‘Tensions Are Escalating’: Ontario Congregation Charged For Meeting Outdoors After Police Lock Church

‘Tensions Are Escalating’: Ontario Congregation Charged For Meeting Outdoors After Police Lock Church


A Christian congregation in Ontario, Canada, has been charged with violating lockdown rules by holding several outdoor services with more than 10 people after police locked them out of their church building.

The Church of God in Aylmer, Ontario, many of the members of which are from the Mennonite tradition, held two services on May 16 and May 23, in violation of the Reopening Ontario Act, which limits even outdoor gatherings to 10 people.

They were forced to meet outdoors after police locked the doors of their church upon the order of Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas, who alleged the church had turned the small town of Aylmer into “a cauldron of hostility.” No cases of COVID-19 have been traced to the house of worship.

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According to video of the incident, police officers interrupted the Church of God’s worship service earlier this month while congregants sang hymns. As the armed officers entered the sanctuary to order them to vacate, Pastor Henry

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