COVID-19 CHURCH RESPONSE

(Updated March 21, 2020 at 4:16pm)


Dear Avenue Community Church,


“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

In God, whose words I praise -

In God I trust and am not afraid.”

Psalm 56v 3-4


These are the words of David. They were birthed when David was captured by his enemies, the Philistines. During this time, David lived each day in uncertainty and fear. In the midst of not knowing what tomorrow holds, he confessed, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” In challenging and fearful times, David anchored himself in God and his promises.  


The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down in a matter of days, causing fear and anxiety to creep into our lives from all directions. What are you afraid of? Are you worried, fearful and anxious about the present situation? Are you concerned about your job and your finances? Are you sleepless thinking about your loved one’s who are vulnerable? Do you have fears about your health? Do you have thoughts about death? 


These fears and concerns are real and they need to be acknowledged for what they are. 


However, it is possible for fear and trust to occupy our mind at the same time. I want to invite us to trust God when we are afraid. God is faithful and always true to his promises. He is God with us and He will never leave us nor forsake us in difficult times. May we put our trust in God. For He is more than able to meet us in our fear and lead us through the dark times.


I am grateful for our pastors and our Elder Board who have chosen to engage this uncharted territory by prayerfully trusting in God and also coming together to make decisions for us to be church in loving and caring ways. Here are some things we are adapting during this time…

  • SUNDAYS

    We will continue to live stream our Sunday Worship Service at 11am until further notice. We encourage you to engage online with our community in  the comment section. Commenting as you watch can create wider participation and a sense of togetherness. Remember, everyone is hungry for connection with God and people and are looking for comfort online. So, please share the live feed link on social media each weekend before the service. You never know who might need a song to comfort them, a prayer to carry them or a word to encourage them. As of today, close to 500 people have engaged our online worship service and we are hoping for more and more people to engage in the coming weeks. 

  • FACEBOOK LIVE

    Our livestream service is hosted on Avenue's Facebook page. Go ahead and follow us if you haven't already! Our livestream will begin at 11am every Sunday and we will be continuing our "Learning to Pray" series this month. Every livestream will be available for playback anytime afterwards.

  • LIFE GROUPS

    While we are forced to maintain physical distance from one another at this time, we want to encourage Life Groups to maintain their social connections with each other via video chats, social media apps, texts, phone calls, emails and any other creative means. May we continue to care and support one another during this time. 


    If you hear about anyone who may need support or prayer or groceries to be dropped off due to the current circumstances, please contact Pastor Alex or Pastor Darrick who will help coordinate our appropriate response.

  • PRAYER

    We want to encourage you to learn to pray the way Jesus taught us and to practice prayer daily and consistently. We want to encourage you to pray individually and connect with your life groups in creative ways for prayer. 


    Also, our pastors are here to talk with you and pray for you! If there is anything that you would like prayer for – fear, anxieties, discouragement, loneliness, struggles, sickness or even if you need words of comfort, encouragement and support, do not hesitate to contact one of the pastors. We are here to walk with you and serve you during these challenging times. 

  • EVENTS

    The congregation meeting that was scheduled for March 29 will be postponed to a later date. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and if there are any changes to the Easter weekend and Women’s wellness day, we will keep you informed promptly. Please stay tuned for regular updates.

  • ONLINE GIVING

    During this time, we have opened up online giving for our Avenue community via Paypal. WIth Paypal, you can give through credit card or by setting up a direct transfer with your bank account. We want to encourage you to continue give faithfully as we use our gifts and resources to build up His kingdom through the local church. 


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A few things to keep in mind...

  1. Don’t be afraid. Fix your eyes on Jesus. 
  2. Pray for the situation and for the individuals and families that have been affected. 
  3. Pray for leaders and medical staff who are constantly making important decisions.
  4. Continue to engage the current moment with love and care for people, without amplifying fear and anxiety. Let your light shine!
  5. For those of you who have travelled, we need you to be extremely vigilant and carefully monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness for 14 days after returning. Should symptoms develop, we ask that you stay home and contact public health for further instruction. https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/96bb-MOH-COVID-19-media-update_12March2020.pdf


Please stay tuned throughout the month as we will continue to update you. If you have any question, do no hesitate to reach out to us.


In this together,


Pastors and Elders