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Sunday Service

10:30am 
(Currently suspended until further notice)

Reverend Ronald Duncan

Priest-in-charge
647-262-3958
fr.ron1946@gmail.com

December 22, 2020
Message from Fr. Ron:


My brothers and sisters in Christ, I write to you just days before we celebrate the birth of the Christ child and I would like to put two questions to you. I ask that we don’t descend into theological debate over the birth narratives but, in the context of indigenous practice, reflect on how the image can speak to us and accept that it may speak differently to different people and ourselves in the various circumstances of our lives. 

 

  1. What images of the stories of Jesus’ birth pop into your mind?

 2. Are any of these images different this year, possibly due to our experience with the pandemic?

 

This is certainly true for me. There are the traditional images of that placid, rustic scene in the manger with Mary and Joseph. The newborn Jesus, wrapped in some nice, white, clean swaddling clothes, laying in a nice, clean manger accompanied by several nice, clean sheep quietly sitting there with the calm donkey standing by. Oh, you might say. There are also the shepherds and later the wise men, as well as the angels appearing at different times in the birth narrative. For years these have been the images that pop into my mind reflecting the various nativity scenes and Christmas pageants in churches where I have worshipped and/or served over the past number of years.

 

This year I have struggled to deal with the way that the pandemic has impacted my life, the lives of family members, friends, and parishioners, as well as the general public. The nativity images that pop into my mind have been the not so obvious. The traditional are still there but the images have become much more inclusive of the human dynamic, especially as it applies to Mary and Joseph.  We picture this scene of a demure Mary sitting there as the angel Gabriel gives her the news.  How demure would you be if Gabriel suddenly popped in on you? Getting over her initial shock, Mary had a number of things to figure out. How do I tell my parents? How do I tell Joseph? How do we face the rest of the family and the larger community?  The Magnificat gives us a powerful insight into Mary’s courage and faith and her understanding of God’s purpose for her life. How does it talk to you about what God would like to see as a mark of your life?  How does it strike you if you read it through a political lens?

 

Imagine the dismay when Mary and Joseph find out they now have to make a 90-mile journey, uphill and downhill to Bethlehem. A reasonably fit person could walk 20 miles a day. Being in the last stages of her pregnancy, Mary could probably manage 10 miles a day at best. Imagine, if you can, how Mary would have felt putting one foot forward after another, finding relief riding on a donkey, and finally arriving in Bethlehem and finding no place to stay except a stable. How would you enjoy walking to Dorchester getting close to London? Try to picture this in your mind. While it has been an issue for awhile in our city and province, this pandemic has increased the number of people with no place to stay. As you reflect on how this impacted Mary, please join with me in discerning what Mary might tell us that her Son expects of us and how her experience challenges us to open our eyes to the reality of homelessness and inadequate housing. And then, another angel comes into the picture in Joseph’s dream. Imagine his reaction to that dream, and then Mary’s, when Joseph tells her they have to go to Egypt – some 4000 miles away. 

 

My purpose in writing this is not to say Poor Mary!  Poor Joseph! Poor Jesus! Rather, I hope that each of us will seek a richness and depth in the nativity images that drawing on our faith we will find courage to face these days with courage and compassion. Secondly, as Mary and Joseph had to face unanticipated challenges and rose to meet them may we through the gifts of the Holy Spirit rise to meet the challenges we face. And thirdly,

 

                                PLEASE TAKE OUT YOUR BIBLES AND READ

 

Matthew 1:18 – 2:23             Luke 1: 1 -2:20                  Magnificat (Luke 1:46-53)  

 

As a Parish we face a number of challenges due to restrictions placed upon public worship and the ability to gather. As a member of a larger community of faith we must comply with the protocols set down for us by the College of Bishops in our Diocese of Toronto. Sharing space with the Jubilee Centre and also recognizing the vulnerability of so many in our Parish we strive to remain faithful to Christ’s command to love our neighbour as ourselves by trying to keep ourselves and others safe. We also reach out to others and we hope to be able to continue our traditional financial support for the Jean Tweed Centre, Dorothy Ley Hospice and the Weston King Neighborhood, the latter being designated in memory of Chris Brownhill. Our own operational needs still continue and Faith Works support has become a critical need in the course of this pandemic. If you are not sure how to safely get your envelopes or donations in please call  Edison Dore at 416-521-9297. Please remember that donations must be made by December 31st to be credited for 2020.


 

 If you are struggling with the isolation and uncertainty of the times reach out for help.  Please remember that I can be reached at 647-262-3958.  My prayer for you as well as myself is that in this unique Christmas season may you be able to recognize ways in which you are blessed and find ways to be a blessing to others. We remember that Jesus came as the light of the world. May he lighten our paths through this darkness as we celebrate his birth.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Fr. Ron

November 20, 2020 Update:
Today the Premier of Ontario announced further restrictions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Our Sunday service will be suspended until further notice


Church of Atonement
Protocol During COVID-19 Pandemic

 

  • Hand Sanitizer must be used upon entering the building.

  • Masks must be worn at all times

  • People are encouraged to bring their own masks (and water bottles if needed) Masks will be available for anyone who did not bring their own.

  • No lingering or congregating in groups at the entrances, etc.

  • No physical contact is to take place such as hugging or handshaking. Verbal greetings only.

  • 6 feet apart must be maintained while waiting to enter and exit the church.

  • Parishioners are restricted to only one section of the lounge as a waiting area. Please schedule your arrival so as to limit the amount of time you will be needing to use the lounge. Masks and social distancing apply in this area.

  • One person permitted in the washroom at one time. 

  • Everyone must have their attendance recorded on the contact tracing log sheet upon arrival.


 

Worship and Holy Communion

 

- 6 feet apart must be maintained while waiting to enter and exit the church.

- Masks must be worn at all times 

- No physical contact is to take place such as hugging or handshaking. Verbal greetings only.

- Individual service leaflets will be distributed. No prayer books/hymnals will be handed out.

- Parishioners may deposit their offering into plates at the back of the worship area.

- Everyone must obey floor directional signs.

- Chairs have been spaced to allow for social distancing. Only people in the same family and living in the same house or apartment are allowed to sit together. Masks must still be worn.

- Children are to remain with their family.

- Extra seating for visitors will be available at the back of the church or as needed.

- No choral or congregational singing is permitted.

- There will be only one reader per service and they will use the microphone at the lectern with their mask on.

- No physical contact is to take place during the exchange of the Peace. The Priest will say “The peace of the Lord be always with you” to which the congregation will respond “And also with you.”

- The elements for Holy Communion will not be processed up the aisle during the Offertory Hymn.

- The Priest will consecrate both the bread and the wine, and consume in both kinds, but will distribute only the consecrated bread to all others.

- Each communicant will remain seated in their chairs and the Priest will deliver a wafer to each individual while wearing a mask by gently dropping the wafer into the open palm of the communicant. The Priest will then say “The Body of Christ…” to which the communicant will reply “Amen” Each communicant will wait until the Priest has moved 6 feet away before removing their mask, and consuming the wafer. Those who do not wish to receive communion should cross their arms across their chest to signify this. A blessing will be given to them without touching.

- No lingering or congregating in groups at the exit.

- Everyone must obey floor directional signs.

-   No physical contact is to take place such as hugging or handshaking. Verbal greetings only.

  • 6 feet apart must be maintained while waiting to enter and exit the church.

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds as soon as you get home.

The Church or Atonement Alderwood, whose motto is "Faith, Fellowship and Stewardship", celebrates its storied past and looks forward to future decades as an integral part of the community. 


Our History


1922 - The Mission of the Church of Atonement was first conceived in December 1922, but with no church building available, the services of "The Horner Avenue Mission" were held in the old Horner Avenue school house.

1924 - The Church of the Atonement on Horner Avenue opened officially on 9 July 1924, with the 143 attendance, with the Rev H O Tremayne requesting Bishop to officially open the building.
 

1953 - When the church on Horner Avenue became overcrowded, the present church (256 Sheldon Ave) designed by the architectural firm of Hanks, Irwin and Pearson, with an estimated cost of $90,000, was built. The church of Atonement opened on Lanor and Sheldon Ave in 1953.


1981 - Parishioners unanimously voted for a complex incorporating the church building and a seven-storey senior-citizens' apartment complex. The 60th anniversary of the Parish Church in 1983 gave the Jubilee Centre its name.

 

*Credits and Special thanks to Etobicoke Historical Society, Katherine Williams, and the Anglican Diocese of Toronto Archives and Church of Atonement parish records.Full Article is published on "The Aldernews" on September 2005. Copy of the news is attached.

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