March 17, 2020
Christian Greetings to you all,
As we continue to monitor the ongoing challenges that we face with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) I would like to remind you that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46 v1).
This morning the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, declared a State of Emergency across the Province of Ontario. This action affects Places of Worship.
In a meeting with our North American Presbyter and our North American Overseers we agreed that in an attempt at protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of our congregants and congregations, it is prudent to temporarily suspend all gatherings—this includes regular services, special services, events, and classes. This is with immediate effect. We recommend following the timeframe given by the Premier, which is until March 31, 2020. “All Public gatherings are suspended.”
However, we think that it is very important for us to have a Ministry of Presence and that we consider the other ways to communicate the core of our faith, which includes many facets of worship: Prayer, The Word, Music/Songs, and Giving of our Tithes and Offerings.
With that in mind, we would like to encourage us to look at creative ways to use social media such as Facebook Live, YouTube Channels, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Zoom, Conference Calls, or any other media outlets available.
Passion to Reach Ministries, among other platforms, offers Missional Media Service to Churches in Ontario. In speaking with Pastor Finu Iype from Passion to Reach, he indicates that costing is set low to deliberately assist churches without it being a financial burden. This is a program designed to equip and assist local churches with media strategies which includes live streaming, social media, and online giving. For those interested, the information is included HERE. In making contact, indicate that you are with the Church of God of Prophecy.
The North American Presbyter and the Overseers will continue to meet every Tuesday as we continue to monitor this ongoing situation. We will remain diligent in our communication with you and your congregations.
Let us continue to explore new ways to communicate our faith as we remain prayerful in these dangerous times.
Yours in Christ,
Woodroe Thompson, National Bishop
Church of God of Prophecy, Eastern Canada
Executive Producer & Host, Let’s Talk Television Ministry