Anglican Church reaches out to commuters 0
Some GO Transit commuters will get a gesture of good faith as the Anglican Church of Canada welcomes Barrie residents back to all congregations.
In conjunction with the church's international Back to Church Sunday event, members of the clergy will be on GO train platforms early Thursday morning with a token for city residents.
"This Sunday is Back to Church Sunday and we just want to encourage everyone of every faith to visit their place of worship this weekend," said. Rev. Stephen Pessah, from St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church in Barrie.
"It's going to be relatively low key and we'll have little cards with some information on them."
Members of the church around the world will be participating in similar events to remind everyone they are welcome at places of worship from every religious denomination.
"We're going to be greeting commuters and letting them know they are warmly welcomed at the Anglican or Evangelical Lutheran churches in their communities," Pessah said. "We're encouraging people to come to an Anglican Church if they're Anglican, but if they're United we encourage them to go to a United Church."
Bishop Patrick Yu from the Diocese of Toronto and the Anglican Church of Canada said greeting people at train stations isn't to annoy them, but to simply offer an invitation, which he added is often welcomed.
"We have asked people to invite their friends (to Church) and so, bishops, priests and so on are going to hand out information at the GO station," Yu said. "Most people take it (the invitation) and some come up and say 'I'm glad you're doing this'."
The event started in Manchester England and spread to Australia, Canada and the U.S.
"When I started to do this a very important impression that I have is everybody is half a sleep when they're going to work, and when I had them out and say bless you people often light up." Yu said. "It's an interruption in a good way."
Members of the clergy will be on the GO station platforms in Barrie from 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
For more information visit www.stmargaretbarrie.ca, or www.toronto.anglican.ca.