As you know, the Government of Ontario recently announced that Places of Worship may re-open for worship provided they follow certain guidelines and meet certain criteria. These include the use of the Sanctuary and what may or may not be done during the worship services. These guidelines and recommendations are extensive and have a profound impact on how Sanctuaries are used and worship services conducted.
The Session met on Wednesday, June 17th and after extensive discussion centring around the changes that must be made, it was decided that it is best not to re-open at the present time. This decision was not made lightly.
The Session and the Board of Managers will be meeting on August 12th at 7:00 p.m. to examine what has been done and will need to be done so that worship may safely resume. We realize that the delay in re-opening for Sunday worship will be disappointing for some. If you wish to, please feel free to contact either Allan or Shawn.
Welcome to a beautiful first day of summer! We don’t know what the weather was like on that June morning 200 years ago when the first service was held, although I would like to think it was a morning much like today. I am reasonably certain it wasn’t raining!
Those first settlers would be utterly amazed at the idea worshiping together and not having to be physically together. Below is the video link to this morning’s Anniversary Service.
Boston’s Anniversary Service Video
Happy Anniversary Boston!
The 200th Anniversary Service will be held on Sunday, October 18th at 11:00 a.m. The guest preacher for this special milestone in the life of our congregation will be the Rev. Dr. Mark Lewis. The Rev. Rod Lewis will also be present and participating in the service. Those attending will be given a special bookmark to commemorate the occasion. There will also be an opportunity for all those attending to sign a special anniversary banner. A light lunch will follow the service.
*Please note the change in date.
We will be posting Sunday sermons on this website each week. You will find them all under “Sermons” on the main menu above.
If you would like Rev. Shawn’s weekly sermons emailed directly to your inbox, or if you would simply like to connect, please email Shawn at email@example.com
One day Jesus was asked what religion and by implication what life itself is all about. He responded with the words of what we call the Great Commandment: we are to love God and our neighbours as much as we love ourselves, love simply meaning that we treat others as we ourselves wish to be treated.
We are now experiencing what is for most of us an unprecedented crisis and in these circumstances love of neighbour means limiting contact to try and stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. For this reason there will not be worship services until further notice. Even so, just as love necessitates the halt of Sunday worship, love also means that the ministry of the church continues through such as prayer, phone calls and keeping tabs on people and especially the most vulnerable and at risk of our society.
Boston’s 200th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Granite Ridge, which had been scheduled for Saturday, August 15th, has been postponed until further notice.
The Choir has officially released their CD, “A Gift of Song”, in celebration of next year’s 200th Anniversary of the congregation. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the CD, please speak to a member of the choir. A donation towards the expense of making the CD would be most welcome.
For those who are interested, copies of the national church’s newspaper, Presbyterian Connection, are available at the back of the church.
At the end of last year the “Presbyterian Record” ceased to publish. In its place the National Church will be printing a “newspaper” four times a year; this will be print only. If you are interested in receiving the newspaper you may subscribe for it yourself on the National Church’s website (www.presbyterian.ca).
So far this year we have raised $7454 of the $8000 we committed ourselves to giving to Presbyterians Sharing. At this point last year we had raised $5622.