What’s happening….

If you or someone you know might need help, please call the church: phone number is 905-765-4524;  email is caledonia.presbyterian@gmail.com

God continues to make house calls…. and the Lord is with us always.   

A note from the pastor:

In person worship has now resumed, and virtual worship  continues. We gather in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings at 10:30am, with masks, social distancing and pandemic protocols remaining  in place. You can also join us live  from your safe space on our FaceBook page on Sunday mornings at the same time as well (10:30am).
Our monthly Taize evening service will resume on the last Tuesday in April – April 26th at 8pm in the sanctuary.  We hope you can join us for this contemplative and prayerful service.
Are you wondering how you might be able to help when it comes to the war in the Ukraine?  Presbyterians across Canada have been helping through Presbyterian World Sharing & Development (PWS&D).  For more information check out the link here:
If you’d like to donate to the church to aid in our Kingdom building adventure, there are several ways you can easily donate:
 – In person at the church we offer ‘tap’ through your debit or credit card
 – you can e-transfer through online banking and send your donation through email:  caledonia.presbyterian@gmail.com
 – you can mail a cheque to Caledonia Presbyterian Church, 117 Argyle Street North, Caledonia, ON N3W1B8
 – you can donate online through CanadaHelps – it’s just one click away and CanadaHelps will issue a tax receipt for you as well:  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/caledonia-presbyterian-church/?mprompt=1
Thank you so much for your support and giving!  Alone we do little, but together we do so very much!

Previous Worship services can be found on our YouTube Channel (Caledonia Pres YouTube)  and Facebook Page, and our most recent worship services are at the following links:

Easter Worship was engaging and lively from our sanctuary on Easter morning. While a YouTube virtual worship wasn’t streamed, you can find our Facebook feed here:

https://www.facebook.com/Calpresbchurch/

Previous YouTube worship is also available:

Why do I do the things I don’t want to do? Am I one of the people who may have shouted ‘Hosanna!’ one day and then ‘Crucify’ just a few days later? Let’s explore this and more as we worship together for Palm Sunday 2022.

Poured devotion? What would you do if you had $40,000 at your disposal? Join us as we explore that question in worship:

How are we to respond to the news of the world? What can we do when we are half way across the world from a war that is costing lives and causing so much pain and chaos? There IS something you can do – join us in worship as we explore and answer that question.

Let’s explore and worship together in this special service giving thanks for the teachings of Mr Rogers. We’re so glad you’re our neighbour!

As we continue in the season of Lent, we explore the concept of Freedom and what it means for us today. We would be blessed if you would join us in worship:

This  world has continued to place our faith family in new and challenging situations.  Our first priority continues to be the safety and well being of our members and community, making sure everyone has the supplies and support needed at this time.  If you, or someone you know, might be in need of anything, please call the church, or our Clerk Kathy Johnson, or Pastor Janice directly.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”                                          Jeremiah 29:11

We are pleased to offer virtual worship: Devotions, Music Ministries and virtual worship can be found at the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVmuiwInp3ZI1Zkl_5pEjQA 

Would you like to give to Caledonia Presbyterian Church?  You can help us as we continue to bring God’s Kingdom and God’s love to our community and the world around us. You can give through your online banking platform and send an e-transfer to caledonia.presbyterian@gmail.com.  If you’re in town, we can also offer contactless givings using your credit or debit card with our square reader, and perhaps you might wish to send a cheque through the mail to Caledonia Presbyterian Church, 117 Argyle Street north, Caledonia, ON N3W1B8.  Thank you for your donations; our little bits can come together to do some wonderful and miraculous things!

Some potential changes to expect so we can welcome you back to worship:

Everyone is asked to sanitize their hands with provided sanitizer when entering the building/sanctuary/fellowship hall. Unless you are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, everyone is asked to wear a mask or face shield when entering the building and during worship on Sundays. A greeter will be available and ensure everyone sanitizes upon entry.  We will also be recording attendance for contact tracing.

Families/Bubbles are asked to sit together for worship.  Seating will be a minimum of the provincially mandated 2 Metre (six feet) social distancing requirements. While we are blessed with ample space for seating in our sanctuary, it may look and feel a little different.  An ‘usher’ might escort you to the next available socially distanced space in the sanctuary, but we ask that you sit in the marked blue.  Many are used to sitting in a familiar seat or pew, but in these times, and with safety in mind, we will do our best to seat from front to back in an effort to minimize the need to step past others while taking a seat for worship; thus, for many, we will not sit in ‘our usual spots.’

We ask everyone to refrain from handshaking, hugging and physical contact at this time, as well as singing out loud.  Humming and quietly singing along is permissible, but again safety is a priority.

Bulletins will not be made or distributed for Sunday worship so that we can minimize person to person contact and social distancing. All readings and songs will be on the large projection screen for viewing.

You may have heard that some churches have removed all Bibles and Hymnals from their pews.  Research has indicated that the virus can live on paper and wood surfaces for up four days; since we offer one worship service in our sanctuary once each week, our teams have decided to leave all paper products in place. Additionally, since we are only using the sanctuary once a week, the pews and seats should be virus free after having no physical contact for seven days; thus, seating in different pews from week to week should not impact safety protocols.

While we cannot sing as loud and proud as we may be used to for worship, we encourage humming and softly singing along to any favorite music should the Spirit move you. We will also remain seated during our worship time together, but you are certainly welcome to stand and stretch at any time.

As we cannot offer coffee and beverages after services, we look forward to resuming coffee and snack fellowship when it is safe to do so in the future.

We encourage you to remain seated during worship.  The washrooms are certainly available, but will not be sanitized after each use.  Again, handwashing is very important, and one can use the paper towel to open the washroom door and then dispose the paper towel afterwards as we exit the washrooms.  Trash receptacles will be available just outside the restroom doors as well. Washrooms will be sanitized weekly, and individuals are encouraged to use the disinfectant wipes provided for use as well.

As we exit the sanctuary, we ask everyone to leave from the front rows first and down the center aisle, and then exit out directly through the fellowship hall and then immediately out the back door, all the while maintaining the 2 meter distance between one another.  Using one door to exit will lessen the likelihood of any ‘traffic jams’ and should ensure a smoother flow of our exit. People are encouraged to keep their coats, outerwear and umbrellas if needed with them in the sanctuary as the cloak room will be unavailable for hangings; all hangers will be removed as well.  There will be ample room on our pews beside us for our outerwear as we maintain our social distancing protocols.

Givings and offerings can be dropped into the offering plate on the smaller communion table at the front of the church as we make our way out of the sanctuary at the conclusion of worship.

Our priority is that we desire everyone to feel safe, and we recognize that some may think our initiatives may be extreme, and perhaps there are also others that may feel the need for more stringent guidelines.  We also recognize that some of our beloved faith family will prefer to join the online worship services at this time rather than venture to worship in person on a Sunday morning. It is our plan to continue to offer the online worship for all as we continue to navigate these times.  There may also be those who feel we shouldn’t be gathering at all.  We recognize the differences of opinion and ask for Grace for all viewpoints that may be shared.  Regardless of how you may feel on this spectrum, we ask that you pray for us all we journey forward as God’s people.

Our situation remains changing and fluid, and guidelines may change as the world changes around us.  We appreciate your prayers and patience as we step out into the future journey together.

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you once again.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to share them with our leadership teams.

Yours in Christ

The Session and Board Teams of Caledonia Presbyterian Church

Our YouTube Channel is available here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVmuiwInp3ZI1Zkl_5pEjQA

Our Facebook Page can be found by googling or searching Caledonia,ON Presbyterian Church.  

Thank you for your continued love and support! And may the Lord continue to grant us Hope and Peace and Love in these pandemic times.                                                             —- Pastor Janice

Many of you have my home phone number. It is 519-587-4268. If anyone is in need, or knows someone else who might be, please let me know. I will help whenever and wherever I can. Many of us are carrying burdens in addition to this Corona Chaos, and life was/is difficult enough without this epidemic sweeping the world. May we continue to check up on each other. May we be able to offer some sort of love and hope in this difficult situation. May we never take for granted those things we cannot enjoy right now. And may we pray:

We arise today through God’s shelter to steady us. For God’s Hope to lead us and God’s wisdom to call us. May Christ console those whose hearts are full of fear. May the Spirit give us words to speak comfort, and eyes to notice the need for help. May we have Christ’s hands in reaching out to help others, even amidst the social distancing. God, we plead, we cry, we fear. Yet we place our trust in You. May we arise as your people in the midst of this pandemic. In the powerful name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Peace and Blessings and love to you all,

Pastor Janice


 


GLEECLUB 

 Young people grades 3- 8

School day Mondays

3:15 to 4:30 pm

(on hold due to covid-19)


Did you know???
We will now collect the outer milk bags for our  Christian friends in their mission project💕
Reusing and re-purposing is a facet of being good stewards of the earth