COVID-19 Update – June 1
Dear Bethany Family,
Dear Bethany Family,
First and foremost, we continue to pray you and your families are healthy and safe during these days.
We have come a long way since things shut down in March. We have settled into our online interactions and have seen a very positive response to our online, weekly ministry options. We have welcomed Pastor Anthony and family to Bethany and continue to be blessed by his weekly sermons and FB Live sessions. On a praise note we have an arrangement with Kingdom Insight TV Network in Guelph that has allowed Pastor Anthony to record his weekly sermons for not only Bethany, but Bethel Church as well.
As a Leadership Team we continue to prayerfully monitor the situation as it pertains to COVID-19. We realize it is very fluid and changing almost daily. Although we were cautiously optimistic we would be able to reopen in June, recent events would suggest it will be later than that. We are very sensitive to ensuring we keep our church family safe and, at the same time, are aware there are many who are eager to get back to in person worship services. We will provide more details as they become available in the coming days. Please continue to pray for the health and well-being of people around the world, for wisdom and discernment for our elected officials and, most importantly, that people would continue to turn to God and His Word for answers to the many questions they have during this crisis!
We have been blessed to have been able to Live Stream Pastor Anthony over the past few weeks and we will continue worshiping in this format for the foreseeable future. Sunday service will be held at 10am and you can connect in the following way:
Go to www.bethanyemc.ca and click on the COVID-19 “More Information” button and there will be a link to the service.
Service time – 10:00am – 11:00am
The great news in this uncertain time is that God is reaching millions more people around the world who would not have stepped foot in a church. PTL as these are exciting days!
Extended Closure Date
Our Leadership Team is working on plans to return to worship service(s) in our building. We will be providing further updates at the appropriate time as we approach the return date. Our offices are now open from Monday to Thursday from 9 – 1. We continue to answer incoming calls and emails and we will do our best to respond in a timely fashion should you require further assistance.
As per our previous update, we are pleased to be continuing important ministry areas to support and encourage you in these days:
- Prayer Meeting – Jim McDowell – firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at 519 895 1290
- Woman’s Bible study – Alice Swing email@example.com
- Youth – Dustin Cook – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Small Groups – Pastor Marilyn – email@example.com
- Sunday Services
Tithes and Offerings
As you can appreciate, we still need to sustain our ministry and continue to maintain our fixed costs through this time. We realize there are a few different methods our church Family uses to do this. Please visit our web site www.bethanyemc.ca , click on the “How to Give” button for further details and choose a method that works best for you.
- Online Donations
- Mail or in Person – the church is now closed but you can drop your cheque (No cash please) in the mail drop located to the left of the parking lot side door entrance
God Bless and Hope to see you all, in person, again soon!
Chair, Bethany Board of Directors