December 22nd, 2020
St. Mark's Returns to Online-Only Worship
In response to surging Covid-19 cases, Bishop Susan Bell has announced that all parishes in the Diocese of Niagara, including St. Mark’s, will return to the Church’s Lockdown Stage of protocols on December 22, 2020.
As a result, all of St. Mark’s upcoming in-person services, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, are cancelled. St. Mark’s will instead broadcast a online Christmas Eve service at 4:00 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube.
Any seats reservations made via Eventbrite for in-person Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services will be cancelled automatically. In-person services will not resume until after Orangeville exits Ontario’s provincewide lockdown and permission is granted by the Bishop of Niagara.
St. Mark’s drive-thru Christmas Lunch will continue as planned. Participants are encouraged to arrive at their reserved timeslot.
Online-only worship will now continue into 2021. Online services will be available on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. on both Facebook and YouTube. Further information about online services, including Children’s Ministry, Thursday Services, and more, will be released in the coming weeks.
St. Mark’s office is now closed until further notice. St. Mark’s Office Administrator, Carol, will work from home, and will monitor phone and email messages.
Most twelve-step groups and other operations are cancelled or postponed, in line with Diocese protocols.
St. Mark’s Food Cupboard will continue to operate with its usual hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday between 12:00 and 12:45. Please note that some hour adjustments may occur over the coming weeks.
Donations can continue to be made to St. Mark’s by using one of these options. St. Mark’s continues to be thankful for the support of it’s congregation during the pandemic.
A full list of Diocesan Covid-19 restrictions is available here.
If there is anything that St. Mark’s can do to assist you during this time, please contact us.
December 2nd, 2020
St. Mark's Announces Christmas Services with Seat Reservations
To accommodate building capacity limits, St. Mark’s plans to hold five in-person Christmas services in 2020.
On Christmas Eve, there will be a 4:00 and a 6:00 p.m. Family Service, along with a 8:00 and a 10:00 p.m. Candlelight Service. A 10:00 a.m. Christmas Day service will follow on December 25.
Due to building capacity limits, all parishioners wishing to attend in-person must reserve seats on a first-come, first-serve basis on Eventbrite.
St. Mark’s Christmas Eve services will also be broadcast live on Facebook, with a Family Service at 4:00 p.m. and a Candlelight Service following at 8:00 p.m.
November 8th, 2020
St. Mark's Announces Further Changes to Online Services
In an effort to further improve the quality of St. Mark’s online services, St. Mark’s Digital Ministry Team has switched production software to SwitcherStudio for online services. As a result of this move, both the Facebook and YouTube versions will now be identical, with improved audio and video quality.
October 4th, 2020
St. Mark's Announces Changes to Online Services
Since the return of in-person worship services at St. Mark’s, many changes have been made to streamline the production of online services. Following two successful tests, St. Mark’s will begin to offer live streamed services on Facebook at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, with an improved, recorded version of the service available at 2:00 p.m. on YouTube.
September 10th, 2020
St. Mark's to Reopen for In-Person Worship September 13th
In accordance with guidance from Bishop Susan Bell and local health officials, St. Mark’s is set to reopen for in-person worship on Sunday, September 13th.
To permit in-person services, St. Mark’s has implemented a series of new policies and procedures based on the Diocese of Niagara’s reopening guide.
These new policies and procedures, along with additional information, can be accessed on St. Mark’s newly-launched reopening page. All parishioners planning to attend in-person worship are also asked to watch St. Mark’s “Future of Worship” video, which summarizes what in-person services will look like for the foreseeable future.
Online services will continue to be produced, but will be released at a new time of 12:30 p.m. on YouTube.
August 5th, 2020
Bishop Releases Reopening Guide
The guide provides a broad overview of what can be expected at St. Mark’s upon reopening for in-person worship.
Additional information specific to St. Mark’s will be released in the coming weeks. Online services will continue through the end of 2020, while the Lions Online Children’s Program will resume in the fall.
August 2nd, 2020
Tentative Reopening Date
Bishop Susan Bell has tentatively set September 13th, 2020 as the date that parishes may begin to reopen for in-person Sunday worship within the Diocese of Niagara.
This date is subject to change, should local public health indicators trend negatively in the coming weeks. Churches may only reopen with specific guidelines and protocols in place. Further information regarding St. Mark’s reopening will be available in the coming weeks.
July 5th, 2020
St. Mark's Receives $5000 Grant to Support Online Initiatives
St. Mark’s Anglican Church has received a $5,000 grant from the Emergency Community Support Fund!
The monies from this grant will go toward technical support to develop St. Mark’s digital presence and the work of St. Mark’s Technical Coordinator. This includes the continuation of weekly online services, improved digital platforms, and assistance for isolated members of St. Mark’s congregation. Thank you to all who helped with St. Mark’s successful application.
June 21st, 2020
Food Cupboard Reopens June 29th
St. Mark’s Food Cupboard will reopen June 29th after a months-long hiatus due to COVID-19.
The food cupboard will be open for pickups on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 12:00 noon until 12:45 p.m. at the black office door. Donations can be made at the white kitchen door on Thursdays from 12:00 noon until 12:45 p.m.
Thank you to all volunteers and the Orangeville Food Bank who helped restock our shelves after we shipped our supplies over to Foodshare Dufferin at the beginning of the pandemic.