This week there are two announcements of which I would like to apprise you.
First, as you may have heard on the news, Premier Ford has decided to allow places of worship to open as of this Friday. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, members of the Emergency Preparedness Committee of Woodroffe United have met via Zoom weekly to discuss the aspects of what the pandemic has meant regarding our worship services. As of today, the leadership of the church is deciding NOT to recommence Sunday services at this time. There are many issues that need to be considered about how we can resume in a way that maintains the health and safety of Woodroffe’s congregation and time is needed to do this.
I am aware that worship services are very important to many and we would like to resume them as soon as we feel we can do so safely. In the meantime, we will still provide online services on our website at woodroffeunited.org.
As Bishop Karen Oliveto of the United Methodist Church said., “I do not want one single case of COVID-19 traced to one of our churches because we did not care for those whom Jesus loves.”
The second announcement comes to you from the Local Outreach Committee.
For many years you have bought school supplies for the high school students in the Pathways to Education Program in this area. This year, we are organizing this collection differently. We request that you do not buy these items but that you donate the money you would have spent on school supplies to the church and some committee members will buy them. Donations (identified as being for school supplies) can be sent by mail or dropped in the secure mailbox at the front entrance to the Church. Outreach will buy backpacks and supplies out of the money you donate.
Please write "school supplies" on your cheque or envelope. Thank you for your support which means so much to these students and their families.