During COVID-19

We have a deep love and care for our community and those within it and want to remain being vigilant and still supportive during these times.   We are a people of hope with the realization that God will never forsake us, His perfect love casts out fear and helps us to use wisdom.  Jesus came, in the flesh, to be with us and we know that His presence is among us at all times.  Yet, we also recognize that loneliness and lack of human connection can leave us feeling sad and at loose ends.  We are committed to connecting and caring for the whole person and recognize that some needs will arise during this time. 

Church is a broad word.  Community, connections, family, friends, belonging and acceptance, hope and faith are words that hold more meaning and weight for you.  Church happens online Sunday mornings with lots of great content: some singing, some talking, some good life lessons to implement.  Connections happen along the sidebar as we type in our hellos and comment on the content.  Relationships reach beyond cyberspace and find space in our hearts to nourish our souls. At River of Life, we have always been less about the building and more the bonding, less about that one sermon and more about spending some purposeful time encouraging one another.  Coffee break was an integral part of our Sunday mornings and we don’t want to loose that chance to chat.  So, dial our number, text our cell, DM our page, drop an email or post a card. In other words, we are here to listen and offer some sweet scriptures of hope.  

We will continue to pay close attention to the COVID-19 situation. We are following updates and information about the most recent developments from the Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control as well as our BC and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Conferences.  

We are taking steps to ensure the continued well-being of our church family and community:  

Sunday services are now live streamed here: live.riveroflifecc.ca at 10:00am.  Sunday School follows via Zoom at 11:00.  Home Groups are via Zoom as well during the week. Youth devotions are daily at 10:00am.  Those zoom links can be emailed to you by request. 

Grocery shopping and deliveries or other errands are arranged by calling Pastor Sandi.  Friendly check-ins and phone calls can be made along with physical distanced walks and teas (or coffees) with our pastors, leaders and ministry co-ordinators. If you are writing encouragement notes for others and would like them delivered, just let us know.  We are committed to offering care and support and don’t want people to feel alone or afraid.  

We would ask that you would be prudent to follow the health guidelines, especially concerning self-monitoring and self-isolation set out by:

BC heath services:  http://www.bccdc.ca/ Canadian Public Health: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.htmlCDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

  Join us as we pray for those and their families who are being affected physically, emotionally and financially.  Join us as we pray for those serving in health care and the other front line workers as they deal with these challenges.   It is in difficult circumstances that we are made even more aware of the call to be the church in the world today, and to take the love of Christ to the sick, the hurting, and the afraid.

Love and prayers, 

River of Life Community Church