Please forgive the misspeak……Wednesday Prayer meeting will air at 7pm, not 9pm like I stated in the video!!!
Since we are unable to congregate as a church, we are striving to give you every resources to grow spiritually and quite frankly, fight the boredom. On our YouTube channel you can find daily devotions beginning Monday, March 23 as well as past sermons and church music specials. You can also enjoy the music of the Lake family, the Blunkalls, the Calvary Quartet, the Vassaks, the FaithMen, the Clark Family and many more.
One NEW EXCITING OPPORTUNITY is our Missionary Moments! Each missionary moment is a recorded church service from one of our missionaries. We cannot post videos of those who serve in creative access countries, but over the length of this quarantine, we will try to post a new video Monday through Saturday that will share our missionaries in action. Please take the opportunity to pray for them as you watch and maybe even send them a note of encouragement.
You can find the Missionary Moments listed right below the Daily Devotions and right before the Archived Church Services.
PS – Don’t forget to catch the first daily devotional at 9 am Monday Morning!!!
Join us at 9 am live on our YouTube channel or the Church’s Facebook page for a time of devotion from one of our staff members. We will bring you a devotion everyday until we can meet again at the church facilities. You can access both through our church website……bethelbaptistsimcoe.ca
Please join us at 10:30 am and 6:00 pm for a time in the Word of God. We will also include up to date church announcements and other information to help our church family and community!
Church Web Page: www.bethelbaptistsimcoe.ca(Select Livestream at top right)
If you tune in, please leave a comment and let us know you dropped by!
I would encourage everyone to read the Important Announcement made yesterday. The church staff has been working hard to make contact with all of our Seniors and offer support. We are glad to help anyone in our community as we are able. Please do not hesitate to direct them to our church.
When you dial the church and select a staff extension, it will also ring their cell phone. Pastor’s will be connected as of Friday afternoon, everyone else is already active. If they are unable to answer, you can leave a message and they will get back to you.
We have started a “Compassionate Care” program and already many have been contacted. Please do not feel like you are imposing upon us if you have a need. It is our pleasure to serve you. We have Deacons and others who have offered their help in this hour.
Please do not feel alone!
Please feel free to also let is know of neighbours who could use some help!
Have a great day, we are praying for you!
Bethel Baptist Church Staff
It has been widely reported that Premier Doug Ford has declared a “state of emergency” in Ontario. One of the mandates, is that public gatherings over 50 people are prohibited.
It is unfortunate, but we must announce that all activities will be cancelled at Bethel Baptist Church, until at least March 31, the suggested date of this ban. Even smaller groups pose an issue as we must sanitize everywhere people went in our facilities. We are working now at providing online services to be presented at our regularly scheduled Sunday morning service time of 10:30 am. As we are able to provide other services, we will announce those times going forward.
With this announcement, obviously the Man-up conference and our Revival Services with the FaithMen quartet this weekend will also be cancelled for this year.
There will be no Master Clubs on the 26th or April 2nd.
For now, please assume that all activities will be cancelled through March 31st.
We are working to set up a “Compassionate Care” Program. All of those, over the age of 50, affiliated with Bethel Baptist Church will be contacted to the best of our ability on a regular basis to help in anyway we can. Please be careful not to ask Staff or Deacons to do something that may compromise their health. We are glad to help get groceries, pharmacy supplies, etc. This program is currently developing and more announcements are forthcoming.
Some are wondering why we would cancel gatherings under the mandated 50 people! It is important that after each activity, the area is sanitized. Even a small group poses a risk of using their meeting place, male and female restrooms, the nursery, the kitchen, m etc. It is near impossible to know everywhere someone travels in our facilities.
Some are also wondering, why would we cancel at all when we are supposed to be a people of faith and not fear! Honestly, I am not afraid of contracting the virus, this is about our church’s testimony. As a pastor friend said, it is hard to tell the community we care when there are cars in our parking lot, disobeying the mandates of the state of emergency. If the situation worsens as a result of our assembling, it could hurt our testimony going forward.
This measure is also a matter of obedience, the Bible says in Romans 13:1 – “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
In short, we may not be able to assemble as a church, but it is time that we be the church!
Please watch for further updates, and feel free to share this with others.
Until we are able to assemble, please contact any staff member with any needs you have and we will do our best!! Our church needs, including our responsibilities to our bills and staff support continue. As a matter of fact, there may be additional costs based on adapting ministry to help people in need. Please be faithful in your support of the work of God, you can give through the mail, or through one of our many online resources, the easiest perhaps being on the church website.
Also, there are many archived services on our church website….
You can find lots of special music and past services at our Youtube Channel…
I trust that you might use these resources to encourage yourselves in the Lord
May God bless and keep you!
Prime Minister Trudeau made a statement regarding the Corona virus this afternoon, announcing a partial travel ban and some border restrictions. It is expected that Premier Rob Ford will also make a statement later today with further recommendations and perhaps restrictions. We will update you regarding any changes to the church schedule once we have gathered that information.
For now…..choir practice for Monday, March 16 has been cancelled.
Once again, please be responsible and if you are experiencing symptoms, please do not attend services or activities at Bethel Baptist Church.
Have a good day!
This is an update from the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit……we fall under the recommended 250 threshold and therefore we will still have our regularly scheduled services today, subject to further updates………
“Effective immediately, and further to the recommendation from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Haldimand-Norfolk Medical Officer of Health has ordered the suspension of all public gatherings of 250 people or more in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Organizers who have questions about smaller gatherings can contact the health unit’s COVID-19 hotline at 519-426-6170 ext. 9999.
Visiting restrictions have also been placed on all long-term care facilities in Haldimand and Norfolk counties, as recommended by the Ministry of Health.
Only essential visitors will be permitted into long-term care homes until further notice.
The Ministry of Health defines essential visitors as those whose loved one is near end-of-life or who is very ill or a parent/guardian of an ill child or youth in a live-in treatment setting.
These visitors will continue to be screened prior to entering the facility.
Staff will take advantage of technology to ensure loved ones remain connected while visiting is limited.
The restrictions are part of the province-wide effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory virus which can be quite serious for the elderly or those with a compromised immune system.
There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in either Haldimand or Norfolk to date.”