Coronavirus Update              March 13, 2020

We are all aware of the growing global concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19).  I would like to provide our church family with an important update regarding the response of our church.

What we understand today is that for most people, there is nothing to fear.  We also know that there are those who have underlying health issues, or are in certain age ranges, where catching the virus could be detrimental or threatening to their health.  With this in mind, we have made the decision to join a growing list of organizations and events who are choosing to suspend larger group gatherings.  This includes our regular Sunday service.  We have made this decision because larger gatherings are considered high risk for the spread of this virus.  So we believe that it is a responsible move on our part to help limit the spread of the virus.

Now, just because we are suspending our Sunday gathering, it does not mean that we are suspending church!  We know well that the church is not a building... the church is the people.  So here is how we are going to experience our gathering while we are suspending live meetings.  We are going to post an online experience for you.  The plan is to have video of both our band and my regular message posted to our website so that you can engage from your home.  This will be available on our website (www.christschurch.ca) at our regular service time of 11:00am on Sunday morning.  For those of you with young children, our children’s ministry team will also be posting online video curriculum that your kids can engage with as well.  I would encourage you to get connected!  This is a great opportunity for you to tell a friend to check it out.

For those of you who would generally give via our physical offering boxes, I would ask that you would consider online giving, or e-Transfer giving.  You can do so here:  www.christschurch.ca/online-giving

There is a lot of ambiguity and fear out there right now.  But this is not a time to live in fear.  We move forward, not carelessly or recklessly, but in a way that demonstrates faith in our God who is in control.  The best way to not live in fear is to stay engaged with your church family.  I pray that we would feel the peace and presence of God during these unique circumstances.

As the situation with coronavirus is incredibly fluid, and changing regularly, we will continue to provide updates on our website and via Scott’s eNews, so that you can keep up with our next steps.  Until then, remember that even in difficult times, God is still on His throne.  And it is our job to do everything we can to reach our city for Jesus Christ. 

Scott MacKenzie