Trinity Bible Chapel in Woolwich held two in-person services today, despite COVID restrictions being in place and a new, firm warning from the Province.
The Attorney General obtained an order Friday from the Superior Court of Justice, compelling the church to obey the Reopening Ontario Act or possibly be held in contempt of court.
A steady stream of cars was seen arriving at the church filling up the parking lot Sunday morning.
The church streamed their service on YouTube.
"We do not stand in contempt of the heavenly courts though," said pastor Jacob Reaume in the opening remarks. "In fact, I believe the heavenly courts are smiling on us."
"Sometimes it feels like we're under siege by the entire country right now," said Reaume, also saying that they've received support from thousands of people across the globe.
Reaume also said that he hopes more churches will come out into the open about their meetings.
"We have a message of hope when everyone else is talking despair," he said. "The church must meet for the glory of God, and for the love of our neighbours."
He also claimed that MPP Randy Hillier was in attendance.
One man who was not a member of the church, was seen holding a sign which read, "Don't interfere with religious services."
"There is this intent of the police to interfere with services, and Canadian rights are that police should not interfere with religious services," he said.
Waterloo Regional Police were not present during the service, however, bylaw officers were seen around the area.
Regional Police later issued a statement on Twitter, stating that they were aware of the gathering and are working with public health and the Region of Waterloo by-law officers to "ensure appropriate action is taken."
WRPS Statement— Waterloo Regional Police (@WRPSToday) January 24, 2021
We are aware of the church service that was held earlier today at Trinity Bible Chapel.
This service was held despite a Superior Court Order compelling the Chapel to comply with The Reopening Ontario Act. pic.twitter.com/20cn3z2y4n