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Brethren,

Greetings in the Lord Jesus. Here is the update regarding Sunday services for this week.

As you are all most likely aware of, the B.C. Provincial Government has implemented a plan for “re-opening” the Province. In light of this, our weekly Covid-19 update will be a bit different from earlier weeks.

We will return to all normal services immediately, which means –

  1. We will have prayer meeting on this Sunday at 9:30a.m. (it will be the Confession study the following week and then alternating weekly as we have done in the past). We will meet in the fellowship hall, but if there are too many persons and we cannot maintain social distancing, we will move to the sanctuary.
  1. We will continue our morning and evening services (11:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. respectively) as we have always done in the past. Please try and arrive early for the morning service as we have had to turn people away in the past.
    • I will discuss the Lord’s Supper with the deacons and try and figure something out prior to the first Lord’s Day in June. If I can buy a donut and have someone hand it to me, I’d like to think the church of Jesus Christ can maintain safety while dispensing the elements involved in the Lord’s Supper.
    • As with last week’s update, if you have small children, please consider attending with them in the evening service rather than the morning service so that more adults can attend in the morning.
  1. We will restart our Wednesday Night Bible Study next week (May 20th). We will meet in the fellowship hall, but if there are too many persons and we cannot maintain social distancing, we will move to the sanctuary.

We will continue to honor the government’s recommendations concerning the limitation placed on the number of people who meet. We have been very fortunate in British Columbia that we have been able to meet for worship with fifty persons or less, but this is not optimum. The people of God belong in the house of God on the day of God so hopefully we can return to normal as soon as possible. Pray to God to turn the hearts of the civil government in this direction (Proverbs 21:1).

We will continue to comply with social distancing and with the other sound recommendations; i.e., washing hands, not coughing on one another, etc.

We do sanitize the sanctuary (including door handles, etc.) on Saturdays, so those who want to come can feel as safe at church as they do at Wal-Mart.

Members and regular attenders of FGBC are still free to make their own decisions as to whether or not they will attend church meetings at this time.

Please pray that the Lord would bless local churches so that the worship of God can continue, in person, as the Lord intended.

In Christ,

Jim Butler

Brethren,

Greetings in the Lord Jesus. Here is the update regarding Sunday services for this week.

The BC provincial government addressed the plan to re-open the province, so the deacons and I will meet on Sunday to discuss our plan as a church for moving forward.

The provincial government of B.C. has not changed the rule that less than fifty persons are allowed to meet, so we will proceed on this Sunday as we did last week. There will be no prayer meeting at 9:30a.m., but our morning service (11:00a.m.) and evening service (5:00p.m.) will continue as normal.

As a reminder, if you are in a high-risk category or are showing symptoms of sickness, please do not attend church services. Also, if you do not wish to attend, please do not do so. We will continue to practice social distancing which means no hand shaking, no hugging, no physical contact of any sort, and maintaining a distance of 4-6 feet away from one another.

Please try and arrive early for church as we have had to send several people home over the last few weeks in order to comply with the mandate to not exceed fifty persons gathered together.

Also, if you have small children, please consider bringing them for the evening service only as we have been turning away adults from the morning service. It is extremely difficult as a pastor to advise people to not come to church, but such is our present situation. And please remember: we have an evening worship that we have not had to turn anyone away from since the Covid-19 situation began.

If anyone needs any help with obtaining groceries or other things, please contact me or one of the deacons so we can try and help out. Also, I am maintaining normal office hours during this crisis so if you want to talk, give me a call, email, text, or feel free to pop in as we are able to social distance at the church building. I am also happy to meet with people at their homes.

Please continue to pray for our church and for the church as a whole during this time. Please pray that the gospel of our Lord Jesus would run swiftly and glorified throughout the earth.

In Christ,

Jim Butler

Brethren,

Greetings in the Lord Jesus. Here is the update regarding Sunday services for this week.

The government of Canada still has not changed the rule that less than fifty persons are allowed to meet, so we will proceed on this Sunday as we did last week. There will be no prayer meeting at 9:30a.m., but our morning service (11:00a.m.) and evening service (5:00p.m.) will continue as normal.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-guidance-faith-based-organizations.pdf

As a reminder, if you are in a high-risk category or are showing symptoms of sickness, please do not attend church services. Also, if you do not wish to attend, please do not do so. We will continue to practice social distancing which means no hand shaking, no hugging, no physical contact of any sort, and maintaining a distance of 4-6 feet away from one another.

Please try and arrive early for church as we have had to send several people home over the last few weeks in order to comply with the mandate to not exceed fifty persons gathered together.

If anyone needs any help with obtaining groceries or other things, please contact me or one of the deacons so we can try and help out. Also, I am maintaining normal office hours during this crisis so if you want to talk, give me a call, email, text, or feel free to pop in as we are able to social distance at the church building.

Please continue to pray for our church and for the church as a whole during this time, specifically, that God would be pleased to bless the preaching of His word for the salvation of sinners and the edification of His people.

In Christ,

Jim Butler

Greetings in the Lord Jesus. I wanted to update everyone on our plan for Sunday services this week.

Since the government of Canada has not changed the rule that less than fifty persons are allowed to meet, we will proceed on this Sunday as we did last week.

There will be no prayer meeting at 9:30a.m., but our morning service (11:00a.m.) and evening service (5:00p.m.) will continue as normal.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-guidance-faith-based-organizations.pdf

If you are in a high-risk category or are showing symptoms of sickness, please do not attend. Also, if you do not wish to attend, please do not do so.

The purpose of this plan is not to command anyone to attend services or do anything which would violate your own conscience or your own health protection plan, but simply to say that during this crisis, I will be preaching on Sundays as normal and as long as we do not exceed fifty persons, persons are welcome to come.

Thankfully, our building is large enough so that fifty or less can practice social distancing, which means no hand shaking, no hugging, no physical contact of any sort, and maintaining a distance of 4-6 feet away from one another.

May the Lord continue to advance His cause in the earth through the faithful preaching of His word and the faithful testimony of His people.

And may we all continually (not just one Sunday of the year) reflect on the glory of the resurrection of the Son of God – “who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:25).

In Christ,

Jim Butler

Brethren,

Greetings in the Lord Jesus. I wanted to update everyone on our plan for Sunday services this week.

Since none of the three levels of government in Canada have changed the rule that less than fifty persons are allowed to meet, we will proceed on this Sunday as we did last week.

There will be no prayer meeting at 9:30a.m., but our morning service (11:00a.m.) and evening service (5:00p.m.) will continue as normal. However, we will discontinue observing the Lord’s Supper until further notice.

If you are in a high-risk category or are showing symptoms of sickness, please do not attend. Also, if you do not wish to attend, please do not do so.

The purpose of this plan is not to command anyone to attend services or do anything which would violate your own conscience or your own health protection plan, but simply to say that during this crisis, I will be preaching on Sundays as normal and as long as we do not exceed fifty persons, persons are welcome to come.

Thankfully, our building is large enough so that fifty or less can practice social distancing, which means no hand shaking, no hugging, no physical contact of any sort, and maintaining a distance of 4-6 feet away from one another.

Also, please use the set of doors on the parking lot side (the back doors) for entrance and exit so that the deacons can maintain an accurate head count of persons in the building.

We should remember the biblical and theological reasons for publicly assembling to worship God: God commands that we do so. This biblical commandment needs to be observed in light of the current Covid-19 crisis, but it should not be obliterated.

In other words, provided that the church of Jesus Christ can ensure social distancing, then we, like other essential services, should continue to meet.

As far as our efforts to maintain compliance with the laws in Canada, we check the Provincial Health Officer’s website each day to check for changes.

Here is the link which indicates that groups of fifty or less may meet – http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/community-settings/faith-based-organizations

There was a document posted on March 31st, 2020, entitled “Covid-19 Guidance to Faith Based Organizations” posted here https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-guidance-faith-based-organizations.pdf that continues to authorize church meetings provided that we stay under fifty and in compliance with social distancing, etc.

Once again, I am not commanding anyone who is a member of or regular attender of the Free Grace Baptist Church to attend worship services. You should proceed according to conscience and according to your own health plan.

The church, however, will continue to conduct worship services in accordance with God’s word and if persons are wanting to attend, they may do so provided we do not exceed fifty persons and provided that we continue to comply with social distancing and other guidelines established by our government that are designed to curtail the spread of the virus.

May the Lord continue to advance His cause in the earth through the faithful preaching of His word and the faithful testimony of His people.

In Christ,

Jim Butler