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The official resumption of in-person worship at Caledonia Presbyterian Church in Caledonia, Ont., concluded with “Careful Cof- fee” in our parking lot. We were so grateful for the perfect weather this day, especially since it had been so long since we were last able to share in this way.
   Caledonia Presbyterian Church in Caledonia, Ont., was recently able to host the Moms’ Group in person again. Members played Bingo for homemade goodies and pandemic-themed prizes, including soap, sanitizers and a face shield. It was good to see the moms come together again safely in person!
  During the quiet months of the shutdown, members of the Prayer Shawl ministry at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bracebridge, Ont., were busy knitting and crocheting prayer shawls and blankets to bring comfort to people going through difficult times. The fruits of their labour were dedicated during a “hybrid” service on Sept. 27, 2020, with some worshippers gathering in-person and others joining online. The shawls and blankets were donated to Andy’s House Hospice in Port Carling, a new hospice that welcomed its first residents in October 2020. Pictured above are (left to right) Elaine Heron, Clerk of Session, the Rev. Dr. Heather Malnick, Sharon Veitch, crafter, and Elizabeth Northey, coordinator of the Prayer Shawl ministry. Pictured is Sandra Winspear, Executive Director of Hospice Muskoka, holding up one of the donated prayer blankets.
As the seasons change and the days become shorter (yet seem longer), we now find ourselves in the seventh month of physical distancing. Never have the lyrics of “We Are the Church” taken on such meaning: “The church is not a building...the church is a people.” At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Bramalea, Ont., we have continued to minister to, maintain and sustain our community through worship, celebrations of life, laughter, tears, sharing and giving. Two of our recent mission and outreach activities have been mask sales and trunk offerings.
   Prayers, reflections and other resources for the season

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