To celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic, St Paul’s Anglican Church in Newmarket is honouring frontline workers during a special service on June 27.
Members of the community are asked to think of health-care and essential service workers they would like to recognize and share that information with the church. The names will be read during the Sunday morning service.
“We’re asking people to get permission from the people they would like to name as their frontline worker, whether it’s your grocery store clerk or a gas station attendant, or your police officer or nurse or doctor," said Rev. Chris Parsons.
“That’s a way of remembering that we’re all in this together and as a community we owe a great debt of gratitude to those people who are frontline workers,” he said.
He said they chose to do this now because it feels that the pandemic is nearing its end.
“We’re seeing an approach to the end of the pandemic with more and more people becoming vaccinated and we thought that this would be also a good time to celebrate those people who are frontline workers,” Parsons said.
Due to restrictions on religious gatherings, the service will be shared on YouTube early on the Sunday morning.
He said that while the virtual services have allowed them to reach a wider audience, the production and filming of them is "quite a large task" for the people at the church who do that.
For anyone who wants to celebrate and thank a frontline worker in the community, Parsons said they can email the church office at email@example.com
by Friday, June 25.