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Hi Bridge Church,
Every once in a while you get an “I’ve never been through this before” moment in your life, and the current Coronavirus phenomenon is one of them for me.
I’m sure you have been overwhelmed by all the news around the Coronavirus. As followers of Jesus, we don’t live with a spirit of fear, but we do seek to act with wisdom. In light of this, we want to be appropriately proactive when we meet together on Sundays, and we are closely following Health Canada’s recommendations for gatherings. The staff has formulated a multi-phase plan, and as of today, we are making some changes to our Sunday service schedule.
This Sunday, March 15, we will hold one service at 11:00 a.m. If, for whatever reason, you aren’t able to be with us, we will be live-streaming the service online and would ask you to attend that way. You can join us at www.bridgechurches.ca/live
The church is not a building.
It’s a movement.
It’s a community, and we want to connect with you any way we can.
During this we would ask you to consider giving electronically. The mission of the Bridge goes on, and we thank you for investing in it. You can give one of three ways:
1) Visit our webpage and click the “GIVE” button on the top right corner. 2) Download and use the “Church Center” app. 3) Text-to-Give. Text the number 84321, include the dollar amount in the message and follow the prompts.
When you arrive this Sunday, you will notice a few changes that will help us reduce hand contact:
● Our guest services team will be welcoming you with a smile and a wave instead of a handshake. We encourage you to do the same with others. ● We will be holding open the door for you and asking you to use the offering boxes located on the wall at the auditorium and main lobby exits. ● Bridge Kids self check-in touch screens will not be available for now, and we will have someone check you in, so you may want to arrive a few minutes early.
In addition to this, we will continue the following preventative practices as usual:
● Hand sanitizer will be available throughout all locations. ● Staff and volunteers will be diligent in keeping themselves and all environments clean and safe. ● Please note, if your child arrives and we are concerned that they are symptomatic, we will ask that you take them home. If you haven’t felt well lately or have been traveling abroad, you may also have some questions.
The following will help:
● If you or your family members are experiencing or have recently experienced symptoms associated with the flu or the common cold, or if you have recently traveled to a high-risk location, we ask that you join us online.
● If you have pre-existing underlying medical conditions, compromised immune systems, or are age 65 or over, we realize that you are at higher risk, and joining us online may be a safer option for you this Sunday.
We recognize that our online experience isn’t same as being in the room, but we want to continue to connect with you if you are unable to attend in person. Our vision as a church is to build irresistible bridges between unchurched people and Jesus, and the best way to build bridges is to show sacrifice in times of crisis, not selfishness. So we are asking you to help us with two things this week: 1) Many people are stocking up on items in the event that stores are sold out, or we aren’t able to leaves homes. Lisa and I are doing the same. That said, there are a number of families in our community who are not able to do that. As you know, we partner with the Kanata Food Cupboard and they are feeling overwhelmed with the need they are anticipating. We can help. If you are able to attend Sunday, I am going to ask you to come with some non-perishable food items. During this reality we are all facing, let’s do our part to ensure no one goes hungry. 2) We have a number of Seniors in our congregation, as well as others whose immune system is compromised, who should not be putting themselves at unnecessary risk during this time. We would like to provide them with the option to call in to the church and get help getting what they need. We will coordinate the shopping and delivery for them. If you need help, or would like to schedule assistance for someone in need, or, if you would be willing to help someone in need in this way, please contact my assistant Kim at: 343-545-0298 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Volunteers are not paying for these items, but merely doing the shopping and delivery for those who are in need of assistance).
We will keep you updated as we monitor the situation daily. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
While the media continues to highlight the challenges we face, what an opportunity we have to model the peace of Christ to the people in our community who are feeling anxious or even fearful.
We thank you for your cooperation ahead of time, and we look forward to connecting with you either in person or online this Sunday!
Until them, much love,
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