In response to the spread of COVID-19, the Alberta Government has declared a health emergency. The Council of St. David’s United Church (Leduc) has decided to cancel congregational gatherings, including worship services, during this time, and to close the church building. The staff will continue to use the Church Office, at least for the time being, and will be responding to emails and phone calls as per usual.
The Council understands that this emergency will have many impacts, from spiritual and emotional to financial, so seeks your support and understanding. Many of our congregational members are part of the “at risk” group, and we need to offer whatever protection and support we can.
Blessings and prayers.
David Marriott, Council Chair
Stuart Jackson, Minister
What can I do?
First of all, please take care of your self. Alberta Health Services provides lots of information, primarily through its website (albertahealthservices.ca) and Health Link (phone 811). Please quarantine yourself if:
While in-person gatherings are discouraged, the Minister and Care Coordinator are available and willing to talk by phone or in person. Please call if you need some extra support: 780-986-2085.
Social distancing does not mean spiritual distancing. In fact, in times like these, our spiritual needs are probably greater than ever. So consider this as a time to explore alternative ways of keeping in contact with one another, and with God.
You can spend time at home in meditation, reading and reflection. If you have a copy of Voices United, check out the Daily Prayer section starting on page 905. A list of the lectionary readings for each Sunday starts on page 998.
We understand that not everyone uses computer technology, but here are some resources for those who do.
Please let the Church Office know if you are able and willing to help in one or more of the following ways.
The Council is organizing a phone-out roster, to make sure that all the people on the church list are contacted by phone, just to see how they are coping. Each caller will have a list of 10 people, and make contact once a week or so.
Be a “go-pher” to run errands for people who are shut in or self-isolating.
The Pastoral Care team will continue to connect with people in hospitals and nursing homes, even if in-person visits are not possible.
Under the current Alberta Health Services guidelines, exemptions to visiting restrictions are in place for special circumstances, such as end-of-life care. Large family gatherings, such as funerals, are discouraged at this time. Please contact the Minister or Care Coordinator for more information.
The Church Council recognizes that many people will experience financial hardships during this time, and does not want to make those situations worse. However, we do have our own obligations to meet, so will continue to rely on your generosity. As always, income tax receipts will be issued for all donations.
Several people already use PAR for their contributions, which is administered through the national church office. This service costs $0.50 per donor per month. If you want to start using PAR, or if you want to adjust your contributions, please contact the Church Office.
Donations by cheque are always welcome!
St. David’s United Church, Leduc, is listed on the ATBCares.com and CanadaHelps.org websites, so you can donate online. Please note that Canada Helps charges a percentage (usually 3.5%) of each donation.