Dear CIBC family,
We know that everyone is enjoying the relaxation of covid-based restrictions. Finally phase 1 has arrived. Yay! We are anticipating next steps, and thank you for participating in our recent survey. Your input is important.
Our leadership team is closely monitoring the situation and we do not anticipate returning to in-person services until possibly sometime in June, date to be announced. Everyone should understand that our building is a very closed design. There are no windows that open in the entire building. Even our air con units do not provide fresh air, but simply recirculate interior air.
You will be pleased to know that we have broken ground on our water-intrusion remediation construction project. This will be completed the 1 st week of June, before we return to in-person services.
We will continue to offer online services at 11am. Our survey affirmed the popularity of our video recordings which we will offer even when we restart in-person services as there will be some who are likely not ready to return to the sanctuary. Additionally, thanks to your sharing of links, our services now have more viewers than ever each Sunday.
Thanks for staying connected during this time we are physically apart. We look forward to gathering together for worship in the not too distant future.
Grace and peace to all,
CIBC Interim Pastor
Dear CIBC friends and families,
In response to the government’s recent announcement of phased relaxation of sheltering in place rules, our leadership has decided to continue with our online-only streaming services at 11am on Sundays for the foreseeable future. We hope you have enjoyed being with us at cibc.es. We hope to be announcing a change to our worship later this month. Like you,
we were quite encouraged to note new government projections allowing churches to worship again, albeit with partial capacity. As anxious as we all are to see one another in person, we will be waiting until we can do it in a way that honours God and minimises risk. When we do return to in-person worship, we will be maintaining measures to deter viral transmission.
Our understanding is that current regulations still prohibit transit between municipalities. A good number of our family commute long distances to worship with us, and we do not want to encourage anyone to wilfully disobey current rules. We will continue to monitor government announcements and upon significant changes, we will review our worship programmes. Our latest plans can always be found on our website, but we will also send a celebratory announcement when we restart in-person worship services. I know that many of you have missed your opportunity to worship with your tithes and offerings as well. You are encouraged to check out our website’s NEW donate page that offers a few different online options to support your church. Like your mortgage, insurance, and utilities, our expenses continue. Please consider setting up a regular e-giving donation or bank transfer, which will be part of our new way ahead. https://calahondabaptistchurch.org/index.php/donate
Alice and I took our first beach walk in quite a while on Saturday, and what a beautiful day it was. The lessening of government restrictions on our lives is a welcome change. Yay! Little by little this season will pass. God’s blessing remains on us. May it be felt in your life.
Grace and peace,
Tom & Alice Trotter
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