Ottawa’s Parkdale United Church goes online for Easter weekend ahead of Ontario shutdown

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Ottawa's Parkdale United Church goes online for Easter weekend ahead of Ontario shutdown


OTTAWA – As places of worship face new capacity limits in Ottawa and across Ontario ahead of Easter weekend, some are turning to online services.
Ottawa and Ontario will begin a four-week shutdown on Saturday in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Reverend Dr Anthony Bailey, pastor at Parkdale United Church in Ottawa, is preparing the shrine for the upcoming Easter service, this year only, it will be online only.

“We wanted to be very careful to encourage our members to be safe, to be physically distant but also to experience our live streaming service,” says Bailey. “This is one of the highlights of our celebrations throughout the year. The story of Easter, the story of the resurrection… that death is not stronger than life and that’s a message we want to convey to people. ”

In a non-pandemic time, more than 500 people attended the sacred celebration, but with new Ontario provincial orders, capacity is now capped at 15%.

Reverend Bailey, along with two other ministers, will lead the service. There will be plexiglass-glass barriers between them.

Last year the church started offering online services and it was well received.

“People find very creative ways,” says Bailey. “We have something called moving in the spirit which is a liturgical dance group and in their own respective houses they coordinate the dance moves and put them together in video which helps our worship services. ”

Parkdale United Church will host a variety of services throughout the Easter long weekend.

On April 2, at 10:30 am, there will be a joint online service with St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church.

April 4, 10:30 a.m. Resurrection Service Day with Reverend Bailey.

The Archdiocese of Ottawa recommends contacting your parish for more information on Easter weekend services.

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