I hope that you are doing well today. I'm in the midst of planning and preparing for our first "Zoom Gathering" worship service on Sunday. I'm looking forward to it but I know it is going to be something new and different for us as a church.
Although we'll talk more about this when we gather "together" on Sunday morning, I wanted to again let you know that Zion's board has been carefully considering how to approach the gradual "reopening" that is happening in British Columbia. As much as we'd like to be able to immediately return to meeting in-person on Sunday mornings, we want to take things slowly and carefully.
Pastor Joel, from the Christian Reformed Church, has borrowed an analogy from Dr. Henry and I'll borrow it as well: We need to think of the reopening not as a light switch (with "back to normal" being the result of a quick flick of the switch) but as a dimmer switch (with a gradual return to in-person gatherings on Sundays).
One of our biggest challenges remains the physical size of sanctuary, which severely limits the number of people who could attend an in-person gathering. On Sunday morning I'll share about some of the possible alternatives we have explored and why we have decided to meet via Zoom at this time.
Be sure to check out the rest of this newsletter for information about the Zoom Gathering. I'm not going to include the full information for the meeting in this newsletter since it is also published on Facebook. However, I will be emailing the Zoom information to the church email list and you are encouraged to share the info with others.
If you have not yet been contacted regarding the Zoom gathering please get in touch with me and I'll do my best to help you access our worship service.
Our Sunday morning services are moving to Zoom! Click on the video above for some helpful tips on how to "Zoom".
Be watching your email for the meeting information. Didn't receive it? Contact Pastor Brad and he'll do his best to help you get connected!
On Sunday morning we're going to take some time to share about how God has been at work in our lives. We're planning to use the 4 G's of the gospel to help "frame our sharing time. So, be ready to share how you've seen God's greatness, glory, goodness, and/or grace at work in your life recently.
On Sunday we'll also take some time to share together about the things really missing. Perhaps you're missing seeing others on Sunday mornings. Maybe you're missing being able to sing together. Or maybe you want to be able to pray with others. We'll have some time to talk about what we miss... and to grieve those things together.
Once again, thank you for continuing your generous giving to Zion's ministry. Your donations help us to keep our focus on being "a Christ-centered family who reaches people for Jesus, encourages growth and shows His love through action."
Remember, you can give by:
Debit - Contact Pastor Brad to arrange a time to use the machine at the church building.
Cash/Cheque (including post-dated cheques) - Cheques can be mailed to the church building (2911 Sparks Street Terrace BC V8G 2T4). Cash or cheques can be dropped off.
Online via PayPal. Click on the "Donate Online" button below to access our online giving page.
Zion's board is working to make sure that we're in regular contact with the entire "Zion Family." However, if you need to get in touch, don't hesitate to call or email us.We're ready to help but we can only meet the needs we hear about. Click on a name to send them an email: