Dear Lifepointe Family,
The foundational aspect of faith in the lives of many believers makes cancelling church fundamentally different from shutting down entertainment or work functions. Sunday mornings are a sacred time of community, going to the core of identity and belonging. In this time of chaos, uncertainty, and gloom, faith and religious gatherings can provide peace, purpose, and fellowship.
However, it is for these reasons that church, and religious gatherings in general, are among the highest risk venues, as otherwise isolated older adults come into close contact with socially active younger adults and children who may carry the coronavirus asymptomatically.
The decision to hold services must be weighed against the potentially stark consequences that could arise from an outbreak, including severe illness or even death among the congregation. Cancelling church services is the only way to fully ensure these gatherings are not the focal point of an outbreak.
Therefore, in light of the growing national concerns and precautions as they pertain to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and in response to government officials, and the declaration by the Ontario government to limit large gatherings, the leadership of Lifepointe Bible Church has decided not to hold public services until further notice. Since health professionals are canceling all essential meetings and asking us to practice social distance, we are canceling all other Lifepointe events as well.
We will continue to post weekly messages to our website at http://www.lifepointe.ca/
This is a great opportunity to gather in your home with your family and worship together as you watch online.
In times of uncertainty, church is often a place for stability, answers, and peace. But Jesus himself did not have a church building, and church is not defined by a Sunday morning service. As we adapt to the rapidly changing Coronavirus pandemic, let's remember that church is the people, and minimizing contact during this pandemic is an act of charity.
For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Yet we are grateful that the Bible tells us, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). We pray that you would sense God’s peace in the midst of these difficult circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary but rather walk in wisdom as we serve the Lord and our community in a way that demonstrates our trust in God and our love for people.
We love you and are praying for you and your families’ continued safety and well-being and for all those who have been affected by this virus. Although many of us will be avoiding large events and maybe some will be working from home, there are still opportunities to care for one another and demonstrate Christ’s love.
Above all, we should pray.
We should pray for those individuals and families who either are or will be affected by this virus and for their healing.
We should pray for the doctors and medical professionals who are on the front lines caring for those who contract coronavirus.
We should pray for medical researchers who are diligently working to create a vaccine for this virus.
We should pray for our leaders in office as they guide us through this.
We should pray for the church to respond with thoughtfulness, wisdom, and love.
We should pray for the continued advance of the gospel even as this trying moment continues to unfold.
Although we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel services and other events; cancelling events does not nullify costs or the running expenses of the church. Thank you for being mindful that the financial needs of the church still continue. With so many ministries and people to support, your regular and faithful giving remains important. If you don’t want to mail in your offering, it’s easy to give online using a credit or debit card for one-time or recurring gifts. Go to https://www.lifepointe.ca/donate to make this happen.
Pre-authorized giving is also available, and we can email you a form to get this started. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please contact Lois Ouellette at email@example.com.There is no additional cost to the church for this option. Remember this is temporary. Our church continues to serve our congregation and community. Continue to be a part of the ministry – the need for the support you give in Niagara and around the world continues.
Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.