Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any Anglican churches in Rupert’s Land that are currently open for public worship?
No. While a maximum of 10 people can be in the building at one time and livestreaming of worship is permitted as long as proper physical distancing protocals are maintained, full public worship is suspended until further notice.
Are there alternative options for worship during this time?
Other worship options can be found on the Diocese of Rupert's Land website.
Does this suspension of in-person worship include funerals?
When will in-person worship and usual parish life resume?
The situation with the COVID-19 virus is still developing, so we are not able to predict when we will return to the worship and parish life we’ve come to expect at St. Peter’s. Consistent with the Province of Manitoba's plan to restore services safely, the church building will remain closed for the forseeable future. As the situation evolves, we will continue to send out all-parish communications and post the information to our website.
If I wish to speak with our parish priest, Donna, or our parish administrative assistant, Shelagh, during this time, is there a way they can be reached?
Is St. Peter’s building open for rental activities during this time?
If I’m not able to attend church how can I maintain my usual financial support?
If you use envelopes, please maintain your usual weekly and monthly giving as expenses will continue as per usual. Please either drop them into the mail slot situated at the front door, or mail them in. The building is checked daily and mail will be picked up. Perhaps this might be a good time to speak with Shelagh Balfour about signing up for P.A.R. giving (Pre-Authorized Remittance). Donations to the parish can also be made through CanadaHelps by clicking on the Donate Now button in the upper right hand corner of the St. Peter's Home page.
I am a pastoral visitor; can I continue to visit my regular shut-ins?
No. However, since many seniors are living in isolation, gestures such as phone calls and cards sent through the mail might help folks feel connected.
If any meetings need to be held, how might that work?
The parish has acquired a Zoom account and meetings of parish groups can be arranged through Shelagh Balfour. You are encouraged to use FaceTime, teleconferencing, or other technology you are most comfortable with to keep current with your group.
If my loved one requires last rites, would that be made possible under these circumstances?
Yes. At the discretion of each clergy person, with full adherence to Public Health Protocol, last rites may be administered.
Use of Time – During this current situation some people have been awarded an extraordinary opportunity to retreat, while others find themselves with an increased and intense workload. Many medical professionals, for example, are feeling overworked, exhausted, and quite vulnerable. Those who find themselves with the gift of extra time, please do what you can to reach out (in ways that are safe) to those who would benefit from such gestures. I encourage you to ‘speak’ electronically as you’re able with those with whom you’re connected. The purpose is to keep us connected, to help us continue to grow as individuals and, most importantly, to heed God’s call to ministry, mission and evangelism. Strengthen one another, build up the Body of Christ and let your light shine.