We have been actively continuing to prayerfully consider when and how we incorporate regathering as a part of our relaunch of Covenant. As a part of that process we are listening to our Be In Christ Church of Canada leadership, Health Units (both provincially and locally), and seeking input from local health professionals. What we are hearing (and beginning to see in the numbers) is a likely second wave of COVID-19 cases. In fact, as one healthcare professional told us, we are currently at greater risk in our community than at any previous time during the pandemic.
Additionally, as our deacons have reached out to many within our church family, we are discovering that most people are not ready to regather yet. This has affirmed our commitment to provide a quality online option for engaging with our Sunday morning gatherings and upcoming Covenant Cohorts. We must be able to do this effectively from our church building before we can consider regathering.
In light of this, we are retaining our commitment to not regathering before labour day and we are adopting a process that we need to follow before we are ready to open for public gatherings. We are planning to follow each step of this process and each step may take more than one week. We are not putting a specific timeline on each step.
As you can imagine, this will take time. In the meantime we will be looking to launch reimagined children's ministry, reimagined youth ministry, Covenant Groups, and Covenant Cohorts. Depending on restrictions at the time, some of these may be able to have an in person component.
Please pray for our church family - especially those for whom this time is especially lonely. Please pray for the various stages - that we will be able to access all necessary equipment and supplies for each stage. Please pray for those who will be leading the different teams. Please pray for our leaders - church leaders, health care leaders, and government leaders - who are doing their best to discern the way forward during this time. And please pray and work aggressively for unity in this very divisive time.
I've been reminded of the truth that we can't please everyone, but I pray that we can remain together as a family united around Jesus during these challenging days.
Peace to you,