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WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP – Dozens gathered for two services at Trinity Bible Chapel on Sunday morning despite a province closure prohibiting more than 10 people from gathering in one place of worship

The Church also defied a Supreme Court order issued Friday, forcing it to obey Ontario Reopening Act or it could be scorned in court

About 50 cars were parked in the church car park on Lobsinger Linie, just down the street from St Jacobs Farmer’s Market You saw people who came to the church before a 9 a. Waitress The parking lot was full for the second service at 11:15 a.m. Families with small children also entered the church building

A Waterloo area officer was parked across the street to oversee the situation before the church’s first morning service. Bylaw was absent during the second service.The Waterloo regional police officers were not outside church on Sunday morning as they had in the past

When asked for a response, the Waterloo area said in an email statement: “The Supreme Court order received from the Attorney General compels Trinity Bible Chapel to comply with the applicable requirements of the Reopening Ontario Act and if respondents failed to close they may be held in contempt of the court

“The Waterloo Region Licensing and Enforcement Service has been on site to monitor activity and we continue to work closely with and support our enforcement partners in the provinces

“We also thank the many places of worship that continue to comply with the Ontario Reopening Act. These actions help protect the health of our community”

Independent MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston Randy Hillier said in a tweet that he intended to attend the 9 am service at the Trinity Bible Chapel

On Sunday morning, Hillier tweeted a photo from inside the church with seats about half full and groups of people sitting together in groups Nobody seems to be wearing a mask

Hillier was recently in the spotlight to share photos from his family’s big Christmas party with the anti-lockdown MPP commenting on his views on the provincial lockdown measures

The Record asked Hillier for a comment on Sunday, but received no response

In a long blog post he wrote for the Church website, Reaume said the invitation came “from neighborly love”

“Jesus visited the sick and lonely because he loves them Jesus asks us to welcome those in need because he is full of mercy Jesus taught us to show hospitality to our neighbors because people need our presence Jesus wants, that we gather for worship because the church is a congregation Jesus commands us to be together, because he became a man, to be with us Not once did Jesus tell us to love our neighbors by doing so say, “Stay at home, stay safe,” wrote Reaume

The Trinity Bible Chapel has met twice before, once on Jan. Resists collecting borders during the statewide shutdown on January 3 and also on Dec. 27, the day after the provincial closure

Police distributed six tickets to 27 services after December, and another nine tickets were issued after services on January 3

Reaume said church elders face fines close to $ 11 million and possible jail time after several members of the Trinity Bible Chapel were indicted under the Reopening Ontario Act

The Trinity Bible Chapel appeared in court earlier this week, and the court hearing date has been set for February 26

After the church was fined, Reaume decided to hold car services in January 17, attendees heard his sermon live over the radio from their cars in the church parking lot

Reaume notes that the Church has a mitigation strategy for Sunday services that includes encouraging attendees to self-check for symptoms before attending in-person services

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