03.25.20 | 5pm
03.17.20 | 4pm
03.13.20 | 6pm
Dear Mission City family,
We are grateful to the Lord for the blessing of meeting together on a weekly basis at Brantford Christian School, and in many cases, in each other’s homes through the week for small groups, bible studies, and fellowship. Sometimes, we can easily take for granted something we do so frequently.
The recent outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as “coronavirus”) is prompting many people to take extra precautions regarding large-group public gatherings like those of our weekend services. Considering the extra measures taken across Ontario as recently as today, we will be cancelling all weekend services for this weekend (March 15, 2020) and all mid-week ministries for the coming week (March 16-21, 2020).
As a result, we will be providing video teaching this weekend, as well as access to many other important aspects of our family life together, such as:
- Connection cards
- Prayer requests
- Giving your offering
- Mission City Kids At-Home curriculum
Video teaching will be accessible at 9am on Sunday morning. You can easily access all the above features by visiting our Stream Website HERE.
Brantford Christian School (BCS) has followed the example of the public schools across Ontario and has decided to close their facility for the same two-week period following March Break. That does not mean we have no place to meet. BCS is allowing us to decide how we will proceed. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for the decisions to be made in the coming weeks regarding our public gatherings.
What Else Does This Mean for Us?
Above all, it is important for us, as children of God, to remember that our God is sovereign. Coronavirus is not a surprise to him, nor does any illness or disease catch him off-guard. All things are held firmly in the hand of our Father, which means we, as his children, have nothing to fear. Surely, a global health crisis like this will cause many to worry or be anxious; that is normal. Many life circumstances caused the Bible’s writers to fear (see Psalm 34:4; 55:22; and 56:3). But those same writers, used by God, were convinced that God is worthy to be trusted with their fears. The same is true for us. He invites us to be “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). He exhorts us to not be anxious about anything, but to pray about everything, and the peace of God will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). Loved ones, pray about this, and the promise is that God’s peace will be yours. That is good news for troubling times.
Additionally, let’s consider the following active measures:
1. Pray for our community and our country. The number of confirmed cases across Canada continues to rise. Pray for God’s wisdom for local, national, and international leaders, health officials, and people in our neighbourhoods who are hearing and processing this changing news on a daily basis.
2. Be aware of opportunities to tell others about the love of Christ during an uncertain time. The fear is real for many people. This disease reminds us of our fragility and weakness as human beings before our omnipotent, Creator God. It also exposes our ultimate lack of control. As such, this is an opportunity unlike any other to encourage family, friends, and neighbours to turn to Jesus for peace, hope, and true spiritual health. Pray for the Spirit of God to fill us with unusual boldness, supernatural love, and abounding grace to share the gospel and, in a way that only he could, that God would bear the fruit of salvation in the lives of many people across our country.
3. Let’s pray for the health and well-being of all within our local church family, and that God would grow our hearts closer to him regardless of our immediate proximity to this disease. If you know of people in our church family who are facing additional challenges because of these developments, let’s be ready to reach out and serve one another in caring, safe, and responsible ways.
Please bear in mind that these are precautionary measures based not in fear, but in wisdom for the time and concern for one another. Even though COVID-19 may not feel close to us right now, there are reasonable steps we can take to help slow its progress in our area while trusting that God is sovereign over it all.
We will do our best to keep you informed as new developments arise.
Because we love you,