January 4, 2022
Dear Westheights Church Family,
At Westheights Community Church, we are continually monitoring the status of COVID-19 and reflecting on how we ought to respond as a church community. The reality is that over the past few weeks this newest wave of the virus is hitting our province hard. At this point, most of us have likely either experienced COVID-19 in our homes, or know of someone close to us who has. Right now one of the main concerns is the impact this recent surge in cases is having on our healthcare system.
As a church, we believe that we have a responsibility for the health and safety of our church family as well as our surrounding community. With this in mind, last week we made the decision to temporarily move our kids and student ministries online. Today we are announcing the decision to also suspend our in-person Sunday morning services, effective immediately as well. This decision is in agreement with the advice we received from BIC Canada.
While we may not meet in-person, we are inviting you to join us online on our YouTube channel for our service at 10:30am on Sundays. Following the service, you will be invited to join us for our Virtual Foyer on Zoom. Both the YouTube and Zoom link will be emailed out on Sunday morning.
Right now it is our hope that this move is only for the month of January, after which we will resume in-person ministry once again. That said, over the course of the next few weeks the Board and Staff will revisit this decision and evaluate as to when would be the right time for our return to in-person ministry.
At the beginning of this pandemic, we reflected on how one of the great things about following Jesus is that Jesus is not confined to one space. Indeed, at this time let’s be reminded of God’s presence with us, and that Jesus called his followers the “Light of the World”. With this in mind, I invite us to see this moment in time as an opportunity to allow the light of Christ to shine through us. Let’s be people of prayer, hope and love in a season of frustration and uncertainty.
On behalf of the Westheights Community Church Board,
Pastor Josh Mutter