By now, you may have heard about how we’ve adopted changes to help protect our community, church members, and staff by complying with Alberta Health Services’ directives to restrict mass gatherings and keep social distancing. As a result, the church building is now closed to all but essential staff, and programs and activities will move to online and the digital platforms until further notice.
Yet, in this uncertain time, we still worship the Lord our God with Sunday services but in a different format. Also, our leaders have thought innovatively to maintain social distancing while forging digital connections as Christ’s body.
Here are some of our church’s milestones:
- First-ever online worship service live-streaming through our website last Sunday, March 15
- First-ever prayer meetings online via video conferencing on Wednesday, March 18
- Small groups meeting online on Thursday, March 19
- Joshua Fellowship counsellor meeting online on Thursday, March 19
The fact that our church continues our God-given mission is a testament to the hard work and sacrifices made by our members.
To foster digital connections, your pastors have produced a video to share their thoughts with you. The video is available on YouTube: (https://youtu.be/dYXJEwDJMvA).
And new videos will follow. We’ll be posting weekly devotionals on YouTube. Check back frequently and visit our website for up-to-date links. Be encouraged!
To speed up communication, decision making, and coordination, the Elder Board has assembled an Emergency Response Team to deal with the fluid situation. Every day, the team assesses the latest developments and determines the church’s response by allocating and prioritizing resources. The team will also provide timely updates on our COVID-19 update page. (https://www.ecac.ca)
The team would love to hear your ideas on how the church is doing, and what we as Jesus’ disciples can do to show our radical love. Please share your ideas with the team through email: email@example.com.
We know that so many of you and your loved ones have been affected by this pandemic. Both the federal and provincial governments have offered special aid packages to alleviate financial hardships. For more information, please visit these websites:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10.