Recent orders provided by the province during the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes limiting gatherings to no more than five people, have led to the temporary closure of churches across Ontario.
However, several churches in the Wallaceburg, Dresden and surrounding areas have adjusted and are offering services online.
The Kent Lambton Roman Catholic Family of Parishes, which includes Holy Family Church and Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Wallaceburg, Sacred Heart Church in Port Lambton and St. Michael Church in Dresden, have been posted weekly masses on their website, here.
“Though not the same as being physically present, we hope you are able to find spiritual nourishment and comfort from being electronically and spiritually connected with the parish by this means,” said Father Chris Gillespie, in a statement on their website.
First Baptist Church in Wallaceburg has started to LIVE stream their Sunday church services online and they will also be holding an online service for Good Friday.
“Unstable times call for attention to a caring Saviour,” Pastor Brian Horrobin posted on social media.
“Join us on Good Friday for our service, with communion, at 10:45 a.m.”
Dresden Community Church has been posting sermons on their new YouTube Channel. Watch it, here.
Wallaceburg Christian Reformed Church has already posted a Good Friday service online by Pastor Josh Tuininga. Watch it, here.
Dresden Christian Reformed Church have always posted their services and sermons online, in audio and video formats. Watch or listen to them, here.
Bethel Pentecostal Church have been posting sermons online, here.
“Our hearts go out to our community, the world, and those of us that we know who have been physically impacted by this,” Bethel Pentecostal Church officials posted on their website.
“We invite you to pray boldly for God to move with miraculous healing and peace.”
North Dresden Baptist Church has been actively posting updates and LIVE videos from Pastor Gord Tetley, on their Facebook page.
“In the crisis we now face, humility will serve us well,” Pastor Tetley said on social media.
“When we think of others as greater than ourselves we firstly follow in the footsteps of Jesus, and secondly we “grease the wheels” of cooperation among people as they try to navigate their way through meeting their own needs and helping out the community at large.”
Trinity United Church in Wallaceburg says an Easter Service will be broadcast on YourTV-Chatham (Cogeco) on Sunday, April 12 at 11 a.m. They have also been posting services on their website, here.
“It can be difficult to feel isolated, yet know you are not alone,” Sharon Campbell-Rayment and Sandra Malty-Mills from Trinity United Church posted on their website.
“We still remain connected in the Essence of God and prayer. At this time your participation in prayer is welcomed for our congregation, community, and throughout the world. Let’s include our leaders, health care professionals, researchers, and those who are ill at this time.”
Trinity’s Sunday Services are also available through Zoom. Anyone interested can email the church firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dresden has been posting regular updates on their website and Facebook page, including video and readings by Pastor Andy Cornell.
St Andrew’s has also been using the Zoom app to connect with their congregation.
Knox Presbyterian Church in Wallaceburg have been actively posting to their Facebook page. These posts include daily encouraging messages and verses.
Charlemont Free Methodist Church in Wallaceburg is encouraging people to watch the LIVE stream of the Good Friday service being offered by the Free Methodist Church of Canada. You can watch it LIVE, here.
Dawn Valley Bible Methodist Church is posting a message from Pastor Joseph Krohn, along with special songs and children’s Bible lessons on their Facebook page each Sunday morning.
“Each day find a daily devotional to encourage and to give you strength for these days,” Pastor Krohn told the Sydenham Current.
The Tupperville Pastoral Charge, which includes the Tupperville Zion United Church and Lindsay Road United Church, are also holding online services.
Rev. Wanda Winfield presides over the services each Sunday. As well, she is posting daily devotionals for these unprecedented times. You can follow Rev. Wanda on her Facebook page, on YouTube or on the Tupperville Pastoral Charge Facebook page. Anyone is welcome to join in.
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