UPDATES + RESPONSE PLAN
March 20th, 2020
As we all know, the BC health authorities have tightened up things even more this week and as a church, we want to make sure that we are being responsible by doing all we can to protect the vulnerable and help our healthcare system to cope. We will continue to suspend our physical Sunday worship gathering until further notice. We are not being fearful. We are being responsible and this is what love requires of us in this season.
As we discern what is best for the common good of our city and our church, we encourage Connection Groups or any other social/ministry groups to meet online and not in person. We believe social distancing is the right course of action. But at the same time, it is a difficult one for us as a church. We will miss meeting together in person more than ever in this difficult season, but we know that Jesus will be as present as ever in our lives.
On that note, our pastoral team has planned out a care system where we can still stay connected as much as possible! Click the link below to read more.
Here’s a breakdown of what we are sharing about in the update above.
- Pastoral Care/Keeping in touch
- Connection Group
- First Worship
UPDATES & COMMUNICATIONS
Starting next week, we will send out a mid-week First News update on Wednesday evenings and a worship service order on Sunday 9am called First Worship! Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram too!
May the peace of Christ be with you.
The following was posted on March 13th, 2020
A Message from Anthony Brown
Many of you will be aware that the government of BC has issued a ban on group meetings larger than 250 people. They have also contacted churches and other faith communities with resources and suggestions, inviting us to help to slow the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus in order that our health services do not become overwhelmed with new cases.
As a church with a substantial number of people in higher risk categories for contracting the virus, and as a church drawing people from a much wider geographic area than most, it is important for us to take responsibility for the health of those in our region insofar as we are able to do so.
As a result, we have decided that we must cancel our church gatherings until further notice, with the exception of Shelter and Connection Groups.
The staff and other leaders of the church have met multiple times this week and have developed a ministry plan for the coming weeks that includes lots of ways we can connect and encourage one another. We will send out an extended message next week outlining the ways we will continue to serve the Lord and our neighbours together.
For this Sunday (March 15th), we invite you to join in worship with other believers by…
attending a local church in your area (a list of our sister churches in the CBWC along with their addresses and service times can be found here),
or meeting with others from the church in clusters,
or visiting with one or more others over coffee.
Pastors Daniel and Filipe will be reaching out with online resources for children, preteens and youth. Shelter will continue in an adapted format and Connection Groups will receive new resources next week.
I am sorry that these measures have come so suddenly. We all hoped that we would have more time to prepare. However, I am sure you will agree that we should do all that the Lord has put in our power to do, to serve and protect others.
Let me finish for now by encouraging you to continue in prayer and, wherever possible, service to your friends and neighbours. As we read in the Gospel of Mark recently, it is in these circumstances when those of us who follow Jesus can be light in a dark world, offering His peace and hope in the midst of anxiety and fear.
Grace and peace,