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Psalm 46, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
2 Timothy 1:7, For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
With these scriptures as our foundation, I want to express that we at Glad Tidings are going to act responsibly and prayerfully to the covid-19 pandemic, with confidence for the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others. These circumstances make it possible to share the gospel to people who are panicking. The Holy Spirit, who brings God's peace, lives in us!
We are dedicated to offering a clean and safe environment for worship. Our facility is cleaned regularly. In addition to hand soap available in the bathrooms, we have a supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizes available for use in the Lobby, Nursery, Conference Room and Kitchen.
As I write this, I heard on the noon news, there is news just out from Queen’s Park, all gatherings of 250 people or more in Ontario, should be cancelled. Our average attendance is in the 90s, therefore for now, we plan to continue our weekly services but are monitoring the situation and following recommendations from provincial and local government agencies.
Please observe all government warnings and advice for safety and compliance. If you believe you might have been exposed, the provincial protocol is to contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or our local public health unit if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus (covid-19). DO NOT go to Emergency Room first. Call 1-866-797-0000 first! Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
We also ask everyone to be wise with our church family social interaction. Let’s use these guidelines for the present situation:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home if you are not feeling well.
Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing and sneezing.
Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time, using soap and warm water.
Avoid hugging and hand shaking.
We will not pass the offering plate, but, they will be placed at the doors of the Worship Centre to facilitate your giving. Debit machine is still available.
For churches as with any other gathering place, there are so many considerations to be examined. Even though the future may be uncertain, we as Christ followers, do not need to fear. Without ignoring the risks, we should continue to trust in the Lord’s promises and purposes. Let us pray for those in need as we keep on sharing the hope and healing that can be found in Christ alone.
Pray for our medical services. Hospitals, clinics, doctors offices and medical staff are all being inundated by people who are panicking.
Pray for our seniors (maybe even call them to make sure they are well) and people who have lowered immune systems.
Pastor Lewis, Pastor Nathan & the Church Board.
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