Canceling Church

My ward is in St. Catharines, Ontario, and we got hit big time by that huge snow storm yesterday. It started snowing Friday night, and snowed for about 24 hours straight. We always get snow each winter (remember, we are in Canada), but we almost never get this amount of snow. The Stake President had emailed us and told us to watch the weather in our area and then make a decision on whether or not to hold meetings on Sunday. Yesterday at about 4 pm, I decided to cancel Church.

It always feels weird to “cancel” Church. First of all, Church doesn’t really feel like something you can cancel. I’d go to Church every week, regardless of the weather. If we only had 10 people show up, I’m sure we would have had a wonderful meeting. I just felt that for the safety of the members, it was best to cancel the meetings. Unfortunately, there are people who feel obligated to go to Church. If the weather is bad, I’m sure they feel that God will protect them. I’m not so sure that is the case. If I thought that God would protect us all while driving, then I’d never need to cancel Church, but there are so many variables (weather, other people’s agency, etc). I just felt it was safer to have everyone stay at home.

We had a little Sacrament Meeting here at home. My 5-year-old picked “I love to see the temple” as our opening hymn. I administered the Sacrament. My wife gave a short thought, and then my 3-year-old picked “Follow the Prophet” (the Samuel verse) as our closing hymn. It was nice.

Incidentally, this was the second time this year I’ve canceled Church. In the previous 8 years I’ve been in the area, Church has been canceled a total of 2 times. Now in one year we’ve matched that total. We’ve certainly had some crazy weather!

Published by Graham

Former YM President, EQ President, Bishop, and Stake Institute Teacher. Now back to being the YM President. Happily married to Lisa, with 3 beautiful children.

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  1. The bishops oversees the administration of the Sacrament, so he needs to approve whether you can do it at home or not. If someone just didn’t feel like coming, then it normally wouldn’t be approved. If someone was home sick, then often the home teachers will ask if they can administrator sacrament for the member. In the case of Church being canceled, I gave myself permission 🙂

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