At 8:15am on March 12, 2020 I was set into a tizzy because I had received advice from a local medical professional that we should close the church to in-person worship. Through a series of emails and phone calls the session quickly made the decision that it should follow this advice and we made the difficult decision that worship would move to an online only format…..for two weeks. The weeks turned into months and now we are at the one year mark. It’s strange to look back at correspondence from that time and how I thought that this was a very temporary measure. A year ago I had never heard the phrase “physical distance” and the word “bubble” meant something related to bathing or gum. Here we are, a year later- and you know what- it hasn’t been all bad! I love that our online services enable people like family and strangers to watch our services from around the world (a fact that used to terrify me). I can’t believe how much fun our Bible study is with people joining us from other provinces! I have attended more webinars in the last 6 months than I had in all my previous life and they have reminded me how much I love to learn and participate in scholarly discourse. Every other Wednesday I take clarinet lessons from a teacher in Ontario- a hobby only developed since Christmas. And most importantly I am so impressed with how this congregation continues to stay connected. Yes, we are tired! Yes, we crave seeing each other and singing together! Yes, we all look forward to when we can enjoy a breakfast together at the White Spot! Yes, we can’t wait to hug one another! And if I am honest, I am a little scared about how the changes over this past year have affected us. What will the church look like when we do physically gather? But I’m going to take the positive things I have learned over this year and try to use some of those tools into the future, regardless of whether we are gathering in person or not. I truly believe God is guiding this creativity and I hope you also feel surrounded by creative hope, a peace that passes understanding, and Jesus’ abounding love.
Remember to spring forward before heading to bed on Saturday night!
If you missed our service on March 7th it can be viewed here:
The services for March 14th and 21st will be over Zoom. The recorded service will be posted about an hour after our live-stream to our YouTube Channel.
There are TWO ways to participate live:
You can clink the link below on Sunday at 10:25am. To use this option you must have a device with the Zoom App on it.
If you do not have a device with the Zoom App on it you can call one of the three following long distanced numbers from a telephone:
1 647 374 4685 Canada
1 647 558 0588 Canada
1 778 907 2071 Canada
It will ask for your Meeting ID: 893 8021 0766#
Followed by the Participant ID/ Passcode: 763103#
Please note that everyone will be muted upon entry but can un-mute after the service for a brief fellowship time.
The Mission Committee has chosen to continue to support the Comox Valley Head Injury Society, in honour of Gordon Johnson, and the Mt. Washington Ski Patrol, in honour of Al Wedel, for our lenten project this year. You can donate to the lenten project through your envelopes by marking it on the “other” line or through our canadahelps webpage which you can access by clicking the “Donate Now” button on our website.
The AGM will be on Sunday March 21st at 1pm over Zoom. The waiting room will open at 12:30 to allow time for people to make sure that the format is working. At this AGM we will need to approve both the 2019 and 2020 reports. We have only emailed you the 2020 report (although everyone should have received the 2019 report last March). To access both reports and the zoom link or phone numbers go to our website:
Everyone is encouraged to read the reports and 2021 budget and attend!