Lakeside Baptist Church’s Response to the Ongoing Concerns Over COVID-19
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Hello Lakeside Baptist Church Family:
The Ontario government has moved towards a recommendation to close churches (regardless of the number of people worshipping – read the article link attached), and as we had outlined in our communication, if any level of government asked us to close, we would.
Therefore Immediately: The closing of all regular scheduled group gatherings and services at our church will happen until the Ontario Government gives us permission to meet in gatherings again (e.g.: Prayer Summit, Woman’s Bible Study, Hearing God Seminar, Senior’s Bible Study. Jr. and Sr. Youth Groups are doing outside activities for the next three weeks, after which, they too will cease from meeting together if by then we are not permitted to resume services and activities.
During this time, the staff (Pastor Dave, Pastor Joshua, and Ange) will develop a plan of action, seeking to arrange for ways that we can draw the people together and stay in touch – virtually, by phone, and on Social Media. We will also work to provide some sort of online structure for a service every Sunday – praise and worship, prayers, a sermon, Scripture, and questions to think about and answer.
The Church phone will be checked remotely from time to time, while the staff work from home. Each of them can be reached by their own personal phones as well.
I would encourage each person who has the means to download Zoom, as a way of meeting up via video conferencing. If this goes on longer than the current three weeks scheduled, the pastoral staff will be seeking ways for us to be in touch with each other in encouraging and helpful ways. We are also working on other means to be supportive and caring for our church family and the community around us.
It is not easy for many of us not to be meeting together, as is our habit every week, but these are unusual times, and extenuating circumstances. We want to be respectful of the government’s efforts to keep people from harm, and we will work creatively to make this time be a season of inventive care and investment in our Church Family. Please keep the staff and leadership in your prayers as we work towards building a strong community in spite of the restrictions put on us at this time.
Our love in Christ, LBC Church staff and leaders
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9