DECEMBER 5, 2020
WE AT SPRINGS CHURCH CALL UPON THE MANITOBA GOVERNMENT TO REINSTITUTE SAFE DRIVE-IN CHURCH WHILE CONTINUING ITS EFFORTS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
Winnipeg, MB (December 5) — SPRINGS CHURCH – Leon Fontaine, Senior Pastor, today released the following statement regarding the ruling of the Manitoba Court to prevent Manitobans from practicing their faith while remaining in their cars with their windows rolled up.
The heart of Springs Church has always been a desire to love and better our community. While this year has brought new challenges to us, this commitment remains.
COVID-19 poses a real challenge to our community. This is why we have complied with every public health measure that the government of Manitoba has set upon us.
The Government of Manitoba has made rules around what gatherings can and can’t happen due to COVID-19. Today the Chief Justice interpreted these rules to mean that we cannot hold drive-in church services, even if everyone stays in their cars with the windows rolled up. This was our first step to simply keep this weekend’s drive-in services open.
It’s important to understand that the Chief Justice is only interpreting rules that
elected politicians have made. Even though he said that the rules were unclear
and acknowledged scientific evidence that COVID-19 is not likely to be transmitted between cars with windows rolled up. The Chief Justice does not have
the power to change the legislation, only interpret them.
As such, we are asking you, our community, to do a few things:
1) Continue to follow the rules related to COVID-19. For now, this means not
coming to Springs for a drive-in service this Saturday or Sunday. Being good citizens
means respecting laws.
2) We are asking you to respectfully contact your elected politicians. We will
communicate with you in that regard in the coming days. It is my opinion that
there is an opportunity here to enhance the rules around gatherings so that drivein
church services and other innovative solutions can safely occur. The right to
practice faith during these challenging times is vital. I know that with the united
voice of our community, regardless of your faith, we can show our elected
politicians that they can be innovative, keeping COVID-19 measures in place,
while looking for ways to safely bolster the spirit of our community and protect
Canadian Charter rights.
3) We need to love one another. We know that our community is desperately
struggling with the effects of fear, isolation and job losses that endless lockdowns
have brought. Now, more than ever, we need to pray for each other – for those in
the midst of health, financial, relational, and mental health emergencies – and
take the time to virtually reach out and make sure we are all well.
4) I ask you to pray for us and our team as we take the next steps on this journey.
We have strategies and will be coming to you with more details in the coming
days. We’re not done yet.
Spring Church is a welcoming, accepting place. We are proud to unite in love for
our community and for our province.
God bless you and keep you.
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