April 3 2020

    Hello again, dear Meadow Brook!

    We continue to lift you before the LORD daily, and we continue to intercede for our town, our county, our province, and our nation, as we call out to the LORD for His mercy and for His strength as we navigate this unusual season of life.

    Here is our latest update on what is going on at Meadow Brook Church!

    • Yes, we will be hosting an online Good Friday service! You will find it next Friday morning at 10am on our You Tube channel. We don’t do a kids/jr high program on Good Friday, but we will have a time of worship, Scripture, reflection, and communion. That being said – make sure that you have some bread/crackers, as well as some juice, so that you can partake of communion with us from home!  Although separated, we will still eat and drink together!  
    • We have called Meadow Brook to a time of fasting and prayer until Easter. If you haven’t yet, please join us for this last week! We are taking time to pray from 9am-10am, Monday to Friday, wherever you are! Jump in with us!
    • Many of you have been asking what can be done to help right now, and there is one very easy thing that we are going to ask everyone to start doing. Our local food banks are finding themselves rapidly running out of food. When panic buying was happening a few weeks ago, the stores cleared out of non-perishables, and everyone was primarily thinking about themselves, and not those most in need in our community. The food banks have pleaded for help!  Now, we want everyone staying home, but when you do go out to get groceries, let’s buy 2-3 extra things and drop them at a food bank on the way home. Here are 4 food banks in the area, find one close to you!
      • Salvation Army Food Bank Leamington 88 Setterington St, Leamington
      • Wheatley Food Bank @ Wheatley Baptist 47 Talbot Rd E, Wheatley
      • Essex Area Food Bank Essex United Church 53 Talbot St S, Essex
      • Kingsville Food Bank 18 Division St N, Kingsville

    And here are some of the things they are especially short of:

      • Peanut Butter/Jam
      • Tuna/Salmon
      • Instant Coffee/Tea bags
      • Cereal/Crackers
      • Kraft dinner
      • Dry Pasta/Sauce
      • Canned pasta/Beans
      • Canned fruit
      • Side Kicks/Stuffing
      • Instant Rice/Oatmeal
      • Snack Bars
      • Pudding Cups/Fruit Cups
      • Soap/Travel size Shampoo
      • Toothbrushes/paste
      • Personal Hygiene items
      • Ketchup/Relish/Mustard/Mayo/BBQ Sauce

     

    • Last weekend, we had a large number of you switch over to online/texting donation options, for which we are extremely grateful! We will continue to take up an offering every Sunday morning, and we ask that if you haven’t yet, please go to http://www.meadowbrook.ca/give/ and find a new and easy way to give! Cheques can be mailed in to the church if necessary, but we would prefer e-giving wherever possible! Thank you, Meadow Brook! 
    • Just to share some good news, one Life Group in our church took it upon themselves to pool their money and cover one of our community dinners at the United Church, since Feeding Windsor has paused its program until May due to health concerns. No one is eating at the United Church, but people in need can still show up and take the food out. This Life Group gathered their money, spoke with the Oven 360 restaurant, and arranged for 40 pizzas to be delivered and shared on Monday night with those in need! Out of that, a local businessman offered to cover the cost of the food, and another donated 2 big crates of vegetables to Meadow Brook, which was quickly shared with 4 food banks who have been so low on food! Then, our women’s sewing group has stepped up and is sewing medical gowns for our frontline health care workers! 

    Even in trying times, there are rays of hope everywhere, if we are willing to look! Let’s keep our eyes, ears, and hearts open for what the LORD is showing us, and let us be looking for ways to be a blessing to others in these days!


    The Meadow Brook Leadership Team








     

    March 27 2020

    Hello there, Meadow Brook! 

    We are praying for you constantly, and although it’s now only been a couple of weeks, we are feeling the weight of how much we miss you! 

    Originally, we had announced that Church activities would be postponed until the first week in April. It is increasingly looking like we all need to be prepared to settle into this season for a while longer. So, we’re going to plan to keep things closed until the government/health unit tells us that it is safe to re-open.

    This doesn’t mean that ministry has stopped, even if our gathering times have been postponed for a little while!  Here’s what’s going on:

    • On Monday, the government announced that all non-essential businesses needed to close. Unfortunately, that meant that we officially needed to close our doors. The staff has continued working hard from home, and we are occasionally popping into the building to check on things, pick up mail, etc., but unfortunately we can’t have the public – including any of our wonderful congregation – in the building at this time.  Pastors have taught for years: “The Church is not a building, but a group of people!” Well, now we all get to prove it!
    • Connecting with other believers is more important now than ever!  The staff are finding that every time we speak in person with a congregation member or with one another, it has a way of lifting our spirits and filling us with hope and peace! Social distancing is a current necessity that every Church member should be following – but even so, it is challenging for the soul!  To that end, we have many Life Groups at Meadow Brook which are exploring different ways that we can keep connected, and we’ve had several successful video-conferencing meetings that prove easy for anyone to join with! If you haven’t been in a Life Group, but are looking for some connection time with your brothers and sisters, please email office@meadowbrook.ca and let us know, and we will get you plugged in!
    • Big thanks to those of you who found electronic ways to give to Meadow Brook last week!  Even so, it was not unexpected, but we saw a dramatic drop in our giving the last two Sundays. We know that part of this now is that layoffs have started to happen, and you obviously can’t give from a paycheque that’s temporarily missing. If that’s you, this message is not for you! But for those of us who are still working, we really need everyone to switch over to either PAD, online giving, or texting to give. Some of us no doubt thought, “We’ve just postponed church for a couple of weeks, I’ll catch up when we’re back in person!” Please don’t!  It is looking like we may need to do this for a while, and we have frozen all Church spending other than the bare essentials, but for those who are blessed to still be working, please continue to bring your financial worship before the LORD in these new ways! It’s easy as pie – all the info you need is here: http://www.meadowbrook.ca/give/
    • Once gain, we look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday morning at 10am! We so enjoyed coming together for worship last Sunday!  It will look a little different again this week, as we won’t have a team gathered at Church due to the new restrictions, but we have been prayerfully preparing worship and the Word for you all! Most of you found us already, but if you haven’t yet, you can join us at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4bpv15ktSANvD8WvrLn7Tw and click on Sunday March 29 2020. And if you have any prayer needs at all, please send them to prayer@meadowbrook.ca, we would love to stand with you in prayer!

    Meadow Brook, we love you, and continue to lift you all before the LORD in prayer. Reach out to others and love one another well! May the LORD show you His power and His provision in this season!






     

    March 21 2020

    Hello Meadow Brook!

    We hope that everyone is staying healthy and keeping those hands washed! We are praying passionately that God speeds the day when this season comes to an end!

    In the meantime, Pastor Xavier and his awesome team have been working overtime to get things up and running for our online service on Sunday morning!  Here are the details on that, and everything else that is going on right now!

    • We will have our Sunday service online at 10am! We have been praying for and preparing for it just as much as any other Sunday (and maybe even more)! There are multiple ways you can find us online on Sunday morning:
    • Search in You Tube for “Meadow Brook Church Leamington” and you will find our new You Tube channel!  Makes sure you spell/space it just like that - there are lots of Meadow Brook/Meadowbrook churches out there, so make sure you find the one with our logo!  There, you can click on the video posted for Sunday March 22 2020. You can also do this through a You Tube app on a device, or a smart TV or through Apple TV.
    • Or, on Sunday morning, go to our home page at www.meadowbrook.ca and click on the link there, which will take you to the new Meadow Brook Church You Tube channel, where you can click on the video posted for Sunday March 22 2020
    • Or, on Sunday morning, go to our Meadow Brook Church Facebook or Instagram pages and click on the link there, which will take you to the new Meadow Brook Church You Tube channel, where you can click on the video posted for Sunday March 22 2020.

    Note: With our tech working wonderfully, we have had one minor glitch in that the lyrics for the worship songs did not appear on the video as they should have this week. We will fix this moving forward!

    • For parents of MB Kids and Junior Highs, the best way to engage on Sunday morning will be to have multiple computers/phones/tablets available – one to watch the service on, and if needed, one device for the kids, and one for the junior highs. We will have something for everyone, just like on a typical Sunday!
    • For parents of our MB Kids, we know many of you already have this, but you will need our Parent Cue app in order to access our Sunday morning curriculum for your kids! Here are the instructions (please get it installed before Sunday morning!)

    1) Go to the app store of whatever device you want your kids to watch on!

    2) Type in Parent Cue and download (its free!) 

    3) Open app and  Click “Register” and follow instructions

    5) Sync with your Church - Click “Find My Church”

    6) Type in “Meadow Brook Church”

    7) Select our church as it pops up and then press “Continue” (we follow the “Orange” curriculum and what it does each month and do not need to customize the app at this time) 

    8) Add your child's info and click Save. Continue for each child. Select Done when finished.

    9) You are all signed up! Now enjoy the App and all it has to offer! Pastor Sarah will have more instructions on Sunday morning of what we’ll be doing with it!

    • The majority of our financial support happens in person on Sunday mornings during the offering. One easy but very important way that you can help is to temporarily move to electronic giving, even if your preference is for in-person giving. As a Church, we still have bills to pay, missionaries to support, a building to maintain, etc!

    It is easy to donate online at https://meadowbrookfellowship.churchcenter.com/giving , and it is also easy to give via texting, simply by texting the amount you’d like to give to the number 84321; the first time you do this, you will be led through a simple process to set up an account that allows you to donate in this way. Both of these methods will simply charge your credit card, as with any online purchasing that we are all used to doing! This will help your church tremendously in terms of keeping our support going throughout this journey together.

    • Speaking of our kids, are you looking for ways to keep them entertained during this break? Or are you yourself wanting to take your social distancing/self-isolation time to do something productive to grow in your spiritual life? All Meadow Brook attendees are able to sign in to our Church’s RightNow Media account! RightNow Media is sort of like Netflix, but for Christian resources! Lots of teaching, sermon series, great stuff for the kids – we encourage you to check it out! If you’ve never signed up, please get in touch with office@meadowbrook.ca and we’ll get you on the account!
    • How are you caring for those around you? Are we truly being the Church right now, reaching out to others, being a voice of faith and hope, helping out where there’s need, supporting those around us? Don’t let worry stop you from being like Jesus! Now could be the Church’s finest hour to show light in the darkness!
    • We are calling Meadow Brook Church to a time of fasting and prayer until Easter Sunday. Some of us have been fasting for Lent already, but if felt like a good time for us to join together as a Church and fast together in this season! Fasting involves choosing to abstain from something – it could be TV, or your phones, or social media, or a meal a day, or junk food, or any number of things – in order to discipline ourselves and press in for the purpose of prayer. The point is not just to abstain, but to also add more prayer to our lives. From 9am-10am, Mon-Fri, our staff will be observing an hour of prayer. We will be praying for many things, including an end to this season. Wherever you are, we’d love you to also be praying during this time, at least for some of it. We understand that some are still working and the timing won’t be an option, but for you, please make sure you find time to pray and fast all the same!
    Right now, the world has a tremendous amount of faith in what a virus can do. It is wise to listen to experts who can help us stay safe, and we need to listen to and submit to our governing authorities. But let’s make sure that no one loses in faith in who our God is and what He can do! Coronavirus should not ever get more credit than Him! Stay safe, stay clean, stay close to Him! We are getting through this, Meadow Brook!

    The Meadow Brook Leadership Team





    March 17 2020

    Hi everyone!

    In a time when it feels like lots of things are temporarily stopping, including our public gatherings for a time, we wanted to make a few things very clear about Meadow Brook Church! 

    Ministry is not stopping!

    Leadership is not stopping!

    Prayer is not stopping!

    Teaching is not stopping!

    Worship is not stopping!

    Compassion and care are not stopping!

    Being generous is not stopping!

    Community is not stopping!

    Faith is not stopping!

    Hope is not stopping!

    Love is not stopping!

    The Kingdom of God is not stopping!

    Some of these things will look a little different for a time, but we are not slowing down in any way in our commitment to encourage people in their faith and in sharing Jesus with the world!

    Today was our first day back in the office all together since Thursday, when everything seemed to escalate quickly. Your staff has hit the ground running, and we are actively moving forward in finding new ways to connect and be a community, even if our public time together is on pause!

    So here is what your team is working on right now!

    • Tonight would have been Kids Club, so tonight (and every Tuesday night for the time being) Pastor Sarah will be posting a short video to our Meadow Brook and MB Kids Facebook pages at 7pm, where she will be talking to our kids, and pointing them to our curriculum video which you can watch from home! She will also regularly be posting fun activities throughout the break for our kids to do while at home!
    • On our Thursday MBYouth nights, Pastor Xavier will likewise be posting a short video to our Facebook pages at 7pm, talking to our youth, and leading them through or pointing them to some teaching or resources, in order to keep connected!
    • On Sunday mornings, we will have video available online that will allow you to participate in worship at home!  We will have one 10am service online, and it will include some worship, something for the kids, something for the junior highs, and a message for the adults, as with any Sunday morning! More details on this will come later in the week, but please make sure to stay in the habit of carving out Sunday mornings for worship – this is sacred time, and will still be sacred time, as our families gather together for worship and the Word!
    • Depending on how long this temporary postponement lasts, we are looking at various tech options that will allow us to connect with multiple people online at once through videoconferencing, which could allow more Life Groups and meetings to happen in a different format!
    • Never has it been more important for us a church to go above and beyond in keeping connected with one another! Sunday mornings are a convenient time to connect with other people, but without those for now, we will all have to be more intentional! We especially want to keep in mind those who are most vulnerable among us, who might not be able to easily make it out to the store or pharmacy. Where can we help? Let’s not wait to be asked, but let’s offer ourselves in service towards others! Let’s pick up our phones, and Facetime, text, email and message, and let’s make sure we are all checking up on each other a lot!
    • If you have any prayer needs, you can call us, or message our new email address prayer@meadowbrook.ca and we would be happy to pray with you!
    • And finally, we think it would be amazing if our church family were to start posting some positive stuff online – certainly things like Scripture, but also just cute pics of your family, funny stories about what happened to you, good news that you are celebrating – our news feeds are dominated with heaviness right now, and we can easily be a light by sharing something good with the world!

    Psalm 91 says:

    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
        will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

     I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
        my God, in whom I trust.”

    Surely he will save you
        from the fowler’s snare
        and from the deadly pestilence.
    He will cover you with his feathers,
        and under his wings you will find refuge;
        his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (Ps 91:1-4)

     

    We are all personally finding that to focus the bulk of our attention on the news, on rumours, on social media, and on the problems, easily fills us with fear that is hard to shake. But we are also personally finding that when we press into the Lord through prayer, worship, and Scripture, there is an abundance of His peace available for anyone who wants it!

    Keep pressing in, Meadow Brook! This will come to an end. Jesus is Lord!

     




     

    AN IMPORTANT UPDATE

    March 16, 2020

    Hello again, Meadow Brook!

    We had a wonderful time of worship yesterday morning! Many stayed home due to feeling even mildly under the weather, and we appreciate that! Others stayed home out of an abundance of caution to our current season, and we understand and bless that decision as well! We missed you all! We had a powerful time of worship, which reminded us of Who is really in control of all things, and it was a blessing to be together.

    We have asked you to remain flexible and fluid with us as we prayerfully navigate this season that we find ourselves in!  We have more updates here on the latest news from the Meadow Brook Leadership.

    Out of an abundance of caution, we will temporarily postpone public gatherings at Meadow Brook for the next few weeks. This will include Sunday mornings worship, Kids Club, MBYouth, classes, and Life Groups both inside and outside the Church. 

    This may seem like overkill to some, with no cases still in Essex County as of this writing, and honestly, we hope that it turns out to be!  We would be very happy to look back and say, “Remember that time we took a break for a few weeks, and it turned out we didn’t need to?!” But for the sake of a few brief weeks, and due to the continued escalation of coronavirus in Ontario, we feel that a small, short-term sacrifice is a prudent step to protect the vulnerable people that we love.

    Although the medical professionals we are speaking with are very happy with the measures we have taken and feel that Meadow Brook is strong in its approach to ensure public safety and health, we also feel that as many travellers are coming back home to Canada right now from all over the world, and as new research seems to be indicating that our children are resilient to the effects of the virus themselves but can still carry and spread it easily, and as cases in Ontario continue to rise, we have prayed and felt that at the moment wisdom calls us to take this temporary step.

    It will require a true nation-wide approach from every citizen to help “flatten the curve” of this outbreak, and Meadow Brook will do its part to help protect the most vulnerable among us in our Church, our town, and our province. And as Chris said on Sunday morning, although the idea of vaccines and medications to come are comforting, all medical advice is telling us that it is hand-washing, staying home when ill, and social distancing that will bring this virus down and save lives. Do your part!While currently free of coronavirus in Leamington – and we are praying fervently that it remains that way! – our love and care for those most vulnerable to this virus cause us to lovingly embrace some short-term, minor inconvenience, in order to pre-emptively do what we can to ensure that our community remains safe.  

    So, we will postpone our public gatherings until Friday, April 3. At that point, we will re-evaluate and see where we are. As the flurry of travel has settled and we have a better sense where the province is at, our hope would be to get back to normal, but we will just have to see! For now, our Church will remain open during normal office hours, smaller meetings will still be happening, and the staff is always here for you! Although our public gatherings will be paused, our worship and our ministry will not be stopping, as we continue to care for one another, pray together, and lift our eyes to the Lord! We will have more information on what this looks like coming.

    We are still not fearful in our decision-making. We felt at peace gathering yesterday morning, and now we feel at peace pausing for a few weeks.  We will have some more info later this week on what Sunday mornings will look like, so please be looking for that!

    Also, to all our church family coming back home over international borders from March Break, or from wintering in the sunny south, or from any other travel, we would like you and your family to remain away from the Church building for 14 days, and self-isolate at home, in accordance with our health authorities’ official guidelines.

    Please continue to pray for us and support your Church Leadership. None of this is easy, and we are prayerfully seeking to do what is best, always!

    More info on everything to come!  We love you, Meadow Brook! Keep those hands washed, those coughs covered, and keep seeking the Lord over all of this! There is peace available – keep pushing in for it!


    The Meadow Brook Leadership Team







    AN IMPORTANT UPDATE

    March 14, 2020 

    Hello again, Meadow Brook!

    Well, no sooner had we posted our initial measured response to the coronavirus, and within an hour the Government of Ontario “recommended” temporarily postponing all public gatherings over 250 people! Both of our Sunday AM gatherings are under that number, but we wanted to let you know what we’re doing to be proactive and wise in these matters!

    Everything that we’re doing is simply out of an overabundance of caution! Again, as always, we have been in discussion with medical professionals, our church leaders, and other pastors in town, and have decided on the following course of action for the time being. Here’s what you need to know:

    • Please check our website/social media regularly for updates. A few days ago, the thought of canceling school was not on anyone’s radar! Obviously, official news surrounding the coronavirus can change quickly. The situation is fluid, but we will post all our updates online to keep you in the loop. You can help us by sharing them!
    • We plan to go ahead with public worship this Sunday, March 15 at 9 & 11AM as usual. We will follow all the protocols listed below, and in the previous update. As of the time of this writing, there are still currently no reports of cases of coronavirus in Essex County.
    • We encourage you to attend only if you are comfortable. If you’d rather stay home, please stay home, with our blessing. If you are elderly or have immunity issues, you especially should consider staying home, as much as we will miss you! If you are a Sunday AM volunteer and wish to stay home, please do, but please let your ministry leader know ASAP. And again, if you are sick, even mildly, please stay home.
    • We will close the Café and the library for the time being, stick a pin in our altar ministry, and shorten our services. Again, these are just extra-cautious measures that are good habits to build in times like this. We would like everyone to essentially arrive in time for worship, enjoy the service thoroughly, and then head home after the service concludes, just to start a good habit of lowering the risk of anything possibly being spread during social time. By all means, have people over for coffee or lunch, keep your fellowship going outside of our meeting time! (Assuming everyone is healthy, of course, and making sure you wash your hands as you do!)
    • In between the services, we will be disinfecting the high-traffic surface areas of the building, in order to prepare for the second service.
    • All mid-week programming will continue as usual for the time being. This includes MB Kids Club and MB Youth. These events have attendee numbers well below current government recommendations for postponement, and all our cleaning procedures will be in effect.
    • We are discussing and reassessing things constantly. We might need to temporarily postpone our Sunday morning gatherings at some point, and we are ready for that. Should that happen, we are exploring various means to take our services online, so that you will still be able to participate in worship on Sundays from home. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to get this in place for this coming Sunday, but we hope to have these available as soon as possible, even if we remain open on Sundays, so that those staying home can still participate in worship. And if you aren’t able to join us this week, you can catch up on at least the sermon portion on Monday at http://www.meadowbrook.ca/resources/resources/messages/ 
    • On a practical level, the majority of our financial support happens in person on Sunday mornings during the offering. If you are sick and staying home, or more comfortable staying home, or if we have to postpone Sunday gatherings for a time, one easy but very important way that you can help is to temporarily move to electronic giving, even if your preference is for in-person giving. As a Church, we still have bills to pay, missionaries to support, ministries to fund, etc., and we want to keep everything going!

    It is easy to donate online at https://meadowbrookfellowship.churchcenter.com/giving , and it is also easy to give via texting, simply by texting the amount you’d like to give to the number 84321; the first time you do this, you will be led through a simple process to set up an account that allows you to donate in this way. Both of these methods will simply charge your credit card, as with any online purchasing that we are all used to doing! This will help your church tremendously in terms of keeping our support going throughout this journey together.

    • Please pray for your church leadership. We are not fearful at all, but this is just new territory for all of us, and there is a lot of push and pull in different directions of what the “right” thing to do is. We are prayerfully feeling our way along, discussing things at length with many people before we make any decisions on anything. We want to be wise, responsible, aware, proactive, peaceful, and faith-filled in our responses to the current situation, and to be honest, at the moment this is a bit of a challenging balance to find! Ultimately, we need to hear from the Lord, and your prayers will help us to do that!

    In the sermon a few weeks ago, we talked about Jesus the Good Shepherd (John 10), and how the sheep don’t need to worry about the future or fear the wolves – they just need to stay close to the Shepherd, who takes care of these things. The Psalmist also declared that the Lord was his Shepherd (Ps 23), proclaiming:


    I will fear no evil,
        for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
        they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me
        in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil;
        my cup overflows.
    Surely your goodness and love will follow me
        all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
     

    May we all make sure that we are drawing close to Him in this season, finding the comfort that He promises, and resting peacefully in His presence as He leads us through this!

    The Meadow Brook Leadership Team







    March 12, 2020

    Hello Meadow Brook!

    With our news sites and news feeds dominated with talk of the coronavirus, we wanted to share with you our response as a Church family.  The following has been put together in consultation with medical professionals, our denomination, and conversations with other churches in town. 

    We are not walking in fear in this situation. Our God is too big for that!  In practical terms, should we catch the coronavirus, for the vast majority of us it would be a mild experience. However, those at greater risk are the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Because we love these people among us, we want to lovingly take some simple measures to help keep them safe.

    At the moment, the risk in Essex County is low, although it is likely that we will see more cases at some point. We have no plans at the moment to cancel our public gatherings, although that may change. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will keep you well-informed of our decisions. For the time being, we will continue on as normal.

    Even so, we desire to be responsible and proactive, and so have put into place a few common-sense protocols to facilitate our public gatherings. Our desire is to remain open and healthy, continuing to be a welcoming place for people to experience Jesus!  As such, we are taking some steps to ensure the continued well-being of our Church family and community.

     

    • Please inform yourself with accurate and reliable information. We would encourage you to not regard either the mainstream media or especially social media as authoritative sources of information on this matter. Although some of it is certainly good, some of it is exaggerated and sensationalized, and some of it is just plain wrong, and it can be difficult to tell the difference.     

     

    We encourage you to look to the following sites for updates and information:

    https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

    https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

     

    • The most important thing we can do to prevent any communicable illness is to wash our hands regularly and avoid touching our face.  Hands should be washed in soap and warm water for 30 seconds to be effective, or you can use sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol. At the moment, sanitizer is hard to find in our area; once Meadow Brook is able to get more, we will have sanitizers at the entrances of the Church during public gatherings for you to use as you enter the building. Until this happens, please wash your hands thoroughly before coming to Church, and either bring your own sanitizer if you have it, or do make use of the Church washrooms to keep your hands clean. 

     

    • We should also cover our mouths when we cough so we are not exposing other people to our germs. Coughing/sneezing into our elbow/arm keeps our hands free from germs.

     

    • We would like you to stay home if you are feeling sick or if you have visited a high-risk area recently. This would always be our advice, in any flu season. Sometimes we feel like we can push through mild symptoms, but that means we might expose others to our illness who can’t handle it, and so we would rather you stay home, rest up and get healthy!  Should you need to miss a service, all of our messages are posted online at: http://www.meadowbrook.ca/resources/resources/messages/

     

    • We’re going to take a break from hand-shaking/hugging until we have made it through flu season. We love connecting in this personal way, but it’s a small sacrifice for a short time.

     

    • One change you will see is that we will be taking our offering at the end of the service, and ushers will hold the offering bags at the doors when you exit the sanctuary. This means that the bags don’t need to get passed around the room. Remember, you can also give electronically or by texting: http://www.meadowbrook.ca/give/

     

    • On a daily basis, our custodian will be disinfecting high-contact areas like doorknobs/handles, faucets, etc. We are also going to be sanitizing our children’s ministry toys after every service.

     

    • If you are away from the church because of any kind of illness, please call or email the church so we can be aware and pray with and for you!

     

    • Join us in praying against this virus, and not just that, but against the fear that is associated with it – the fear alone is wreaking much havoc itself.  This virus is called a “corona” virus because corona means “crown,” and the virus molecules have a “crown-like” appearance when looked at under a microscope. But we need to be careful that we don’t “crown” this illness in our own lives, elevating it and letting it rule our lives and make our decisions for us, separate from prayer and seeking the Lord – we the Church are called away from the fear that the world walks in (2Tim 1:7)! Jesus is crowned Lord over even the coronavirus, and we will continue to draw near to the Shepherd and follow Him.

     

    These are some small and easy measures that we can take as we journey through this as a Church family! Thanks for doing them with us and helping to keep Meadow Brook healthy and safe!

     

    The Meadow Brook Leadership Team

     

    March 27 2020

    Hello there, Meadow Brook!

    We are praying for you constantly, and although it’s now only been a couple of weeks, we are feeling the weight of how much we miss you!

    Originally, we had announced that Church activities would be postponed until the first week in April. It is increasingly looking like we all need to be prepared to settle into this season for a while longer. So, we’re going to plan to keep things closed until the government/health unit tells us that it is safe to re-open. 

    This doesn’t mean that ministry has stopped, even if our gathering times have been postponed for a little while!  Here’s what’s going on:

    • On Monday, the government announced that all non-essential businesses needed to close. Unfortunately, that meant that we officially needed to close our doors. The staff has continued working hard from home, and we are occasionally popping into the building to check on things, pick up mail, etc., but unfortunately we can’t have the public – including any of our wonderful congregation – in the building at this time.  Pastors have taught for years: “The Church is not a building, but a group of people!” Well, now we all get to prove it!
    • Connecting with other believers is more important now than ever!  The staff are finding that every time we speak in person with a congregation member or with one another, it has a way of lifting our spirits and filling us with hope and peace! Social distancing is a current necessity that every Church member should be following – but even so, it is challenging for the soul!  To that end, we have many Life Groups at Meadow Brook which are exploring different ways that we can keep connected, and we’ve had several successful video-conferencing meetings that prove easy for anyone to join with! If you haven’t been in a Life Group, but are looking for some connection time with your brothers and sisters, please email office@meadowbrook.ca and let us know, and we will get you plugged in!
    • Big thanks to those of you who found electronic ways to give to Meadow Brook last week!  Even so, it was not unexpected, but we saw a dramatic drop in our giving the last two Sundays. We know that part of this now is that layoffs have started to happen, and you obviously can’t give from a paycheque that’s temporarily missing. If that’s you, this message is not for you! But for those of us who are still working, we really need everyone to switch over to either PAD, online giving, or texting to give. Some of us no doubt thought, “We’ve just postponed church for a couple of weeks, I’ll catch up when we’re back in person!” Please don’t!  It is looking like we may need to do this for a while, and we have frozen all Church spending other than the bare essentials, but for those who are blessed to still be working, please continue to bring your financial worship before the LORD in these new ways! It’s easy as pie – all the info you need is here: http://www.meadowbrook.ca/give/
    • Once gain, we look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday morning at 10am! We so enjoyed coming together for worship last Sunday!  It will look a little different again this week, as we won’t have a team gathered at Church due to the new restrictions, but we have been prayerfully preparing worship and the Word for you all! Most of you found us already, but if you haven’t yet, you can join us at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4bpv15ktSANvD8WvrLn7Tw and click on Sunday March 29 2020. And if you have any prayer needs at all, please send them to prayer@meadowbrook.ca, we would love to stand with you in prayer! 

    Meadow Brook, we love you, and continue to lift you all before the LORD in prayer. Reach out to others and love one another well! May the LORD show you His power and His provision in this season!