March 16, 2020
Our church and community is entering an unprecedented season as we respond to the ongoing impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Our church board and staff have been following the directives of our Federal and Provincial government, as well as those of the BC and Yukon District of the PAOC, to align with recommended public health strategies.
In response to these recommendations, the board and staff of Gateway City Church met on Monday 16 March to plan for the immediate future of church services and events. Several changes will begin this week:
The church will be open for regular business hours; however, there will be no face-to-face church services on Sunday mornings until further notice.
Church services will be moved to online platforms accessible through the church website and Facebook. The structure of these services is evolving, and more information about how to access the services and other resources will be coming to you in our weekly Thursday email.
Thursday’s email we will also provide an update on ways to continue with financial giving.
Youth and Junior Youth events are also cancelled until further notice.
Life Groups are encouraged to find alternate ways of connecting that practice social distancing. Life Group leaders may choose to cancel regular Life Group meetings.
In this ever-changing landscape, the Board and Staff at Gateway encourage you to find ways to BE the church to your neighbours and to one another. What might seem like dark and uncertain times, is a unique opportunity for the church to be a light in the world. Take time to pray for your neighbours, share a roll of toilet paper, or call a friend to offer a kind word.
We will keep updating our Church family as changes are made. In the meantime, while we are outside the church walls, let’s practice what Jesus taught his followers in Matthew 5:14-16:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”