May 8, 2020
So much has changed in the last 7 weeks! We have experienced a world-wide health crisis and this has brought on a disruption in our society and in our church. We miss our in-person gatherings on Sundays and in our discipleship groups. I miss the noise and the life of Sundays and the interpersonal connections we all need. We’ve realized the power of community as almost 100% of our discipleship groups are meeting through zoom. Many of our groups have increased meeting frequency during this time. We’ve continued to serve our Sunday Community Dinner congregation, albeit in a differing format. Many of you have stepped up to volunteer; you’ve delivered groceries or dropped off chalk to our Kids Unlimited children. I am grateful for our ‘care callers’ who called through our church directory to help us assess needs. So many people have said, ‘I want to meet that person who called me and prayed for me!’
But in the midst of this it’s good to know that God is doing a new thing. We continue to follow God into our preferred future. Because this is a disruption and not an interruption we will need to re-tool for the future. Things will be different, but God knows that and will speak to us as we move forward following Him. We are so glad we know the One who holds the future in His good strong hands. We as leaders will continue to communicate with you as we move forward and we invite you to pray with us as we discern God’s best path moving forward together. We will continue to experience God and engage our world together for His glory.
March 27, 2020
Many of us these days are working remotely. Some of us are self-quarantining. All of us are practicing social distancing. But in the midst of this we are still relationally connecting. Though separated by space, we are still worshipping together as a church family at church online Sundays at 10 am at gracepoint.ca. We are linking together in our discipleship groups using video technology like zoom. And as a staff we are standing together with you even as our building is closed. We as a staff meet daily for prayer via zoom and will uphold you in prayer. Send along your prayer needs.
Also if you need help or are in a position to offer help such as care calling, delivering groceries, etc. please let us know. We will grow closer as a church family through this. Our light will shine brighter in our community as we continue to meet needs. We have replaced our Sunday Night Community Dinner with a food hamper program. Though the building is closed, our mission never ceases. Though our lives are on “pause” however our mission to experience God and engage our world together continues to “play” daily. I’m so glad you are part of this mission. We will persevere through this together.
March 13, 2020
Dear Church Family,
These are unusual days we are living in. The call to love Jesus and love our neighbour continues. In light of that call to love our neighbour, we need to be mindful of those who are vulnerable among us.
Out of concern for our particularly vulnerable members of our congregation, we are moving our Sunday services online beginning this Sunday until further notice.
We encourage you on Sunday at 10 am to gather with your family and perhaps your discipleship group and watch the video on our website and pray together. There are sermon notes you can follow along with on our website or through Youversion. Of course if you are sick, please stay home from any gatherings.
And if you are sick, please reach out to us as a staff for prayer and any other way we can be of assistance. If you are unable to get groceries or your medication or if there is some other tangible way that our church can assist you, we will be there. The church is not a building but a family, a family of brothers and sisters in Christ.
We will continue with our mission to feed people on Sunday evenings at our Sunday Night Community Dinner but will do so with handing out a to-go roast beef meal at the front of the church.
And I remind you in these difficult days, Jesus is still on the throne. He is not up in heaven wringing His hands or surprised by anything that is happening. I encourage you to cling to His perfect love, because it casts out all fear (2 Timothy 1:7).
“Jesus, our Lord, you are the light of the world. You are our beacon of hope. Lord God, remember your church in Canada, we are yours. Lord, in your mercy and grace, give us confidence in you and resilience in the face of turmoil. Give peace and hope to those who fear. Draw near to those who are sick among us, lead them to health. Holy Spirit compel us to extend help and care to those in need. May we be salt and light in this time of crisis. May we hear from the heart and voice of Jesus, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)