St. Paul’s Church Opening (Updated June 11, 2020)

Dear members and parishioners of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church.

Effective June 11, 2020 the Government of Saskatchewan has made a change to allow more people to attend church services. Specifically, churches may have one-third of capacity up to 150 people. For St. Paul’s we can accommodate up to 100 people (including 10 in the choir loft).

Please carefully read the guidelines and precautions below so that we will stay within the Guidelines for Places of Worship established by the Government of Saskatchewan. 

  1. We are currently allowed a total of 100 people in the church. Considering the priest, chanter, altar server and 2 – 3 council members we can accommodate 90 to 95 parishioners at each service.
  2. Attendance is on a ‘First come, First served’ basis. We will make allowance for those that have previously called and indicated that they will attend a specific service.
  3. Parishioners showing symptoms of COVID-19, those that are ill or whose immune system is compromised should should stay at home and view the services with the live streams provided.
  4. The church doors will be open 15 minutes before each service and will close 30 minutes after the service begins.
  5. Please follow the instructions of the Council Members as it is their responsibility to ensure we follow safety guidelines such as physical distancing of 2 meters (6 feet) and maximum occupancy.
  6. People from the same household may enter the church together and will be seated together. There will be distinct markings indicating which pews are open for you to sit in.
  7. Hand sanitizer is provided, and we ask everyone to use it when they enter the church. Face masks are not mandatory and will not be provided for you, but we encourage you to bring your own.
  8. We are not allowed to pass a collection tray at this time, so we ask that you consider donating at the same time as your offering for your candles or on your way out after the service. Please consider donating for the whole month of June. Let us know and we will continue to light candles for you and your family members throughout the month. You may also donate online on our website, by mailing in your cheque or dropping off your envelope at the church mail slot.
  9. Veneration of the Icons and Gospel Book cannot be done via kissing. Instead make a contactless bow.
  10. Holy Communion will not be offered at this time because the guidelines do not allow the use of a common cup.
  11. Fr. Spyridon will explain how Antidoron will be offered to maintain physical distancing.

To help raise some funds we are having two events over the next few weeks. We will be selling loukoumades and frappe at the Church Parking lot on Saturday, June 20th in the afternoon. We are also holding a Bake Sale on July 3 and 4th (pre-orders only). Please refer to postings on Facebook for more details.

Below is the Church Services Schedule until the end of June.

June 21st – 9:00am- 11:00am Doors open 8:45 am–10:00am

June 24th – 6:30pm-8:00pm Doors open 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

June 28th – 9:00am- 11:00am Doors open 8:45 am – 10:00 am

June 28th – 6:30pm-7:30pm Doors open 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm

June 29th – 6:30pm-8:00pm Doors open 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

On behalf of St. Paul’s Community Council,

Chris Perentes, President

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