July 3, 2020

SGBC Family News | July 3, 2020

Dear SGBC Brothers and Sisters,

Based on your responses to the "Resume Gathering Survey" and after careful consideration and discussion, the pastoral team proposes to resume physical worship in three stages:

First stage: Resume only worship for all three congregations (Cantonese, English, Mandarin); the elderlies are encouraged to stay at home to participate in online worship.

Second stage: Resume worship for all three congregations (Cantonese, English, Mandarin) as well as children worship; the elderlies are encouraged to remain at home and join online worship.

Third stage: Resume worship for all three congregations (Cantonese, English, Mandarin) as well as children worship, and the elderlies are also welcome to join physical worship at EastRidge.

We are temporarily unable to draw up a specific timetable for each stage. In the first stage, the pastoral and deacon team will plan in accordance with the latest guidelines from the Ministry of Health of Ontario, the infection situation of Stouffville, and whether the church and other facilities and equipment can reach the requirement of physical distancing or livestreaming… etc. When the above conditions are not mature, we will continue the current arrangement for pre-recording the worship services which will then be broadcast on Sunday. We will pay attention to when schoolchildren resume classes at school or community centre activities resume normal operation before considering the second stage. As for the third stage, we will pay attention to the overall situation of the pandemic and whether it can ensure safety for the elderly before we enter.

Adult Sunday school and prayer meeting will remain being held online for the first two stages. When the third stage is implemented steadily, it will depend on classroom facilities and the situation of congregation attending physical worship before considering whether to resume part or all the physical gathering of Sunday school, and we can then also decide whether and when to resume physical prayer meeting.

Brothers and sisters are encouraged to rotate between physical and online meetings for Life Groups with weather permitting and consensus from the others.

If you have any comments on the above suggestions or how to provide more effective pastoral care, please feel free to contact any pastor or deacon. Thank you.

Observing the Lord’s Supper

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper together this Sunday July 5, please prepare your heart. Our team has already distributed Lord’s Supper 2-in-1 packages at the end of May to those whose information has been registered with SGBC and those who are actively participating at SGBC. If you have not got them, please contact SGBC Office @ 647-547-3618 ([email protected]).

ESC “Grad Day”

Praise the LORD for bringing this year’s junior/senior high school and university graduates through this important chapter of their lives! ESC will be hosting a “Grad Day” this Sunday July 5 at 2pm on Zoom for a simple celebration. Please contact Pastor Ada at [email protected] for more details

Online 5-Day Club

First SGBC 5-Day Bible Club will be held online on August 10-14 this year! The theme is “Inventor Fuzzywig's Workshop” led by Child Evangelism Fellowship. It will be held on Zoom for one hour at 4-5pm on Zoom on Monday to Friday. Children to join with a limit of 20 children. Please visit https://bit.ly/SGBC-5-Day-Club-Registration for details and registration. You are also welcome to contact Pastor Ada at [email protected] for any enquiry. Registration starts on July 5. Pray that this event will not only provide a platform for the children to know God and truth, but also
an opportunity to reach out to their friends

Tithes & Offering – Online “Giving & Support”

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Malachi 3:10

Please visit the church website and click on “Online Offering” under “Give & Support” to make an offering: http://www.stouffville-gbc.org/onlineoffering/

If you want to donate by mail, please visit the church website and click on “By Mail” under “Give & Support” to make an offering: http://www.stouffville-gbc.org/bymail/

For enquiries, please contact Deacon Terrance Yeung ([email protected]) or Brother Richard Ji ([email protected]).

Pray that this newsletter will help us walk in the Truth and face the trying times together! See you Sunday!

Rev. Hubert Wu
Senior Pastor, Stouffville Grace Baptist Church