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
Updates for this week:
1) The spiritual formations small group starting this Wednesday at 7PM sharp (3 hours). Contact Pastor Chris Lee if you have not signed up.
2) Next Sunday, we will begin a 3 part seminar on corporate worship after service in the afternoon. All are welcome to attend.
3) On May 27th, there is a congregation meeting after service where leadership will be giving a few updates. Please mark it down on your calendars.
4) Sound team is still looking for people for this summer. Please contact Andrea Zoellner if you are interested in helping in any capacity.
As announced today, the coming Sunday service on Sept 24 will be held at the retreat location. There will be NO service held in Montreal at church but you are more than welcome to come join us on Sunday at Parkside Ranch (1505 Chemin Alfred-Desrochers, Orford, QC J1X 6J4) at 11 am.
Please note that it will be a full service and offering will be collected.
Most importantly, please continue to pray for the retreat. We need your prayers. Please pray for our safety, the weather, and for God’s love to be revealed as we build/strengthen relationships with one another.
John Lim: 514-467-9437 / firstname.lastname@example.org Marilyn Ahun: 514-560-6614 / email@example.com
As announced on Sunday, our summer outdoor service is back!
The first one will be held this Sunday, June 12 at 11AM at Angrignon Park, followed by a potluck lunch. Therefore, there will be NO SERVICE HELD AT CHURCH DOWNTOWN.
*Where: Angrignon Park (3400 Boulevard Trinitarian, Montréal, QC H4E 4J3), in the shaded circle shown on the map. To best describe where it is, it’s right across from the washroom. If you get lost, simply ask people where the washroom is, and you should be able to find us (we’ll be a large group of people so it should be easy to spot!)
Service starts at 11 AM.
-By metro: Angrignon station on green line (final stop). You can either join the people at the metro station at 10:45am to go to the meeting point together, or simply follow the map.
-By car: Various parking options are available; see “P” in the map. The paid parking is right across from the metro station, and it’s probably closer to where we meet. Parking fee is probably around $8 for the day. If you decide to park there, take the Boulevard des Trinitaires entrance (where you can see the metro sign). There is also a free parking lot (gravel ground) and is located at the de la Verendrye entrance. See map to get to the meeting location. Street parking is also available; see map for details.
There will be a potluck lunch after the service. (There is a BBQ if anyone wishes to use).
*Please sign up on the google spreadsheet (access here) so we know what to expect and prepare accordingly.
*Please note that for the main dish, the cost of preparing the dish will be reimbursed by church upon request.
Please contact John Lim if you have any questions or got lost (call Five one four-four six seven-nine four three seven).
*IMPORTANT* If the weather isn’t suitable for an outdoor service, by default the service will be held at church; keep an eye on our website or our Facebook page for updates. Let’s pray that the weather will be good!
Lastly, just a reminder that though it is an outdoor service, it is still a full service, thus a sermon will be preached and offering will be collected.
Hope to see you all there!
To our visitors and friends,
GMC is having its 10th anniversary retreat this weekend, from March 4 -6, at Camp Musical d’Asbestos, and the service for this Sunday March 6 will be held at the retreat site. If you wish to join us, the address is
The service is going to be at 11am, followed by lunch at the camp site. If you plan to join us for lunch after, you can choose to either bring your own lunch, or it can be provided by the camp at 20$.
If you have more questions regarding Sunday service, please contact John Lim or Andrea Zoellner for assistance.
Come join us this Sunday August 23 at Camp Voyageur, Ontario, for a special summer outdoor service as we celebrate the baptism of Amélie Knowles! There will be a potluck lunch following the service, so bring your favorite dish to share with everyone!
Here are the details:
GMC SUMMER OUTDOOR SERVICE & BAPTISM
-Location: Voyageur Provincial Park in Ontario (right after crossing the Quebec border, about an hour away; see directions and map here). Once you enter the camp, follow the signs for “beach” and after some twists and turns you will arrive at the parking area for the beach. Once parked, look for some familiar faces!
-Service Time: 11:00 am
*Note: offering will be collected
*IF YOU NEED A RIDE*:
-Meet at Grace Montreal Church at 9:15 am. Rides will leave at 9:45 AM sharp!
-Please put your name down on the rides sign-up sheet here. Sign up by Thursday night (August 20) the latest to secure your spot.
–Drivers: if you are driving there and are willing to kindly provide rides for some people, please put your name down in the same sign-up sheet, in the section “Sign up for drivers”.
*Note: Please bring cash with you, as there are park entrance fees to pay and also to share the cost of parking and gas money for the drivers (everything together should be under $10 per person).
-If you had a last minute change, please don’t forget to contact John Lim or Kamin Kwok to let them know!
Please fill out the sign-up sheet to let us know what you are bringing!
Also feel free to bring your outdoor gears (swim wear, Frisbee, balls, games, etc.) for some fun activities in the afternoon!
Last but not the least: please pray for good weather! See you there!
*UPDATE* July 19 8:30am
Unless we have a downpour, off to the park we go!
We will be having our 2nd summer outdoor service this Sunday, July 19. It will be held at Angrignon Park at 11am. Come join us to worship and fellowship with one another in the midst of God’s creation! There will be a potluck lunch after the service, so bring your favorite dish to share with everyone! Please go to the sign-up sheet here to let the organizer know what you are bringing.
shaded circle shown on the map below. To best describe where it is- it’s right across from the washroom. If you get lost, simply ask people where the washroom is and you should be able to find us (we’ll be a large group of people so it should be easy to spot!)
-By car: various parking options are available; see “P” in the map. The paid parking is right across from the metro station, and it’s probably closer to where we meet. Parking fee is probably around $8 for the day. If you decide to park there, take the Boulevard des Trinitaires entrance (where you can see the metro sign). You can then either join the people at the metro station at 10:45am to go together, or simply follow the map. There is also a free parking lot (gravel ground) and is located at the de la Verendrye entrance. See map to get to the meeting location. Street parking is also available; see map for details.
the church will provide the BBQ, but we’ll also need you to bring a dish to share with everyone! So sign-up sign-up! Thank you!
Lastly, just a reminder that though it is an outdoor service, it is still a full service, thus offering will be collected.
As it has been announced over the past few weeks, we will move our service to a park this Sunday June 21 as the first of many of our summer outdoor services. We will be going to Voyageur Provincial Park in Ontario (just shortly after crossing the provincial border) which is about an hour away. Here are the details:
GMC ANNUAL SUMMER OUTDOOR SERVICE
-Location: Voyageur Provincial Park (see directions and map here). Once you enter, follow the signs for “beach” and after some twists and turns you will arrive at the parking area for the beach. Once parked, look for some familiar faces!
-Service Time: 11:00 am
*Note: offering will be collected
*If you need a ride:
-Meet at Grace Montreal Church at 9:00 am. Please put your name down on the rides sign-up sheet here.
Please bring cash with you, as there are park entrance fees to pay and also to share the cost of parking and gas money for the drivers (everything together should be under $10 per person).
Not only will this be the first of several outdoor services planned for the summer, we will be celebrating as Alisa Li is baptized! Let’s all come with our hearts prepared and join in the celebration! Feel free to bring a small gift of encouragement or a card to bless her 🙂
We will also be having a potluck picnic lunch following service. Here is a sign-up sheet for the potluck, please put your name down and indicate what you will be bringing.