Services & Ministry Cancellation
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, and the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, and though the mountains tremble at its swelling." (Psalm 46:1-3)
Though we know that God is sovereign and we need not be afraid, the church leadership team is making the decision to exercise sound judgement by taking the advice of experts to practice “social distancing”. Carleton Place and Beckwith have both closed their schools and public buildings. The town, city, provincial, and federal governments are all strongly recommending that we are extra cautious at this time. I think “social distancing” by cancelling service is a good way for us to “love our neighbours” while “flattening the curve” of the spread of the virus. Someone said, “When all of this is behind us, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be quite apparent if we do too little.” The last thing we want is to have regrets and get people in our congregation sick.
So, until further notice, we are cancelling our Sunday worship gatherings and regular meetings and encouraging Small Group, Youth Group, and other ministry leaders to cancel their activities as well. Pastor Al, Elders, and Deacons will not be doing any home or hospital visits (except in emergencies) but are still available by cell phone. The BBC prayer team wants you to know that they’re praying for you and available for special requests.
Instead, we will be offering live-streamed church services through various online platforms and using video and audio conference calls for church meetings, prayer services, and bible studies. Contact Pastor Al for details.
Here is a good article about how to respond to symptoms:
Here are a few things for you to consider at this time:
1. Is anyone interested in Pastor Al setting up an online video service for our church – or would people rather just get a list of online / video services (or RightNow media)?
2. Please remember the previous e-mail Pastor Al sent regarding helping one another. Reply to that e-mail if you need or can provide assistance.
3. Please remember that even if we are not meeting on Sundays, our church still has bills to pay and ministries to fund, so please consider tithing via e-transfer. E-mail Susan T-L for details.
4. Please continue to pray for our church, town, province, nation and world – that God would bring healing, provide help, and use this crisis for His glory. Also, pray for Him to guide us to how we can be salt and light during this time.
I leave you with these beautiful words from the Heidelberg Catechism:
Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?
A. That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit he also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for him.
Pastor Al on behalf of the Leadership Team
*This message was adapted from content provided by other churches and the denomination