As some of you have heard, yesterday new restrictions were put in place by the PHO relating to religious gatherings.
It is the conviction of the Elders not to deny any person access to the church community, from hearing the gospel or from taking the sacraments based on a personal health decision (or any other non-biblical categorization of people). We believe that this is consistent with God’s grace in welcoming all people.
As a result, we will not be imposing a vaccine passport system but will instead restrict our gatherings to 50% capacity in order to adhere with the latest Public Health Order. As such, our Sunday mornings, beginning this December 2nd, will now require two things:
- Masks be worn for the duration of the gathering except when eating or drinking.
- That you pre-register ahead of time in order to ensure we do not exceed our venue’s capacity limits. There will be two separate registrations for Sunday morning; one for the upstairs gathering, and another for all children and children’s ministry volunteers. You can register for the gathering and children’s ministry HERE.
For those with children, as indicated above, Christ City Kid’s will continue to run on Sunday morning, except children will now go immediately to the lower hall upon entering the building. Pick-up for your children can be done immediately following the gathering at the West exterior door on Penticton.
I also want to take this time to say thank-you, church. In a season where it appears the only constant is change; you have been faithful to continue to do the work God has called you to do, adjusting as needed. Of course, as we were reminded a few weeks ago, your faithfulness to love and serve one another ultimately points to the God who is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). These latest restrictions did not come as a surprise to our sovereign Lord. And, while they might be received as a discouragement to many of us, we continue to entrust ourselves to the only One who has never let us down. If that’s you today, would you turn to him in prayer now?
Finally, let me take this opportunity to invite you to pray for myself, the staff, and the Elders of Christ City across our network of neighbourhood churches. Pray that we would be those who “guard the good deposit entrusted to us” (2 Timothy 1:14). Pray that The Lord would give us wisdom, as he delights to do without reproach (James 1:5). And pray that, together, we would all grow in our longing for the second advent of our Lord Jesus Christ to which this first advent points.
If I can serve you in anyway at this time, please do not hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.