An Update for our Friends Church Community – re: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tuesday 9pm, March 17, 2020

In response to COVID-19 we are officially cancelling all public (in person) gatherings that are part of Friends Church effective immediately.  This includes the Adult Sunday Service at the Temple, the Kids@friends program, the SWITCH program and any gatherings we deem uncritical.  In light of the Health Authority guidelines we feel this is the right thing to do immediately.

What Will Replace the Public Gatherings?

Our plan is to have an upgraded live stream of the entire service this Sunday on Facebook and YouTube starting this Sunday at 10:30am (bear in mind that things are changing by the hour and this is the plan as of right now).  To find either of these streams just go to our website and you will find them on the main page.

Safety Encouragement

Friends Church exists to make the world a better place, and as such, we believe our actions matter.  We also know that each person Takes Water in their unique way so we wanted to encourage each of us to take some time and examine how our actions can help or hurt at this time.

Some helpful links:
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca

Compassion:

Again, we exist, as a community, to make the world a better place.  While there is always ways to make the world around us better, the crazier things get around us, often, the more chances we have to Take Water.

So here are a few things you can do:

  • Reach out to the people in your lives to see if anyone needs some help.

This is a great time to be proactive with the people around us to see who needs help instead of waiting for someone to ask for help.

  • Stay connected to people in your life

Relational health is going to be harder and harder while we are all physically separate from each other.  Making deliberate connections can help a lot, even if its by phone, by text or social media.

  • Routine is healthy

Keep a routine in your life.  That’s why we are doing the live stream at 10:30am on Sunday mornings, because its a routine.  Because its a great time to prioritize the Spiritual Gym.

Together we believe we can come through this healthy and whole.  But we believe we are going to have to be a little deliberate in our actions to do it.

Thanks all for Taking Water to your worlds!  You are making the world a better place, especially right now when we need it the most!

The Friends Church team

P.S. if you are quarantined please email us.  We would like to keep track of our community that is stuck at home so we can check in a little more often.  thanks