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Mennonite Church Canada Worship service

May 24 - Chinatown Peace Church from MCBC

"Ascension Absence"
Text: Acts 1:6-11, John 16:5-28, 33
." In our present context of physical separation, how can the physical absence of Jesus resulting from His ascension be a gift of love? How might Jesus' ascension inform our own acts of love toward others despite our physical absence from each other?
(Includes communion, please be prepared with crackers/bread and juice/wine.)

 

The services will be available to view at https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices and on the Mennonite Church Canada YouTube Channel.

Links to MCM Worship Resources.

Please contact Darryl Neustaedter Barg (dnbarg@mennochurch.mb.ca) if you'd like to share your online resources here.

 

Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Altona - worship service videos on their website.

Springstein Mennonite Church, Springstein - YouTube Channel

Seeds Church, Altona - Blog posts with podcasts, videos, and regular devotionals.

Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Winkler - A section of the site called "Gather at Emmanuel online!" with a subsection called "Sunday Morning Resources" which includes video and other suggestions.

Sterling Mennonite Church, Winnipeg - a new section of their website about how the church will move forward called "Sterling Scattered". Also, within that section, a Sunday Worship Guide page.

Douglas Mennonite Church, Winnipeg - Worship services with music and video children's story on the website. Additional songs and content on their YouTube Channel.

Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, Winnipeg - recordings and streams of their services on their "Watch" page

Altona Mennonite Church, Altona - posting audio sermons on their website

Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, Winnipeg - posting greetings, inspirational content, and video sermons on their homepage.

Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Altona - Sermons online (audio)

Morden Mennonite Church, Morden - Their blog which outlines a full order of worship, with audio pieces for each segment.

 

"A lot has changed this week."

The historical record... before we all believed we'd have to cancel everything. 

Updates as at Sunday, March 15.

Douglas Mennonite Church, Winnipeg. Meditation and song posted online.

 

Updates as at Saturday, March 14.

 

Sterling Mennonite Church, Winnipeg. Update. - New statement. Worship is not cancelled. Webpage for updates.

First Mennonite Church, Winnipeg - All activities suspended for four weeks

Home Street Mennonite Church, Winnipeg - Sunday morning worship cancelled. Letter to congregation here.

Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, Winnipeg. Sunday morning worship cancelled.

Charleswood Mennonite Church, Winnipeg - Sunday morning worship cancelled, email sent to congregation

Greetings everyone. Yesterday was a busy day at the church where several people helped in the process of wiping down chairs, countertops, coat hangers, door knobs, etc. We were doing this in anticipation of the Sunday morning worship service. And the church has never been cleaner. I want to say a big thank you to all who were involved in this work project.

Since then council has been trying to think through whether to go ahead with our gathering this Sunday morning. It's been a difficult decision but we have finally come to the point of saying that we want to err on the side of caution and cancel the Sunday morning gathering. Several factors played into this decision. 

1. We have consulted fairly widely with CMC leadership and the healthcare professionals within our congregation and most are suggesting that it is prudent for us not to meet.

2. Charleswood, like so many congregations, has people involved in many aspects of public life. People also travel a lot in our congregation even if not internationally. But one cannot be in airports and airplanes, or indeed in public generally, without being exposed to others who have travelled internationally. And because of the silent incubation period when people are contagious, there is simply no way of knowing whether you might be a carrier of the virus. The only safe option therefore is social distancing.

3. More and more churches in Winnipeg are cancelling worship services for tomorrow. CMU has also shut down operations. This means that a lot of people who are thinking very carefully have decided that it is wise to minimize social gatherings.

4. Council is committed to working out a process whereby Charleswood will seek to lead our congregation in worship, education, and pastoral care even though we may not be able to meet on Sunday mornings for a while. We will keep you informed on details.

For this Sunday we are offering the following links to other Mennonite congregations in Winnipeg that have worship recordings available to the public.

I encourage us all to remain in prayerful support of all those who have been infected with the virus and those worried that they might be. Let us remember that the God whom we worship is in final charge of our well-being.

Blessings and peace to all.

 

Updates as at Friday, March 13.

 

Douglas Mennonite Church, Winnipeg. Update. - Sunday morning and mid-week activities are cancelled.

 

Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship, Winnipeg - Sunday worship cancelled - letter from Gord Zerbe, Church Chair

The overwhelming direction of responses [to their conversation] is that we should cancel our services until further notice.

In some respects, the decision has been made for us. Notice the most recent message from MB health:

https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=46933&posted=2020-03-13

Within the last hour I also received notice that CMU has cancelled classes on Monday and Tuesday, to allow a bit of time for implementation of plans for the rest of the school term, toward various kinds of online course delivery. Running residences and food services is more complicated. You will also have seen (forwarded FGMF email) the cancellation notice from CMU about a Vesper service planned for Sunday.

 Feel free to keep emailing me about any issues or concerns, and I will also try to be in further communication as things develop.

 My best wishes to all as we continue our Lenten journey this season.

 gz

 

Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg - plans for moving forward

We are announcing on Sunday that the March 29 potluck is cancelled.

We have decided to have a regular worship this Sunday.  We will be watching and listening for how the Virus is developing.  We are encouraging people to stay home if they are uncomfortable being in public spaces.  At this time, our sanctuary is not crowded on Sundays, and so hopefully people will feel free to give themselves lots of space. 

Live-streaming is available (to members), and hopefully people will access that if they do not want to attend worship services.

Hand sanitizers are now available outside the sanctuary, in the dining hall, in bathrooms, and the lower lounge.

 

Emmanuel Mennonite, Winkler - Family Ministries Team email to all families of their Sunday school, now that their Sunday morning is cancelled.

This is about ways their families can do their Sunday School ministry together. Even includes a link to a new children's album by Rend Collective and Corey's favourite pancake recipe. Opening video message from Corey Hildebrand, Family Ministries Pastor.

Corey's email with lots of resource links.

 

MCC Manitoba - this affects numerous MCM congregations

Notice of cancellation:

The Global Topics at Home events featuring Francisca Ibanda (Mama Cisca) and Maxym Oliferovksi have been cancelled.

These events were to be held on:

Tuesday, March 17 at MCC Manitoba’s office at 134 Plaza Drive
Wednesday, March 18 at Douglas Mennonite Church, 1517 Rothesay Street
Monday, March 23 at MCC Manitoba’s program office at 159 Henderson Highway
Wednesday, March 25 at Portage Avenue Church, 1420 Portage Avenue

The health and well-being of MCC’s supporters, donors, employees and international partners is our main concern and with the rapidly changing situation and the increasing number of confirmed global cases of COVID-19, we have determined that cancelling these events will proactively help us mitigate any safety concerns for attendees.

With all our programs and events, MCC will continue to monitor the health and well-being of all our staff, constituents and partners, and will not hesitate to put further necessary precautions in place.

Allison Zacharias
Communications Coordinator
MCC in Manitoba
Treaty 1 Territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota and Homeland of the Métis Nation
134 Plaza Drive Winnipeg  MB  R3T 5K9 Canada
Tel: 204. 261-6381

Glenlea Mennonite Church - email to congregation and full bulletin insert

Click here for the bulletin insert. Content of the email is basically the same.

 

Charleswood Mennonite Church - email to congregation

Dear Friends,

The global spread of COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.  There is fear and anxiety about this virus in our society but we want to frame our response to this crisis from a foundation of our deep assurance of God’s knowledge and care for us.  We want to be wise in our response and help protect one another as much as possible.  This is why we have made some changes to our gatherings.  Please join us in following these precautionary measures (listed below).  We continue to exercise our faith by praying for those serving in health care as they wrestle through the challenges of the flu and COVID-19, and for families affected by this illness.  In light of who God is, we encourage you to remain calm, be courageous, wise, and always ready to do good in our community and world.

  • Please stay home if you or your children are sick, with cough, cold or flu symptoms.   
  • Should you decide not to attend, please let friends, staff, deacons know so that we can reach out in other ways to stay in touch and help you if you need help!
  • Please access bulletin information on our Charleswood Mennonite Web Site  (http://www.charleswoodmennonite.ca)
  • Instead of a handshake or a hug, let’s greet with a friendly wave or cheerful ‘hello.’
  • Give as much space to your neighbors as possible.
  • Please wash hands as needed.  

 When we meet: 

  • We will have greeters at the front doors to assist you and answer and questions you may have
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available in the foyer, kitchen and sanctuary
  • We have done some deep cleaning and sanitizing of the common spaces and will continue to do so on a regular basis
  • We have put our hymn books into storage for this season, and will be projecting lyrics on the screen  
  • In an attempt to limit the sharing of the mics, please inform pastors or worship leaders and they will share it for you
  • The ushers will be available on your way out of the sanctuary for Children and Adults to drop their offering into a basket
  • We have increased the distance between the chairs in the sanctuary
  • If snacks are offered during Sunday School, they will be individually distributed

See https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/   and   https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html  for  more information and other home/ workplace precautions. https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/outbreakresources

 

Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Winkler - email to congregation - includes cancelling this Sunday, Mar 15

Most of us are aware that the Covid-19 outbreak in the world has been declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization.   If you have been following the news you will be aware that this outbreak is growing very rapidly in various locations in Canada and things seem to be changing by the hour. 

 With large gatherings and sports events across the country being cancelled, banned and discouraged, leadership at Emmanuel has been asking ourselves ‘what is the responsible thing for us to do?’  Should we be gathering on Sunday morning for worship?

We consulted Dr Don Klassen and Dr Cornie Woelk; here are a few facts and advice they offered:

 Dr Klassen outlined a few facts:

“1—1st positive case in Manitoba (Wpg, 40, female, travelled thru Philippines) (this was updated to 3 presumptive cases later on Thurs)

2—death rate is probably (?)1-2% overall, highest in the over 65 yrs (with heart/lung/other comorbid conditions)

3—no-one in the world had immunity to this (a few do now); infectivity is greater than SARS, less than influenza

4—certainly those who have recently travelled outside of Canada (or maybe that doesn’t matter anymore)  should be asked to stay away from church.”

 Dr Woelk offered the following thoughts and advice:

“It can be a fine line between caution and paranoia, and we should be careful to not feed the latter. 

However, it seems clear that this virus is in the process of expanding across North America. Other parts of the world has seen exponential spread. Anything we can do to slow the spread will help all of us and our communities to manage the fallout. 

For many, this will be a mild illness; for others it will be deadly. It is going to be hardest on the elderly and those with other risk factors. 

….  Albertans have been asked to cancel all public gatherings of 250 people or more.

Ontario is about to cancel 2 weeks of school after their spring break.

I think we should not meet as a church this Sunday, and take things week by week.”

 Considering the rate at which the pandemic has been developing over the past days, church leadership has determined that the responsible thing for Emmanuel to do is to cancel our Church activities for this coming Sunday morning (March 15) and re-evaluate the situation from week to week.   We do not want to feed paranoia or raise unnecessary anxiety; but we feel that making this decision is the wisest choice at this time.

 We thank you for your understanding and patience as we together try to do our part in curbing this ‘outbreak’ of Covid-19.  We invite your prayers for medical personnel who need to conduct tests and care for people, for the people throughout the world who have this virus, and for our community as a whole.

 

Sterling Mennonite Church, Winnipeg - email to congregation/bulletin announcement

“Your Sterling Council is currently in discussion about how to faithfully respond to the COVID-19 outbreak for the sake of the vulnerable in our community. As we figure out the next steps, we would encourage us all as a community to take some precautions by washing our hands regularly and avoiding physical contact as possible. Also, if you are feeling sick, please take the time to stay home and recover. Even if you are involved in the service or have other responsibilities, we can find substitutes for you. Thanks very much.”

 We are also making lots of hand sanitizer available, encouraging social distancing, no hand shaking, and handing out Gov. of Manitoba Fact Sheets about COVID-19 at our upcoming Sunday service.

 

Morden Mennonite Church, Morden - Regular website updates here: https://mordenmennonitechurch.com/2020/03/11/coronavirus-covid-19-response/

Core of the response here:

  • Worship services and meetings are still on as scheduled. Watch your email, the church Facebook page, or this page for any changes.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or chest cough, or if your immune system is already compromised in some way. If you have flu-like symptoms, contact your doctor or clinic or the hospital to ask about testing and treatment. Let the office or pastors know if there is anything we can do for you. Recorded services are available on CD; sermons are posted online.
  • Wash your hands regularly. In the church building, you can use the grey hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout foyers and hallways.
  • Use an alternative greeting to shaking hands. Give a smiling nod or a friendly wave.
  • As always, look for ways to love your neighbour. Check in with elderly or at-risk folks in your circles. Share necessary goods with those in need. And yes, if you’ve got flu-like symptoms, avoiding close contact is an act of love!

 

Grace Mennonite Church, Steinbach - Worship is cancelled

 

Douglas Mennonite Church, Winnipeg - note to congregation

Along with many other people in Canada, we are concerned about the coronavirus, and would like to be cautious and try to prevent spread in our community as much as possible. We would like to encourage the following:  

  • Please stay home if you or your children are sick, with cough, cold or flu symptoms.   
  • If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, please consider whether or not you choose to attend larger gatherings. Should you decide not to attend, please let friends, staff or deacons know so that we can reach out in other ways to stay in touch!
  • Instead of a handshake or a hug, let’s greet with a friendly wave or cheerful ‘hello.’
  • Give as much space to your neighbors as possible.
  • Please wash hands as needed.  
  • Let yourself be served. We will designate a person to pour coffee and hand out snacks.

And here’s our staff commitment:  Besides maintaining our hand sanitizer stations, we are also implementing daily disinfection of high-touch surfaces in the high-traffic areas; and in the Sunday School rooms after use. There will be fewer toys made available for children in the next while, and these will be thoroughly washed on a regular basis.

Together we can help ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable. Your help is greatly appreciated.

See https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/   and   https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html  for  more information and other home/ workplace precautions.