As we continue to understand and adjust to the presence of this virus and the
protective measures that have been implemented it is good to remember that
God loves us, He is in control and we are safe in his hands. With this hope and
confidence we are making plans for our ministry in the weeks ahead.
Your elders met last evening and after much prayer and discussion have
formulated the following plans. While we are looking for creative ways to
continue ministry we must take steps to help protect the health of our church
family and the people of our community. We will continue to follow closely the
directives from the Ontario and Durham Regional Health Departments (See the
durham.ca website). The situation remains rather fluid so we are prepared to
alter these plans as required.
Children & Youth
All children and youth ministries are suspended until further notice. We are
praying that we will be able to return to regular ministry sooner rather than later
and will plan for a restart as restrictions are adjusted. In the meantime, our
children and youth ministry leaders will be putting together materials for
distribution via email. You will receive communication on those plans from
Pastor Josh (youth) and Jenna Bryant (children) in the next few days.
Small Groups (Including Between Friends & Men On Target)
We are suspending official small group meetings until further notice. However,
we are encouraging SG leaders to continue communication through email,
phone and online meeting formats. Now would be a good time to join a group
even if it is in a “virtual” way.
Sunday School & Evening Service
There will be no Sunday School or Evening Service until further notice. Pastor
Jim will be putting together a list of online resources for you to
make use of in your devotional life. This list will be emailed.
Sunday Morning Worship
With the adjustment of the maximum number for Church meetings reduced to
50 and in light of efforts to minimize possible spread, we will be following the
lead of some of our sister churches and providing a service via streaming
beginning this Sunday. This is new for us so pray that God will provide the
technical resources and expertise required. Our hope is that this will provide
meaningful connection even though you are unable to be here with your brothers
and sisters. We will have a small number here to help facilitate the service.
Details on how to connect will be sent in an email.
We are grateful for God’s provision for our ministries through His faithful and
generous people. We recognize that these new arrangements will make it more
difficult for people to give. There are a number of ways to continue, as the Lord
1) Drop off your envelope at the church office through the week.
Please call ahead to be sure that the office is open.
There is a collection box in the foyer.
2) Mail your envelope via Canada Post.
3) You can now e-transfer (email) funds.
4) Donate through the Canada Helps website.
The elders are ready to be of help with needs as they arise. They will be reaching
out by phone in the days ahead but please feel free to call us as needs arise.
Pastor Jim and Pastor Josh will be in available at the office and if you leave a
phone message it will get to us by email.
Additionally, we have a growing list of people who are available to help with
groceries or other needs. Please contact us at the office for assistance. If you
know of someone in need please let us know.
Please call if you have any questions or concerns. And one last word of
encouragement from Jesus himself. While at this moment there is much we do
not know, we know the One who knows everything! Our Saviour is good and
great. We can trust Him. We leave you with a few verses that we prayed through
last evening. A good word to comfort anxious hearts!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat
or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than
food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly
Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the
field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even
Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is
how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and
tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—
you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or
‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run
after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need
them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all
these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry
about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has
enough trouble of its own.”
We love you and are praying for you!
By Grace Alone,
Elders: Steve Angrove - Roy Werner - Gregg Anderson - Pastor Jim