- 凡到教會參與聚會者，請在進入教會時先用消毒液將手消毒。我們的司事會樂意為大家提供，而教會亦於多處地方設有消毒液。其次是請緊記要勤於洗手，並暫時不要與其他人有身體觸碰 (如握手等)。
- 新冠病毒已傳染至全球超過90個國家，而且數目亦不斷增加。故此本會為安全起見便不再列出任何國家，而改為要求所有從外地返回加拿大的會眾和來賓，或與外地回來的人有緊密接觸者 (如家人及親友)，在14天內請不要回來教會聚會，以確保自己和他人的健康安全。
弟兄姊妹們，在這非常時期，我們更應活出基督的樣式，以信、望、和愛去面對每個挑戰。我們應多禱告、多關懷、和多見證福音的大能。人面對這個死亡率只得3.4%的新冠肺炎便已如此惶恐，試問若人要面對死亡率達100%的罪惡問題時，會是何等的絕望。福音本是神的大能，盼望是無論得時或不得時 (提後4:2)，我們都總叫基督在我們身上照常顯大 (腓1:20)。
As the COVID-19 virus spreads globally, many countries and regions experience a rapid rise in new infection cases, even with some cases resulting in mortality. As anxieties and worries grow, we as disciples of Christ must not only elevate our hygiene and disease prevention measures with due diligence, we must also set our eyes upon God and extend care to those being affected. Especially as leaders of the church, we must be well prepared in our disease prevention measures for the members and guests in our community, such that those who come to gather and worship may feel safe and secure. As such, the Pastoral Team, together with the Board of Directors, will be implementing the following preventative measures.
In order to ensure safety of the entire community:
- If any member or their children experience flu-like or upper respiratory tract related symptoms, please seek medical help immediately and avoid coming to church during the recovery period.
- Anyone attending or visiting the church is asked to sanitize your hands as you enter. Our ushers will have hand sanitizers readily available for you and will gladly assist everyone with such procedure. Hand sanitizers are also available at various locations on the church premise. In addition, please remember to wash your hands frequently and limit physical contact with one another (e.g. handshaking) during this crucial period.
- Currently, the COVID-19 virus has spread to over 90 countries and the number is expected to rise. To keep the announcement succinct, the church will not be listing each individual country. Instead, we require every member and guest who recently arrived in Canada from abroad or was in close contact with those who have done so (i.e. family and friends visiting) to avoid coming to any church gatherings for 14 days inclusively to ensure the health and safety of themselves and others.
- The church will continue to serve hot water, hot tea and brewed coffee every Sunday, using disposable cups. Unless prior special permission is obtained from the Board, all activities involving meal preparation, sharing, and dining in the church are prohibited.
- Ministry and fellowship gatherings may continue to be held within and outside the church as usual (including those at member’s home or other locations) unless the person in charge cancels the gathering at their discretion. Please exercise sound judgement and always act on the side of caution and consult, as needed, the responsible ministry or department head or any of the moderators for any special needs or requests regarding fellowship or ministry coordination.
- Because the elderly, those with chronic illness, or those in pregnancy are identified as high-risk groups susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, the church will suspend all seniors’ gatherings / Good Morning Ladies, Ezra Fellowship, Esther Fellowship, and Conversational English classes. In addition, the church will also provide a simultaneous webcast of our Sunday services and encourage those in these groups to stay home and worship together through online means if technically able. Members can access our church website via www.vcbc.ca and find the webcast link at the top of the page to view our simulcast.
To ensure individual health and safety:
- Maintain personal hygiene by frequent handwashing and minimizing hand-to-face contact.
- Minimize prolonged exposures in crowded areas and avoid trips abroad deemed unnecessary.
- Sanitize the surface of your cellular phone daily.
- If you experience any flu-like symptoms, seek medical diagnosis immediately and notify the church such that we may pray for you.
In addition, the market has experienced a purchase frenzy of personal health products which causes those who truly rely on such products to be in shortages. At this time, believers should live out their testimonies through extending love and care. Therefore, the church pleads to those with excess resources to care for those around them. And if possible, share your resources with them to live out Christ’s teaching of loving others as yourself. Lastly, the Board of Directors will continue to monitor the situation’s development closely. If necessary, preventative measures will be escalated, including substituting, reducing, or even temporarily suspending church activities and/or gatherings.
Brothers and sisters, in this crucial time, we must further live out Christ in our lives and face every challenge with faith, hope, and love. We should devote more in prayer, extend more care, and more readily testify the power of the Gospel. If humanity already feels such helplessness to a coronavirus with a 3.4% mortality rate, imagine how much more hopeless they may be when they have to face the problem of sin which has a 100% mortality rate. The Gospel is the power of God. Hope is to be prepared in season and out of season (2 Tim 4:2), so that now as always Christ will be exalted in our body (Phil 1:20).
May God guard the health of everyone’s body, mind and soul and may everyone proactively glorify God and bless others.
Presented by the Pastoral Team and the Board of Directors