Worship Services are outside of the Restriction Exemption Program scope. That means that we will not be asking for proof of vaccination to attend.
All Other Activites Within the Church
Lutheran Church of the Cross has declared our building as a Restriction Exemption Program Facility. This means that in order to enter the space (for anything other than worship) you must provide proof of vaccination.
The Government of Alberta has declared a State of Emergency, reinstituting many previous restrictions, and introducing a Restriction Exemption Program which took effect on Monday, September 20.
There are some confusing aspects to this new order as we fall into two categories: worship and nonworship activites. Please find below answers to some FAQs.
MYTH: Churches are exempt from restrictions.
FALSE: Every indoor space (and some outdoor) are under a mask mandate. Period. There are exceptions to the rule but they are quite limited and very specific.
MYTH: Churches are not allowed to join REP.
FALSE: Worship Services are “out-of-scope” from the program. However, all other activity which take place in a church building are subject to the same rules as all other businesses. Only Worship Services are out-of-scope. Therefore, all other activities must choose whether they will participate in REP or not.
Out of Scope means that we are not allowed to turn anyone away from worship because of their vaccination status. Worship is not under the REP, but we do suggest that you be fully vaccinated to attend. Being out of scope means we are under the full extent of the restrictions within a worship setting.
MYTH: We can continue as normal without declaring participation in the REP, just follow regular restrictions.
FALSE: If Church of the Cross chooses not to participate in the REP the only activity that could take place in the building is work activities and volunteer activities. All other indoor activities fall under social gathering (i.e. Men’s Breakfast etc.), or recreation group (Quilting Group etc.).
MYTH: If we declare REP then we are not bound by restrictions.
FALSE: Declaring that we are participating in the REP allows indoor activities to take place. You still must be masked. Under the program physical distancing rules are relaxed in an REP setting. That being said the church has decided to keep physical distancing in place at all times for everyone’s safety.
Linked below is a PDF of our policy in regards to CMOH order 44-2021 and Restricton Exemption Program
O God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference;
living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Reinhold Niebuhr, Lutheran Reformed Theologian
A prayer for these days: May we look backward with gratitude, forward with courage, and upward with confidence. Amen.
MORNING DEVOTIONS, Thursday 10 am (Live Zoom Meeting) Resources from these prayer times are available below. Having trouble joining? Zoom shares your device's memory with other open applications. Close other applications on your device and try again!
Sunday Worship & Kids' Worship & Sunday School Sunday Worship is Live Streamed from the In Person Worship Service. The Service is Live at 10am Sunday. If you are unable to join Live, the service will be recorded and posted on the our website Monday.
Revv52: O Canada! Happy Canada Day!
Children singing "For the Healing of the Nations"
This is my song, sung by Harvard University Choir
Nathan Holst, "Breaking Open". ("Like water breaking open, we will sing our way through grief...")
Holden Village Prayer around the World
Light One Candle:
Bishop Larry is inviting us all to join him in a Synod initiative, Light One Candle. He is encouraging all members of our Synod to light a candle and to pray together daily at 10:00 am.
In addition, please consider crafting a one sentence prayer with your name (optional) and your congregation’s/ministry’s name and location and forwarding this to him via email with Light One Candle in the Subject Line of the email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
An example from Bishop Larry: Light One Candle
God of steadfast love,
As our Lenten journey deepens embrace your children with faith, hope and love.
– Bishop Larry Kochendorfer, Synod Office, Edmonton
Have you made something that will lift people's spirits? Text or email Pastor Laura: email@example.com (403) 540-0053
Info about Text4Hope from AHS Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe for daily uplifting texts
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Church of the Cross also has a team of people willing to run errands. Call (403) 255-4792 if you need help.