For the next few months, until our new bishop is elected and consecrated, diocesan oversight will be managed by a team of duly appointed administrators; The Rev. Lori Ramsey, The Rev. Canon Gordon Redden, and The Very Rev. Paul Smith, with the continued support of Ms. Jana O’Neil, Diocesan Administrative Assistant. For any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact us at BishopsOffice@nspeidiocese.ca This e-mail address will forward all correspondence to the team and together we will respond as appropriate.
We know that the next few weeks will be challenging ones as we begin to navigate how, and when, to return to in-person worship and resume other parish activities. There is no single “how to” or template that will work for every parish so we want to remind you to keep informed of the latest directives from our provincial health authorities. In Nova Scotia: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ and in Prince Edward Island: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/gatherings-guidance-phase-4 The Nova Scotia website includes free downloadable color posters and signage that you may find helpful for your church, halls, and offices; https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/resources/ .
With regard to the use of halls for meetings, and other parish or community events and activities, as long as you are in compliance with the latest provincial guidelines, you do not need to seek permission from the diocese. We have attached to this letter a copy of the guidelines from Ecclesiastical, our insurance providers, which offers another level of safety protocol for consideration. We will continue to ask that parishes forward a copy of their re-opening plans to us so that we are aware of the scope of activity within the diocese.
Again, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.
With blessings to all,
The Reverend Lori Ramsey, The Reverend Canon Gordon Redden, and The Very Reverend Paul Smith
The Diocese of Nova Scotia and & Prince Edward Island