COVID-19 Church update

March 17, 2020

Greetings MCBC Family.

As you know, the scale and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is far reaching. Our prayers go out to all those who have been affected. The only thing spreading faster than the virus itself is fear, and we do not want to be ruled by fear. Out first response as a church is prayer, not panic. I have been reflecting throughout the week on the words of Isaiah 41:10:

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

This is an opportunity for God’s church to stand tall. The COVID-19 outbreak is an enormous challenge, but it is also an important reminder of God’s call to care for our neighbours, our families and those who are most vulnerable in our communities.
As of this morning, March 17, the Province of Ontario has declared a state of emergency. All gatherings of 50 people or more are prohibited until at least March 31. As a result…

ALL WORSHIP SERVICES AND CHURCH ACTIVITIES WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL AT LEAST MARCH 31.

  • We will be simulcasting our worship service on Sunday morning at 11:00 am. Details will be posted on our website later this week.

  • We will continue to check and respond to telephone and email messages. The office will be open only as necessary and the staff are working from home.

  • Small groups are encouraged to explore other options for staying connected: online collaboration, social media and regular telephone contact. Please continue to look out for each other and uphold each other in prayer.

Please join me in praying for God’s provision, protection and care. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and on the welfare of your neighbours. This is an opportunity for our mission to take a different form. Pray that God will continue to extend his kingdom during these challenging days.

 

Finally, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Richard

Lead Pastor

 
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