COVID-19 coronavirus disease

Update Septber 9: Kensington Presbyterian Church is gradually reopening our doors as we are able to accommodate various groups and maintain a safe environment. In order to address some concerns about resuming worship services in the building we are in the process of improving the ventilation system to lower the risk of transmission, and our audio/visual equipment so we can continue to include people at home through their computer. Our current reopening date i November 1st. In the mean time, there are opportunities for the church to gather online, and worship services on PDF are posted weekly.

letter from July 3, 2020

Dear Friends,

Montréal is experiencing fewer cases of COVID-19. This has brought joy to our hearts, and an easing of isolation measures, including: permission to reopen places of worship, day camps, and other group activities under various conditions. We are starting to reopen our building to the various parts of our community that use it.

As we do this, we are being careful that appropriate measures to reduce that chance of infection. This includes the physical distancing of people and groups, frequent cleaning, no singing in groups, etc.

We recognize that this is still a hard time for many people: the fear of picking up an invisible virus, the frustration of physical distancing, and a sense of anguish as in Psalm 13:

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!

Please know that you are not alone. We are praying for you, those who are ill, families and care teams, employees and employers, parents at home, and those making vital decisions as we continue to struggle with the effects of this pandemic. We would also like to keep in touch, so please feel free to call us. We’re also eager to come for an in person ‘porch visit’ (we will bring our own chair and sit outside at a safe distance away).

We are also continuing our online worship in print and live versions. For more information, please visit  the COVID OPPORTUNITIES section of our webpage. 

COVID-19 is going to be with us for a while yet. While sometimes I really feel the fear and doubt in Psalm 13 above, I also appreciate how the psalm ends.

But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Let’s keep praying for the world and each other – and keep washing our hands.

May God bless you and keep you, until we meet again,
    Rev. Peter Rombeek

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