This is a great place to learn a bit about the Parish of Fenelon Falls and Coboconk. Are you visiting in the area? Are you are looking for a new church home, or interested in finding out what the Christian faith is all about? Whatever your reason, we’re glad you stopped by. We look forward to meeting you in person.
The Parish continues to follow guidelines issued by the Diocese of Toronto, and in accordance with Government of Ontario restrictions for areas outside Toronto and Peel. For the diocesan “Amber Stage Guidelines” we are following, see below.
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Come Back to Church!
We have been meeting regularly since September 13, 2020: 9:00 am worship service at Christ Church in Coboconk, and 11:00 am worship service at St James in Fenelon Falls. We observe the protocols put forward by the diocese and required by the provincial government to keep everyone safe, which include the limit of 30% capacity or 50 people, whichever is less, with social distancing.
- Before you arrive, the church will be completely cleaned and sanitized.
- When the Eucharist is celebrated, there will be bread only; the celebrant will take the wine on behalf of the congregation.
- Masks are required at all times—we can provide them if you do not have one. Numerous hand-sanitizers will be available.
- If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
- There will be one entrance door only.
- Unfortunately, there can be no coffee socializing after the service.
At St James:
- You don’t need to “pre-register” but please leave your name and phone number with the greeters upon arrival, to enable tracking if it became necessary.
- Please enter through the church hall.
- Please be seated at a 2-metre distance from others outside your household. Alternate pews have been “ribboned” off.
- The order of service, including music and prayers, will remain unchanged. (Most services will be Morning Prayer.) However, instead of congregational singing, we will have a soloist. You may place your offering in the plate at the front of the church before you are seated, or during the offertory.
At Christ Church:
- Please enter by the Hall door (exiting by the main entrance). You will be escorted to a seat.
- There will be music – no singing, but bells and noise makers, and clapping is encouraged.
- The Eucharist will be celebrated at each service.
We realize that these set protocols may seem awkward and restrictive—and they are—but we are dealing with the health and safety of our loved ones. This will not last forever (please pray). As these restrictions are lifted and/or eased, we will make the necessary changes. Hopefully, the Parish will soon return to the unrestricted form of worship we know and love.
– The Wardens
Christ Church has a new look…click on the Christ Church graphic to learn more
After the Flood… click on the St. James graphic to learn more
Christ Church, Coboconk – Interim Priest-in-Charge, The Very Reverend James Merrett
To contact the Very Rev. James Merrett: email@example.com or 416-573-2866
Greetings to all:
It is delightful and humbling to serve the people of Christ Church Coboconk as we focus on being present in the community.
While the programmes and activities are curtailed during this time of Covid 19, we are preparing for the new scenarios which will present themselves as we move ahead.
We are anxious to share ideas and opportunities.
I am available for pastoral support and distant visiting. Please feel free to make connection.
—The Very Reverend James Merrett………… often called Jamie.
St James, Fenelon Falls – Interim Priest-in-Charge, The Reverend Bill Gray
(also serving the Parish of Christ Church, Bobcaygeon; St. John’s, Dunsford; and St. Luke’s, Burnt River)
To contact Archdeacon Bill Gray: firstname.lastname@example.org, 705-927-6531. Archdeacon Gray is available for any pastoral needs.
To my new friends at St. James Fenelon Falls:
I am really looking forward to meeting and working with everyone at St. James.
I have been an Anglican clergy person for 40 years serving several parish churches as incumbent in the Dioceses of Huron, Toronto and Montreal. I have served the church as Territorial Archdeacon in three different jurisdictions in two dioceses while I was a parish priest. I am a former Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Ontario. I have also served as Diocesan Planning Officer. I have been a lecturer in the Faculty of Theology at Huron University College, London, Ontario, in parish administration and development. I was most recently full time Executive Archdeacon (Chief Administrative Officer) of the Diocese of Montreal. In this capacity I was responsible for diocesan organization and management as well as helping parishes with viability and development.
I recently moved to Peterborough to be near family. I am married to Ruth, my spouse of 43 years. Our family includes two adult children and their partners and two Golden Retrievers. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, entertaining, boating, gardening, alpine skiing, golf, swimming, theatre, movies, reading and cooking.
—Archdeacon Bill Gray