COVID-19 Update

God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Pastor Ryan and the deacons are continuing to monitor the rapidly changing response to the  COVID-19 global pandemic. While our world is in the process of figuring out how to respond, we know that our ultimate hope is still found in our unchanging God! This is an opportunity for us to practice trusting in God and finding new ways of creating community, as well as to reach out to our neighbours with the love and hope of Jesus.

For the health of our community and to do our part to help flatten the curve of the pandemic, we are cancelling our Sunday worship service and all gatherings in our church building, effective Sunday, March 22. The church office will remain open. 

Pastor Ryan and the deacons are working on ways to continue some of our ministries at a distance. We will update you what’s happening as plans evolve.

  • Our Sunday worship services have moved online to our Sunday Worship Service page. You’ll find links to songs, Children’s Time, and links to recommended online worship services.
  • Pastor Ryan will be posting regular mini-sermons on our YouTube channel. Click the Subscribe button to be notified when they come out two or three times a week. He will be going through Richard Foster’s book Celebration of Discipline to help us set some routines to keep close to God during this unsettled time.
  • Pastor Ryan, the Deacons, and the office have phoning lists to keep in touch with everyone. Please contact the office if you have a need or a prayer request.
  • The Prayer Team continues to pray. If you want to submit a prayer request or join the team, contact the office.
  • Our Events Teams have been subdivided into smaller groups, and team members are encouraged to keep in touch with and pray for each other.
  • If you don’t have access to Right Now Media, with its hundreds of streaming Christian videos for all ages, now is the perfect time to create your free account! Find out more here.

Just as a virus can spread, fear and anxiety are also contagious. Anxiety and stress have a significant impact on our health, and we need to be just as careful with worry as we are with viruses. God provides us with love, hope, peace and courage for just such times as these, and he continues to work within prayer, scripture, and our church family. To keep healthy minds and bodies:

  • Remember that social distancing does not mean social isolation. There are many ways to connect with each other that don’t cause the virus to spread: Facebook calls, Skype, Facetime, Google Duo and so on, and of course, the old-fashioned phone. We can encourage each other from afar.
  • Turn off the news and the internet at times over the coming weeks and months. Remember that not everything you read on the internet is true. The provincial government is providing accurate information on their website.
  • Pray for each other and for our world. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
  • Read the Bible to be reminded of God’s presence and love.
  • Sing or listen to music. YouTube is full of wonderful Christian songs.
  • Look for ways to serve those most vulnerable.
  • As spring arrives, go outside! Go for a walk, plant a garden or a flower in a pot, ride your bike, listen to the birds.
  • Hope and trust in God. This too shall pass, and in the meantime, God has things to teach us. Let’s open our hearts to Him.

The provincial government’s COVID-19 page has updates and comprehensive information about the situation. If you feel ill, there is a self-assessment tool on the provincial website that will help you determine what to do. You can also phone Healthline 811, but be prepared to wait for your turn.

One of the areas that will potentially be impacted by not meeting together is our church finances. We are looking at ways to sustain the church and its ministry as we live through these days. We also are conscious that some people’s incomes may be reduced. We hope you will continue to support the church as you are able, through:

  1. Pre-authorized donation:
    For those who are presently using this option, your donation will continue as usual. To change it, contact the church office.
  2. E-transfer:
    You will have to set up donations by e-transfer through online banking with your financial institution. Contact the office and we will email instructions.
  3. Cheques:
    You can mail a cheque to the church office. Cheques will be deposited on a weekly basis.

Thank you. We will keep this page updated so you will know if anything has changed. We will also post updates on our Facebook page (Argyle Road Baptist Church). Please Like us if you haven’t already!

“We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our
hope is in you alone.” (Psalms 33:20-22 NLT)

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