AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM YOUR BOARD OF DEACONS
April 1, 2020
Dear Brookside partners and friends,
These are unprecedented and uncertain times, and we are reaching out to you to assure you of our continued care for the church family and to invite you to be a part of the means God uses to strengthen His church family and bring people to faith in the midst of our current crisis.
We are with you in this season and are here for you, if you need a listening ear or someone to pray with. We need each other and we are committed to doing everything we can to support you through this crazy time.
In 2 Timothy 1:7 Paul reminds us that, “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” With this in mind, we have committed ourselves, and ask you to join with us in committing to the following:
1. Stay Connected
We are committed to helping our people stay safe, which means honouring the call for physical distancing. We have shut down all in-person meetings and gatherings, but that doesn’t mean life or ministry has been shut down. In fact, our Brookside staff are working harder than ever, moving our ministries online to help you and your family during this crisis:
- Sunday gatherings
- Children’s and Youth ministry
- Life Group Live
- Worship and Prayer
- Just hanging out together
We are doing these to help supplement your personal everyday prayer and time in the Word. Please tune in regularly and participate often in the chat rooms (see mybrookside.church for upcoming events). Think and pray about who you could invite to a watch party, you might be surprised at how these events can be opportunities to reach out to people around you during this time. Even if you’re a little uncomfortable with social media, please give it a try. You will not only be blessed, but you will bless others who will be encouraged to see you sign in.
If you need help getting connected, reach out, let us know (through the Response Team’s “I Need Assistance” button). There are folks at Brookside who would be happy to help you figure it out.
2. Serve Selflessly
Join the Response Team, keep your eyes open for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people around you. A simple phone call or note can go a long way in helping make someone’s day! If we all picked up the phone once or twice a day to check in on someone from the church or from work or the neighbourhood, imagine how much of God’s love would be shared!!
3. Give Generously
For many of us, these past few weeks have been such a shock to the system that supporting the ongoing ministry of God through Brookside has slipped through the cracks. Along with the upheaval, we are not able to bring our offerings in person, and some of us are experiencing a level of financial uncertainty we never could have anticipated. All of this has contributed to a significant shortfall in giving these past few weeks.
So, please be faithful in giving to the church, enabling us to do what the Lord is calling us to do! Online giving is easy, and we can help you learn how to do it if you like. If you prefer to give by cheque, you can mail it to the church, or if you prefer, we would be happy to arrange picking it up from your home. (Simply click “I Need Assistance” on the website page or give us a call).
If you have not been in the habit of giving generously to support Brookside ministries, but benefit from the ministries we offer, please consider beginning to do so now. God loves and blesses a cheerful giver!
We recognize that some of us are in a really challenging financial season and cannot give as we’d like. Some of us need some assistance instead. That’s fine, let us know! We believe Paul’s advice to Christ followers in Corinth remains true for us today: “give according to what you have, not what you don’t have… there should be equality… As the Scriptures say, “Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.”” (2 Corinthians 8:12-15).
These are uncertain times in some ways, but we can find confidence and inspiration as we fix our eyes on Jesus and together serve him faithfully. This is what it means to be the Body of Christ! This crisis may last a few more weeks, or it may drag on. Whatever happens, let this be said of us, as Churchill put it so memorably a generation ago, ‘this was their finest hour’. We believe that the Lord can use us to build His church in the middle of all that we’re going through, and that we can come through this stronger and more alive for God than ever.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact any member of the board:
Jon Frolander (Chair), Eric Reed, Ken Knight, Colin Dickinson
The board can be contacted through the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also feel free to contact any member of the staff:
Charissa Hiebert (Children) – email@example.com
Lucas Roberts (Worship & Youth) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Fergusson (Operations) – email@example.com
Greg MacRobbie (Lead) – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resting in His grace,