A quick note about options for those wanting to access services.
Locally, St. John’s Mahone Bay (got to their website) should be available. Also the local Baptist have been airing service as well. For those who have access Church service on air: This Sunday you can catch St. Peter’s Lutheran, Kitchener at 11 AST on Kitchener CTV, or Shaw, Channel 1. TV out of Sydney also has Mass for Shutins
A few ideas for St. Paul’s are in the works. But won’t be available this week. More for you when this happens. This is Lent 5, and our theme is Jesus and the 40 days in the desert.
Saint Benedicts Halifax is also available on lime. Check their website.
From the Pastor
To the people of St. Paul’s Evangelical Church,
Amid the current world wide situation St. Paul’s is also impacted significantly. St. Paul’s has already cancelled planned events and we will be cancelling Sunday services. We do not know how long this will last. Reactions to this situation range from fear and extreme hoarding of basic needs to unbelief and continuing to live the same way. We need to be in the middle with common sense practices and follow Health Canada and Health Nova Scotia recommendations.
While I am not a medical expert I believe that is our responsibility to be cautious and prudent. We have a responsibility to be models to our community. Let us practice calm diligence in our actions. Let us listen to government recommendations.
It is better to over react now and perhaps be mistaken, then to underreact and regret our inaction. We have a responsibility to protect the vulnerable in our community. We also have a responsibility to serve if we are front line heath or emergency services personnel.
Without a doubt the Canadian economy will be challenged and we will see many individuals effected by this slow down. The church will also be hit by this. Please remember to continue to support the church while we are closed for worship. The impact of this event may be catastrophic for some congregations.
Ministry will continue with some changes. Visitation will be limited to emergencies. With hospitals and senior complexes closed there will no Sunday afternoon services and no regular visits.
What can you do? Follow the government recommendations. Pray for those affected. Continue to work as you can at home. Look out for your neighbour. Remember to pray for those directly affected by this and those working in the health and emergency services. Trust in God and do your duty to protect others. Make a call to your friends and family, and check on your vulnerable neighbours with a call. Remember that faith overcomes fear.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
We will keep in contact with you informing you of any other changes in the future.
Pastor Paul Jensen
Dear members and friends of St. Paul’s,
I write to you in a time of challenge, fear and uncertainly. Our lives have all been turned upside down by the events of the last number of days and weeks. A closure of this magnitude has never occurred in the 166-year history of St. Paul’s or any other church in this area.
It is unknown how long this period of closure will last. It could be several weeks or several months. As Pastor Paul mentioned in his letter, COVID-19 will have a long lasting and long reaching effect on the economy. All churches will feel this impact and St. Paul’s is no exception. With a sustained closure, some local churches may never recover. Unlike the business community, as a registered charity, we cannot hope or wait for a government bailout at the end of the pandemic.
As ministry will continue as best as possible, I cannot stress enough how important it will be to continue to make-up our offerings. We will someday open again, and when we do, we must ensure that St. Paul’s is prepared and ready to resume normal operations. Currently, there are numerous ways to give. A few options are outlined below:
1. Sign up for Pre-Authorized Withdrawal (PAR)
Registration forms are available through the church office.
2. Visit our website and click the donate button
Search for our website: https://stpaulsbridgewater.ca/
Click on this button:
Follow the prompts to add amount and personal details. That’s it.
3. Interac e-Transfer using online banking
If you use online banking, log into your account
Add St. Paul’s as a recipient using our email address – email@example.com
Enter the desired amount and click send.
4. Mail envelopes to the church
If Canada Post is running, you can mail envelopes directly to the church office.
Mailing address: 25 Phoenix Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 2H6
5. Drop envelopes off at church
If the church building is unlocked, you can drop off envelopes into the office door lockbox.
Someone will be checking the lockbox regularly.
If you need any assistance with these options or have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out. The days, weeks and months ahead will be a challenging time for us, but I know when we pray, work and give in GOD’s name, we can make it through the darkness.
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
Your brother in Christ,
André Brideau, Treasurer
The weeks ahead:
Due to the progression of Corona Virus in Canada, we will be suspending our Sunday Services, Sunday School, and Youth Group until further notice. Please keep watch for updates.
If you have any questions, or concerns you can reach the church office at (902) 543-4106, or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to make a contribution, you can go to the DONATE ON LINE BUTTON on the front page. Also, any offerings may be made at the office or deposited in an envelope through the lock box on the office door. We are able to accept e-transfers through our email: email@example.com
Lenten Soup Lunches previously scheduled for Holy Trinity Anglican Church on March 19, 26 and April 2 are not CANCELLED
Church Property projects list is posted on the bulletin board at the back of the church. Pledges welcomed to complete these necessary 2020 projects.
Food Bank item for March is canned vegetables.
9:00 am – Celebration & Praise – Holy Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays– Suspended until further notice
11:00 am – Traditional Worship Service. Holy Communion 2nd and 4th Sundays– Suspended until further notice
When parking along the street in front of the church, please be careful not to block the ramp going from the street to the sidewalk. This ramp is important to get people with mobility issues safely from their cars to the entrance. There is a parking lot off Pleasant St. with access to the stairs or elevator and other levels of our building.
Sunday school.- 9 – 10:15 am each Sunday- Suspended until further notice
Journey Youth- Wednesday nights – 6:00 to 8:00 pm.- Suspended until further notice
Each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. All welcome. Free of charge. Take out only for now.
Faith & Finance– Wednesday March 11- April 1 @ 7:00-8:15pm.- Suspended until further notice
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We now have policies for both monetary and non-monetary donations made to St. Paul’s as requested by Synod. They are posted at the back of the church. Any questions call the office @ 902-543-4106
We also have a sent free policy.