All of us are aware of the growing concerns about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As this situation develops, Wentworth’s leadership team is keeping a close eye on updates and discerning how we ought to respond to be able to love God and love our neighbours well. This page is meant to provide regular updates for our church and those considering visiting, so that you can be informed about steps we are taking to mitigate the spread of the virus and be assured that decisions are being made diligently and proactively.

 

Last Updated: March 18th, 2020

Current Level: RED
Gatherings and most ministries cancelled until further notice.

Sunday Services will be held online on the following Sunday mornings:
March 22nd          March 29th          April 5th

Due to the recent state of emergency announcement from the Government of Ontario, our church will be cancelling all gatherings until further notice to do our part in keeping our church community and neighbours safe.

Decisions regarding ministry changes and cancellations are being made according to a “Green–Yellow–Red” protocol (see below) that we have adopted to help guide our decision making for cancellations during this pandemic. Our classification level will be updated every Thursday for the foreseeable future.

Please note the following ministry changes and cancellations:
Cancelled: Sundays — Worship services moved online (until further notice)
Cancelled: Sundays — Core Group & Potlucks (until further notice)
Changed: Tuesdays — LIFT Community Dinners will be served as bag lunches, to be taken home. No gym time.
Cancelled: Fridays — Hamilton Out of the Cold (season has ended early)
Cancelled: March 28th — IF:Gathering at North Burlington Baptist Church

 


A brief reminder of things already said, both by our church and throughout the news and social media:

  1. Use Hand washing as an opportunity to pray — Reciting the Lord’s Prayer in particular, which will help center you on God, God’s Kingdom, and our Heavenly Father’s provision and deliverance.
  2. Stay in contact with each other — Social distancing will also increase social isolation, so try to stay in contact with others via phone, e-mail, or social. Check in, share, and pray with one another.
  3. In the 4th Century, a plague began to spread, striking such fear into people that they would flee cities to get away from the sick and infected. However, the early Church Father Eusebius shares the following about how Christian’s responded : “All day long some of them [the Christians] tended to the dying and to their burial, countless numbers with no one to care for them. Others gathered together from all parts of the city a multitude of those withered from famine and distributed bread to them all.” As we learned studying Revelation, Jesus is Lord over History—even now!—and this Lord calls His people, as He always has, to be people of sacrifice who count living a blessing and dying a gain. May we embody the Church’s witness during past epidemics in our present one, and live sacrificially, as the Lord leads, to love our neighbour as ourselves.

 


Previous Updates:
Wednesday, March 18th – Response Level Updated: Red
Sunday, March 15 — Changes and cancellations updated
Saturday, March 14 — Response Level Updated: Yellow
Thursday, March 12 — A Letter to Wentworth from Pastor Seán

 


Resources:
City of Hamilton Coronavirus Information Page
Health Canada Coronavirus Information Page
Canadian Government’s Risk-Informed Gathering Assessment