BACKGROUND: On March 13, 2020, St. Augustine’s formed a COVID-19 Response Team in anticipation of the needs of our parish at this time. Soon after, a protocol of physical distancing was adopted by the Anglican Diocese of Calgary, leading to the suspension of in-person meetings and services at St. Augustine’s. During that time our Response Team studied the options and developed a plan for public worship that observed safety protocols. During the summer of 2020, the Province of Alberta approved public worship and religious meetings that follow strict guidelines. This led to the resumption of in-person worship at St. Augustine's for a short time. However, the threat of mounting COVID cases over the Christmas holiday saw public worship suspended into the spring of 2021, including Lent, Easter and beyond. In April, the Diocese announced rigorous new restrictions on worship services, limiting total participation to five people.
CURRENT SITUATION: In early June 2021, the Anglican Diocese of Calgary announced that parishes are again permitted to offer in-person worship with significant limitations. St. Augustine’s has made arrangements to this effect, but will also continue to livestream Sunday services for those who may not be ready to attend at this time. The following restrictions currently apply until they are loosened by the Diocese:
- Attendance is limited to 15% of fire code capacity
- Pre-registration with contact information is required
- All attendees must be masked and remain socially distanced
- All attendees must be free of Covid symptoms
- Eucharist will be served in one kind (bread only)
- For now there will be no coffee hour or fellowship time
People who wish to attend you can register by phoning the church office at 403-327-3970, emailing the church office at email@example.com, or clicking the link which will appear on the Worship Services page of this website each week. Registration for the following Sunday will open each Monday morning.
LIVESTREAM WORSHIP CONTINUES: During this time of ongoing physical distancing, St. Augustine’s is using Facebook Live to “livestream” services of prayer and worship. The church has installed audiovisual equipment that allows parishioners to watch events on a home computer or mobile device. Livestream links for Sunday worship and The Daily Office are posted on this website approximately 15 minutes prior to each event. Go to this page to view live and recorded events.