Journey to RE|GATHER

When the pandemic started over a year ago (in Canada, March 2020), knowing very little about the coronavirus, public health officials, understandably, needed to lockdown everything to prevent a mass outbreak.

No In-Person Gatherings

So, cooperating with governing authorities, our church changed all of our gatherings to be online.

However, by Sept 2020, understanding of the coronavirus dramatically increased. Infectious disease experts, confidently recommended how to safely be around others. Wear a mask, keep physical* distance, and often wash/sanitize hands. Also, experts recommended that, if possible, have outdoor gatherings.

Safe In-Person Gatherings (incl. for Sunday Worship, online option)

So, following public health guidelines, our church began to safely RE|GATHER in-person. The following are some examples.

parking lot worship
drive-in worship
backyard fellowship
garage meeting (even a baby shower and birthday parties)
indoor sanctuary worship

Though we still have some of our gatherings (FaithKids worship and Bible study, prayer meetings, Youth and Adult Bible studies, and leadership meetings) via Zoom, our church philosophy has been, if the public health officials give us a safe inch, we will seriously consider taking that inch.

What does this mean moving forward?

First, we are thankful to God.

Nothing against other churches, for many are great. However, I am so thankful for our faith family.

Let us also be thankful to God for our elders and deacons. Throughout, they have been steadfast. And their devotion to God and to our faith family has been evident.

Also, let us be thankful to God for our Cynthia. Our children’s ministry has not only grown but we are witnessing how much God loves our FaithKids.

First, we are thankful to God.

Second, we are resolved.

We are resolved to cooperating with our government. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Rom. 13:1)

We are resolved to regather. “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.” (Heb. 10:25)

We are resolved to do good beyond our faith family. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Heb. 13:16)

So, we are going to continually make every effort to mitigate risk. However, we are also going to lean towards more in-person gatherings in the weeks and months to come.

I think, weather permitting, there will be more outdoor gatherings this year.

Please look forward to continually regather, and when called upon, please volunteer to help with organizing of these gatherings.

Looking back, surviving and thriving through a global pandemic (God willing, once in a generation) with our faith family has kept my spirit up, increased my joy, and given me peace that I needed.

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