1160 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC, V6E 3H7
News & Updates
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health & Safety Response
A Message from Our Pastors
Dear Coastal Church Family,
We are heading into uncharted waters; it is a time of uncertainty like few of us have ever experienced. When Joshua was leading the nation of Israel across the Jordan River, and the fear of what was ahead was constantly on their mind, God said: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Our three-prong approach to this crisis is:
Our pastors are organizing a ‘COVID-19 Response Care Team’ who are ready and able to meet the needs of our church family. They are committed to pray for you on a daily basis and help care for your spiritual needs during this time. During this time, we will make every effort to contact every one of you, our church family, in the weeks to come. Our goal is that no one feels neglected, unsupported or isolated during this time. If you have not attended the Connect Course or part of a small group we may not have your phone number or email. If you would like a ‘visit’ please let us know at [email protected].
Church family we will not only make it through this, but we will come out stronger, closer and better connected.
Lots of love,
Pastors Dave and Cheryl
Coastal Church App
When and How Are We Re-Opening?
As our province cautiously moves forward, you, like us, are looking forward to being together in person. This week, BC Faith Community leaders were asked once again to join Premier Horgan, Dr Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix for an update as well as an opportunity for us to ask questions with regards to our buildings re-opening.
At this time, Coastal Church will follow the protocol, in agreement with the majority of faith ministries, to support our provincial leadership. The limit of no more than 50 people meeting together at one time is what we are preparing our 1160 W Georgia building for, which will be the initial phase of our opening. Just as you have thanked us as your pastors and leadership team, we also thank you for your continued prayers, support, patience and most of all, choosing to continue to grow as a follower of Christ!
Presently, signage and required physical distancing measures are being put into place. Once this is done and the new systems are in place, we will announce the new process of attending, and when those services will be. This will include special instructions for those who have children.
So at this time, our online weekend services and courses will continue to remain our backbone.
Our Commercial and Pitt Meadows Education Center locations will also have the proper procedures in place prior to opening. With regards to our theatre campuses, we have been in communication with Cineplex. We desire to fulfill the needs of our church family, and can appreciate their requirements. Thank you for your patience as we work in this new scenario, recognizing that the Church hasn’t closed, only the buildings!
Seeing you again has indeed been a good portion of our prayer time as we seek the Lord to fulfill the mandate He has given us as a local church. Coastal has been a place where so many of us began a relationship with Jesus Christ, recommitted ourselves to Him as our Lord, were water baptized, healed, and the list goes on. During these months, we are reminded of 1 Peter 1:6-7, knowing that even though we have been distressed by various trials, the proof of our faith may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. What an outcome!
For those in Life Groups, your leader will receive information about next steps in meeting face to face, recognizing there may be a hybrid, with some continuing to join our groups virtually, or the entire group choosing to remain as an e-group.
Until we are able to see you in person, please know that we praying for you to continue to hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His Promise (Heb 10:23 NLT). If He said it, He will give us the strength to fulfill it. Hold tightly to His Word!
3 Phase Re-opening Strategy
At this time, we have a 3 Phase Re-opening Strategy that includes preparation for all physical weekend services to re-open in a limited capacity by September 6th. We encourage you to continue to stay connected with your church family by participating at church online each week.
May 15 - June 30
Coastal Church will continue to follow the recommendations of the BC Health Authorities, and will not hold in-person gatherings at any campus locations during this time-frame.
Small groups are encouraged to continue meeting through video conferencing tools. For small groups wanting to meet in-person, we recommend group members refer to government and public health websites for the most up to date information and recommended social distancing requirements.
Eden Cafe is opening its doors with reduced hours to provide take-out service for customers. Action steps we’re taking include:
- Implement deep cleaning & sanitation procedures
- Insert plexiglass between staff and customer pick-up/payment locations
- Social distancing requirements for staff and patrons
Coastal Church offices located in Downtown Vancouver, Commercial Drive and Pitt Meadows will re-open on a limited basis. Action steps we’re taking include:
- Alberni Offices (Downtown) will re-open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Essential staff will return on alternating days & start times
- Work environment will be structured to accommodate necessary physical distancing
- New sanitation procedures will be implemented
Coastal Preschool will continue to be closed during this time-frame. New disinfecting and cleaning policies will include:
- Regular cleaning of objects and high-touch surfaces to help to prevent the transmission of viruses from contaminated objects and surfaces.
- Increase the frequency of the cleaning schedule for toys and other objects children interact with.
Try Alpha Online
Stay Connected Online
These are unprecedented times which demands our hearts be filled with faith, wisdom from above and confident leadership. As a church we submit to the governing authority and we are collaborate with them in keeping our buildings closed. Remember, our church buildings may be closed, but our church certainly is not closed. Church was never about buildings, but about people. It is about you, you matter and your story matters. Our church will never close but rather we will adjust our strategy to the changing circumstances.
Weekend Service LIVE Stream:
The Bible tells us how important it is to gather together, and while we can’t do that in person 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.
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.
Date & Time: Tuesday @ 7:00 PM
Watch Online: live.coastalchurch.org
As you have been hearing, right now it is not wise to meet together in groups. But it is wise to meet online with the various platforms that are available. This is a time to collaborate with our health officials to do everything possible to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.
In light of that going forward we will be conducting all of our small groups using online platforms, such as Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts. This includes life groups, freedoms sessions, Alpha and also our Saturday prayer meetings. Many of you have already made this transition and we thank you for your leadership. If you are unfamiliar with setting up such a group call you can find instructions on our website or don’t hesitate to call the church office for assistance.
Get Started with E-Life Groups
Meet remotely via video chat
Our kids services may be suspended, but our team is still 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, subscribing to the Coastal Family Life email list or by visiting the Coastal Kids webpage.
Youth services at all locations are currently suspended. However, 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, subscribing to the Coastal Family Life email list 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