Cancelation of Church Events
To our church community of Summit Drive,
Jesus says to his followers: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
I can understand the sense of unease and uncertainty that we might be feeling in this time, but the words of Jesus here are for us in this moment too. The God who holds the universe together moment by moment is holding us, no matter what. And so we will hold on to his promises.
As the situation in our world continues to unfold, we will continue to follow the directives given to us by the BC Health Officer. The key points today were that only meetings of less that 50 will be permitted, and that in general, people ought to stay home and avoid any nonessential meetings.
With this in mind, here is some crucial information for the foreseeable future:
1. ALL events and ministries that meet at the church building will be cancelled until further notice. Our ministry leaders will be working to contact all ministry volunteers and participants as soon as possible to notify them. We will be seeking alternate ways to connect as a community (online, phone calls etc.), and will update you on these as they arise. You will find updated content on our webpage at summitdrive.com in the “Blog” section at the bottom of the screen, or “Like” Summit Drive Church on Facebook.
2. We will be live streaming our Sunday services and you can join us online beginning at 9:00 am each Sunday morning.
3. The office will be staffed for administrative purposes only, and ministry staff will not be working onsite. If you have a particular need, or are requesting a conversation with one of our pastors, please notify the church office by phone or email (250-828-1333; firstname.lastname@example.org) and the request will be passed on to our ministry leaders.
4. Life Groups may still choose to meet in homes, but that is entirely at the discretion of the hosts/leaders and their group. If there are meetings in homes, we stress that precautions around social distancing will need to be strictly followed:
a. Those who are sick must not come
b. Hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene are essential
c. Thorough washing of any surfaces that are regularly touched (door handles, faucets etc.)
5. The AGM meeting will still happen on site on March 29 at 7:30 pm as we need to approve the budget for 2020, receive the financial statements for 2019 and approve the appointment of new Board members. We ask that any of our members who will attend to please email the office ahead of time to ensure we do not exceed 50 participants, and that we have a quorum for our AGM. All social distancing protocols will be strictly adhered to. We will also be streaming our AGM, for informational purposes, through the link on our webpage.
We will continue to keep you informed and up to date as often as needed through email and social media.
As I was listening to the news today a thought came to mind: “We will never cancel church!” And we won’t.
Yes – we will have to cancel our regular ways of meeting, and some significant events and gatherings at the church building. But church – well, that’s you! It’s us. It’s God’s people, living for God’s glory and loving with his love. And that can never be cancelled.
As I urged you on Sunday, look for ways to reach out through telephone calls and Facetime, or Skype calls. During this time of social isolation we know that we are not alone – we have the presence of God through the Holy Spirit, and we have each other. So let’s make sure that we stay in contact even if it’s not in physical ways.
And for those who are at low risk for complications and able to serve others by purchasing groceries, please let our office know (email@example.com) to be added to our Serve Team. If you have a particular need, please also email or call, and we will try and assist you.
In the joy of King Jesus,
Pastor David Fields