Hi CCAC family!
Thanks for dropping by and seeing what we’ve been up to over the past few days. Our pastoral staff, elders, and ministry leaders have been brainstorming different ideas and possibilities for connecting with you and continuing our ministries. Although things have changed quite dramatically over the past week, I have been deeply encouraged by the care and concern expressed towards one another during this time, and the commitment to continue worshiping our God. Almost 350 viewers turned up for our first livestream worship service last Sunday! Praise the Lord!
We recognize more than ever that our Sunday services are just one of the many ways we worship God and fellowship with one another as a church family. We’ve put together some great ideas and opportunities below for us to continue interacting as a church in the coming weeks. I’ve mapped them out into four stages: Checking In, Linking Up, Reaching Out, and Moving On.
The Four Stages
We want to try and make sure that we connect with everyone during this time of uncertainty and transition. Someone will reach out and touch base with you to make sure that you’re ok, and that you’re safe and have what you need for the immediate future. We will phone, text, email, and even knock on your door if we have to!
More than just connecting with you, we want to get you involved! Although we can’t meet physically, there are plenty of ways to interact online and continue living life together as a church. We want to continue learning & growing together. We’ll provide lots of different ways to do this in the coming weeks.
This is a time of great need in our communities and city. We want to be a blessing to those around us. And as a church, we believe we can make a huge impact! We will be sharing ways for us to do this in the coming weeks. Please let us know if you have any great ideas or hear of any specific opportunities.
There will come a time when things begin to settle down, and life starts to go back to what it once was. This might not be as easy as we think, so we want to think through what this will look like, and help each other process what we’ve gone through. Let’s be patient and persevere together! God will make a way!
Ask God what He is doing and how He is inviting you to see Him and experience Him during this time of uncertainty and change. Spend time listening, reflecting, and journaling the words and responses that you hear from Him about what it means to be faithful, available, and teachable during this time. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Get involved! Even though we’re being told to social distance ourselves from one another, there are still plenty of ways for us to connect and interact during this temporary interruption of our normal routines. God created us as relational beings, in His image, so we all have a need and craving for friendship and fellowship. It’s easy to feel disconnected and isolated during this time, so join up and find ways to continue building community! (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Through all circumstances, God deserves our praise and worship! No matter what we face in life, whether now or in the future, He has prepared a way for us through Jesus Christ our Saviour. No trial or tribulation can ever change the fact that for all who confess that Jesus is Lord, and believe that He rose from the dead, you will be saved! So we have nothing to fear, and much to give thanks for! Praise the Lord (Psalm 147)