COVID-19 – Original Updates

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Precautions

June 10 UPDATE:
Dear Shoreacres Family
As many of you may have heard on June 6th the provincial government made an announcement regarding re-opening places of worship, among other things. News release can be found here.
The relevant section states:
Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2. Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.
While we are excited about the prospect of meeting together again, we want to make sure we take the next steps thoughtfully and prayerfully to ensure we maintain unity and uphold a Godly testimony in our community.
Our immediate plan is to continue with our biweekly Zoom meetings:
• Wednesday: 6pm for pre-recorded message. 7pm for Zoom prayer meeting
• Sunday: 10am for pre-recorded message. 11am for fellowship and breaking of bread service
Announcements like these from the government are typically followed by more detailed guidelines. Over the following days and weeks we will await these instructions, as they will shape our re-opening plan.
The elders and deacons met to discuss our re-opening plan last night to discuss what modifications would be required to how we regularly meet in order to comply with the physical distancing requirement. We likely will not have in person meetings in June, but will hopefully be ready in the summer.
Sincerely,
the Elders and Deacons,
If you have further questions, email us : mail@shoreacres.ca
April 18 UPDATE:
As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, we will continue to do our part to flatten the curve by keeping our doors closed for all regularly scheduled meetings and programs.
We have had some success with our Zoom prayer/fellowship meetings, and the pre-recorded messages/devotionals. Our plan is to continue these with a regular cadence.
Sunday Meeting: 10am
Wednesday Meeting: 7pm
Typically the meetings will involve a pre-recorded message which can be viewed from the Shoreacres website, and then a Zoom meeting for fellowship and/or prayer. Details for each meeting will be sent out roughly the day before over the prayer chain email.
While we long to see each other face-to-face, consider that if this pandemic happened even a decade ago we would not have had these options for virtual meetings. 
God really is good
Sincerely,
the Elders and Deacons,
If you have further questions, email us : mail@shoreacres.ca
MARCH 25 UPDATE:

The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, and at this time there are no plans to resume meetings at Shoreacres. Access to the building remains restricted. At this time it seems likely that cancellations will continue until at least Easter weekend. For this reason we are planning to do an ‘online’ service for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The exact format for these services will be explained over the next few weeks

The elders and deacons have been meeting regularly (most recently using the Zoom video conferencing platform).  We have combed through an updated chapel directory name by name to make sure everyone has some form of contact with someone from the chapel. We love you all and miss seeing you face to face.

1. Online meetings and fellowship opportunities – We have started using the Zoom video conferencing platform to have Elders and Deacons meetings. We will roll out some instructions on how to use Zoom and if there is enough interest we may try to have some online meetings.

2. Offering – We are working to set up E-Transfers as an option for those who want to continue giving even while we are not physically meeting together – details to come.

3. Prayer List – A prayer list is being developed and will be posted online – another email will follow with the link to the prayer list. For any additional prayer items please reach out to one of the elders and the list will be updated

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MARCH 18 UPDATE:

Dear Shoreacres Bible Chapel

At the end of Paul’s life as he penned his last letter to Timothy he says ‘I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day’. These may be trying times, but we can echo these words.

With the recent announcement from the provincial government of a state of emergency we have decided to cancel all Shoreacres Bible Chapel functions planned until the end of March. This includes Sunday services on March 22nd and March 29th, Wednesday night bible studies and Awana. Other programs which use the church building will also remain cancelled during this time. As the situation changes we will constantly reassess the situation and send out regular updates, especially if there are changes. We long to meet together again soon.

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MARCH 12  

Dear Shoreacres Bible Chapel

In an effort to participate in our whole society’s efforts to squelch the COVID-19 outbreak quickly, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our services this coming Sunday ( March 15). All events planned for the next week at the chapel have also been cancelled (Camelot Center, BARC, Wednesday night meeting. The Ladies bible study at Pauline Wilson’s house will continue as planned at this time. We will evaluate future Sundays next week (with a possibility of more cancellations).

We know that not all churches have made the same decision. It was certainly a difficult judgment call in unprecedented circumstances. We decided to err on the side of love for our neighbours, and the unknown extent of the risk led us to this conclusion. This decision was made in part by following Health Canada’s ‘Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak’ guidelines. We have a vulnerable population at Shoreacres Bible Chapel due to the large percentage of elderly members in our fellowship. The activities we undertake during our services are also conducive to spreading viruses (singing, close conversation, sharing food in particular)

During this time, let’s avoid the trap of excessive inward focus and fear. Use every digital tool you have to connect and stay close when we need to engage in “social distancing.” Look out for the elderly and those with respiratory conditions. Share with those around you and avoid the temptation to hoard – love your neighbours!

Let’s remember the promises of God during this extraordinary season. Psalm 50:14-15 says “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” God is kind and caring, completely sovereign and in control of even this. He loves to hear our prayers. The church has always shined during the darkest times. Let’s use this time to let our light shine before people so they can see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.

 

Sincerely,
the Elders and Deacons,

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