In light of the evolving situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we would like to share an update on how Elevation will be responding. This post will be updated from time to time with any new changes or cancellations. (See older posts below.)
- All in-person meetings, events, and Sunday morning gatherings have been cancelled through March 31
- We will be providing new ways to stay connected with one another through the use of online meeting platforms—details about how you can participate can be found here and a link to our Sunday morning live stream is here
For an overview of why it’s so important to take appropriate action at this time, even if you’re not part of a vulnerable sector, here is a video that provides a balanced explanation and appeal.
March 13 Update:
Our Staff and Steering Committee have been in regular conversation about how the current situation will impact the rhythms of our church community. We have listened to the advice of healthcare practitioners, local and provincial authorities, and other church leaders, and we are committed to responding with best recommended practices in the days and weeks to come.
With this in mind, we have made a decision to cancel our gathering on Sunday, March 15.
A handful of people involved with the service will be at the church creating an opportunity for you to join us via livestream, which will be available on Elevation’s facebook page. (If you do not have facebook, we will make the sermon podcast available as soon as possible.)
This will be a bit of an experiment for us on such short notice, but it will be a creative way for us to worship together even while we’re apart. I am also looking forward to sharing some reflections on the opportunity we have to embrace a faithful posture during these unprecedented days.
We would like to move forward in a way that supports our community’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Please read the document below for some helpful suggestions:
In addition to Sunday morning’s livestream, we are working on finding ways to increase the ability of people to stay connected to the community while at home. More details will follow.
While Elevation does not typically have a lot of programming throughout the week, we will clearly communicate any changes or cancellations on this post, by email to those in our database, and via social media channels. Should you or a member of your household feel unwell, we would ask that you please err on the side of caution and stay home from any up-coming gatherings.
While people are encouraged to avoid assembling in large groups, at this point, the church building itself has not been closed. We have taken extra precautions, though, to help keep our shared space as safe as possible:
- signage reminding people to practice hands-free greeting
- extra hand-sanitizer stations around the building
If you are feeling isolated, anxious, or have other concerns, please remember that our Pastoral Care Team is available. To connect with someone in this capacity, please email Melissa Burke.
Finally, for every action you take to prevent the physical spread of the virus, we would encourage you to take a parallel action to prevent the spread of fear. What if, instead of only sharing notifications about closures and cancellations, we started sharing about the things we are doing to encourage health in the other areas of our lives? That could go a long way to providing some stability in the midst of these uncertain times.
As we keep our eyes open to the reality of the situation around us, let’s also remind one another that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)