1160 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC, V6E 3H7
News & Updates
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health & Safety Response
A Message from Our Pastors
Latest Update: March 19, 2020 11:00 a.m.
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.”
As I shared with you last week, 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].
We are also looking for volunteers who could help care for our church family and our neighbours in our City. These special ‘Angel’ volunteers would be helping in various areas from delivering groceries to those isolated, to helping other organizations in need of volunteers.
If you need help, we first want to say that we see you and we care about you! Our goal during this crisis is to serve you however you need. Follow the instructions below (under “Get Help”) to get in touch with us and to let us know how we can serve you!
If you want to help, there are multiple ways you can serve people in your community who are vulnerable to the virus. Follow the instructions below (under “Give Help”) to learn how you can help.
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
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:
We will continue worshipping online, bringing a message of hope to you in the comfort of your home. This weekend we will add another live video broadcast – Sunday at 9:00am! This will be in addition to our live stream on Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 11:00am. We are a church in action, let’s get the word out and use your social media to let others know about the services.
Visit live.coastalchurch.org to watch this weekend!
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