In person Worship Service update:
God is moving in our city, in our community, in our church family, and we are so excited to continue to partner with God in all He is doing. Recently we had our first in-person worship service since March 15, when COVID-19 limited us from meeting in person. We had over 300 people join us to worship God, hear His word and enjoy community. Watch this video to see what the worship service was like.
Our in-person gatherings have been an encouragement to both us as a church and those who have attended. We are seeing people come with smiles on their faces, some who have faced isolation, and even some who do not have the resources to join us for worship online. Gathering together, even while being distanced has provided an opportunity for many people to see new and old friends, connect in community and be uplifted in their walk with God. We are so thankful for the staff, volunteers and teams who have been able to help us to safely host these in-person gatherings.
To learn more or register for an upcoming in person worship gathering, click here.
New Calgary Bylaw Requires Face Coverings:
Effective Aug 1st, the City of Calgary requires Calgarians to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces. Faith-based places of worship are included as public spaces, click here to read more in detail about this
The good news is that this bylaw focuses on indoor public places. This means that those attending an in-person gathering only need a mask to sing.
Our approach to regulations affecting our church:
It's undeniable that we are all in a time where there are many restrictions and requirements being asked of us all each individually and also organizationally. These are coming from our various levels of government, who are trying to lead the best way they know how in order to limit the spread of the virus and keep us all safe. Many of us have differing personal opinions, some of you are letting us know you won’t come if we encourage you to wear a mask, and some of you are letting us know you won’t come if we aren’t mandating masks. Over the past 4 months we have learned of young and old in our congregation who have contracted COVID and thankfully have recovered and we know of others who have died from COVID, that has shaped our approach and we want to share the approach we are taking:
- We want to do everything we can to help limit the spread of the virus. We have been and will continue to take guidance from health care professionals and follow the provincial guidelines and local bylaws allowing us to continue to gather in a safe way.
- We continue to accomplish the mission of Centre Street Church which is to “introduce people to Jesus and help them become fully devoted followers of Jesus.” We have adjusted ministry plans
and have taken advantage of new opportunities this season. Ex. We have had over 120 people participate in our Alpha class hosted online and many of our church families participated in this year’s kids VBS cscamps from home.
- We want to show honour, respect, and love for one another, regardless of differing perspectives concerning COVID and precautions being taken as we begin to gather for in-person worship services (outdoors for now) and as various groups begin to meet in-person.
- We trust and believe in God’s promise for protection and covering in the midst of a lot of unknowns. Even with that, we know the virus is a real thing we face, and we want to use wisdom and respond in a way that communicates our love, support and care for our congregation, our community and our city.
WE ARE IMPACTING OUR CITY WITH MEALS
Since the pandemic began, we have been distributing more food to Calgarians than ever before – to people in need, people who are sick and people in crisis. In May, God equipped us to make a greater impact through additional funding from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. On June 1 we launched a lunch box program and throughout July we launched a frozen meals program so we could provide food to even more people in need.
Recently Steve Griffin, who leads and oversees all our food distribution and outreach, was praying and asking God “what’s next?” during these times. He felt the Lord bring two groups of people to mind: the marginalized and the elderly. That’s when God really started moving. He suddenly became aware of an organization that provides for seniors in our city. That organization was suddenly out of a food provider and was frantically looking for a new partnership that could provide meals. God had this connection in mind and we saw Him work it all out rather quickly. As a result, we have been providing over 500 frozen meals to seniors each and every week throughout July. And that’s just to seniors! To date, we have distributed close to 7000 hampers and meals to many diverse groups of people in need and people in crisis situations.
YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT!
We always want to make a deeper impact than just meals! That’s why we are including notes of encouragement with every meal we hand out. “When I read through the notes of encouragement that people have been dropping off to include with our meal distribution, they bring tears to my eyes,” said Pastor Steve. “They are truly amazing and heart touching!”
We invite you to include writing notes of encouragement to your personal mission or family mission during COVID-19.
WAYS TO GROW SPIRITUALLY AND CONNECT IN COMMUNITY
Pray for our Youth Summer Missions Trips
Our Youth ministries was planning a 5-night missions experience right here in our very own city with Youth Unlimited, just like they have in previous years. Although COVID changed many of these plans, we
are excited to have our youth participate in “Project Serve In A Box”. This new experience includes evening activities (including an Amazing Race) for youth and their families, different service opportunities, as well as devotionals and chapel times for the youth to grow in their own relationship with God. It brings the missions experience to their homes and invites them to live on mission together as a family. The team at Youth Unlimited have been incredible to work with and we are excited that our youth are able to see yet another way they can serve the people of our city.
Please join us in praying for the youth in the following ways:
- That youth would continually come to know Jesus!
- That youth would feel connected despite the challenges that COVID brings.
- That Youth Unlimited and the Project Serve Team will continue to expand their reach and help youth all over the city to see how they can impact Calgary.
Vantage Point 3: The Journey Info Sessions | Aug 20 | Aug 23
VP3-The Journey is a life-changing set of experiences and relationships that will invite you to explore questions of intimacy with God, identity as God's loved child, and unique kingdom responsibility in the world. The spiritual life is not meant to be traveled alone. We need others' support, challenge, and prayer if we are to finish well in life. If you are interested, sign up for an information session.
Great Marriages Don’t Just Happen | Aug 29
Whether you’ve been married for six months or sixty years, we invite you to join us for a six-week online journey with Neil and Sharol Josephson and Family Life Canada. You will learn how to make the most of your marriage – whatever stage or shape it’s in. Begins August 29th, sign up today!
Freedom Session | Sept. 2020
Deep discipleship involves healing so that we may live an examined life by inviting God to reveal issues He wants to address. This journey allows us to grow and further reflect the character and life of Christ. Freedom Session is an intensive 28 - week journey of looking at how we deal with adversity and challenges. Learn more, or apply.
Missional Community Groups
Want to experience a taste of what is means to be disciples in community? Sign up for a 10 week experience that will show you want it looks like for us here at CSC to live in the ways of Jesus as His disciples.
Engage with God’s word daily as members of our staff lead us in a daily reflection to bring fresh perspective, hope and encouragement. Daily reflections available online or on Facebook and Instagram.
It is in our heart to provide a space where we can gather together from our homes to pray in unity. Join us for 10-15 minutes in the middle of your week (every Thursday) to pray as a church family. View our
Thursday prayer videos online, or on Facebook and, Instagram.
A NOTE ABOUT FUTURE PLANS
The only thing we know for certain is that we continue to face uncertainty in all areas of our lives. We want you to know that our staff, our leadership team and board are continuing to plan for the future in the ways we can, and we are looking to God for His guidance and direction for both the things we know and the things we do not. We are planning for September and anticipate the beginning of both online and in-person groups, classes, courses for various age groups. We are also planning for indoor services at some or all of our campus locations. We will be certain to keep you updated on all these plans as they become finalized. For ongoing updates to ministries, please check their ministry pages here on our website under the ‘community’ tab.