COVID-19
RESPONSES
& RESOURCES

The COVID-19 Pandemic affects us all. 

St. John's is here to help you through it. We want to help you stay safe and healthy during this period. We are following all instructions by our bishops and the Diocese of New York in regards to this matter.

Our actions matter and are important. Find out more about what St. John's is doing to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and what you can do to help.

WHAT IS ST. JOHN'S DOING?

We have taken the following measures to help stop the spread of the virus:

  • In-person events have been replaced by virtual events. This includes our Sunday services, vestry meetings, and Bible studies.

  • In-person events that cannot be held virtually are suspended.

  • Our church and parish office is closed until further notice.

  • All fundraisers have been suspended.

  • Essential personnel that need to enter the church are required to wear a face covering, practise social distancing measures, wash their hands frequently, and not touch their face.

  • St. John's members gathering to host virtual events are not required to wear a face mask while broadcasting, however, all social distancing measure still apply.

  • Eccleston Hall Rentals have been temporarily suspended.

  • Church and the parish office plans to be professionally disinfected before gathering resumes.

WHAT IS CANTERBURY HOUSE DOING?

Canterbury House has done the following to help stop the spread of the virus:

  • Residents are encouraged to stay in their apartments unless they have a compelling reason to leave their apartments.

  • The Community Room has been closed to encourage residents to stay in their apartments. 

  • Residents have been provided with masks, hand sanitizer and gloves and must practise social distancing guidelines.

  • Masks must be worn when using the Laundry Room and no more than 3 (three) residents may use the facilities simultaneously.

  • Corridors, entrances and other commonly used areas are being professionally disinfected on a regular basis.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CONTACT THE CHURCH?

If it is a non-urgent matter, you can call the church and leave a voicemail, or email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you have an urgent pastoral need, please call 347-409-9892 to be connected directly with church leadership.

WHAT CAN I/WE DO TO HELP?

  • Stay home as much as you can. Don't go outside unless necessary. If you must go outside, cover your face and keep a distance of 2 (two) metres between others.

  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for more than 20 seconds.

  • Cover your sneeze and coughs with a tissue, then throw the tissue away in a closed bin.

  • If you feel sick, call ahead and stay home.

  • Attend St. John's and other churches' virtual events.
  • Donate to local food banks and charities, and/or to St. John's online giving programme.
  • Pray for those who are suffering because of the pandemic.
  • Don't visit Canterbury House, as senior citizens are more vulnerable to the disease.

  • Don't share rumours and unconfirmed information.
  • Don't stigmatise people because of who they are. 
  • Keep positive and have faith.

INFORMATION

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RESOURCES

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DONATION

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PRAYERS

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