Church gatherings have been suspended until further notice.
Below is the e-mail sent out on Saturday, March 14th - updated Tuesday, March 31st*
Hello there Cedarview Family,
The staff and elders of Cedarview met together to pray and discuss how we can align with recommended best practices made by our municipal, provincial and national health authorities regarding COVID-19. We want to maintain the vision of our church through thick and thin, and at the same time play our part in helping protect the vulnerable, slow the spread of the virus in our community and stay current with the relevant information. We agreed on several significant steps so far and will continue to adapt as needed in the weeks ahead.
First, effective immediately we are suspending our church Sunday gatherings until further notice. We are also suspending all onsite programs effective immediately until that planned return date, which includes mid-week programs for children, youth and adults. For the time being the Annual General Meeting has been re-scheduled for April 26th , but that too, is dependent on recommendations from our public health authorities.
We recommend the small groups that meet in people's homes also suspend their gatherings, but if small meetings occur, please follow carefully the best practices outlined by Ottawa Public Health, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
We are exploring ways to provide worship and teaching through video to be available soon. We are also currently working to provide 'discipleship-at-home' resources for children and youth and will urge you too, to consider ways you can reach out and connect with one another for encouragement and growth by old-fashioned telephone or by using online tools.
What about giving to God's work through Cedarview during this season? We already have several methods for online giving and you can find details about that on the church website, on the Giving page
If you are not comfortable giving online, please contact our treasurer Peter Heath for other options. Peter's email is [email protected] and his phone number is 613-295-9732. We are actively looking into enhancing these online giving options and will provide you updates in the coming days and weeks.
On one hand it breaks my heart to make these temporary changes - I listened to our worship team practice just two nights ago and it sounded so good! I was so looking forward to being together. On the other hand, we need to stay prayerful and attentive - what might God be doing? How can we follow Jesus' teachings and example in such a time as this?
Needs, Offers of Help, and Opportunities:
Our staff and elders have created a response team to carry on considering not only the challenges but also the opportunities before us. We will meet regularly and keep you informed of changes. changes. If you have a need, or you would like to offer your help, or see opportunities please email [email protected]
As we discussed all of this, we considered the prophet Daniel, who prayed for wisdom and power from God in a time of dreadful crisis... and received it. In response he worshiped God, saying "I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors; you have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we have asked of you..." (2:23). We believe that the God of our ancestors is more than enough for us today - and that we need not fear, but only come to Him.
Together with you for Christ and His Kingdom,
*The church office will be closed and our Cedarview staff will be working on projects from home. Emails to [email protected] will continue to be received and read as normal during our normal office hours. However, phone messages will be checked less frequently, more likely once a day during the week.
Click here to see a list of staff emails: https://cedarview.ca/about-us/staff/