Office Administrator

In response to the BC provincial health officer’s extension of the COVID-19 health order, the diocese of British Columbia is suspending all in-person worship, meetings, events and community gatherings until at least April 12.

Bishop Anna writes:

"Today, February 5, 2021, the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, extended the January 7 health order
suspending in-person public worship, social and community events and gatherings—whether indoors or
outdoors— indefinitely, as part of widespread measures being implemented across the province.
In response to this updated order, the diocese is extending the suspension of all in-person worship,
gatherings, events and meetings (indoors and outdoors) until at least April 12.

Ash Wednesday is not an exception to these restrictions.

While the imposition of ashes is not available to us at this time, all of the spiritual practices of Lent—self-examination, penitence, prayer, almsgiving, fasting and meditating on Scripture —are available and should be encouraged. All other restrictions on the use of our spaces will remain unchanged until further notice. 


I know that it is deeply disappointing to once again be contemplating Easter apart from one another. We so
long to be together in the Eucharistic feast. Instead, we are unwillingly united by our Eucharistic fast. It is an
uncomfortable place to be.

However, I feel that God is calling us to learn something about the importance of Eucharist and sacrament apophatically. I believe God is calling us, as the church, to spend this season being sacrament to one another by living out our baptismal promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbours as ourselves."

 

We will continue to await updates together.