Dear FBC family,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
As you may know, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer recommended Monday that, among other venues, places of worship are to be closed in order to help stem the spread of COVID-19, as authorities said community transmission can no longer be ruled out. Specifically, he said that people should not gather in groups larger than 50, in line with a federal recommendation.
As such, we as elders have decided to cancel all onsite worship services, AWANA, Youth activities, etc. for the next two weeks. The church office will be closed during this time but can be contacted via email or phone as messages will be checked regularly. We are currently working on ways to stream or post our Sunday morning service online. We also ask that individual Life Groups no longer meet in person but continue to support one another via email and phone calls. Our hope is to recommence service on Sunday April 5thbut we may have to reassess.
In the meantime, we as elders plan to maintain regular contact with our church family via phone calls and email and encourage others to do the same, especially with those you know who live in your vicinity. We want to be able to respond to people who may need to get out, but can’t due to self-isolation or lack of transportation.
Remember, God is still sovereign. He remains in control. This is an opportunity to show that we trust Him and not give in to our fears. This is an opportunity to be a witness to a surrounding culture. This is a time to think not about ourselves, but about our neighbours. Many of whom are scared, and will only grow more so as the virus spreads. May we hold out the Word of Life to those around us – and give hope to those who are afraid, and are wondering what’s going to happen.
As elders, we continue to prayerful discern how best to navigate this time and no doubt issues are going to pop up that we haven’t thought of. But whatever happens brothers and sisters know this: God has raised us up for such a time as this. It’s no accident we’re in this situation. As the apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 2:10, “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Lastly, pray that our Heavenly Father would show us what we are to learn from Him in and through this time of uncertainty. And remember that while we are weak, He is strong, therefore let us remain faithful to Him. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact any of us.
Love in Christ, your FBC Elders
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