God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
The church is open for in-person Sunday worship in accordance with the provincial guidelines. Online worship services and the Sunday Connections Cafe over Zoom will continue, as well as other online ministries. Small groups may be permitted to resume in-person gatherings in the future. The church office remains closed for now, but you can reach us by phone or email or through the contact form on our Contact page.
To comply with provincial guidelines for re-opening, we need to restrict the number of people at our Sunday services. We are taking registrations for Sundays so we don’t exceed our social distance capacity. Find out more and register here. As of November 6, masks are mandatory in all public spaces. If you don’t have one, we will have one to give you when you arrive. We will also provide hand sanitizer, or there is soap and water to wash your hands if you prefer.
If you have COVID, are awaiting the results of a COVID test, are returning from travel and are required to self-isolate, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, we ask you to stay away from in-person services until you have had a negative COVID test and have been cleared by the provincial health authorities. When you are cleared and would like to resume attending in-person services, please email the church to state that you have done these things, and we will then re-add you to our Sunday list. Thank you for your sacrifices that help to keep others safe.
Pastor Ryan and the deacons are continuing to monitor the rapidly changing response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. While our world is figuring out what our “new normal” will look like, we know that our ultimate hope is still found in our unchanging God! This crisis 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.
Here is an outline of how our church is operating at a distance. You can see our activities at a glance on our Calendar page.
- 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. If you would like to look back, our services are archived.
- Pastor Ryan has created a series of mini-sermons on our YouTube channel. The series was based on Richard Foster’s classic book Celebration of Discipline . You can also find them on our Sermons page.
- Keeping in touch:
- 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.
- Families with children will receive at-home activities and links to help them keep learning to be disciples of Jesus together. If you would like to receive these materials, please contact the office.
- Everyone is encouraged to keep in touch with people as the Spirit moves!
- Online meetings: we have a church Zoom account, and several groups are using it. If you would like to join one of these groups, please contact the office.
- The Prayer Team meets Wednesday morning. If you want to submit a prayer request or join the team, contact the office.
- The Deacons meet Wednesday evening once a month.
- The Mandarin Fellowship group meets Friday night for a Bible Study and Sunday night for prayer.
- The Men’s group meets Tuesday at noon.
- A Mom’s group meets Saturday evening.
- There is a Saturday afternoon Bible study.
- Two Bible study groups are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, starting November 9 and 10.
- 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, Zoom, Google Duo, Google Hangouts 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 encouraging Christian songs.
- Look for ways to serve those most vulnerable.
- When the weather permits, go outside!
- 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:
- Pre-authorized donation:
For those who are presently using this option, your donation will continue as usual. To change it or set it up, contact the church office.
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.
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)