Fawn Wilson White and her husband Ken, members of Stone Church, are currently living in lockdown in Rome. Here is an interview with Fawn in which she describes the situation:
You've probably been hearing about COVID-19 (coronavirus.) It's a new virus type that started to infect people in China, and now it's around the world. It's a respiratory virus like influenza, but very dangerous to older people, and people with diabetes and heart disease.
To keep everyone safe, we won’t be having a shared meal after church and we'll be doing things differently for a little. These changes are based on Bishop David’s directive and based on consultations with health care workers, other clergy, and members of the congregation.
The virus is spread by droplets. When someone coughs, or sneezes, there is spray from their mouths and noses onto everything (including people!) up to 6 feet away. It will be on the hands of the sick person too. If you touch a surface with germs on it, then touch your face, you can get the virus too.
So - we all need to stop touching things! We won't share food, or milk jugs and such. We won't shake hands at the Peace - a friendly wave or bow would be great! At communion, we'll only take the bread, and only the priest will touch the bread. They will wash their hands well first! And we'll ask everybody to clean their hands with sanitizer before coming up for communion. As always, it is ok to choose not to take communion right now.
If you are even a little bit sick, please stay home and get your rest.
We will keep monitoring the situation and we are reminded that even if you can’t make it to a Sunday morning service you can’t stop the Church (the people of God) from being the Church.
If you have any questions Jasmine would be glad to talk to you about it.
The Vestry and Wardens are please to announce that Reverends Terence and Jasmine Chandra will provide clerical leadership until we find a permanent Priest-inCharge for Stone Church. They will start their new role on January 1, 2020.
Stone Church was recently featured on CTV News Atlantic at Six for Tuesday, August 20, 2019, for the current repairs to the stone work. To view the segment, click HERE. After some adds, you will find it 17:47 minutes into the broadcast.
On October 1, Bishop David Edwards and Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Harris signed a a memorandum of understanding to launch a joint mission project in Saint John.
"A six-week program in Saint John to help fathers connect with their pre-school children is a small first step in what the two churches hope will become an international effort to start practical programs around the world." (from the CBC website)
Listen to the interview between CBC Information Morning's Hance Colburne and the co-chariman of IARCCUM, Bishop David Hamid of the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe.
Read about this initiative on the Diocese of Fredericton website.
Starts September 17
Our Vestry has agreed, along with the Leadership Team from Saint John Vineyard, to implement a change in our worship times this fall. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 17, when we start up our Sunday School again, we will move our worship time at Stone up to 10:00 am. We will attempt to keep our service to 1 hr. 15 mins. and hold our coffee hour immediately after the service, as normal. On Sunday, Oct. 1 Vineyard will move their worship time to 11:30 am. We feel this will be a beneficial change for both congregations for a number of reasons:
Bishop's Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Fredericton Concerning General Synod (proposed changes to the Marriage Canon)