Excerpt from our District Superintendent newsletter
In short, here are some highlights from the new Province-wide restrictions, effective midnight, November 19- midnight, December 7th:
1. All live worship services are suspended through midnight December 7th. We can continue to stream, meet on ZOOM or other electronic means:
Worship Teams can practice and record, but please follow good workplace COVID Policy.
2. Masks must be worn in all public spaces:
3. Live Children/Youth Ministries are suspended.
4. Weddings and Funerals are restricted to 10 people, including officiant:
Here is the link to the entire directive. See, "Social Gatherings and Events" : GCPE_AM_COVID_1_NOTIFICATION_BCGTIFICATION
Here are some thoughts.
While Assembly may be restricted, sharing the Good News is not.
We are called to respect and pray for those in authority (1 Tim.2). This is not a case where we can say with Peter and the other Apostles that "we must obey God rather than human beings." (Acts 5:29).
We cannot gather, but we can share the News. How can we do this personally? How can we do this corporately?
Our small group is sharing the video series "Discipleship Explored" each week. We do this through ZOOM, and it works very well. Others are sharing Alpha and other ministries online. If you need some help about setting this up, please contact me.
While the Focus is on Physical Health, Mental and Spiritual Health is a huge concern.
A Vancouver Island doctor writes that since April, "...suicide deaths have doubled and suicides have increased dramatically" in BC.
How are we doing? How are the people in our church families doing? How are our communities doing? How can we encourage one another in Christ, and take a message of Hope to our communities? How can we serve and bring cheer?
Here is a short word of encouragement from Tim Keller, "Trusting God in Difficult Times": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pXWZNtxS0Q
May God bless you as you serve and guide your churches through this time of challenge and opportunity! You are in our prayers, and we are here to be an encouragement and resource to you.
While we can focus on the coping day to day, let us also look ahead, to the day when we move on COVID. Dan Reiland has some good counsel for us to this end, "Five Traits That Will Build Again.": 5-traits-of-churches-that-will-build-again/