reopening from COVID

August 29, 2021
Church Reopening September 12, 2021

Dear members of Kensington Church Family,

The Session is inviting people back to worshipping in the building God has blessed us with, assuming the corona virus levels remain low in Montreal. Our reopening committee has been hard at work keeping on top of changing recommendations, and implementing ways to reduce the risk to people’s health. We would like to thank them very much for all their hard work.

This return is reminiscent of a passage from Ezra. He writes about Israelites returning from exile to Jerusalem. With great celebration they start to rebuild the Temple (considered the house of God). Ezra 3: 12 “But many of the priests and Levites and heads of families, old people who had seen the first house on its foundations, wept with a loud voice when they saw this house, though many shouted aloud for joy”. The weeping is because they realize that it will not be as glorious as it was. The joy is at having a temple again.

It will be a bit like that with us. Many of you have said how much you are looking forward to coming back again; to seeing people… but it will not be the same. The reopening committee has put together a protocol (attached below) to ease and help ensure a safe reopening of our Church.

For everyone’s safety, we please request you to read the protocol carefully and get accustomed to the measures in place. We also wish to encourage those who have not yet received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccination to partake in the worship services on Zoom or YouTube that will continue to be available for your safety.

Like those ancient Israelites, some will grieve that the experience is not as glorious as before, and some will feel joy at having something. It will be different, but that is nothing new. As you read this letter, please join us in praising God with a “Hallelujah” for bringing us this far, and let us pray that God continues to bless our congregation.

See you soon (in the building, online, or even with a visit).
Greetings in Christ.

On behalf of the Session and the Reopening Committee,
Rev. Peter Rombeek, minister
Rose Mbenoun, Minister Clerk of Session

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