Enjoy this sermon from Midtown Church in Chilliwack!
PLEASE SEE BELOW THE GOVERNMENT’S STATEMENT ON HOW THE NEW MANDATES APPLY TO CHURCHES
“In light of the recent COVID-19 announcements we would like to share an updated version of the BC CDC’s “Step 3 Guidance for Holding Low Risk Worship Services” – see attached. The changes are highlighted in yellow and confirm that neither the provincial mask mandate nor the requirement for proof of vaccination status apply to worship services and meetings.
The guidance will continue to be updated at the following links in the coming days:
Please note, discretionary (e.g., social or non-essential) meetings taking place at places of worship will be subject to proof of vaccination requirements. Non-discretionary meetings such as AA, NA and other support groups are exempt.
We have also attached English and multi-lingual social media graphics both for the proof of vaccination requirement and mask mandate for you to get the word out to your communities.
Please feel free to email us at VCO.Stakeholders@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions.”
Thank you to the BC Baptist Association and Green Bay Bible Camp for the amazing week they gave our pastors, executive, staff and their families. We were blessed by their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity as they provided exciting programs, healthy meals, community building and rest for us all. A huge thank you to Jenn Koop (Green Bay Executive Director) for her great sense of humour and keeping everything running smoothly, to Sid Koop (Truth Matters Ministries/Youth Worker Community Executive Director) for the engaging and wise words he shared during our morning and evening fireside worship times, and to the staff and volunteers who joyfully served and loved our families. Also, a huge thank you to Bob Krahn and the BC Baptist Association for funding the week of camp and for all the treats at the Green House!
The Church Vitalization Virtual Summit is designed to help Canadian churches and denominations go from plateaued and declining to thriving in their communities. The Summit features pastors, coaches, and denominational leaders who have been a part of denominational and church turn-around. The goal is to have prevailing churches across our nation that turn the tide of Christian influence in Canada.
– Dates: Aug 31 – Sep 2, 2021
– All Sessions will be hosted through Zoom.
– All Sessions will be recorded. A Playback Pass is available for purchase with your registration to receive the content after the summit.
Find out more: https://abnwt.com/cvsummit21
This week Premier John Horgan, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Minister Adrian Dix announced Step 3 in British Columbia’s Restart Plan will begin on July 1st. This includes a return to normal for personal gatherings, Canada-wide recreational travel, no group limits for restaurants, and normal capacity for gyms, indoor fitness classes, and recreational facilities. Additionally, this includes:
More details can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart#step-three
Seeking a Lead Pastor – Rose of Sharon Baptist Church
Has God put a calling on your life to be a lead pastor? Do you have a heart for people of all ages? Rose of Sharon Baptist Church (ROSBC) is prayerfully seeking a Spirit-led full-time pastor to work alongside our Pastor of Family Ministries, active Board of Elders, dedicated staff and host of gifted volunteers.
We are a multigenerational community with a desire to know our Lord more intimately, serve Him more faithfully, and fellowship together. To put our love for others in action, we have a variety of outreach ministries such as an in-house K-12 private school, a thriving children’s ministry, a Christian counselling centre and more!
For more information, please visit www.rosbc.com.
If you feel called to apply to become the next Lead Pastor, please submit a written testimony of God’s work in your life, your Ministerial Information Profile (MIP), and/or your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Pastoral Search Committee” in the subject line.
A Church Profile is available upon request.
See Job Posting for more details:
Enjoy this time of worship with:
The BCBA along with 150 other denominations have signed the following statement that condemns all racism.
We grieve and mourn the continued racism against all people. Specifically, we are saddened by the rise in verbal and physical attacks on Asian Canadians. We acknowledge that recent incidents in Canada and the United States have occurred within a growing context of anti-Asian racism and violence.
In honour of Asian Heritage Month and the upcoming centenary of Canada’s Exclusion Act (1923), we condemn these activities in Canada and around the world.
Anti-Asian racist incidents have grown at unprecedented rates since 2020. Asian Heritage Month reminds us of both the contributions made by the Asian communities and of sad historical realities such as the Head Tax, the Vancouver Anti-Asian Riots of 1907 and the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II. Anti-Asian rhetoric and violence amplified by COVID-19 also remind us that Asian women and seniors continue to be disproportionately affected by incidents of racism.
We stand with and for Asian and BIPOC Canadian communities. We see and affirm the anger, grief, pain and fear of Asian-Canadian families. We pledge to support you and will follow up through community care events for those wrestling with the emotional, spiritual and psychological impact of these racist incidents.
As Christian leaders, we categorically condemn the sin of racism. We acknowledge that racism may take many forms, from overt violence and threats to racial microaggressions, dismissiveness and omissions. We exhort our community members to consider their own words and deeds, and to endeavour to learn more of our shared history.
We commit ourselves to challenge all forms of racism and discrimination. We must continue to work together to build a just and caring British Columbia for ourselves and for future generations. Now is the time for renewal of our commitment to work to rectify racial and socio-economic inequities.
How can we bring justice and beauty to our cities, province and nation? Statements are not enough. Please consider ways we can encourage, ally, report and pursue greater vigilance in protecting our communities from racism. Let us look out for the vulnerable as we consider various forms of Bystander Training and Awareness. Consider allyship through your consumer choices by patronizing Asian and BIPOC restaurants and retail establishments.
Anyone seeking counseling resources may wish to contact our counseling collaborators, including those listed on the link, and use or support the free faith-based resources available via Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. (www.sanctuarymentalhealth.org/2021/04/01/stop-asian-hate/)
May our Lord continue to lead us to establish greater awareness, compassion and justice with our Asian and BIPOC family so that we may love and serve one another as unto the Lord. We pray that we will model a more redemptive society based on Jesus’ love and example as we seek to follow His teachings in Scripture.
By God’s grace and mercy,
Dr. Bob Krahn