DEAR SHORE CHURCH FAMILY,
In light of the recent mandate from B.C. health officials to stop larger gatherings, and especially since we gather in such a publicly used space, we have decided to NOT gather as normal on Sundays through until at least March 29th. The health and safety of our church family is a priority as we consider both the official recommendation from the Minister of Health in BC and our responsibility as Christians to be God-honouring citizens in this city.
For now we are also pausing mid-week gatherings and House Churches, and will keep you up to date as we hear more on this developing situation. We feel the best way to love our neighbours is to not connect in person with anyone to prevent the spread of the virus.
However, since we are the church, church is still “on”. During this season we have implemented a SUNDAY’S ONLINE concept with weekly video teaching, worship music, and Kids resources. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources and pull away from your phone, news, etc, and devote time on Sunday morning to prayer, worship, reading the Word of God, and listening to the message from Galatians.
RECEIVE CARE // BENEVOLENT HELP
Don’t forget, we are the church! We care for one another and want to support each other as much as possible during these uncertain and challenging times.
We believe in the power of prayer. Our God is sovereign, He is for us, and He is not anxious. Whatever you would like prayer for – stress, anxiety, fear, illness, financial strain – anything at all, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the drop-down form below. Your prayer requests will be shared with and prayed over by the Shore Church staff.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you or your family need anything at all. If you are unable to leave your house due to self-quarantine or illness, we want to provide resources and practical assistance, as we are able. Visit our COVID-19 Care page.
If you are experiencing any signs of fever or sickness please stay home and self-isolate, contact a primary cafe provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1. Please continue to take the recommended personal preventative measures AS OUTLINED BY THE BCCDC.
Make pursuing God your primary passion in this time. He really is alive, is in control, and is not nervous. He is truly our only peace, hope and trust. As I write this, one staff member sent me Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you”. Read that verse one more time. May we grow in our intimacy with Jesus and obey with passion the first commandment.
Connected to this, it will be very ‘natural’ to want to ‘feed’ our flesh and escape into binge watching the news and/or Netflix instead of saying “Jesus has this. I need to sit alone with Him and read and pray.” Furthermore, it will be too easy to not realize some of the unfiltered thoughts we let flow in our heads are not only from us, but are also from the enemy.
In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Paul says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
Please take the time to love one another through FaceTime, phone calls, texts, etc. The church is full of the Holy Spirit who is still using Spiritual Gifts. If God gives you a word of encouragement or a verse or puts someone on your heart, please reach out to build one another up. Ask us for people’s contact or use the church directory. Never hesitate to reach out to any of our staff team, who would love to pray with you, call you if you’re feeling lonely, worried, etc:
Lastly, below is a letter from Brother Lawrence in his book Practicing the Presence of God. In it we find much wisdom in our pursuing Him for His presence.
The enclosed is an answer to that which I received from M-. Please deliver it to her. She is full of good will but she would go faster than grace! One does not become holy all at once. I recommend her to your guidance. We ought to help one another by our advice, and yet more by our good example. Please let me hear of her from time to time and whether she is very fervent and obedient.
Let us often consider that our only business in this life is to please God, that perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity. You and I have lived over forty years in the monastic life. Have we employed them in loving and serving God, who by His mercy has called us to this state and for that very end? I am sometimes filled with shame and confusion when I reflect, on the one hand, upon the great favours which God has done and continues to do for me; and, on the other, upon the ill use I have made of them and my small advancement in the ways of perfection. Since, by His mercy, He gives us yet a little time, let us begin in earnest. Let us repair the lost time.
Let us return with full assurance to that Father of mercies, who is always ready to receive us affectionately. Let us generously renounce, for the love of Him, all that is not Himself. He deserves infinitely more. Let us think of Him perpetually. Let us put all our trust in Him. I have no doubt that we shall soon receive an abundance of His grace, with which we can do all things, and, without which we can do nothing but sin. We cannot escape the dangers which abound in life without the actual and continual help of God. Let us pray to Him for it constantly. How can we pray to Him without being with Him? How can we be with Him but in thinking of Him often? And how can we often think of Him, but by a holy habit which we should form of it? You will tell me that I always say the same thing. It is true, for this is the best and easiest method I know. I use no other. I advise all the world to do it. We must know before we can love. In order to know God, we must often think of Him. And when we come to love Him, we shall then also think of Him often, for our heart will be with our treasure.