At This Time ...
From Pastor Matt
This is the week that is often referred to as Holy Week, a timeline of events and places that are described in the gospels. The triumphal entry on a donkey. The turning over of tables in the temple. The betrayal of a friend. Bethany. Jerusalem. The upper room. Gethsemane. Golgotha. Each scene is important, and each story builds on the previous one. It will culminate on the weekend, beginning first with Good Friday, where we reflect upon Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, and then Resurrection Sunday, where we celebrate His glorious return to life.
These are the most important dates for those who profess faith in Christ. These days are the hinge in human history. I trust that even in the midst of an uncertain time, you are able to consider the cost of the crucifixion, and the claims of the resurrection.
To that end, I also want to encourage you to invite others to church this weekend! Under normal circumstances, this would be one of the best Sundays of the year to bring someone who doesn’t normally attend. Although we aren’t able to hold a church service in the “usual” sense of gathering together in a building, we still have the opportunity to profess our faith. Why not extend an invitation to a friend or family member to view our Easter weekend messages, or even join into our live call on Zoom this Sunday at 10:00? We would love to have you there. This has the potential to be an especially memorable Easter as we come together to celebrate the hope we have in Jesus. I look forward to seeing you!
Services and Activities
In view of the most recent public health and federal and provincial government announcements, church leadership has suspended all TBCO services and scheduled on-site activities until advised otherwise by government authorities. We are attempting to put to use every resource at hand to ensure that our church activities are not cancelled, but merely adjusted. Below are some of the alternatives. We ask for your patience as we offer and refine these new approaches to maintaining and supporting church life.
Outreach: How We Can Help
For family, friends and neighbours to draw closer to God
For the virus spread to slow
For those who are suffering with COVID-19
For frontline workers
For our municipal, provincial, and national leaders
Pick up garbage in our community while walking
Help maintain church trails while hiking
- Post this poster to a community location
Consider the needs of the local food bank or children living in poverty needing educational support
Consider donating blood: https://blood.ca/en
Share www.trinitybiblechurch.ca link via your social media feed
Invite others who feel cramped to visit outdoor church property (using physical distancing protocols)
Call or facebook grandchildren; read them a bedtime story
Let's Encourage the Kids too:
For those in grades 6 - 8, participate in the Junior Youth Raffle (see below)
For those in high school, connect with your youth group friends via Zoom
Make stained glass cross for front window: https://www.craftymorning.com/paint-your-own-stained-glass-windows/
Make a sidewalk chalk message with an encouragement or Bible verse
In Place of Sunday Service Personal Prayer Time
At the close of each Sunday's worship service it is our practice to encourage anyone needing or wanting prayer, to join a prayer team at the front of the sanctuary. In recognition of the importance of prayer to spiritual health and well-being, if you would like prayer, please call the office at
613-826-2444 or email your request for prayer, whether it relates to current issues or any other personal matter. You will be connected with one of the prayer team members.
In Place of Our Stones Moments
An important component of our Sunday service is our Stones Moment. This time is set aside to provide us with an opportunity to share how God is working in our lives, how we are seeing God working around us and how we are sharing the Good News.
Why not take a moment to write down and forward to the office some of the encouraging moments you have witnessed. They might be shared in upcoming church communications.
In Place of Sunday Fellowship
Our Sunday fellowship time after the service provides us with a time to share and connect. Maybe with the need to "social distance" you might start feeling a bit lonely or maybe you are in self-isolation or quarantine and would welcome a friendly voice.
If so, simply call the office and let us know. We will put you in touch with other members of our church family who would welcome the opportunity to listen and talk.
Sr. Youth Group Connections
Senior Youth are meeting via ZOOM every Tuesday night at 7:30.
Anyone interested and not already connected may contact Myra at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send an invitation to the meeting.
Jr. Youth Group Challenge
Our Junior Youth are engaged in a Spring Challenge Raffle!
Once they are able to physically reunite, three prizes will be drawn and awarded to those who have participated in challenge activities. Some of the components:
learning and sharing bible verses
Creating a card or picture or poster with words of encouragement for a front-line worker, first responder, family member, neighbour or a dear senior
Sending an email to our Group's Sponsor Child
Clean out one shelf or one drawer in their bedroom
Doing one push up and one sit up today ..... add one more each day!
Showing the LOVE! by asking a parent / caregiver if there is one thing that can be done for them today
Practicing hand washing.
For more information about the Challenge and how to join in, contact Junior Youth leader, Melanie at email@example.com.