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Dear White Rock Baptist Church,
By now you know that the BC Minister of Education has said that schools in BC will remain closed indefinitely. There are already numerous private and public events and places that have closed as well. Last week gatherings of more than 250 people were stopped, and this week we’re down to 50, with some people now calling for a limit on no more than 10 people to gather anywhere. In fact, we are being asked and encouraged to remain indoors and limit any and all unnecessary physical social contact.
We certainly find ourselves in a unique time in history. Like everyone else, White Rock Baptist Church is equally impacted. So how should we, as a church, respond?
Given that a significant portion of our church community is within the “vulnerable” sector of society, and that our country’s leadership is calling on communities to help flatten the curve of the infection rate, the leadership of WRBC believes that we need to respond accordingly; I believe we need to respond accordingly.
With that in mind, we are now cancelling any and all church gatherings until such time as we are told otherwise. This means not only will there be no church gatherings on Sundays, but there will be no church community groups meeting during the week. We know that the provincial government has not issued a lockdown on human movement, but just because we “can” meet, it doesn’t mean that we “should” meet. For the sake of the vulnerable in our church and communities, let us respond in a way that seems excessively over the top. Let no one turn around in the future and say that WRBC did not care and chose to ignore the requests of the larger community during this time.
For those of you in life groups, I encourage you to communicate and reach out via phone, text, email, face-time, or whatever other non-physical communication methods you have available to you. Pray for one another continually and encourage one another as often as possible. If someone in your group cannot get out for whatever reason, reach out and help by making sure they’re taken care of. As was said in a previous message, the early church was made up of small house-church communities. In this time in history, let’s have it said that the lifegroups of WRBC were the dynamic powerhouse of our church.
If you are not in a lifegroup and find yourself isolated with no one to help, please email or call the church office so that we can try our best to care for you. Right now the church office will remain open and seeks to serve as best we can. We encourage you not to come to the office in person but rather to call or email. If you leave a message, we will respond by the next day.
As for church on Sunday mornings, we are in the process of putting the technical requirements in place to start doing “church online” on Sunday the 29th of March and beyond. This means that we do not have anything in place for this coming Sunday the 22nd of March. We truly apologize for the inconvenience at this time, but know that we will be able to gather in spirit again by the following week.
I trust that this communication has been clear, but still invite you to email the office should you need clarity on something.
The Apostle Paul said, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Cor 13:13).” Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we have in Christ Jesus, with faith that God is still good and still in control. Let us be those who shine in the darkness so that those who do not know Christ will see and experience our faith, hope, and love and will want to know the reason for it. Let them experience the supernatural love of God through us at this time.
May the God of all grace be with you and give you peace at this time.
Brian (on behalf of the board and staff of WRBC)
White Rock Baptist Church