wondering about holding outside worship during this good weather.  That is currently under consideration.  I will have more to say about that in a week or two.
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we prioritize the safety of all.
 
Yours in Christ,
+Todd
The Right Reverend Todd Townshend
Bishop of Huron

Bishop Townshend’s video message to the Diocese of Huron amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

Recorded at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario April 19, 2020


The Right Reverend Todd Townshend, Bishop of Huron, in his third weekly video, recorded in his own backyard, says, "I'm delighted that so many of you are staying home and doing your part to break the chain of transmission. I'm also so proud and happy to see members of the church who are keeping essential services going in places where the most vulnerable - the hungry, those with addictions and others who are most vulnerable - can still get our help.".


Please click here to open the Diocese of Huron's web page.  From there, you will be able to open the YouTube video.

Message from the Rt. Rev. Terry Dance - St. George's Anglican Church, London, Ontario .  April 19, 2020

From Canon Linda: Thought you might like to also see and hear Bishop Terry’s reflection for today.  Please click here to open the YouTube video.

URGENT: UPDATED INFORMATION RE COVID-19 AND WORSHIP

Effective March 15th 2020, there will be no public worship services held.

The Anglican bishops of the province of Ontario have collectively made the decision temporarily suspend public worship services.

In the Diocese of Huron, all public worship services will be suspended, effective immediately. In Huron, this pause from public worship will continue until public health gives a directive that is will be ok to do so.

This measure is in place especially for the protection of those among us who are most at risk and to support a mass movement of care and concern for our health care system and the people who care for us in God’s work of healing. This does not mean that the church will stop worshipping or serving in our communities.

TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

AEROBICS & ZUMBA FITNESS STUDIO 
AT ST. JAMES' ON

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDA
FROM 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Aerobics is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic exercise with stretching and strength training routines.  Zumba adds some dancing fun with a goal of improving all elements of fitness.

HURRY! REGISTER TODAY! Experience the fun-filled workout and get fit.

Call 519-242-5738 for more information



ELECTRONICS RECYLING – ONGOING FUNDRAISER

Smart Choice is moving to 320 Sheldon Drive, Cambridge, which is to the east of Franklin, and on the corner of Balmoral Road, effective April 1, 2020. The parking lot is in much better shape at the new place!


St. James’ has set up an ongoing account with Smart Choice Electronic Recycling.  You can take your recycling there throughout the year, just let them know it is for St. James’ and St. James’ will receive an amount based on the weight of the recycling.  Smart Choice: 519-242-3630, open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.....3.30-6.00 and Saturday 10.00-4.00.  CLOSED on Wednesday and Sunday. Pickup is available from Smart Choice for larger items.

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING: HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES

Beginning on SUNDAYS ONLY between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm there will be an orange bucket under the coat rack in the Narthex for you to bring in used household batteries. Batteries will be delivered to Smart Choice Electronic Recycling and an amount based on weight will be credited to our account, making this a fundraiser for the church. As batteries can create a fire hazard we ask you not to bring batteries during the week. Recycling is for alkaline only therefore NO Lithium Batteries.

TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

EUCHRE AT ST. JAMES' 

Euchre is held every other Friday at 7:30 pm. Fall start up is September 13, 2019, and for a toonie you get snacks too! We have a small core of faithful attendees, but like other groups, would love to see some new faces. We've attempted Bid Euchre and 6-handed Euchre too, with some success, and cribbage is our "go-to" if we have an odd number of people. If we have other interested players, Crokinole, chess, Sequence or whatever board or card game can be played in about 2 hours can be added to the evening. If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office at 519-658-4547.

TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES
WEDNESDAYS AT 1:00 PM

Please note that the Gentle Exercise last class is June 26th.  Gentle Exercise will start up again on Sept. 11th.
Join us and participate in a “FREE” exercise and education program. We are introducing a gentle exercise class built for all functionalities. The exercise class will be every Wednesday at 1:00 pm.  If you have any questions, please call Community Support Connections at 519-772-8787 or go to their website at www.communitysupportconnections.org.
Please contact the Church Office for any upcoming classes.  If you’re not sure what Zumba Gold is all about but would like to find out before joining, Zumba Gold is offering one (1) free class to anyone who would like to attend in order to see if it is a fit. You can also contact Lauren Lam directly at 519-650-3068 or l.lam@sympatico.ca to register or ask any questions.   Zumba Gold is perfect for adults who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity.  The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination.  The class focuses on all element of fitness:  cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance
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