St. Simon’s has one in-person service at 9:30am on Sunday mornings, recordings are posted on YouTube, and virtual Wednesday morning services every second week on YouTube

Further details on the COVID-19 precautions and logistics are provided below.

9:30am Sunday Service

We have been given the approval by the Diocese of Niagara to proceed with one indoor, in-person service on Sundays at St. Simon’s at 9:30am.

Here are some of the things required to help protect all of us. These requirements are based on resources provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario and Ecclesiastical Insurance, and based upon provincial directives and best practices at the time of writing.

Prior to the service

  • You are required to preregister for the service, by Saturday at 5pm. Email admin@stsimon.ca and the names of all attending from your household. Alternatively you can phone St. Simon’s at (905) 845-8351 and leave a message with the same information. We will be cutting off registration once we have reached 40 people.
  • Upon arriving at church, all people will be required to enter only by the west end doors (nearest Trafalgar) to aid with traffic flow and social distancing.
  • You are required to maintain social distancing (2m apart) with people outside your bubble once you leave your car and until you return to your car after the service.
  • All people after leaving their car, except children under 2, must wear a mask at all times.
  • You will be asked a series of questions before entering the church to determine whether you are feeling well. (temperature, cough, sore throat, etc.). If you answer yes to any of these COVID-19 symptoms you cannot enter the church and will be asked to return to your car.
  • You will be required to sanitize your hands with the sanitizer provided, prior to entering the church.
  • You will be directed to a seat by the side’s person and seating will be 2m apart between families or bubbles.

Building Requirements

  • Prior to worship the worship space will have been cleaned and disinfected.
  • Pews and floor spaces will be marked to indicate proper social distancing (2m)
  • Offering plates will be placed at the entry and exit doors to the Sanctuary.
  • With the exception of washrooms, participants are prevented from entering any other areas of the building.
  • Sides-persons will provide directions. If you are in doubt, please ask the sides-person.

Service Requirements

  • There will be no more than 40 people present.
  • There will be no separate Children’s Program.
  • There will be no singing.
  • The peace will be exchanged in a non-physical manner, (the peace sign, a nod, a wave, etc.)
  • Please bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you to sanitize your hands before and after receiving the consecrated host. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available in the Sanctuary if you do not bring your own.
  • Communion will be received as bread only and must be consumed after leaving the single communion station, when at least 2m away from the priest as indicated by floor markings.
  • Communion will be delivered one side of the congregation at a time maintaining a single direction flow down the aisle towards the altar and returning down the side aisles.

Following the service

  • All must leave the church, maintaining social distancing, by the side doors off the front of the church. (The only exception is people with mobility issues who cannot manage the stairs. They must remain in their seats until others have left and then will be assisted by a sides person to leave by the accessibility exit at the back of the church).
  • There will be no “coffee time” nor will food or beverages be served.
  • Please sanitize your hands again upon exiting the building. Your safety is paramount.
  • People are asked not to gather and chat, but rather to proceed to their cars and safely leave the parking lot. 

Nothing we do throughout this time is more important than caring for the health and welfare of others, especially those more vulnerable than ourselves.

Virtual Wednesday Service

Appropriate for all who want to take a moment and connect with God, we would invite you to this special time of prayer and fellowship. Services are posted on our YouTube channel and the Sermon section of our website.

Evensong Services

The Evening Prayer service, or “Evensong”, is an Anglican tradition where the service is held in the late afternoon or early evening and is rendered chorally – that is, most of the services is sung.  Our Evensong services occur one Sunday each month from October through to May or June.  The services begins at 7:30 p.m. in our sanctuary with a different “theme” each month.  Everyone is welcome.

There are no Evensong services scheduled at this time, due to COVID-19.

Weddings

Weddings are a moment in life to be celebrated with those who have shared their life with you.  They should be a time of joy, celebration, and hope and not of stress, anxiety, or fear.  At St. Simon’s, we do all that we can to make your day go as smoothly as possible.

Our beautiful, spacious, and air-conditioned chapel is a place of peace and hope where you, the one you love, and those who are important to you can gather in reverence and thanksgiving to mark this important step in your lives together.  Additionally, our lovely and quiet prayer garden is perfect for those after-the ceremony pictures with your wedding party, family, and guests.

If you are interested in making St. Simon’s the place where you say “I do”, please contact us.

Baptisms

At St. Simon’s, we recognize that having a child is a special time in one’s life.  We also recognize that having a child is a time when people often think about life and its meaning in new ways and as a part of that want to make sure that their child begins a journey with God through the sacrament of baptism.

We welcome all inquiries around baptism and want to make sure that your child’s baptism is a special moment when you can gather as a family, celebrate the gift that God has given you, and ask God to be part of your life as you embrace the challenges and joys of parenthood.

Funerals

Saying goodbye to someone that you love can be one of the most difficult things that you do in life.  It is important at times like these to honour those who have gone on before you in an appropriate manner.

At St. Simon’s we know how difficult these times can be and we would humbly offer our expertise in this area by helping you to create a meaningful service which commemorates, gives thanks, and asks God’s care for the one you are saying goodbye to.  To speak to one of our clergy about a funeral or memorial service please contact us.

Advent and Christmas Services

9:30 a.m.

Sunday, November 29, 2020 – Advent I

9:30 a.m.

Sunday, December 6, 2020 – Advent II

9:30 a.m.

Sunday, December 13, 2020 – Advent III

9:30 a.m.

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – Advent IV

TBD

Thursday, December 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve

Details to be confirmed, please check back

TBD

Friday, December 25, 2020 – Christmas Day

Details to be confirmed, please check back.

Holy Week Services


8:15 a.m. &
10:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 28, 2021- Palm Sunday
Service with Procession of Palms.


9:30 a.m.
7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Midweek service as usual.
Station of the Cross.


6:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 1, 2021 – Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday – “Final Days Before the Cross” with dinner/The Last Supper.
Service with washing of the feet and stripping of the altar.


9:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

Friday, April 2, 2021 – Good Friday
Stations of the Cross – A service for children and their families which explains the meaning of the season.
Traditional somber observance of Good Friday.


8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 3, 2021 – Holy Saturday
The first service of Easter which begins in darkness and ends in the Resurrection.


8:15 a.m. &
10:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Easter
Easter Sunday Celebration.