As a Church, we seek a compassionate, faithful response to COVID 19 that acknowledges the person attached to each statistic. We know that the people affected include not only those infected by the virus but also their families, friends, co-workers, and community members. We mourn with people whose loved ones have died, who have lost their livelihood through the growing economic impact, who have lost community through self-isolation and limited travel, and, who have lost a sense of security through fear of contamination or racial discrimination.
We also offer our prayers of thanksgiving for the professionals who are providing leadership in the treatment and containment of the virus, and our prayers of concern for those who put at risk their personal health to serve and support others, especially those who are most vulnerable.
Your PVUC Steering Committee has been meeting every Monday, and Council, monthly, since mid-March to meet the many challenges during these unprecedented times of the pandemic.
Discussion about COVID-19 is growing as confirmed cases of the virus continue in some of our communities. Our Regional Council Assembly of Elders has strongly recommended that no churches reopen for public worship before Labour Day weekend. They also expect every Community of Faith to prepare a plan for reopening and submit their plan to the Regional Council, two weeks prior to their proposed opening date.
As a Church, we are preparing our Re-Opening Plan for no earlier than Sunday, September 13, 2020. This plan will reflect and incorporate the guidelines of the Durham Medical Officer of Health as well as other public health authorities to help our community of faith deal with the anxiety felt by many as we contemplate gathering together again as God’s family.
We urge our PVUC community of faith to respond to the COVID-19 challenges with compassion, prevention, and prayer. We are grateful to all of you for your continued concern and support for the congregation during this uncertain time. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.
Our faithful response of compassion and prevention needs to be surrounded and guided by our continual prayer for the well-being of all people. May we continue to collaborate with and learn from health care professionals as we seek ways to honor and respect all people at all times.
We look forward to the chance to see one another again. In the interim, keep safe.
Yours in Christ,
Pam Spence, Chair, Council
Rev. (Dr.) Steven Davis, Minister
Rev. Karen Smart, Minister