Welcome to St John’s Anglican Church

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Regular Services 

Wednesday 10:00 am

Sunday 8:30 am & 10:30 am

Fully Accessible

64 Townsend Street PO Box 238,     Lunenburg,     Nova Scotia,    Canada B0J 2C0 

902 634 4994 


General Directives for Physical Gathering for Worship

St. John's Lunenburg

effective 03 august 2020

This reflects stated directives from the Diocesan office and Provincial Office of Public Health, to the best of our knowledge. We will modify as updates are given to us and as our experience demonstrates need/efficiencies. 

Anyone who is seen to be knowingly contradicting the directives, and who will not address/correct, may be asked to leave.

    1.    SERVICE TIME: As it is not feasible to thoroughly clean and sanitize between multiple services in one day, there will be one service on Sunday mornings, starting at 9:30a.m.

    2.    LIVE-STREAM: For the foreseeable future, worship services held in-person will also be live-streamed on our Facebook Page. 

    3.    LIMITATIONS ON NUMBER GATHERED: Congregational numbers limits will be strictly enforced, with participants respecting their exclusive social circles of no more than 10. While provincial guidelines allow up to 200 people, due to distancing restrictions, we estimate no more than 75 people can be accommodated - this raises the real possibility that not everyone who wishes to gather in person may be able to do so.

    4.    SAFETY MEASURES: Worshippers will line up outside, maintaining 2m distance between social circles, until let in one group at a time. Please refrain from socialising outside of your exclusive social circle. We will be using one door for entry, another for exit.

    5.    PHYSICAL SAFETY: As per provincial requirements, we all MUST wear a mask at all times. Disposable masks are available for those needing one. Hand sanitizer will be available inside the doorway, and throughout the church building.

    6.    HEALTH SCREENING: We will be doing basic screening questions at entry, on illness, travel, or exposure. If you are showing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, have travelled within 14 days, or been in physical contact with anyone who is ill or diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home. 

    7.    CONTACT TRACING: We are required to maintain a recording of the names and telephone numbers of all people present (including clergy). You will be asked for this information upon arrival; this will be to assist the Office of Public Health with “contact tracing” should any person in attendance be tested positive with COVID-19. These records will be kept secured in the parish office, and shredded once we are no longer required to maintain them.

    8.    BULLETINS: Will not be provided in the church; they can be downloaded and printed at home before service. Please note all books and papers have been removed from the pews. 

    9.    SINGING: Singing will not be a part of worship. Instrumental music will be permitted and encouraged, however those in attendance will be reminded not to “sing along”. (This applies to funerals as well as to Sunday worship.)

    10.    SEATING: In order to maintain the mandated 2m physical distancing, many pews have been roped off. As the balcony presents additional restrictions, we will not be using those seats. Please sit in the pew to which you have been directed. 

    11.    PEACE: As there is to be no physical contact between participants except those in the same household/bubble, please remember this at the Exchange of Peace, as well as social greetings. 

    12.    DEPARTING: The clergy will remain in the chancel; wardens will direct participants to depart in an orderly manner, maintaining 2m distance between social circles.

    13.    HOLY COMMUNION: Will be celebrated once per month (date to be determined).  Immediately before the prayer of consecration, the celebrant will use hand sanitizer and don latex gloves and face shield. The distribution will take place at the chancel steps, with each social circle orderly approaching. The communion will be received in bread only (Anglicans have always believed in the full presence of Christ in either element). **Please note - the first few weeks of gathering will not include the celebration of the Eucharist, as it will take time to get accustomed to the new way of gathering.

    14.    OFFERING PLATES: Will not be passed through the congregation. A clearly marked basket will be available inside the church, near the 'contact tracing' table for parishioners to leave their offerings. (We remind you of opportunities to give through Pre-Authorised Remittance, Canada Helps, or by sending your offering to the office).

    15.    CLEANING AND SANITIZING: Will be done after every service. Please note that this two-part process can be damaging to surfaces such as wood and brass, thus our limitations on how often we need to clean. 

    16.    FANS: Both ceiling and floor fans will not be operated, as the movement of air also moves droplets and aerosolised particles. 

    17.    BAPTISMS: May take place in the church, with utmost distance and care in the circumstance. All above directives apply.

    18.    FUNERALS: May be held in the church building. All above directives apply. Receptions in the Parish hall must maintain distancing and no food is permitted.