March 13, 2020 / 1:00PM
King Road Church – Remaining connected during COVID-19
Sunday services and midweek ministries at King Road are cancelled until, Lord willing, Easter.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble!” (Ps 46:1)
We trust in the Lord and in his faithfulness! In light of the COVID-19 situation, we remain committed to helping people love the Lord our God with all our soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. At this time, as part of our commitment to loving each other and our community, we have cancelled our public Sunday services and midweek ministries until, Lord willing, Easter.
This is not a decision we make lightly. We are committed to living as good citizens in our community, providing hope and encouragement to our neighbors. Our goal is to help keep people healthy, to prevent the spread of this virus as much as possible. We have many in our congregation who are in the at-risk categories, along with several who are health care workers. Let’s all do our part. Remember to practice good preventive hygiene, to self-isolate if you are ill, and to honor the 14-day request to self-isolate if you have been out of the country. Though we are right on the threshold of the 250 people gathering limit, let’s remember the purpose of these guidelines.
So what does this mean practically?
- We will stream our Sunday services on our website (kingroad.ca) at the usual service times.
- We will communicate regularly through email, social media, and website updates.
- We will look into opportunities to provide pastoral care
- We will continue to operate as a church. The office will be open. Our staff will be working. We would love to assist you in any way we can.
Here are some important things you can do!
- Be a positive, calming, assuring, encouraging influence in your context.
- Follow all recommended health and travel guidelines.
- Pray for each other and our world during this time.
- Stay connected with each other, help each other out, call each other.
- Keep us updated at the church.
We are part of the body of Christ, and we have opportunities now to care for each other, and our community. We know that God can use situations like COVID-19 for His glory.
Thank you for your prayers, support, and understanding.
March 12, 2020 / 4:00pm
At King Road Church we are carefully monitoring the development of COVID-19. We will continue to gather as a congregation for services and ministries. We ask anyone who is not feeling well to remain at home. We are committed to supporting those who choose to avoid our public gatherings. We ask everyone to practice good preventive hygiene. Pray for each other. Stay connected. If anything changes, an update will be communicated immediately.
We trust in the Lord and in his faithfulness! We remain confident that God is not surprised or anxious despite COVID-19 . God is in control. We do not need to fear or be anxious. Let’s put our confidence in God and face these uncertain times together, with love and care for each other and our community.
COVID-19 is impacting our world. We want the congregation to know that we are committed to being wise in our response and decision making. We care deeply about every person who is in any way connected to King Road. So, what are our plans?
1. We will continue to gather as a congregation for services and ministries. We are monitoring provincial health guidelines regularly. At this time, the risk for the average person is low.
2. We will continue to clean the building well and have hand sanitizer available in the church foyer.
3. We ask anyone who is not feeling well to remain at home. We will continue to stream our services.
4. We encourage everyone to think of those more vulnerable to this virus, including the many seniors in our congregation. If you are vulnerable, let us know how we can best support you if you choose to avoid our public gatherings.
5. We ask everyone to practice good hygiene – wash your hands, don’t touch your face, cough into your elbow, avoid handshakes and hugs, respect physical distance for others. This is a clear way we can care for and love each other.
6. We ask that you find ways to support each other. Check in with a phone call. Offer assistance with practical items. Pray for each other. Stay connected.
We are also informing the congregation that we have cancelled the youth missions trip scheduled to depart for California and Mexico this Saturday. Our decision was made based on the unpredictability of border situations, the requirement to isolate individuals who manifest any symptoms, and our requirement to be socially responsible. Our specific prayer over these past days has been for clarity in making a decision. We are unanimous in our decision.
Please note that Freundschaftskreis scheduled for Friday at 10:30am has been cancelled.
We are committing to keep the congregation informed during this process. Leonard and Heins are communicating regularly with our leadership board, and any questions can be directed to them. Now would be a great time to ensure your contact information (including email) is up to date in the church office.