May 16th, 2020.
Dear Knox Friends:
Hopefully, we are all able to get out into the sunshine today – at long last!
Please find our daily devotional and prayer guide for the week ahead attached to this email. This week, our scriptures and prayers focus on creativity. The photos include images of people from our own congregation and community who are exercising creativity in the midst of Covid 19. Since the beginning of our time apart, we have been praying our way through our church directory from A- Z. This week, we are nearing the end of the alphabet – we are at the W’s! You are again invited to light a candle on Sunday evening – a reminder to our neighbours of Christ’s light in a dark world, and a call to prayer for an end to the Covid 19 pandemic.
I hope you will join in our online service tomorrow (Sunday) at 10:30am. We are grateful to Dion Vansevenant, our AV tech who is making these services possible. Thanks also to Meghan for her work in arranging our children’s time, and to Martin for recording the hymns. Worship can be accessed by going to our church website (www.knoxsthomas.ca). On the home page, you can find two different links that will take you to this Sunday’s service. (the livestream does not begin until close to 10:30). You can also access previous services from the church website’s home page. Simply click on “past services.” If you are struggling with the church’s website, you can also go directly to our congregation’s youtube channel to see this Sunday’s livestream or previous services. Just click on the following link to go to Knox’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrFr1x3WemtLGkGCTkphvYw . The audio of the service can also be accessed by calling 1-844-644-8711.
A few updates!
“Operation Cover Up” cloth masks can be ordered from the Knox sewing group Sew it Seams. Masks are being made in 5 sizes: Toddler, Child, Adult S, adult M, and Adult L. There are colours and fabrics suitable for both men and women. While we are not taking specific colour orders, it is helpful to let our sew-ers know the gender of the wearer. To place your order, email Donna Ellis at email@example.com or call her at: 519-782-7084. While there is no fee for these masks, Sew It Seams are requesting a donation be made to Knox Church. Finished masks can be picked up from Donna’s front porch in Port Stanley. If you would need your mask delivered, please let Donna know, and we will arrange a drop off. Donations can be left with Donna or given directly to the church (cheques made payable to Knox Presbyterian Church, with “Operation Cover Up” in the memo section.)
Discussions re Public Worship This past week, I have been involved in several online meetings regarding best practices for churches in the coming months. These meetings were with both the Synod of Southwestern Ontario, the Presbytery of London and a collective of St. Thomas churches with Jeff Yurek, MPP. I feel assured that both our denomination and the province are exercising extreme caution to ensure the safety of all. As details emerge on the way forward, I will keep both the session and the congregation posted.
Zoom Church Meetings The Organ and Music committee met via zoom last week, and this week, Pastoral Care is going to try out this online meeting platform. Next week, we are going to attempt some “zoom” coffee chats – just for fun – as a way to connect mid week. Our first online trivia night for young adults is set for this coming Tuesday. If you are interested in testing out zoom for a coffee chat, please drop me an email!
A big thank you to all who continue to support our church community through phone calls, financial gifts and prayer. The apostle Paul wrote it best when he said “I thank God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3.