COVID19 Update

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 

Hi Cascades Church family,

Yesterday was the first day in Phase 2 of BC’s plan for restarting our province. We’ve been following updates from our provinces health officials closely. We want to be patient and understand what it means for churches. 

The health and safety of those in our church and local community matters to us. We want to be part of the solution.

We also understand that gathering together as the body of Christ is incredibly important in the life of a believer, and we want to do whatever we can to be in Christian community with one another.

What are We Doing? 

  1.  This weekend our Leaders are meeting to put together a plan for returning to church under B.C.’s safety guidelines. We hope provide you with an update in the days following.

2.  In the interim, you can help us continuing to pray and by sharing your thoughts and feelings about returning through this short survey. Answers are anonymous.

Take the survey

3. We encourage you to join with the rest of our church at our Online Gatherings times (10AM & 11:30AM) so you can connect with friends through the live chat and request live prayer as needed.

We love you. We miss seeing you in person and continue to pray for you! 

Pastor Alex and the Cascades Leadership team

 

 

Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2020 

Hi Cascades Church family,

Due to the COVID19 pandemic all physical gatherings remain suspended until further notice. 

Our Leader’s have endeavoured to personally check-in with many of you through phone calls, texts, and emails. In the context of the current COVID-19 crisis, it is important to assess the status and needs of our church community.

We want you to know as Leaders we will only be provided with the aggregate answers to the questions and no identifiable personal information. Your personal information is not available to us without your consent.

Please take a moment to answer the following set of questions.

Take the Survey

Sunday Gatherings 

This Sunday we are kicking off Cascades’ first hosted Gathering! ⁣

We are launching a new platform and format for our Sundays together starting this weekend! This new format will make it easier for us to gather at the same time, worship in our homes, and interact with a live chat available for questions and interaction with each other! 

We will stream our Sunday gatherings at 10AM and 11:30AM every Sunday. 

Kids

New kids resources are now available to help your family worship at home before or after the Gathering.

To do this we are working with CA Church to provide lesson plans for Pre-School and Kindergarten to Grade 5 Lessons each week. Lessons include memory verses, games, videos, and bible questions for you and your family. You find lessons plans here

Prayer

We have a weekly Zoom prayer meeting you can join us on every Wednesday 12PM. 

For the Month of May we’ve started a 24/7 Prayer initiative with churches in Metro Vancouver to pray for the church and for God to contain the spread of the virus. You can sign up for the day and hour you will pray here.

Support

We’ve created a prayer and care request form for those need help with groceries, emotional support and more here. 

We have a devotional series sustained by people from Cascades called Hope Abides. You can view them here.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Alex and the Cascades Leadership team

 

 

Posted: Friday, May 1, 2020 

Hi Cascades Church family,

Due to the COVID19 pandemic all physical gatherings are suspended until further notice. 

We are praying for you and your family throughout this time. This coming Sunday will mark 8 weeks since we cancelled in person gatherings. We miss you greatly. We want draw your attention to a few opportunities for staying connected at this time.

Sunday Gatherings 

We will stream our Sunday gatherings at 10AM and 11:30AM every Sunday. 

Prayer

We have a weekly Zoom prayer meeting you can join us on every Wednesday 12PM. 

For the Month of May we’ve started a 24/7 Prayer initiative with churches in Metro Vancouver to pray for the church and for God to contain the spread of the virus. You can sign up for the day and hour you will pray here.

Support

We’ve created a prayer and care request form for those need help with groceries, emotional support and more here. 

We have a devotional series sustained by people from Cascades called Hope Abides. You can view them here.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Alex and the Cascades Leadership team

 

 

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 

Hi Cascades Church family,

Below is a video update this week. 

Digital Gatherings Only

For the foreseeable future we will stream our Sunday gathering each week. We encourage you to gather as a household. The same applies for Community Groups. Continue to meet via Zoom or another app.  

Now is the Time for Prayer  

Cascades has always valued Biblical Gospel-centered teaching. Now is the time for us to lean into prayer. We’ve luanched our campaign of 30 days of prayer and fasting. If you have never considered yourself a prayerful person we invite you to start now, start small, but start now.  

Next Wednesday, April 1st we will host an Online Prayer Meeting at 12PM and provide a Zoom link for people to join us. 

 

Now is the Time for Generosity

This Easter season reminds of the radical generosity of God in Christ who laid down His life for us. Jesus love was so great for us that it cost Him his life! We want live out the way of Jesus through being generous.  

Thank you to those who have been modelling this in our community and our city. It’s a beautiful testimony to the goodness of God.

We want you to know  if you are in need of help or you know of someone who needs help with groceries or are unemployed please talk to us, shoot us an email (hello@cascadegospelchapel.com). We want to help. 

 

May God bless you richly,

Pastor Alex and Cascades Church Leadership  

 

Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 

Hi Cascades Church family,

Things have progressed very quickly and appear to be changing day by day. On Monday, the government of BC banned gatherings larger than 50 people and called all people to practice social distancing. Cascades leadership has decided that, as a church, the best way for us to love one another and our city is to do every thing we can to “flatten the curve”. With this in mind, we will be moving everything at Cascades Church to a digital online experience. 

 

Digital Gatherings Only
We are doing this not out of fear, but out of love–love for the most vulnerable within our church family and our broader community. Practically speaking this means there will be no gatherings in our church of any sort. This includes Sunday gatherings and Monthly  prayer meetings. We anticipate the  earliest possible date we could return together is Sunday, April 12th. We hope for earlier,  however we preparing for longer. We will stream our Sunday gathering each week. We encourage you to gather as a household. 

 

Community Groups (CG’s)
Additionally, we are asking our Community Groups to not meet in person. This doesn’t mean Community Groups are cancelled, but they will be different.  We understand this will be hard. Cascaders are social people. This is our time to leverage technology to help us remain connected. Check in with one another over the phone. FaceTime each other, text each other.   
 

Suggestions for CG’s Gathering Online
In the meantime, we encourage community groups to meet digitally through video chat services like Zoom or the three other apps listed below. 

  1. Communicate clearly with your group. Here are some things to consider:

    1. What time will you be meeting? 
    2. What software will you use to meet?
    3. Who needs help to participate, and how will you support them?
    4. Send out an invitation to your group call shortly before your meeting starts.  
    5. Ask for feedback from everyone in the group about how online meeting is or isn’t working for them.
  2. Use a reliable app for group calls. These are our recommendations (click for setup instructions):

    1. Google Hangouts
      1.     Requires a Gmail account, which can be set up for free here.

    2. Facebook Messenger

      1.     Requires a Facebook account, which can be set up for free here.

    3. Whatsapp
      1. You have to download it for your phone. 
  3. Be intentional. Have one person facilitating discussion and 

    1. Give each person who is speaking your full attention.

    2. Give everyone an opportunity to speak; limit yourself to a minute or so.
       

Prayer 
We are sensing a deep invitation to prayer. We worship a God who delights in hearing His people call out to Him. This invitation to prayer, is  not just for our church, but the Church as whole. Cascades has always valued Biblical Gospel-centered teaching. Now is the time for us to lean into prayer. In the coming days we will inviting you to join participate in 30 days of prayer and fasting. If you have never considered yourself a prayerful person we invite you to start now, start small, but start now. The goal is become people of prayer, people who petition, intercede, give thanks and praise God throughout day. 

Our Worship and Prayer was scheduled for April 8th, but we will be looking into how we can gather digitally via live-stream.

 

IF YOU CHOOSE TO MEET IN-PERSON FOR ANY REASON

Please maintain all of the following best practices. 

  • Find a way to give each other the appropriate personal space. Six feet between each person is recommended by health officials. If you and your neighbour outstretch your arms, your fingertips should not quite touch. (This includes in front and behind you.)
  • If you do choose to meet in-person, try to meet outside or somewhere there is good airflow. Open windows and such.
  • If you are hosting, sanitize all hard surfaces and commonly touched items, like doorknobs, faucets, buttons, light switches, microwave and oven buttons, and so on. Do this before guests arrive, and after they leave.
  • Have all guests thoroughly wash their hands when they arrive, for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing should be encouraged.
  • Avoid all contact greetings like handshakes, high-fives, hugs, etc. (Use the elbow bump!)
  • If you feel ill in any way, please stay home! If you are hosting a group and feel ill, have the group meet elsewhere. (Please don’t decide it’s just a cold)
  • If you plan to share a meal, minimize your transmission risk by washing hands and making sure people aren’t all touching the same objects or foods.
  • If you are hosting more than 10 people and you know your space will be crowded, raise up another gathering host from within your group so you can keep good social distancing.
  • If anyone shows signs of illness or isn’t feeling well, lovingly send them home right away.
  • If you are wondering whether you should be tested or not, please see the province’s online self-assessment: https://covid19.thrive.health/

 

What else? 
We are looking at providing you with daily resources that help root you in the Word, who He is and what He’s doing. These will be little ways to centre our lives around Jesus and His Way. 

 

Cast Anxiety onto Him, Receive Peace from Him

The Bible abounds with the promise of God’s presence for His people.  For example, God encouraged  Joshua telling him, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9). Still, if we’re honest we all feel a sense of alarm, concern, and yes even fear. That does not surprise God. The Bible calls us to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) Meaning don’t suppress your fear, don’t ignore it, don’t act like it doesn’t exist. Instead cast all of it onto Jesus, throw it onto Him, He is the only One who can bear them. Jesus cares for you. He wants you to surrender your anxiety to him. 

Jesus also wants to give you something. One of the greatest promises Jesus makes to us  to leave us with His peace. He says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.“(John 14:27) Our world is ripe with anxiety, but Jesus desires to give you His peace. This is God’s very own peace. It flows out of His perfect Being. He who lacks nothing gives you Himself, He gives you His presence, His gives you His peace. This is why we do not have to be afraid. Cast your anxiety onto Him, and receive His peace in its stead. 

 

May God bless you richly,

 

Pastor Alex and Cascades Church Leadership 

 

 (CG’s Suggestions and In person Directions adapted from Westside Church)

 

 

March 13, 2020

Hi Cascades Church family,

We recognize that you may have many questions about COVID-19 and its effects on our church ministry and we will do our best to keep you up to date as things continue to progress.

Although the risk for the majority of the population is relatively low at this time, it is particularly dangerous for the elderly and those who have pre-existing health conditions. The government officials have also banned gatherings of 250 people or more, and have asked that people limit all large gatherings as much as possible, in order to flatten the curve of growth.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have decided that we will refrain from meeting at our church building this weekend. 

We are making these choices not to minimize our own risk, but to protect others from risk. Instead, we will record a short message from me that you can listen at to home with family, friends and/or your community group. 

 We will be posting on this page throughout the week, letting you know about any additional cancelations as we move forward.

A friend of mine recently reminded me the church is not a building. The church is the people of God. I would encourage you to make these smaller gatherings a special time, integrating meals, time to fellowship, and even do communion together if you would like. As followers of Jesus, we want to love and serve our community however we can. I would encourage you to look for opportunities to meet the needs of those in your neighbourhood or in our church community. 

As God reminded Joshua in Joshua 1:9 “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,” so Jesus reminds his disciples, ” And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20) 

As followers of Jesus we no longer have to fear. Andy Crouch reminds us, “We do not need to be afraid of anything — that will be true even when we are on our own death bed. The only thing to fear, as Jesus said, is the one who can cast body and soul into hell. But we have been rescued from that fear, and having been rescued there is truly nothing that can separate us from the love of God.” The peace we receive and give to one another is the peace of Jesus that transcends every situation. 

May God bless you richly,

Cascades Church Leadership