During COVID-19

The Pastors and Leadership Team announce that in-person Sunday Services will not resume at this time. For the foreseeable future services will remain online.

Much thoughtful consideration and prayer went into this decision and we did not come to it lightly or without angst.

 

For many reasons, a corporate Worship Service in our facility is not feasible at this time including the fact that we are unable to hold 3 or 4 services in order to accommodate the under 50 person limit.

We are taking steps to ensure the continued well being of our church family and community while following and adhering to guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control as well as our BC and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Conferences.

While we don’t have a timeline for when in-person services will start, we are hopeful the COVID situation will abate with restrictions lifted sooner than later. Meanwhile, we are planning for the future as we know it.

 

Moving forward, despite still grieving the loss of all being together at one time, we are excited about how God is working, moving and the future He is calling us into.  Our mission remains the same: to introduce people to a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ and to grow as believers in a community of faith.  Our method now will focus on church at home along with a renewed vision for discipleship and outreach.

 

Since we are able to hold low risk, small gatherings with appropriate physical distancing and certain restrictions, we are planning some prayer, worship and times of togetherness. We let you know when these future get-togethers will happen and what they will look like.

 

Church at Home, Bible Studies, Home Groups and connections are essential to the life of the Church and a valuable tool for discipleship and evangelism.

We are aware that not having regular services is greatly missed and we all benefited from the interaction and friendship as it motivated us to live the Christian life with joy and purpose.  We are heartened by your support and understanding and we want to encourage you to continue to find ways to grow deeper in your faith and be effective in God’s Kingdom.

 

Consider who is in your ‘bubble’, what room your home/property offers for physically distanced gatherings of small groups and how you can reach out to engage in meaningful ways.

Should you choose to get together with others for the online service or home groups, we have attached some helpful handouts.

 

The online service can be viewed live Sunday mornings at 10:00 with a Pastor’s Coffee time starting at 9:45. Go to: live.riveroflifecc.ca 

The recorded service can be viewed during the week on our webpage: https://riveroflifecc.ca/media/

For information on Home Groups and Bibles Studies, please contact one of the Pastors.

The online Sunday morning service has 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.

 

We understand that you might have some questions, ideas and/or simply need to talk and want to encourage you to connect with us.  We continue to hold up our church and community in prayer and are committed to serving you in and with the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We have a deep love and care for our community. 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 so don’t hesitate to get ahold of us.

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:

Links:

Guidelines for disinfecting: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/prevention-risks/cleaning-and-disinfecting

Guidelines for social interactions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/bc-restart-plan#employers

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