March 22, 2020 Service
March 14th, 2020 COVID-19 Update
It is hard to believe just how quickly things have changed, but since the last update we posted here barely 48 hours ago, the COVID-19 situation has only continued to evolve. Although, we are a small church and nowhere close to the 250-person limit that B.C. Health officials have imposed on public gatherings, we believe it is important for us to suspend Sunday service at this time. The health and safety of our church family is important to us, but so is the well-being of our neighbours whom we are called to love. We are called to be responsible citizens of the city and country that God has placed us in, and therefore, to love and protect those who are most vulnerable among us, we are making this decision.
However, let us remember that despite the fact that COVID-19 has resulted in us not gathering, we must remember that this will not stop the church that Jesus Christ purchased at the cost of his own life. The Gospel of the kingdom will continue to be proclaimed until our Lord returns and we as Christians can continue to gather—even if that is online or in each other’s homes.
On Sunday morning at 10am, in lieu of our morning service, we are encouraging you to tune in to our livestream on the front page of our website at www.westlynnbaptist.com. Please do not come to our facility on Sunday morning as we will not be having any on-site Sunday ministries including children’s and nursery ministry. Sunday service will be online ONLY and only essential staff and volunteers will be at the building to facilitate the livestream.
As small group gatherings are considered low risk, we’d encourage you to gather with a few friends and church family members to be able to worship together, hear God’s Word, pray, and enjoy fellowship. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice Christian hospitality and to also join with the activities of brothers and sisters all around the globe who are practicing the very same thing. Our sovereign God has brought this on us, and therefore, we can trust that he is working out his ultimate good in the midst of difficulty and trial.
Pastor Sam Chua (on behalf of the WBC Interim Leadership Team)