Hi Church Family,
I wanted to update you on steps Thrive Church is taking with the recent developments and government announcements on COVID-19. Thrive Church has been closely monitoring the situation and keeping up-to-date with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Health Canada reports and guidelines.
First I want to remind you that in times that feel uncertain, God is certain. He is unchanging, unshakable and His Word is true. As Psalms 91:1-4
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.2 This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.”
On Sunday evening March 15, Alberta’s Chief medical officer issued a statement. Here is an excerpt from the statement that is applicable to Thrive (https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx):
"Effective immediately, all places of worship are now being asked to follow the same restrictions being placed on other gatherings in the province. All mass gatherings of 250 people or more should be cancelled. Any event that has more than 50 attendees and expects to have international participants, or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations, should also be cancelled.”
Our Church now meets much of the new criteria set out by the government of Alberta to not hold gatherings. Also our rental facility, the Dalhousie Community Centre has now closed their building. With both the AHS guidelines, submitting to our government (Romans 13) and our rental facility being closed. we will not meet in person on Sunday March 22.
We are going to move Thrive Church Sunday gatherings online. The Church is the people not a facility or building. Sunday March 22 at 10:30am we will gather online and have Thrive Church in your homes. We will be live streaming Sunday’s message on the Thrive Church Facebook Page: Thrive Church YYC (https://www.facebook.com/ThriveChurchYYC) and Thrive Church YYC Youtube page Sunday March 22 at 10:30am. You will even be able to host a “watch party” on Facebook and tune in from where ever you are.
This is not a reaction out of fear or emotion, rather exercising Godly wisdom and submitting to authority (Roman 13). In and throughout all circumstances and crisis, our faith and hope are in God. We believe God’s Word is true, powerful and full of promises.
Also effective this week we will be postponing Thrive Small Groups in accordance with the AHS recommendations and requests. However Hebrews 10:25 is still true in the midst of this, to gather and come together. In times like this you and I and our world needs the come together around Jesus, His Word, finished work and power. This is why, every evening at 8pm starting tomorrow Tuesday March 17, we will be doing a 15 minute Facebook live (https://www.facebook.com/ThriveChurchYYC). We will take communion, pray, and share a short word to build your faith and put our focus on Jesus.
I have a request of you during these times. Would you do “5 for Thrive” each day? Each day take 5 minutes to text 5 people to encourage them and check in. Each day, do 5 new people. Or would you take 5 minutes to call someone each day to encourage them in the Lord and check in? Let’s be the Church and daily do “5 for Thrive”.
Some people have asked how they can give their tithes and offerings during this time. You can give online at https://www.thrivecalgary.ca/give-online . I know many people have already taken advantage of this secure and convenient way to give.
If we are able to help you or you need assistance, please let us know. We are here for you. We will not stop being the Church. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. Know you can always call us, email, text.
At Thrive, we preach the message and Good News of Jesus. The truth of Jesus is as true today during these times, as it is when everything is going well. Know that God will do what He said He will do. He is unchanging, never failing and you can put your faith in Him.
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
If you have any questions or would like help in how to access Thrive Church Live streams, please let us know.
Church we love you. Be strong and courageous because the Lord is with You.
Pastors Josiah and Natalie Gurnsey