Our Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Dear Kings Church,
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been wondering what to expect regarding church functions and gatherings. Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health, has recommended group gatherings be limited to 150 people or less. This, of course, precludes us from being able to have our regular worship gatherings at our Valley, West SJ, and (by extension) Halifax locations.
Out of an abundance of caution, and a desire to be good citizens doing our part to honour the wishes of the authorities, as well as to help contain the spread of this virus, we are going to be postponing our regular gatherings until further notice and encouraging your engagement online. We will be streaming weekend services throughout the day on Sunday, and we encourage you to be intentional about your faith.
We encourage you to gather together with your family, invite some friends over, and participate in the service together in a small group gathering. You can catch the livestream at facebook.com/kingschurchcan throughout the day on Sunday.
In the coming days, we will be putting out more communications as to how we can be the church, stay connected and encouraged in light of our current circumstances. Stay tuned.
I would ask you two things in light of this ongoing and growing concern
1. Do not succumb to fear of anything but the Lord. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). It is crucial that we, the Church—whose hope and trust is not in our health, the government, the economy or anything else, but squarely in the Lord— are diligent to “take every thought captive” and to not allow this pandemic to incite panic in the people of God. We are the last people who should be worried, about anything. We know Whose we are, and we know how this story ends.
2. Do not draw back from the community of faith. Although the “how” of our faith can change with the times and seasons, the “what” of it must never change. We must always be diligent to pray, to praise, to give, to connect, to love, to serve, to share the Gospel, to raise others up, to be agents of reconciliation, to sit under the teaching and instruction of the Word, and to live the life of the believer. Although we may have to adjust how we do it, my encouragement is to be intentional with living out your faith. Please be diligent in finding ways to connect, worship, contribute your tithes and offerings, pray, etc. through the various alternative means we currently have available and the things that we develop in the light of whatever comes our way.
God wants to use us to bring hope, stability, and eternal life to our neighbours and co-workers. Let’s ask God to use our church and every single one of us to shine His hope and life bright in the darkness of uncertainty that is unfolding for so many of our neighbours.
We have eternal life!
We have peace in Christ!
We have each other!
We have been created by Almighty God to serve Him at such a time as this!
See you online this weekend as we continue to worship and serve the Risen Christ.
With love, confidence and expectation,
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