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I’m sure this past week for all of us has been stressful and confusing as we deal with these unprecedented health issues. Each passing day finds families waiting eagerly on the arrival of every news report and update, each one compounding in a sense of concern, confusion, and uncertainty.

And throughout all of this, the church is resilient with last-minute service cancellations, emergency video recordings, attempts at live streaming and a sudden need to advance our Facebook skills; all have moved us forward. Thanks to all of this technology, churches all over the BCYD are able to share hope, encouragement and the love of Jesus.

What a great opportunity we have to remind our church families that God is our refuge, strength and ever-present help in times of trouble. And here at your District Office, we want to make sure you feel equipped, encouraged and have every possible tool available for you to continue being a light in the darkness.

Within this Network News magazine, you will find steps to start online giving, video recording, streaming options and a variety of suggestions to keep your church family connected and pumped up to care for, serve and love your extended community.

Just because we are not gathering together on Sundays does not mean we cannot celebrate and care for our people, I want to remind all of our pastors and ministry leaders to continue your care to those who are elderly, ill or unable to get around easily. Give some special thought to those who are not connected to social media with a visit or a phone call.

Make sure to update your website with easy to understand information on what your church is doing and what help you are providing.

Remain in contact with those within your church that may be quarantined, isolated or unwell. Extend to them a reassurance that you are praying for them and are willing to help them in any way you can. And as simple as it sounds, be friendly and courteous to your neighbours and encourage your church family to do the same.

All of us will have to go the extra mile during these extreme times but that is what it means to be Christ-like in a world surrounded by confusion and fear.

I hope you can take comfort in all of these resources and encourage an unending faith in the God who provides and protects.

“I have told you all these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33