St. Michael's Finnish Ev. Lutheran Church/ Pyhän Mikaelin Kirkko announced in November 2019 that in January 2020, a full-time pastor will be serving our congregation. We are truly blessed that pastor Mira Salmelainen will be leading our congregation. If you wish to reach her, call 514 550 3101.
At St. Michael's church
Dear Friends, here is an update from us regarding the current situation and COVID-19:
St. Michael’s Church will not resume in-person services just yet.
Last week the government of Quebec announced that starting on June 22, 2020, indoor gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed again. Even though this also means that as of today we would be allowed to go back to in-person services, we have decided to follow the directive of our bishop Michael Pryse of the Eastern Synod that recommends that we wouldn’t resume in-person services until September the earliest. Even though we are happy to see that we can start taking steps towards a more normal life and can’t wait to worship with you in-person again, we want to be mindful of the fact that COVID-19 still imposes a risk and that it continues to be our responsibility to make sure we do everything we can to keep our neighbours, especially those who are most vulnerable, safe.
In addition to the well-being of you and all your loved ones, your worship experience continues to be our top concern. It is important to acknowledge that when we do eventually go back to gatherings at the church - because that time will come - the experience is going to be very different from before and that the things many of us miss from in-person services (such as singing together, coffee time) will not even be possible right away. Going back also requires more than just opening the church door and waiting at least until September allows us to make sure we have taken care of all the necessary safety precautions before resuming in-person services.
But even though we need to wait a bit longer before meeting at the church again, we will continue to worship online all through July before Pastor Mira takes her holiday in August.
We thank you all for understanding, promise to keep you updated and look forward to inviting you back to Marcil Avenue again!
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