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Hangout with Pastor Paul

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We are excited to announce our first on-site gathering at our church. On June 11th and June 13th, Pastor Paul will share the word of God with us and lead us in a time of prayer. We will have chairs spread out in the gym to honour the physical distancing guidelines, and we will have hand sanitizer stations available for your use when you arrive. As per our safety protocols during this time, we will not be serving any food or beverages. Please feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages to this event.

Due to the requirements for contact tracing and to ensure attendance of less than fifty people, pre-registration will be a requirement for all events for the foreseeable future. Here are the time slots for which you can register:

Thursday, June 11th:
1. 5:00pm-5:45pm
2. 6:15pm-7:00pm
3. 7:30pm-8:15pm

Saturday, June 13th:
1. 2:00pm-2:45pm

Please click this link to pre-register for this event, or call the church office during office hours (M-TH, 9AM-4PM) at 604-943-8244.

When you arrive at the event, you can expect to see a greeter who will confirm your registration. Please enter through the courtyard side of the gymnasium doors. As you arrive, we encourage you to use the hand sanitizer stations, and we will ask you to respect physical distancing guidelines of staying at least two metres apart from others. Please be respectful of these guidelines as it will help people feel more confident and comfortable when joining us for events at church. Furthermore, once the event is finished, we will ask you to vacate the gym in a timely manner due to cleaning procedures required before the next group. Our posture as we re-engage in on-site ministries will be what we learned in a recent sermon from Philippians 2:3-4: "In humility, count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

The following are general guidelines for you to follow when you come to this event:

  • All events will require pre-registration. No walk-in events for now (following health authorities' guidelines for contact tracing).
  • No handshakes or hugs. Please greet one another with a friendly wave and a smile.
  • Respect physical distancing (2 metres or 6.5 feet) at all times.
  • We encourage everyone to use the hand sanitizer stations when you arrive at the event and frequently as needed.
  • Don't come to an event if you're sick or showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Please let us know if you started showing symptoms of COVID-19 after attending our event.
  • There will have to be strict event start and end times in order to allow a thorough cleaning and disinfecting process in between events.
  • Speak respectfully and graciously.
  • We won't be serving food and beverages. You may bring your own drink to an event, but no sharing or serving others.
  • Please feel free to wear masks to our events; we will not be providing masks at our events.

We look forward to sharing meaningful fellowship with you through this event!

Click here to pre-register for this event, or call the church office during office hours (M-TH, 9AM-4PM) at 604-943-8422.

Posted by Paul Park

Re-engagement in On-site Ministries

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Click here to view a video message from Pastor Paul on our re-engagement plan.

Church family: I miss you all so much, and I know that many of you miss gathering at our church for worship and fellowship. I am thankful for your continued partnership of the ministry of the gospel, and I am excited to announce that we are starting to re-engage in some on-site ministries at our church. Please review the following information, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the church office.

1. In-person pastoral counselling is now available. We are taking on-site face-to-face pastoral counselling requests now. Please make an appointment via email if you need pastoral counselling. However, if you are still not comfortable meeting in person, we will continue to minister to you over the phone or via video conferencing.

2. Community Groups and small bible studies are re-engaging in on-site gatherings; practicing safe physical distancing measures. Our community group leaders have been contacted and given protocols to follow as they host community groups and bible studies on site. Please note that there will be safety guidelines that you must keep when you come to the church for these events. Your community group leaders will communicate those guidelines to you.

3. June 11th & June 13th will be our first on-site gathering. It will be a "Hangout with Pastor Paul" event, but instead of Zoom, we will be meeting in person! We will meet in the church gymnasium, and I will share the word of God with you and we will spend some time in corporate prayer. Pre-registration will be required to make sure we have less than 50 people at this gathering and for contact tracing (this is required by the provincial health authorities). Please wait for another special newsletter tomorrow for details on this event, safety guidelines for the event, and to register for it.

Church leaders and religious leaders have met with Premier Horgan, Minister Dix, and Dr. Henry to discuss the re-engagement of on-site ministries for religious organizations. Sunday morning gatherings that have over fifty people (including staff) will not be happening in the next little while. However, we're exploring every option to meet in smaller groups to worship together on Sunday mornings. This includes an opportunity to view our services together with a group of less than 50 people at the church—similar to a "watch party." When we're ready to communicate new ways of worshiping on Sundays, we will do so as soon as possible.

When you join us for any event on-site, please remember that our goal is to be respectful and loving like Jesus during this season of adjustment. We understand that different people will have different comfort levels and ideas on how we are to re-engage in on-site ministries. We are establishing new value systems, new expectations, and new methodology as we "do church" together as a family. Our fundamental faith in Christ and God's teaching in his bible does not change, but the way in which we experience church will change to a certain degree. Let's be mindful of one another and respectful; following the teaching in our recent sermon: "In humility, count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." If you are not yet comfortable coming to on-site ministries, please continue to worship at home and join us for online ministries. We will continue to offer online services and ministries so that you can stay connected with us at home.

With that said, here are some general guidelines for you to note when you come to events at our church:

  • All events will require pre-registration. No walk-in events for now (following health authorities' guidelines for contact tracing).
  • No handshakes or hugs. Please greet one another with a friendly wave and a smile.
  • Respect physical distancing (2 metres or 6.5 feet) at all times.
  • We encourage everyone to use the hand sanitizer stations when you arrive at the event and frequently as needed.
  • Don't come to an event if you're sick or showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Please let us know if you started showing symptoms of COVID-19 after attending our event.
  • There will have to be strict event start and end times in order to allow a thorough cleaning and disinfecting process in between events.
  • Speak respectfully and graciously.
  • We won't be serving food and beverages. You may bring your own drink to an event, but no sharing or serving others.
  • Please feel free to wear masks to our events; we will not be providing masks at our events.

We look forward to seeing some of you in person and sharing in meaningful fellowship with one another. May God bless you and keep you this week.

Click here to view a video message from Pastor Paul on our re-engagement plan.

Posted by Paul Park

Cultivating Relationships While Gardening

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Before God made man he made him a garden, including fully formed fruit trees. It was to be the perfect place for social interaction, first of all with his Creator, then all those animals he was told to name, and finally, with the woman of his dreams. It was an ideal place for God, man, and his wife to converse while taking an evening stroll through the garden of Eden.

Problems came but gardening continued in spite of weeds, thorns, and hard ground as families learned to work together in less than ideal conditions. Today, sweat equity stocks the pantry and freezer and freshly furnishes a well laid table at mealtime. We all benefit from the ground.

Over the last few months, while respecting physical distancing, Donna and I have enjoyed many social engagements afforded to us by gardening. It started with helping an Indian family across the street redesign their floral island in their front lawn. That was worth five afternoons of mentoring and friendly chats. Another neighbour came over to borrow a soil sieve which led to a visit a few days later. Then a pastor's wife needed a few trees and bushes pruned and that included an afternoon snack and a most enjoyable visit on her back deck. Lately a valued congregant that lives in a basement suite near us, started a plot in a section of our garden. How many visits will that yield over the coming months as relationships form?

God took dirt and formed the first man. God continues to use dirt to form relationships and teach us many transferable principles. Many of Jesus' parables used agricultural illustrations. He prayed in a garden and it certainly is a great place to meditate. A garden is a wonderful place to dig into God, cultivate community with others, rake over personal issues, and plant biblical disciplines. Get some ground and try it! It'll grow on you.

Posted by Gerard van Dop

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