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Ontario Conference COVID-19 Guidelines for Churches

Wednesday, March 18, 2020/Categories: Conference News

RECOMMENDED CHURCH GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19
 
Dear Ontario Conference Pastors, Head Elders, Clerks, and Communication Leaders:
 
After prayerful and careful reflection and consideration of the health, safety, and wellness of our church families, the Ontario Conference administration is issuing the following guidelines. 
 
Gatherings: 
As per the most recent instruction from the Federal Chief Medical Officer, all gatherings, including church services, are to be suspended until further notice; we will continually keep you updated. As such: 
 
o For those with the facility to live stream the service, please creatively use this facility. For those without the facility, a list of our churches that offer live streaming will be available on the Conference’s website. (These presentations will take place without congregations physically present.) 
o Arrange to stay in touch with your members by phone or social media. o Please organize virtual prayer meetings. This is the time to stay connected, praying for those directly affected by COVID-19 and for those working sacrificially to treat them. 
 
Online Giving: 

o Promote online giving since members will be at home. 
o Churches that do not have an Adventist Online Giving account are strongly encouraged to set up the account so members can worship God in giving even if they cannot be physically present. 
 
Communications: 
Each church must intentionally be communicating with its members via telephone, WhatsApp, Facebook, group email, etc. Also, please do not forget your shut-ins.
 
Churches Renting to Other Groups: 
Since our churches will be closed for worship, a notice should be sent as soon as possible, and a prorating of rent considered whenever possible. 
 
Miscellaneous: 
Please share this video (link below) with your members. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-1moITWlOU
 
For more information, please refer to the Ontario Conference website.
 
Mansfield Edwards, President
Jakov Bibulovic, Executive Secretary
Virene Meikle, Treasurer

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