St. Francis by the Lakes Vision Statement

Journey with God, Journey with Each Other, Help Others Journey with God.


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St Francis by the Lakes Sunday Service

Welcome to St Francis by the Lakes

Anglican Church in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

Summer 2020

A New Beginning,  A Guide to Going to Church

Check out the "COVID-19" Button - updated Aug 06

You want to come and celebrate with us in person?

You should stay home if you are feeling ill, exhibiting any Covid-19 symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who has been ill or if you or someone you are in contact with has traveled outside of Nova Scotia within the last 14 days!

The following protocol has been approved and established for persons wanting to attand in person:

If you have email Register for attending by 6 PM on the Friday prior to Sunday at:  Include your name(s), phone number and which service you wish to attend.  (8 AM or 10 AM in the Subject Line) 
Or if you don't have email, for 8 AM call Marjorie 902-252-7960 and for 10 AM call Debbie 902-865-6256    
If you do not get a reply confirmation, call Elaine 902-864-3634 

Please wear a mask unless you cannot for medical reasons - we will have a supply of masks available. 
As of July 31st this is mandatory in Nova Scotia.

We must social distance - 2m or 6 feet.  Do not cross in front of others in the pews.  Do not leave your
pew to visit others.

Use hand sanitizer before entering for worship and before communion.

Upon entering the church individuals will to go directly into the church using the door at the top of
the hill, through the Narthex directly to an available pew.
Note from the Narthex into the church space there are designated enter and exit doors.
Please do not stop to chat with friends in the Narthex or aisles. 

Avoid physical contact.  At any time, shaking hands, hugging, touching, or passing items between
people must not occur. An appropriate greeting would be a wave, nod or a bow.
Every other Pew will be blocked to limit seating.

The collection plate will be on the font to place your offering on your way in, or on your way out if
you have forgotten. Please avoid walking back and forth the aisle. (There will be no passing of the plate) 

There will be no bulletins or books in the pews.  Everything will be on the screen.
There will be no congregational singing; there will be no choir.

Take care of yourself and your family.  Numbers 6:24-26

May the Lord bless you and take care of you;
May the Lord be kind and gracious to you;
May the Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.



Upcoming Events

URSDAY THOUGHTS - December 3, 2020

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. All flesh shall see the salvation of God Luke 3.4, 6
A week of restrictions is behind us, and another one is in front of us. We have no idea what is in store for us as the weeks progress. A reminder that a lot of our activities have been put on hold for the time being. The craft and bake sale cannot go ahead, and our public worship is not allowed. We have been following the advice and directives of the NS Health Authority in all we do. As the days and weeks ahead will bring new directions, we will follow them for the well being of all of us. 
Last week I was reminded by one of our lay readers (Alan Barnhill to be exact), that we have not lost Christmas. It might look different, and the things we do might change, but Christmas remains. We will still celebrate the birth of the Christ Child in our world and in our hearts. We will still give thanks to our God for all the joys and blessings of this most holy season. We will still worship. Our services of Holy Eucharist will continue to be recorded and uploaded every Sunday morning. Our midweek worship during Advent will continue, and will be available on line on Wednesday afternoons. Our Longest Night/ Blue Christmas service will be available as well, on Monday, December 21. And we always planned on recording Christmas Eve even before the restrictions were put into place. 
We will also continue in our outreach to the world around us. Our Beacon House Turkey Tree continues to be decorated, the blue lights are ongoing, Our other outreach ministries still thrive. The JA's, though unable to meet, are planning a collection of gifts through the Santas for Seniors programme. We all continue to do the service the Child calls us to fulfill.
And we will celebrate the blessing of family and friends. We might have to meet differently, but we will love and cherish them just the same. Thanks be to God, this Advent and Christmas will be beautiful.
Faithful God, we thank you for all your care and support. Help us always to hear the prophet’s call to turn our hearts to you; in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Mark Kingsbury

The following events happening will depend on the lifting of restrictions by the NS Health Authority:


CANCELLED due to COVID-19 regulations
(Saturday, December 12th)


(Subject to changes depending on COVID-19 regulations)

To attend any of these services, you must pre-register.

  2:00 p.m. - Said Christmas Eucharist service (no music)

  4:00 p.m. - Children’s Christmas Eucharist Service (Children may have a socially distanced part to play, video music) When registering let us know if you have a child between 4-12 years old.

  6:00 p.m. -  Christmas Eucharist Service (Organist)

  8:00 p.m. -  Christmas Eucharist Service (Organist)

  10:00 p.m. - Christmas Eucharist Service (Guitarist)

Christmas Day - 10:00 a.m. said Service of Holy Eucharist

To register, preferably please e-mail to our designated e-mail:  at and please use Christmas Eve or Day and the time of service in the subject line.  (i.e.: Christmas Eve 4 p.m.)  You must give the name(s) of each person in your family attending and your phone number.  In the event that we are seating in overflow (downstairs) or the service is full, you will be informed.  If you do not have e-mail, please call Debbie at 902-865-6256.

This Week at St Francis  
This is an ever changing world we live in as things and events seem to be changing by the minute.  COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.    Currently, restrictions by the NS Health Authority means all services, meetings, & activities in the St. Francis By the Lakes building cease until  at least December 13th.    There will still be some church services available on-line.  See the December calendar.

Message from Wardens:

Fundscrip orders for shopping cards for December should be placed by 6 p.m. on December 6th.  The  December Fundscrip pick up/envelope donation drop off  takes place between 10-11 a.m. on  December 12th.   You do not need to get out of your car. Please drive up the hill, all around the church and  stop at the Fellowship Hall door.  A runner will accept your offerings, donations and retrieve your shopping cards for you. 

Thank you!


Take care of yourselves, your family, friends, and neighbours, and be healthly.

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