This is the page for information regarding the Diocese and the response to the current COVID-19 global pandemic.  Check back regularly for updates.
The revised document can be downloaded here: Many Members, One Body
Updates to “Many Members” document – September 18, 2020

The following document reflects adjustments to the “Many Members, One Body” Guidance, as implemented by the Diocese and approved by the Ad Hoc Executive Committee, to reflect recent changes to Government Guidance and Directives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In instances where the following is in conflict with the wording of the “Many Members, One Body” Document, this update will take precedence.

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Diocesan Ad Hoc Executive Committee:
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Geoff Peddle
Canon Brad Wicks
Ven. Sam Rose
Ven. Charlene Taylor
Ms. Deboarah Pantin
Mr. Fred Dinham
Rev. Christopher Fowler

COVID-19 Update to the Diocese – August 19, 2020

With recent announcements this week by the Province, please see the necessary updates to our Many Members, One Body document below:

Mandatory Use of Masks in Public Places
All individuals shall wear a non-medical mask that covers the nose and mouth when in a place of worship. Non-medical masks are not required to be worn by children under the age of 5 nor by people with physical or mental health conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask. Masks may be removed once individuals are seated and provided that physical distancing can be maintained between individuals or bubbles. Masks may also be removed to receive Communion. Masks must be worn when moving around the building.

Update to Appendix A of Many Members, One Body
Please find the updated text to Appendix A of the “Many Members, One Body” Document. This update will replace the Appendix A previously released.  Click Here

Places of worship may host services and faith based activities of no more than 100 people, or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less. This limit includes officiants, staff and volunteers.

Definition of Masks within the Many Members, One Body Document
Any reference to masks within the “Many Members, One Body” Document should be interpreted to mean “non-medical masks”.

Clarification of Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
With respects to cleaning and sanitizing, parishes would be best served to determine what areas of the building will be used by the general public. Further to that, within the spaces identified as being used by the general public, you can further derive what surfaces could potentially be touched by the hand. These are the surfaces that would need to be sanitized between gatherings. The remaining parts of the public area need only be cleaned on a regular basis – not after each gathering. Frequently touched surfaces are the most likely to be sources of transmission. These are the surfaces that need to be sanitized between gatherings.

By way of an example, one such area that we know the public will be gathering is in the nave. The pews, being something that most people will touch with their hands, will need to be sanitized between gatherings. The floor, although potentially infected with droplets, is highly unlikely to be touched by the hand, thus the floors need only be cleaned on a frequent and regular basis (at least once a week and when visibly soiled or dirty).

With respects to bathrooms, there is no need to clean the whole bathroom, as you would normally do on a regular basis, after an individual has used it. The guidelines ask that a quick disinfecting of the high touch areas be performed between users – a quick wipe of the high touch areas with a disinfectant spray and cloth. Aside from this, the bathrooms should be cleaned on a frequent and regular basis (at least once a week and when visibly soiled or dirty).

Update July 27, 2020

The Atlantic Bubble revision to “Many Members, One Body”

With the introduction of the Atlantic Bubble on Friday, July 3, 2020, interprovincial travel for residents of Atlantic Canada without the requirement to self-isolate is permitted in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

With this in mind, the following changes are effective immediately within the document “Many Members, One Body: Guidelines for Safe Practices in Anglican East NL in the time of

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Communication regarding your worship schedule and how to register will need to be communicated to the members of the Parish, and the general public where possible. This communication should also stress that “drop in” visitation is not permitted at this time and that those who have travelled outside the Atlantic provinces in the last 14 days, or those who have symptoms of Covid-19, are not permitted to attend worship at this time. The Facilitator will need to explore and undertake many ways, recruiting help where possible, to extend this communication as broadly as possible within your community.

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When receiving registration, the people registering should ensure that they, and the members of their household (whether attending or not), have not travelled outside the Atlantic provinces in the last 14 days and that no one within the household are feeling sick or displaying symptoms of Covid-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include loss of speech or movement, chest pain or pressure, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, unexplained rash on your skin, loss of taste or smell, headache, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, sore throat, aches and pains. It is recommended that anyone planning on attending worship should complete the Covid-19 Self-Assessment found at:

The revised document can be downloaded here: Many Members, One Body

Parish Screening Questionnaire to be used when registering persons who wish to attend worship in our parishes can be downloaded here:  Parish Screening Questionnaire


Fellowship and Fundraising
The Diocese recognizes the economic strain that parishes have been under since the advent of Covid-19 and the desire to engage in traditional fellowship and fundraising activities once again. Obviously, the health and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and customers is the prime consideration when considering events and activities. Please note that the following guidelines apply to the province’s current Alert Level 2. Should the alert level return to Level 3, or even 4, in the future, diocesan guidelines will change to reflect that.

Please Note that only those parishes that have submitted a re-opening plan, received the Bishop’s permission to re-open for worship, and have in fact re-opened, will be permitted to engage in fundraising activities.

To download this document, please click here: Fellowship and Fundraising for Reopening

Update July 21, 2020

After receiving requests from parishes on the issue of rentals of our Parish Halls and Church Halls, the Ad Hoc Executive Committee, based on the recommendation of the Provincial Health guidelines, are making the following revision to the section on Page 15 entitled “Building Use by User Groups and Rentals” to provide better clarity.

This new paragraph will replace the existing one:

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Building Use by User Groups and Rentals

The rental of Church Buildings for public gatherings or social events remains prohibited. These rentals are defined to be non-commercial, private users (individuals or groups looking to use our space for social gatherings). Commercial Renters are permitted in so far as they are authorized to operate by the Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health and if being fully compliant with all Public Health Regulations and Guidance. Permission to use our buildings by such Commercial Renters will require approval of the Diocese. Such approval will be subject to assurance that such a commercial use of our space is permitted by the provincial authorities and that the Renter has devised a plan to assure that all Public Health Regulations and Guidance will be adhered to while renting our properties.

The revised document can be downloaded here: Many Members, One Body

Update July 10, 2020

Please read the Special Pastoral Directive on Holy Baptism as authorized by the Bishop:

Update June 24, 2020

Please read these documents below related to the Province reaching Alert Level 2 and the way forward in resuming public worship in the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador:

Bishop Peddle’s 5th Pastoral Letter on COVID-19

Many Members, One Body (Rom. 12:4-5): Guidelines for Safe Practices in Anglican East NL in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations – Government of NL

MEMO to the Diocese – June 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

As you may have heard today, the Chief Medical Officer announced that the Province will be entering Level 2 on June 25, 2020 which is earlier than expected. We know that according to the guidelines for this Level that churches will be permitted to reopen with restrictions. These restrictions are still not known as they have not been communicated to the Diocese and other faith communities.

In preparation for this, the Ad Hoc Committee of the Diocesan Executive has been finalizing a Diocesan Plan for the reopening of our church buildings and the hope was to have this Plan released this week along with a Pastoral Letter from the Bishop. However, the Bishop was recently contacted to participate in a conference call with the Chief Medical Officer and other Provincial and faith leaders on Tuesday, June 23 to discuss the specifics on the restrictions for reopening which are vital for the completion of our own Diocesan Plan. The Ad Hoc Committee believes that before we can release our Plan, we need to listen to the Provincial Health authorities first to ensure we have as much information as possible.

Therefore, it is our goal to have the Diocesan Plan for reopening ready to be released with the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 after this meeting with the Province. To be clear, this does not mean that any of our church buildings will be permitted to reopen on that same date. Most likely, the reopening of our church buildings will take place sometime in September because the Diocesan Plan will take time to implement effectively. We need to ensure that every parish and every rector has had ample time to study the Diocesan Plan and build up a local leadership team to put the Plan into practice. Given that we are now in Summer when traditionally our clergy take their holidays and our congregational numbers decline, it is simply not the most practical time to reopen. We must make sure that the health and safety of all those who enter our buildings are the main priority. We should not rush to reopen when we are not ready.

So, we will know more next week and once we do, we will release our Plan. After some study by the clergy and parishes over the Summer, the Ad Hoc welcomes your thoughts and ideas on how to implement it at the local parish level. This will be a “living document” that requires your input and assistance. However, at the same time, we will not waiver from the official health protocols and guidelines which affect us all. The bottom line is that we have to ensure that everyone is protected and kept safe.

May God bless us as we continue on this journey together.

In Christ,

Archdeacon Sam Rose
Diocesan Executive Officer
Anglican Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador

Announcement – May 25, 2020 

In light of the current restrictions due to COVID-19, the Ad Hoc Executive Committee has decided that all Flower Services/Commemoration Services are not to be held in our Cemeteries this summer. This is to follow the current guidelines around public gatherings. While this is an unfortunate consequence of COVID-19, parishes are encouraged to hold virtual and online worship, much like what the St. John’s/Mount Pearl Cemetery Committee is doing this July.

CLICK to Read the Bishop’s Sermons during COVID-19
Bishop Peddle’s Pastoral Letters RE COVID-19

April 6, 2020 – Easter Pastoral Letter – See YouTube Video HERE

March 27, 2020 – Pastoral Letter #4

March 20, 2020 – Pastoral Letter #3

March 16, 2020 – Pastoral Letter #2

March 12, 2020 – Pastoral Letter #1

Bishop’s Moments of Grace – April 2, 2020 – This too shall pass 
Anglican East NL Payroll Support Plan for paid clergy and lay staff visit this LINK
To Watch the Diocesan Eucharist from March 22, 2020 visit this LINK

Bishop’s Sermon from March 22, 2020 Diocesan Eucharist

Order of Service for March 22, 2020 can be downloaded here via Dropbox

Our Diocesan YouTube Channel can be found at this LINK
Our Diocesan Facebook Page can be found at this LINK
Our Diocesan Twitter Page can be found at this LINK

Online Worship

As we move to a more online presence, many of our parishes are offering worship and other devotions plus regular communications on Facebook.  Here is a list of our parishes in the Diocese where you can connect in a more direct way.

If your Facebook page is not incorrect or not listed here, please contact Archdeacon Sam Rose

Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador

The Anglican Cathedral


Parish of All Saints


Parish of the Ascension


Parish of Bay de Verde


Parish of Bay Roberts/Coley’s Point


Parish of Bell Island


Parish of Carbonear


Parish of Churchill Falls


Parish of the Good Shepherd


Parish of Harbour Grace


Parish of Heart’s Content


Parish of the Epiphany


Parish of the Holy Innocents


Parish of the Holy Cross


Parish of the Holy Spirit


Parish of the Holy Trinity


Parish of Labrador West


Parish of Lake Melville


Parish of the Living Water


Parish of New Hope


Pastoral Unit of Petty Harbour/Petty Harbour/Aquaforte


Parish of Port de Grave


Parish of Pouch Cove


Parish of the Resurrection


Parish of Southeast Labrador


Parish of Spaniard’s Bay/Tilton


Parish of St. Augustine


Parish of St. John the Evangelist


Parish of St. Lawrence


Saint Luke’s Ecumenical Congregation


Parish of St. Mark the Evangelist


Parish of St. Mark, Shearstown/Butlerville


Parish of St. Mary the Virgin


Parish of St. Michael and All Angels


Parish of St. Peter


Parish of St. Philip


Parish of St. Thomas


Parish of St. Timothy, Rigolet


Parish of Torbay


Parish of Upper Island Cove