July 8 2020

    Hello everyone!

    In the Old Testament, there was a time when a terrifying foreign army invaded Jerusalem, burned down the Temple, and exiled and scattered the people of God out of the Promised Land (2Ch 36:15-21). Decades later, God graciously brought them back home, and they began to rebuild the Temple that was destroyed. But when they laid the foundation of the new Temple, there were two very different reactions from God’s people – some wailed, mourning the former Temple and the way things used to be, and some rejoiced, worshiping and celebrating that God had brought them home and had been so faithful to them (see Ezra chapter 3).

    As we enter a new temporary season of church life at Meadow Brook, we want to be found among those in the crowd rejoicing in God’s faithfulness! Although church will look a little different for a little while, none of the small changes will take anything away from our worship or our joy in connecting with one another, and so we celebrate that God is bringing us back home together and that He is worthy for us to worship at all times!

    Here are our next steps!

    • Starting this Sunday, July 12, we are happy to invite people to attend our 9am & 11am services in-person! We are excited to keep moving forward! There will be limited spaces available, as we are slowly going to be working our way up to our maximum occupancy allowed by the government. Every week, we will be increasing the number of available spots until we reach our current 30% maximum capacity.
    • You need to sign up online before you attend! Virtually all churches that are open are doing something like this. It’s a little different, but it’s the only way to track our numbers and comply with what our government has asked of us. The signup form for each Sunday will go up online on Wednesday mornings (we will send out a weekly email/social media reminder), and you will need to sign up by Friday at noon, at which point the form will be taken down and registration will be closed for that Sunday. The logistics of pulling all of this off are complicated, and so we appreciate everyone’s cooperation to help make it work! You can sign up for this week’s service at this link, starting today! www.meadowbrook.ca/sunday-signup/
    • In-person spots will be available on a first-come, first serve basis. Once our spots for that Sunday are taken, then unfortunately that is all we have for that week! Due to our capacity limits, we figure that if everyone who wishes to attend can plan to come in-person every other week, we should have lots of room for everyone to regularly attend. Some have said that they plan to not sign up but will leave room for others, and then wait and see if there is any room for themselves later in the week – please don’t! Our office doesn’t need a slew of people calling and messaging all week long to see if there’s any room! If you are ready to attend, please just sign up by Friday at noon, and if everyone can be cool with attending every other week to start off, we will have room for everyone!
    • There will be a few minor changes in how we come together in-person, but really the main differences are that we will be wearing masks for now (unless you have a health concern in wearing one, or if your kids are too young to manage it, or if there is a cognitive/behavioural issue that would make it too challenging – any questions, please let us know), and also we will be social distancing while we are here. All households should remain 2m from one another, whether inside or outside the building.
    • The high-traffic surfaces of our building will be sanitized before every Sunday, and will be sanitized again after every service, including in between the 9am & 11am services.  
    • Starting this Sunday July 12th as well, we will be livestreaming both our 9am & 11am services on our YouTube channel! For anyone enjoying our services from home, you can now choose which one to attend, just as you would in-person! Our livestreaming abilities and our stage will be getting some very cool upgrades in the weeks to come – stay tuned!

    Moving forward together, Meadow Brook!

    We won’t see all of you this Sunday, but either in-person or online, we will see you soon enough! �

    The Meadow Brook Leadership Team





     

     

    Hello to our Meadow Brook family! 

    We are excited to share our latest update for our reopening plans!  

    • Just a reminder that starting this Sunday, July 5th, we will be moving to a livestream service online at 11am! This will happen on the same YouTube channel that we’ve been using all along! If you miss the service, we will have the sermon uploaded on Mondays by around noon. In future weeks, we will be livestreaming both our 9am and 11am services, so that you have a choice as to which service you want to participate in, but for this week only, it will just be 11am as we want to have some room to work out any technical kinks. As we move more towards gathering in-person, it’s good for us to get back in the habit of gathering all together at the same time for church, even online! 
    • This Sunday, for our first livestream service, we’ve asked a handful of church members to join us in-person for the 11am service. We weren’t quite ready to invite everyone yet, as we are still testing out our new sanitizing protocols and sanctuary spacing, so we’ve handpicked a few people to come and help us test things out. These people were chosen based on the surveys and who said they were ready to come back, as well as us needing a mix of families, singles, and couples so that we can test out how things will work when we gather in larger numbers. 
    • Starting this Sunday as well, we will be moving away from having our kids, Jr Highs, and adults all doing different things online on a Sunday morning, and instead be moving to one all-ages worship service that our whole church family can enjoy together from start to finish, whether attending in-person or at home watching online! Our plan for now is to do this for the summer, and our theme for the summer is simply going to be celebrating Jesus and celebrating the Gospel! We’ll plan to take a break from talking about COVID and how we are walking through this challenging season – we don’t want to talk about any of the heavier stuff with the kids in the room, and we also just want to shift some of our focus to all the good that God is and has been doing! These mornings will be a mix of worship, testimonies, Scripture, and connection in a way that people of all ages can enjoy, and we are excited to jump in!  
    • Since we will not be having a separate Kids ministry for the time being in-person, we recognize the challenges that this brings for some parents who worry if their kids will keep quiet for an hour! Firstly, we are hopeful that our service will help keep them occupied! Secondly, whenever we do all-ages worship, everyone attending is just going to need to be OK with kids being kids! It may be a little noisier, and we are OK with that – that’s what happens whenever family gets together, and it’s the sound of life happening, which is an awesome thing! If any kids are having major trouble sitting through things, parents can discretely take them out into the lobby until they are ready to come back, but other than that, we can all live with a little extra noise – it’s the price of worshiping all together, and it’s an easy one to handle! Finally, if parents still aren’t ready to come back just yet, we do hope that parents will take turns coming in-person, so that everyone at least gets a chance to come and participate! 
    • As we reopen, we are currently only allowed to have 30% of our sanctuary capacity in at a time, which means that you will have lots of elbow room when you come! It also means that not everyone will necessarily get to come in-person every single week, at least at the beginning. If we can all have in our heads that we will probably get to come in-person every other week, and on the off-weeks, we can still happily engage with worship online at home, then we should be able to get everyone here regularly as we take turns! 
    • Starting on Sunday, July 12, we will open our 9am and 11am services for anyone who wishes to attend in-person. Spaces will be limited more than usual for a couple of weeks, as we are wanting to slowly increase to our 30% cap to ensure that we have everything working safely and well. We’ll have more information on this next week!
    • Just a reminder that from Monday-Friday we are praying from 9am-10am in the sanctuary, and all are welcome to join us! Our Wed night Zoom prayer meeting will end, and we will still keep our Sunday AM pre-service prayer time on Zoom, but we will do it at 8:30am instead of 9:30am.
    • We’re going to leave behind our other midweek gatherings that we have been doing as well. These were put in place when we were thinking that our public worship gatherings wouldn’t be happening until later in the summer, and since we are opening earlier, we don’t feel they are necessary! 
    • Please be praying for your church staff! Normally, this is the time of year when church life slows down dramatically, giving us a chance to catch our breath after a busy ministry year, and start to plan for the fall. This year, things are getting busier instead, after a ministry year that has been much more challenging than normal. We want to ensure that the staff gets some rest and refreshing this summer as well, and please be praying for them and for the rest of the church leadership as decisions are being made!




    June 26, 2020

    Hi Meadow Brook! Here's the latest update we have for you.

    • This Sunday service will go online at 10am as normal, but starting the following Sunday July 5th, we will be moving to an 11am livestreamed service! We can’t get back to in-person services until we have livestreaming working, so this is an important step to getting us closer to being back together! For anyone who misses the 11am livestream, sermons will be recorded and go up online on Mondays by around noon. 

    • Also starting July 5th, our plan is to slowly begin moving people back into the building for Sunday worship! We will be doing this a little a time, and everyone will need to be patient and take turns, but we are excited to be moving in that direction! All of our online services will still be continuing on as they have been. Look for more information next week!

    • Some of you have asked about our mask policy. It will be required that people wear masks for Sunday worship, with the exceptions of our youngest children, or anyone with medical, cognitive, or behavioural challenges for whom wearing a mask may be legitimately constricting or otherwise difficult. Our reasons for this policy are as follows: 

    1. The medical community recommends that people gathering in larger numbers should wear them, especially in a constricted space. This is now the rule for our area when we are in commercial spaces. Although our non-medical masks do not protect us from airborne particles, they may help us be protected from droplets, and at the very least they stop us from touching our face while we are in places where it is more likely to spread germs.

    1. Many health professionals around the world are recommending that churches should not be singing, due to greatly increased risk of transmission. Or, if churches are singing, they should wear masks to help stop transmission. So we felt that the responsible choice was either to make masks optional, and not have worship, or to have worship, and need a mask. Given that we are called by Scripture to sing to the LORD together (Ps 33, Ps 96, Ps 100, Ps 150, etc.), we didn’t feel we should give that up unless we absolutely had to, and so masks are a way to let us respond to this call to worship will still being responsible and safe. The singers and speakers will remove their masks while singing and speaking from the stage, so that everyone can hear them clearly, but other than that will also wear masks.

     

    1. There is a practical side to this as well. We have asked our health officials, “What happens if someone at the 9am service tests positive for COVID the next day? Would everyone in that same service who was exposed need to get tested and be quarantined at home for a few days until they are clear?” If so, that would mean that we are all going to have to be ready for the possibility of that level of disruption whenever we gather. The health unit has replied, “Maybe - it would depend on how well you follow the health protocols.” If we do the sanitizing, distancing, etc., during a service, then that would be good, but they may still have questions and require testing/quarantine. But they said if we were to do these things PLUS we all wear masks, that this would be the clincher that would mean they almost certainly wouldn’t need any more follow up or quarantine - we would have been as safe as we can possibly be. This is a big reason why we want to wear masks – to ensure that our lives aren’t disrupted, should any cases happen.

    1. We cannot ignore the ongoing call upon the Christ-follower to love our neighbour, and to honour others ahead of ourselves, not looking to our own interests, but to the interests of others (Mt 22:37-40; Phil 2:1-4). For some of us, masks make us feel safer, and even if that’s not you, love compels you to wear a mask for your brother or sister for their sake. For some of us, we are high-risk and more likely to get sick, and even if that’s not you, love calls you to wear a mask in order to help protect that vulnerable brother or sister. This season is calling all of us to go to the next level in loving others and putting them first, and if the idea of a mask is challenging for us, then let us view it as an excellent opportunity to embrace the Christ-like road and practice other-centeredness by helping out in this small way!

     

    June 18 2020

    Hello everyone!

    Well, there has been a whirlwind of planning activity in our church building this week, which is a great sentence to say after our building has been primarily closed off for 3 months! 

    We told you before that our reopening would be happening in stages, and so we want to share with you what our first steps look like!

    All of these steps are just our initial ones, and all of them are temporary! We don’t know how long this season will last, but we know that we are moving forward, and that feels good! So: 

    • We need your patience as we take some more time to get in-person Sunday morning services running again. Some local churches are opening now, but a number are not planning to reopen Sundays imminently, and many churches in our denomination are even looking to September to reopen on Sundays, although we plan to be open well before that. Our delay is largely due to logistical issues that many church leaders are struggling with – although the government giving us permission to reopen with restrictions is better than being closed, the restrictions themselves are very challenging, and are causing many churches to rethink how we do church for the time being. Moving to an in-person service also requires us to make significant changes to our media/tech side of things, as we still need to provide an online experience for those who are at home, as well as an in-person service. All of this to say, we are not ready to go yet, and we will be looking to reopen Sunday mornings a little later in the summer. We would appreciate your patience and flexibility as we prayerfully figure this out! We are moving forward!
    • In the meantime, the church staff is officially back in the office! We are here, and available for appointments if needed!  Progress! We’re moving forward! 
    • Furthermore, the church building is open! Most Life Groups and ministries are already geared down for summer, but if any group or ministry would like to meet at the Church, they can contact the church office to book a time and room. We’re moving forward!
    • Anyone entering the building will need to sanitize their hands upon entry and exit. If anyone in your family is showing any cold-like symptoms, you should remain home. We’ll need to refrain from hugs and handshakes for now. Whenever we are gathering, regardless of group size and regardless of whether we are indoors or outdoors, we will need to maintain our 2m social distance from one another. But that’s still better than being apart at home! We’re moving forward! 
    • For smaller church gatherings (i.e. 10 or less), people can use masks at their discretion; for larger gatherings (indoor or outdoor), masks will be mandatory (for now) for those who wish to attend. Our youngest kids will not be expected to wear masks; parents can decide if they are able, and our rule of thumb will be that if kids are of an age and understanding where they can reasonably be expected to handle wearing a mask, we’d like them to. It’s no one’s favourite, but it’s temporary, and if it allows us to gather sooner and safely, we can do this for one another. We’re moving forward! 
    • Although we aren’t ready to meet for public worship just yet, we understand the very real need for fellowship after several months of being apart! So for now, we are going to have several outdoor gathering times each week (weather permitting) where you can come, bring a lawn chair and a coffee, and sit and visit. There’s no program, just hang-out time. Kids can run around together (while social distancing) and we can have some “family time!” While we will still need masks and social distancing for these times, being outdoors lowers risk significantly. These gatherings will happen on Sunday evenings at 7pm, Wednesday mornings at 10am, and Thursday evenings at 7pm, starting on Wed June 24. We do need to still honour our building capacity cap, even when outside, so we’ll need you to quickly sign-up online before you come so we can track our numbers – check out our website www.meadowbrook.ca starting next week for signup times. We look forward to seeing people again! We’re moving forward!  
    • Youth will begin again this Thursday evening, in a small group format! Parents can talk to Pastor Xavier if they have any questions. We’re moving forward! 
    • We do want to move towards a children’s ministry, but we are going to take our time with this. There are several reasons for this, but the main reason is the challenges of how to apply social distancing with our little ones. In the meantime, our kids will still have their Sunday morning, Tuesday evening, and Thursday afternoon online experiences!  They can also join with us and their friends during our social gathering times outside! We’re moving forward! 
    • From Monday-Friday we will be praying from 9am-10am in the sanctuary, and all are welcome to join us! We’re moving forward!
    • Now that we can expand to groups of 10, we also encourage you to take advantage of that on your own in connecting with other people right now, with all safety measures and social distancing precautions in place. We’re moving forward! 

    Did you catch the theme?  We’re moving forward! It’s not perfect, but it is progress, by the grace of God and His strength. 

    God bless you, Meadow Brook. Let us continue to pray for the LORD to remove the virus and its effects from our land. Let us continue to extend extra grace, patience, and love to one another. We will see you online and/or in person very soon! 

    The Meadow Brook Leadership Team  

     

     

    June 10 2020

    Hello Meadow Brook!

    So, imagine you really wanted to go on a cruise, but had to put it off. You’ve been waiting and waiting, dreaming about it. Then one day, a friend comes to you and says, “Hey, good news! I got you that cruise, and you leave tomorrow!!”

    And you respond, “Wow!! Oh wow…that’s…great….don’t get me wrong, I’m excited, but I actually work tomorrow….and I think my passport is expired…and who’s going to watch my kids? I mean, I love this, but I wish I had a head’s up!”  

    Sometimes even appreciated gifts come with great challenges when they are a surprise!

    On Monday, the Province of Ontario officially announced that churches may reopen to a maximum of 30% of building capacity.

    This is good news! It means we are moving forward, and we can start to gather together at the church once again!

    That being said, most pastors in Ontario probably felt like the person who got the surprise cruise! It’s amazing, but we were completely caught off-guard by the timing of this announcement, it came with no warning. Ontario still has not released their official plan for churches to reopen safely, although we have been pushing for it for months. Other provinces have had strict measures laid down to ensure public safety, and we were expecting something like this from the province in the next 2-3 weeks, and then some time to implement the requirements before we were allowed to reopen. Instead, we were surprisingly told that we could open up again right away! But we still have no orders on how we are required to do that.

    And since we aren’t sure how to proceed, it makes it impossible to put a service together. Can we have children’s ministry or not? Is there a cap on that 30% number, like in Alberta? Does everyone need to wear masks? Do we need to take peoples’ temperatures before entering? Are we allowed to engage in congregational singing? We have many questions and no answers, and there is too little time to process what we need to for this coming Sunday.

    Given all of the unknowns, and the last-minute way in which we learned this news, we are going to ask you to stick with us in online church for just a little while longer, and give us some time to catch up and to prayerfully discern the right steps forward. We have been working non-stop since hearing the news, and will keep doing so, but we have just not had enough time to get our heads around it just yet!

    In the meantime, please fill out our congregational survey to help us get a sense of where you are at in terms of reopening. Please do this ASAP – your responses are crucial to helping us shape our plans!  You can find the survey here: http://www.meadowbrook.ca/survey/

    So, look for much more information to come, as we hear from our government and health officials, and as we have time to pray and discern the Lord’s leading. Please be praying for your leadership as we navigate this.  

    We are moving forward, Meadow Brook!

     



    Hi Meadow Brook!

    Here's this week's update:

    • We have made a small change to our Ministry Management Team!  This Team is made up of our staff, and usually some non-staff members of the Church, and its job is to prayerfully plan and execute the ministries of the Church. Our By-Laws say that someone on the MMT must represent Finance, and someone must represent the Facilities team. For the last while, Beth Loewen has represented Finance, and Jason Fiss has represented Facilities. Both of these servants are wise, insightful, and hard-working, and we have loved having them on the MMT! However, both also have busy careers that have made it difficult for them to regularly engage with the MMT due to their schedules. After several months of prayer and healthy discussion, Beth and Jason and the MMT have felt that the best course of action would be for them to step down from the MMT, and for Jim Dueckman to return to it. Jim can represent both Finance and Facilities, being a member of both teams, and being a retiree, can give time to the MMT. We love Beth and Jason dearly, and are so grateful for all that they have given in their time on the MMT! And we welcome Jim back to the Team as well!
    • We would love for you to come together online for prayer on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, and Wednesday evenings at 7pm.  It’s so good to see faces and hear voices of people that we miss! We will meet via Zoom, and will send out the Zoom links weekly in a separate email! If you haven’t been getting those email invitations, let us know at office@meadowbrook.ca!
    • Be sure to join us online on Sunday morning at 10am!  Although you can technically watch the video at any time on Sunday, we’d like you to still join all together with us at 10am, just so we are still worshiping alongside one another at the same time, even from a distance! And it’s never been easier to invite a friend to church….just send them the link!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4bpv15ktSANvD8WvrLn7Tw And if you have any prayer needs at all, please send them to prayer@meadowbrook.ca, we would love to pray with you!








    April 17 2020

    Hello Meadow Brook!

    Here is our latest update from your Leadership Team!

    • Last week we mentioned our partnership with other community businesses and organizations to create care packages to get into the hands of our amazing frontline workers! As of today, over 500 packages have gone out! You can donate to this cause by e-transferring money to apinvoices@uecan.com with the reference “COVID SUPPORT” (not tax-receiptable).   We also are in major need of more “thank you” notes, so please send those in to office@meadowbrook.ca as quick as you can!  You can also buy $25 gift cards the next time you are out and about that will go into the packages, and we’ll let you know where you can drop them off! 
    • We are grateful for those of you who have been donating to Meadow Brook, and we ask you to please keep it up! If you haven’t yet, giving from home has never been easier, just head over to http://www.meadowbrook.ca/give/ and find a method of giving that works for you!
    • Be sure to join us online on Sunday morning at 10am!  Although you can technically watch the video at any time on Sunday, we’d like you to still join all together with us at 10am, just so we are still worshiping alongside one another at the same time, even from a distance! And it’s never been easier to invite a friend to church….just send them the link!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4bpv15ktSANvD8WvrLn7Tw And if you have any prayer needs at all, please send them to prayer@meadowbrook.ca, we would love to pray with you!
    • Just a reminder that we are joining together online for prayer on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, and Wednesday evenings at 7pm. We will meet via Zoom, and will send out the Zoom links weekly in a separate email! If you haven’t been getting those email invitations, let us know at office@meadowbrook.ca !

    God is at work, and we are seeing it in many different ways! As much as we are praying for a speedy end to the virus and a return to whatever the new “normal” is, we also want to make sure that our eyes and ears are wide-open for whatever He is doing in our lives right now! Where is God at work in your life? And how can you lean into that? These are questions that we should be asking and praying into during this season!

    And as we do, please know that your leadership is praying for you daily, and much more than once daily! We love you, we miss you, and we commend you into the hands of our gracious and powerful God!







    April 10 2020

    Hello Meadow Brook!

    Easter means that God wins!  He can only win – it is the only option. By God’s grace, we are pressing through this season, and we will one day break through it! Coronavirus has an expiration date – in faith, that is our proclamation!

    As with everything, it is a different Easter weekend at Meadow Brook, but we are excited about all that we have going on! Here is our latest update!

    • We have announced in a separate update our exciting new opportunity to partner with organizations in our community to bless our frontline workers with care packages!  We are hitting the ground running, and need your help! See the email for details, or check out the post on our Meadow Brook Facebook page!
    • We want to start joining together online for prayer on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, and Wednesday evenings at 7pm. We will meet via Zoom, and will send out the Zoom links weekly in a separate email!
    • Obviously, one of the hardest parts about not gathering on Easter Sunday at Meadow Brook will be that we won’t get to eat Paska together in the Café! It won’t quite be the same, but we’ve got you covered – here is a great Paska recipe that you can make from home as a family and enjoy! www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2009/03/paska-lovellas-recipe.html
    • For all our MB Kids and their families, Pastor Sarah has put together a great Easter Sunday activity for you to do after church!  This is our “Social Distancing-Friendly Easter Scavenger Hunt!” We have eight Meadow Brook homes across Leamington & Kingsville that will decorate their houses for Easter! Each home will have a letter that they will incorporate into their décor, and when all the letters have been found, you can help your kids scramble the letters to spell out “MB Easter”!  So, grab some paper and a pen, and take some time on Sunday to go for a drive as a family and "hunt" down all the letters, without ever having to leave your car, making it a great quarantine activity!  For the list of houses, check out the Weekend Update email, or message sarah@meadowbrook.ca ! 
    • We will call our “official” time of prayer and fasting to an end with Easter Sunday, but will ask you to continue joining with us in prayer from Mon-Fri at 9am, wherever you are! This is an important time to be praying, and it is an important way for us to remain connected in the Spirit, even though we are separate! 

    We never stop praying for you, Meadow Brook!  Although we will miss literally gathering on this most important weekend, we are still strongly feeling the unity of the Spirit as we prepare to celebrate the cross on Friday and celebrate the resurrection on Sunday – the days that changed everything, where Light and Life triumphed over darkness and death! May the LORD bless and protect you, and may He reveal Himself to you in new ways this weekend!








    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!

     




     

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