Updates from our Rector

15th March 2021

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your persistent self-discipline and patience as COVID-19 continues to have its way with us and to inhibit full parish life. I am proud of our unremitting willingness to attend to the welfare of others as well as ourselves at this time.

You may know that last Friday, Bishop Asbil sent a letter to the diocese giving permission to all clergy and wardens to reopen for in-person worship at 15% capacity in the Toronto area, and you may be wondering what that means for Christ Church Deer Park.

As Rector, I received the Bishop’s news with caution. Though vaccinations have begun (I will be receiving my first shot on Wednesday), I remain cautious because variants are “at large,” and it will be months before the majority of us are inoculated against COVID-19. I also foresee a third lockdown in the near future.

With these thoughts in mind and in consultation with the reopening committee, I have therefore decided not to reinstitute in-person worship immediately. I will continue to offer online worship for another month rather than opening up to close again in two to three weeks, a scenario that I believe would be demoralizing. In a month’s time, with the help of the reopening committee, I will reassess the situation and make an informed decision about opening for in-person worship.

I expect that this news is disappointing to most of us, as we want to be together in-person for both worship and fellowship. I understand that desire. Indeed I share it: I would like to reopen the church and begin to rebuild our community. I would like to share in the Eucharistic celebration with our parishioners. But if a third lockdown is imminent, it is more prudent to continue our worship at home until such time as we may be open for a more extended period of time. Therefore, for now, I encourage you to worship with me by means of our live stream and pre-recorded liturgies, and as soon as there are plans to change this pattern, I will let you know.

COVID-19 continues to disrupt our lives, but I give thanks that our community remains intact and connected.

Many blessings to you and your family,

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The Story behind our

Tracking Organ

Our magnificent three manual, tracker-action organ was installed in the chancel of the church in the spring of 1982 and dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory of those who died in the First World War and the Second World War.

The organ, built by the Karl Wilhelm Company of Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, has a classical continental design. The case is made of white oak and the pipe shades are of carved butternut. Voiced in the classic French style, its 36 stops and 50 ranks are capable of interpreting a wide variety of organ literature.

Installation required considerable changes to the chancel including moving the altar forward and arranging choir seating to either side. These renovations prompted the design and production of our award-winning Benedicite Kneelers, done in needlepoint by a dedicated group of church members.