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)

Update: The church will be cautiously re-opening on August 2, 2020, in accordance with the provincial guidelines. Online worship services and the Sunday Connections Cafe will continue. Small groups may be permitted to resume in-person gatherings in the future. 

To comply with provincial guidelines for re-opening, we will need to restrict the number of people at our Sunday services to 30. We will be taking pre-registrations for Sundays so we don’t exceed our capacity. Find out more and register here. 

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.

While we move toward resuming in-person activities starting on August 2, we will continue the online ministries that were developed during the shut-down. 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.

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 emails each week with activities and links to help them keep learning to be disciples of Jesus with their families. If you would like to receive these emails, please 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. 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 every Wednesday evening.
    • 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 and two others in progress.
  • 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 wonderful Christian songs.
  • Look for ways to serve those most vulnerable.
  • When the weather permits, 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 or set it up, 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)

(Photo by Hans-Peter Gauster on Unsplash)

Mandarin Translation:

非常欢迎收看收阿格路教会的第一个视频,很高兴您能加入
我们很高兴您能够在线参与
很高兴您能够用不同的方式加入到我们这个社区里来
在这段不确定的和困难的时刻
这个时刻对我们来说是困难的,是另一种现实,但
同时也发生了很多令人感动的事迹
我们互相交流的方式也不同了,我们也感激现在所拥有的一切
我们现在面临很多挑战,
也有很多我们需要小心和注意的事项
但作为教会和社区,我们也有很多可以感激的事情,
我鼓励您花些时间去慢慢的接受和思想这些事
顺便介绍一下,对于那些刚好看到这段视频还不认识我的,
我叫Ryan Emmons,我是阿格路浸信会的牧师
很高兴您来到这里
这段视频是为了给您提供最近教会的情况
讨论我们现在计划做的事情
我们现在所做的可能和其他一些你在网上看到的教会有所不同
但都是从我们教会自身的特点出发
所以我很兴奋做这件事
我们教会目前的主要工作首先是
帮助各位弟兄姊妹增进彼此联系
其次是做视频讲道之类的事情
我们想确保作为一个社区增进彼此交流
因此当您接到电话和FaceTime时也不会感到惊讶
这正是我们教会的执事们全心全意所做的
已经与每个参与我们教会的人联系了
信仰的家庭或社区,除此以外
我们已经想与之建立联系的所有人员
努力与教堂外的家人朋友保持联系
信仰家族我们也已经有很多年了
称之为活动团队,活动团队的目的是联系
每个人在某种程度上都是我们教会的一部分
教堂吃午饭之类的东西,没有人被排除在外的,
有一种非常容易和低压力的方式,可以连接和认识一个人
同时做服侍的工作,彼此并肩并肩工作
显然现在这个时候不能进行,因为我们目前没有任何聚会活动
但是我们所做的是,我们采取了已经准备就绪的东西,
我们把它们变成祷告室,所以我们要做的是
将这些组分为两部分,我们将它们分成较小的组,
然后通过办公室发送邮件给在外面的人,
我想鼓励我们祷告小分队的每个人
第一是我们可以互相祈祷
第二是想出一些方法可以一对一联系
确保大家在适当的练习,保持社交距离这是肯定的
然后在小的群体也是可以的,并且
在视频的后面,我们也会讨论一些不同的方法
但主要是在这些群体中再次鼓励每个人
成为群体里的一部分,去传福音
去和为您自己和周围人的社会健康建立连接
如果您曾经是我们DLC集团的一员,
在我们目前去过的这次教会范围的研究中开会
从现在开始,我想鼓励您继续尝试找出如何
一起鼓励彼此祈祷,去问候对方的状态
和管理正在发生的各种事情,我们也有
在教堂里建立了一个专门的祷告团契,
他们继续在神面前为你的喜乐,你关心的事和你的需要代祷
如果你有祷告的事项或赞美的事项想让我祷告的
请把它发送到教会的工作室,我们会确保收到
如果您想成为祷告团契的一分子,
你认为是的这是我可以在家做的事情
请让我们知道,我会帮助你加入祷告团契
再次强调我们通过相互祷告
就能知道大家的需求和需要帮助的地方
以上我提到的都是比较轻松和美好的话题
接下来我想提的是一个比较艰难的话题
就是我们给与教会的奉献和十一奉献
我知道在这个时候让大家继续奉献
或许有些自私,但坚持奉献的原因一方面是
即使聚会停止了教会仍然需要支付账单
而更重要的是我们需要认识到奉献是
属灵生活的一部分,这很重要,我们不希望
您因为这次疫情而落下,接下来我会做一些视频告诉大家
如何在这个充满不确定性的时刻
去养成一些好的属灵的日常习惯
如果您现在因为这次疫情失业了,
或者你的收入因此减少了,我们希望您不要觉得
有压力得继续保持和以前一样的奉献
您尽管可以根据自己的能力减少奉献
我们不希望你因为奉献而不得不节衣缩食
或者无法支付租金或者账单,我们希望你能
照顾好自己的生活
但同时我也想鼓励大家尽自己所能的奉献
或许你不能再做到给予百分之十,也可以是百分之五
总之希望大家能继续保留向神奉献的好习惯
我们有几个接受奉献的方式,可以通过预授权付款的付款
如果您之前已经设置了预授权付款而需要
更改的请告知我,我们也可以接受email转账
或者是传统的邮寄支票的方式
如果但如果您还有其他疑问,请给教会办公室打电话,
或者给我们发邮件,在视频下方有给出电邮地址
最后我想说的一点是希望大家相互之前继续保持交通
我相信很多弟兄姊妹正在这样做,不管是通过
电话,或者是FaceTime,如果你需要得到某某的电话请
问我,我很乐意告诉你
总之希望大家继续保持交通,可以发送电子邮件,可以短信或者FaceTime,
大家也可以加入一些多人的网络视频会议,ZOOM是一个不错的平台
我也鼓励大家通过电子手段一起分享欢声笑语,甚至可以各自手捧一杯咖啡,
来一个远距离的咖啡聊天
我们的网站会继续保持更新,希望大家经常登录查看
请大家务必记住在这样的时刻,我们每个人都是教会的一个部分
不管是关怀,代祷,庆祝这些我们每个人可以做的
我和教会的所有团队感谢每个人的付出
这对于我们是一个极大的祝福。

当疫情结束以后,我希望大家能够继续保持这样的状态去增进彼此交通
最后请让我用哥林多前书第16章给大家祝福
你们务要警醒,在真道上站立得稳,要作大丈夫,要刚强。

凡你们所做的,都要凭爱心而做。愿主耶稣的恩惠和慈爱与你同在
阿们