1160 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC, V6E 3H7
News & Updates
A Message From Our Pastors
March 30, 2021
How can we prepare for our worship time in our home?
In response to the BC health and safety regulations, all indoor in-person gatherings and watch parties are currently suspended. This includes four days of in-person services that were previously announced.
We ask for your continued prayers, and for God’s grace to lead us. Below are some recommendations on how to respond and stay engaged during this season.
- Let’s decide which weekend service we and our family will attend (Saturday at 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am or 11:00 am PST or a Spanish service at 5:00 pm PST).
- Let’s pray to receive from the Lord prior to tuning in.
- Let’s pray for family or friends that may also need to be encouraged during this time and ask them to ‘join’ us, with a follow up call following the service.
- Let’s give God our best in how we posture ourselves, as it is an act of worship to the King of Kings! If possible, stand during worship and keep distractions to a minimum.
As we journey through a pandemic together, we purpose to continue to speak faith into the darkness, and choose to walk as we are reminded in Nehemiah 8:10, ‘Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength’.
Love, Pastors Dave and Cheryl Koop & our Coastal Church Team
Coastal Church, we’ve never done this before! So let’s continue to allow God’s grace to lead us all during this season.
On Thursday, March 25th, our provincial government released temporary details for religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13th. How will we best use this temporary and limited restriction?
We invite you to read the government restrictions italicized below along with our plans to accommodate the limited attendance highlighted in yellow.
Religious bodies can hold up to four days of indoor religious services between March 28 and May 13. Before, during and after the service, people must not gather or socially engage.
Each of our campuses (Downtown, Alberni, Commercial, Pitt Meadows) will host WATCH PARTIES along with our regular online services on the following 4 Sundays: April 18th, April 25th, May 2nd, May 9th.
Up to 50 people may attend or 10% of the worship space capacity, whichever is less.
Our location capacities for each Watch Party will be available on our website once pre-registration opens on Friday, April 9th.
An example of a Watch Party (Life Group size) would be a gathering of 10 people at the Pitt Meadows Education Centre, or 20 people at our Commercial campus. There will be multiple Watch Parties at each campus on each of the 4 Sundays, including our Spanish Service at 5pm.
Will there be Watch Parties on Good Friday and Easter Sunday? With the surprise announcement and limited time to prepare, Coastal has already prayerfully and painstakingly prepared a complete Easter Sunday service to be viewed online, so there will not. This online service will also be aired Easter Sunday on Telus Cable (Channel 878), Daystar Channel and The Miracle Channel.
Our Good Friday Service will be aired live online at 11am, with the participation of the majority of our pastoral and ministerial staff, and again, has already been prepared with you in mind, viewing from your home.
Participants must be 2 metres apart unless they live in the same private residence. We encourage families to attend together!
Everyone in attendance must complete a self-health check to make sure that people with COVID-19 symptoms or who are at risk of being infected do not attend the service. We will also provide a temperature check at check-in.
The only people who can sing are soloists and worship leaders. Masks are required at all times by everyone in attendance. Masks are not required for people who can’t wear a mask due to a condition or impairment or kids under the age of 12
As a church, we will comply with the following:
- Collect information for contact tracing
- Supply hand sanitizer
- Caution those at risk, including seniors and those with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems, from attending
This certainly isn’t ideal for any of us, but are thankful for this short and unique opportunity to worship together. We will do our best to communicate and update in the days ahead.
Amongst this unusual season, we must choose ‘to press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’. (Philippians 3:14) There is another season of faith on the horizon and let’s step into it in the strength of His might!
With love and care,
Pastors Dave and Cheryl
As per Dr. Henry’s update on November 7, 2020, regarding indoor social gatherings, churches are not considered a social gathering. As churches are exempt from this new order, we will continue to practice safety guidelines set out by the BC Center for Disease Control, which includes attendance pre-registration, mandatory face masks and temperature check upon arrival. Coastal Church also has limited seating to not exceed 50 individuals. Obviously, we are all ready to gather at church as we once did, and thank you for continuing to purpose to minister to the Lord and allow Him to minister to you through His Word and worship whether it be online or in person. He is still able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond what we ask or think according to the power that works within you.
In His Grace,
Pastors Dave and Cheryl
Coastal Church App
The Bible tells us how important it is to gather together, and while we can’t meet at full capacity right now, we’re grateful to have Church Online every weekend. This is a great opportunity to invite others to church who may have never considered it before. There are no walls, no barriers and people can watch from the comfort of home. If you know someone who needs to hear the message of God’s love in a time of crisis, please share the links below. One invite could change their life forever!
Saturday @ 5:00 PM
Sunday @ 9:00 AM
Sunday @ 11:00 AM
You can head to live.coastalchurch.org to experience worship, the message, and the community of your church family through live chat and prayer.
This same LIVE stream is also broadcasting on Facebook and YouTube:
Coastal Church is committed to creating an environment that meets government recommendations for safety. To make that possible, our weekend services have been redesigned to accommodate new safety procedures and physical distancing. This includes significantly reduced capacity and adjusted service times.
At this time, all event organizers are ordered by BC Health Authorities to limit all public gatherings to less than 50 people. We’re open at the following locations to pre-registered audiences:
Downtown Campus (Saturday @ 5:00 PM or Sunday @ 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM)
Commercial Campus (Sunday @ 11:00 AM)
Pitt Meadows Education Center (Sunday @ 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM)
Richmond (Sunday @ 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM)
If you would like to register or learn more, please visit: coastalchurch.org/attend
Try Alpha Online:
Joining Alpha has never been easier! You can get started by visiting our Alpha Page, and learn how to participate with other guests in a simulated live environment.
Each week will start with an Alpha video, which will be live-streamed for everyone with an option to participate in real-time chat with other viewers. Our Alpha hosts will also help viewers join breakout groups (via video chat) for discussion immediately after the video is finished.
Whether you’re meeting online or 6 feet apart, Life Groups are how we build community and lasting relationships. You’ll find it helps you engage with God’s Word and grow in spiritual maturity through discipleship.
In-Person groups gather face-to-face in homes, coffee shops, office buildings, parks and other local spots! Whether you’re looking for a Men’s, Women’s, Couples, Singles or Workplace group, there is one that is just right for you!
E-Life Groups allow you to have face-to-face communication with your small group, from any location in the world! All you need is a computer or mobile device to get started.
Get Started with Life Groups
Join or lead a small group
Our kids team is working on creating resources for parents to help during this season of self-isolation. This includes weekly videos from our Children’s Pastor as well as recommended resources hand-picked from our team! The best way to get updates is by downloading the Coastal Church app or by visiting the Coastal Kids webpage.
Our youth leaders want to stay connected during this time and send out some free resources to watch or download. Just like Coastal Kids, the best way to get updates is by downloading the Coastal Church app or by visiting the Coastal Youth webpage.
We’re excited to share church-wide access to an extensive, new video library called RightNow Media! It’s like the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos that you can access whenever and wherever you want — on your phone, iPad, computer, or at home on your TV.
As a church, we’re looking for ways to help you develop and strengthen your faith during this time of crisis. We believe that RightNow Media will be a tool to serve you as you live out your faith at home, at work and in your neighborhood.
To get unlimited free access, simply click the link below, sign up for an account, and you’re all set to explore more than 20,000 videos. We pray that RightNow Media will be a blessing for you and your family!
RightNow Media Access
Stay Healthy & Informed
In a crisis like this, it’s common for misinformation to spread, and it can be difficult to figure out who and what to trust. Here are some reliable resources that can connect you with accurate and helpful info.
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
Get the most recent updates from public health authorities at all levels of government across the country.
BC Centre for Disease Control
Find information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus.
Help reduce your risk of infection:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
- If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
- Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
- Handwashing poster