Chairperson’s Letter, by Sandra James
I know these have been trying times for us all; not knowing is going to happen next.
On Friday, November 20th the members of the Re-opening Committee met as per requested by the board, to discuss our next steps. The Committee consists of the following individuals: Sandra James (Board Chair), Susan Riach (Board Vice-Chair), Jim Dick (Property), Karen Innes (Trustees), Ann Robinson (Pastoral Care), Ruth Storey (Music and Worship), and Karen Tobey (Ministry and Personnel) absent Rev. Cathy Dilts.
As provincial regulations and Public Health recommendations regarding COVID-19 have been changing and Brantford and Brant County number of cases has been increasing. The committee has some real concerns in regards to re-opening the church in December.
We have been asked to reduce our bubbles to just people in our household again. As we look at our congregation we have great concerns for their wellbeing.
We look forward to the day when we can all physically return to church, but under several new protocols. As a church we are called to care for one another spiritually a physically. We must ensure the safety for the most vulnerable within our congregation. It is our duty as a church to love one another and care for each other.
The committee has been looking at all things to consider at good lengths. The Congregation is our number one priority and with this in mind, the re-opening committee will be recommending to the Official Board that the church remain closed. Service’s will still be held on Zoom Sunday Morning’s starting again in December.
God Bless., Sandra James (Board Chair)
NOTICE: There is an Official Board meeting scheduled for 2nd December, via Zoom. Details will be emailed to board members.
SPECIAL NOTICE: it was decided by the Burford United Church Official Board to hold off re-opening the church until December 2020, at which time the question will be re-examined. Due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, and the fact that many in the congregation are at a high risk category, we felt it was necessary to wait and err on the side of caution. For the time being there may be parking lot services, depending on the weather, and keeping in mind social distancing and the number of people who might attend. Otherwise, services will continue on Zoom, and all are welcome to join in.
Please note: there will also be no bookings taken, or usual community activities in the church building during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience, but know you join with us in our desire to keep everyone safe.
From the Chair of the Board, submitted by Sandy James
Each day I ask myself how I was supposed to sort out what we should do next. When I face questions of this kind, I need to get my arms around God’s wisdom. God doesn’t mind our questions when we come to him with a seeking heart. God is bigger than any question I can ask and often he gives me the answer I seek in his Word.
As we try to proceed with the next step in re-opening the church, I find myself questioning is it the right time. I hear of Covid-19 numbers rising and it puts me in fear not wanting to go out at all. We can’t live in fear but we still need to be safe. I find myself questioning God’s reason for allowing certain things to happen, but I then realize he didn’t because this next wave it is the people who are not staying safe.
When I need direction I must trust that the Lord will take my faith, limited as it is and make something of lasting value out of it. He cares about our dilemmas, hears our heartfelt cries and will answer us in ways that will astonish us and fill our hearts with songs of joy.
As we head into the last part of this year, whether our doors open or not we still have to prepare for next year. The committee chairs are to get Budget forms from the finance committee. The M & P committee is to start the staff review process which will need to be done over the phone as face to face meetings not recommended. The anniversary committee has been unable to prepare for our 185th Anniversary as things are so up in the air as to when church will re-open.
We have not setup the number of Board meetings for the year as we have just held zoom meetings when something should come up that needs our attention.
I thank everyone who has worked to keep our church going by collecting monies, phone calls to members, zoom meetings and services, fund raising and re-opening concerns.
Please everyone keep safe.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have started a special newsletter to share our experiences: Check out our Sharing Confinement newsletter. Please join in sharing your stories. Invite friends and family to share too. The plan is to publish once a week. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for copy each week is Wednesday, for Friday publishing. Look forward to sharing with you!
Rev. Cathy and the pastoral care team will be offering visits via phone and email. Should you need to contact Rev. Cathy, you can do so via email, email@example.com, or by phone, 519.802.1540.
Take care, be well, and God bless. ~ Rev. Cathy Dilts
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