Author Archives: Sask Synod

Guidelines for places of Worship during the Pandemic- March 19, 2021

Provincial Health Directives for places of worship – March 19, 2021 Provincial Health Directives as of March 19, 2021 allow for faith communities to meet in worship with a limit of 1/3 of capacity (to a maximum of 150) while rigorously following Health Directives. With the COVID variants suddenly appearing in Regina last week, that Health Directive has been amended to restrict Regina faith communities to a hard cap of 30 participants. Synod supports provincial Health Directives as a non-negotiable basic standard for our faith Continue reading →

Synod Wide Holy Week Services

Dear Friends, During Holy Week, I offered an opportunity to worship in a synod wide series of Holy Week services.  Services followed the narrative of Holy Week from Wednesday through Sunday. The services are still available on the Synod YouTube channel. They will remain up for the month of April.  Peace, Bishop Sid

COVID-19 February 2021 Update

With pandemic numbers still high, and with Health Authority Directives unchanged for the next three weeks, Synod leadership met in a virtual Town Hall across the synod Friday, Jan 29th. Pastor Ali Tote and Bishop Sid presented on the state of the pandemic at present and the recommendation to retain synod guidelines that were set in place on November of 2020 for the duration of the Health Order (until Feb. 19), at which time Synod will convene a Town Hall to review guidelines. Upon discussion, Continue reading →

COVID -19 November 2020 Update

With the latest phase of the pandemic upon us and new Health Directives appearing from the Sask Health Authority, Synod presents updated Guidelines for the faith communities  based on the Town Hall consultations earlier this week. Bishop’s letter on response to COVID Nov 27, 2020 Revised Synod Guidelines Nov 27, 2020

COVID-19 and Re-opening Sask Synod worship spaces in the fall of 2020

With fall approaching and schools re-opening, synod consulted with the rostered leaders and faith community leadership about issues regarding re-opening worship spaces in the fall. Below are the Sask Synod resources generated: The bishop’s letter outlining the process; the synod’s recommendations; revised guidelines and checklist. Bishop’s letter on reopening worship spaces Recommendation and Rationale to Re-open worship spaces Revised Guidelines for re-opening worship spaces Revised Checklist for re-opening worship spaces

COVID-19 and Gathering for Worship

Our Saskatchewan Synod (ELCIC) churches will follow the direction of our Health authorities and will not be gathering for worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. But we will still be the church. We will still worship together. Your congregation may be livestreaming their services through the internet. Often you are invited to join breakout rooms for virtual ‘coffee time’ afterward. Or your congregation may have decided to invite members to join one of the services offered online. National church has collected that list. Online worship services Continue reading →

COVID-19 and Passing the Offering Plate

Our churches have always depended on funding the ministry of the congregation by gathering 52 Sundays each year and ‘passing the plate’. During COVID-19 we will not be able to gather together in our churches for an extended period of time. During that time we will need to find alternative ways of funding our congregations. Our national and synodical treasurers met by video conference to discuss this. They produced a concise, practical guide to “Giving Alternatives” during COVID-19. The treasurers also provided  a sample template Continue reading →

COVID-19 Resources from the ELCIC

National church has collected a webpage of resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The page includes joint letters posted during the COVID crisis from the ELCIC national bishop and synodical bishops. The page includes resources for worship by posting links to congregations that are posting services online. It includes letters from the National and synodical treasurers on giving alternatives when ‘passing the plate’ is not an option. The treasurers also provide an update for congregations on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The page also includes letters Continue reading →