In light of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the government’s guidelines, we have chosen to act with responsibility and faithfulness to mitigate the spreading of the virus. Therefore:
Until further notice, we will continue with hosting our Sunday services online via live stream on our Facebook Page at our usual 10:30am worship time.
In addition to our livestram of the worship service, you are also invited to join our virtual congregation via Zoom while attending our live worship service broadcast on Facebook. Details here.
If you would like to send in your offering, the best way given the circumstance is to give online from our website (“Supporting Our Ministry“).
The Psalms course will also be put on hold, unless we can set up a streaming service for that as well.
Small groups will continue at their own discretion. However, in light of the potential of being unknown carriers, we urge you to practice social distancing and take alternatives, such as using online meeting tools, to continue your small group meetings.
(Also, please if you can, do not gather in groups other than with your families and roommates. This is not about being fearful, but being careful and prudent. We must be wise and proactive in curbing the spread of the virus, until we reach a time when the statistics start to level off and we are in a safe and healthy period.)
We strongly encourage people to exercise vigilance, common sense, and loving responsibility (self-isolate if you exhibit flu like symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has traveled coming from effected regions)
Please keep in mind the elderly or those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk.
As Christians we are neither given to excessive fear, nor are we to be reckless. Faithfulness means taking loving responsibility. We must act with an abundance of care for our neighbours by being vigilant, washing our hands regularly, and if you exhibit any flu like symptoms self-isolate.
We are also reminded to trust. God is sovereign(Is 41:10). Therefore we need not panic. This is a cornerstone of our faith and it gives us peace. Fear should not control us, rather faith in his sovereign control over all things. So we pray to embrace his sovereignty. We reassure those who are fearful. We point one another to God’s perfect control and grow in our trust of him who holds all things together (Col 1:17). We grow in thankfulness that God is on his throne.
We are reminded to pray and help those in need. Not only are we to be concerned for those who are near to us, we are reminded to pray for all who are suffering. Pray for God’s comfort and healing (Je 17:14). Pray for the leaders of the land –to lead with wisdom and strength (1Ti2:1-2). Pray for the healthcare workers who are on the front lines. And be courageous to offer help as the need arises.
This epidemic also reminds us of our idols and the frailty of our lives. Situations like these sharpen our sense of what is truly important. The rise and fall of economies will reveal our idols (Lu 12:20). Our lives are but temporary (Ps 103:14), so we are reminded of our eternal future. We seek more than temporary relief, but eternal things. We long for people to come to saving faith in Christ. We have opportunities to offer hope to others. So we want our hearts to be turned heavenward, and to be emboldened more to live for his glory.
May we be fearless and loving. May we trust, and pray that through times such as these, hearts would be turned to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling…The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. -Psalm 46:1-8