On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Bishop William issued a letter to be read in all parishes in the diocese with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using the most up-to-date information from provincial health authorities and in consultation with senior diocesan leadership and other bishops in our Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land, all public worship in the Diocese of Brandon is suspended from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29, inclusive. The situation will be reevaluated at that time.
The Diocesan Office will remain open.
It is important to reiterate that while public worship is suspended, ministry will continue. Visitation to the sick and suffering may continue so long as the clergy themselves remain healthy and health guidelines are followed. The use of the internet, including Faceboook and Instagram, is encouraged in order that we might continue to gather remotely.
To sum it up, Bishop William wrote in a letter earlier this week: “Finally, I want to add that our preventive actions are not being taken out of fear for our own safety but rather out of our concern for those members of the body of Christ who are at greater risk: the immuno-compromised, the elderly and those with underlying conditions. In the economy of grace, caring for the weaker members means we will find ourselves doing the best for all the members of the body. To paraphrase Paul in the twelfth chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians, “we will treat the weaker members of the body with greater care”. I believe that this places us spiritually in the right place. Not a spirit of fear, but rather of confidence in the saving work of Jesus and the wisdom and skill of the physicians and scientists who are working hard to give us the best advice.”