Church

‘Convenience factor’: Regina religious groups consider making virtual services permanent

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition to online religious services was a challenge for aging parishioners. But now, a year into the shift, many religious organizations are seeing the long-term benefits. At 84 years old, Margaret Roth’s computer knowledge was limited and she had never heard of …

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RCMP investigating Steinbach-area church after video appears to show group breaking public health orders – Winnipeg

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Manitoba RCMP are investigating a church in southern Manitoba for potentially holding an illegal service Sunday. The Church of God Restoration south of Steinbach posted a video on their Facebook page, captioning it as the live broadcast for Sunday, January 31, 2021. Read more: Steinbach-area church holds drive-in service, …

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‘We have a responsibility’: Oliver, B.C., pastor issues emphatic plea to follow public health orders

Ken Clarke, a pastor at Valley Congregational Church in Oliver, said it is his personal conviction that one of the most loving, compassionate, and Christ-honoring actions we can take to protect one another is not to gather in large groups.

A religious leader in Oliver, B.C., said fear he’d lose his son to COVID-19 and the reality of the virus circulating in the community gave him unique insight into the peril caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Ken Clarke has been the pastor at the Valley Congregational Christian Church …

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Calgary police investigating church again for violating public health orders – Calgary

Calgary police investigating church again for violating public health orders - Calgary

Fairview Baptist Church in southeast Calgary may be in trouble again for violating numerous public health orders relating to COVID-19 restrictions. A handful of police and peace officers were seen at the church Sunday, which held an 11 a.m. service. There were over 20 vehicles in the parking lot …

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More than 100 unmasked people gather at Wheatley, Ont., church for 2nd day in a row – London

More than 100 unmasked people gather at Wheatley, Ont., church for 2nd day in a row - London

Police in Chatham-Kent say officers once again had to shut down a large gathering at a Wheatley, Ont., church for the second day in a row. Officials said Sunday that more than 100 unmasked people gathered at the Old Colony Mennonite Church Saturday morning. A 50-year-old man took responsibility …

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Man facing charges after 100 people gathered at Wheatley, Ont., church: police – London

Man facing charges after 100 people gathered at Wheatley, Ont., church: police - London

Police in Chatham-Kent, Ont., say a man is facing charges after more than 100 people gathered at a church Saturday morning. Officials say around 11 a.m., police responded to a report of a large gathering at the Old Colony Mennonite Church in Wheatley. Once they arrived, officers saw more …

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Vernon councillor lobbying for worship services to be deemed essential

Vernon councillor lobbying for worship services to be deemed essential

A Vernon, B.C. city councillor would like to see his city lobby the province to have places of worship labeled essential and remain open, with safety precautions, during the pandemic. However, the province’s top doctor is defending B.C.’s restrictions on worship services, and some Okanagan religious groups have told …

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Police monitoring Chilliwack, B.C. churches that defied COVID-19 restrictions

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Several Chilliwack churches are expected to continue hold in-person services in violation of provincial COVID-19 restrictions. The plans come after the RCMP announced Saturday that it had recommended charges against three churches that had repeatedly violated an order banning in-person worship. Read more: RCMP recommend charges against Chilliwack churches …

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15 COVID-19 cases identified in new Lethbridge church outbreak as numbers rise

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The list of COVID-19 outbreaks in Lethbridge grew by one on Friday, with the addition of another church. According to Alberta Health, New Life Pentecostal (Gospel Fire Evangelical) had 15 active cases, becoming the third church in the area to have an outbreak. James Phanuel, lead pastor at Gospel …

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Church community COVID-19 outbreak confirmed in Coalhurst, Alta. – Lethbridge

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The Good News Centre church in Coalhurst, Alta., is the source of a COVID-19 outbreak in Lethbridge county. AHS officials confirmed to Global News on Wednesday afternoon that 23 cases of novel coronavirus are now linked to the outbreak and case identification is ongoing.  Read more: Church community outbreak …

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