Come Back to Church!
Beginning September 13, there will be a regular 9:00 am worship service at Christ Church in Coboconk, and a regular 11:00 worship service at St James in Fenelon Falls. We will meet the protocols put forward by the diocese and required by the provincial government to keep everyone safe.
- 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 will be required to register ahead of time with Dana Bachman, 705-887-3232, firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating your intention to attend. This will help to ensure we meet provincial guidelines for spacing and numbers, as well as enable tracking. Don’t worry, there’s lots of room for you — if you have not registered ahead of time, you can register upon arrival
- Please enter through the church hall.
- A sidesperson will seat you to ensure 2-metre distancing between people/groups.
- 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
Welcome! 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.
Christ Church, Coboconk – 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 – Priest-in-Charge, The Rev. Dr. Warren Leibovitch
To contact the Rev. Dr. Warren Leibovitch: firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-321-3588 (St. Paul’s, Lindsay)
To my new friends at St. James Fenelon Falls-
I am happy to help provide pastoral support during this time of uncertainty and pandemic . If any of you need to talk to me, please let me know. Although visits are not allowed at present, I can do phone calls, FaceTime or Zoom calls. I have provided Gayle Atkin with links to St. Paul’s worship services and meditations. You are also invited to join me in virtual coffee times and an upcoming Bible discussion group—information to come.
I have been the Incumbent of St. Paul’s Church in Lindsay for almost twelve years. I am married to Annette, a Speech and Language Assistant at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board. Annette and I have three boys.
Last July, I received a Doctor of Ministry in Educational Leadership at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. My thesis focused on the use of Narrative in intergenerational faith formation. Faith development is one of my passions and I enjoy teaching.
I also like to cook, garden and enjoy music. I hope you are all well. Stay safe.