Church Re-opening

Dear friends,

God has presented us with a new opportunity to reconnect with each other. So many have been doing their parts, to keep themselves and others safe. With the directive of the Manitoba Government, we can accommodate up to 37 people in our chapel.

The Bayview Church Council has decided to once again hold Sunday services. We will also make the chapel available to other church groups, Women’s Bible Study, Prayer Groups, Men’s Fellowship, Cell Groups, etc.

While we are now able to meet, we all must respect the directives regarding wearing masks and physical distancing. This is nothing new, as we all have become accustomed to practicing these activities to ensure that all feel comfortable and safe. Our Christian friends in the UK, despite their situation, have been able to meet, in limited numbers, since last month. They too must wear masks. Our friends have indicated how much this has been a blessing for them and their families.

The church office remains open Monday to Wednesday and, if you need, please feel free to access the library, youth resources or simply just drop by to connect.

For the next couple of weeks, the focus of Sunday Services will be fellowship, prayer, and worship. We will be having communion this coming Sunday.

Services will commence at 9:45 am and 11:00 am. We would like you to connect with either Judy or myself to let us know what time-frame you would prefer.

If you feel comfortable and safe to connect, we look forward to greeting you at the church facility. Otherwise, we will keep you in our prayers and, if there's anything we can do to be of assistance, please let us know.

I would like to share with you a thought: These last days may seem rather monotonous, however, each day is a gift from God. Dale Witherington wrote this poem entitled, "The Life Builders' Creed":

Today is the most important day of my life. Yesterday with its successes and victories, struggles and failures, is gone forever. The past is past. Done. Finished. I cannot relive it. I cannot go back and change it. But I will learn from it and improve my TODAY.

TODAY. This moment. NOW. It is God’s gift to me, and it is all that I have.

Tomorrow with all its joys and sorrows,

triumphs and troubles are not here yet. Indeed, tomorrow may never come.

Therefore, I will not worry about tomorrow.

Today is what God has entrusted to me. It is all that I have. I will do my best in it. I will demonstrate the best of me in it — my character, giftedness, and abilities — to my family and friends, clients and associates. I will identify those things that are most important to do TODAY, and those things I will do until they are done. And when this day is done I will look back with satisfaction at that which I have accomplished. Then, and only then, will I plan my tomorrow, Looking to improve upon Today, with God’s help.

Then I shall go to sleep in peace … content.

May God open our eyes to see what a wonderful gift today is. Today we have the promise of His presence, His power, His peace, His provision.

Numbers 6:24 – 26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

The blessings of our Lord and Saviour be upon you,

Richard & Judy Gilbert.