High River United Church of High River, Alberta

High River United Worships Together Safely

The High River United Church Council met this past Monday. The Alberta government, while still recommending that worship take place through virtual & online means, has given permission for places of worship to open for worship, as long as safety measures are in place (physical distancing maintained in sanctuary, hand sanitizing, separate entrance & exit doors, a list kept of everyone attending, no singing, no coffee time after church, the wearing of masks, etc.)   The government also recommends that those over 65 be cautious about attending.   Considering all these precautions, the High River United Church Council has made the decision not to proceed with in-person worship and to continue with our other creative ways of worshiping and praying together while apart.   We plan to continue this way through the summer, and possibly into the fall.   If you are not already worshiping and praying with us and would like to, please contact us for information. We'd love to welcome you, even though it needs to be virtually at this time. 


Our primary concern is that people are kept safe but also that you feel safe. We don’t want coming to church to be a source of stress for you, because you are fearful of catching COVID-19. While we all long to be together in person, we do not want to be in the position of having anyone fall ill because we have gathered. So, the Council’s wisdom is that we proceed slowly, keep aware of new developments and new insight into how this virus works, and continue to support one another through other means instead of physically gathering.


This is hard because church is a community of connection and support. But right now, loving our neighbour and loving you means that we will maintain physical distancing and do everything we can to keep all of our congregation safe. We hold in our hearts today the words that begin Psalm 46:

             God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

             Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,

             though the mountains shake in the heart of the seas.


Further on in Psalm 46, we hear God speak: “Be still and know that I am God!”


Be still – be still! In the stillness, we can allow God’s presence to enfold us. In the stillness, we can delight in the wonder of nature around us. In the stillness, we can offer gratitude for those who love and care for us. In the stillness, we can know God.



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