King Street Baptist Church
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
My Dear Church Family,
The World Health Organization has officially declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic with global impact. Our school boards across Ontario have decided to close all publicly-funded schools for the two weeks following March Break. In addition, universities, theatres, sports arenas, restaurants, other public facilities and other churches have chosen to close in order to protect the public from the spread of this coronavirus infection.
Some are saying that these measures are overboard, extreme, and a knee-jerk reaction. However, it is always best to err on the side of caution, to be safe rather than sorry. Jesus reminds us that the greatest commandment says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and strength and MIND" (Mark 12:30). Loving God with all your mind means combining the heart of faith with the mind of reason, especially in the midst of the crisis we are facing. Jesus also said, "Be wise as serpents" (Matthew 10:16). In other words, don't be naive or gullible regarding a dire situation. Combine faith and common sense by taking precautions on a daily basis and not putting yourself in harm's way. Jesus tells us, "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar" (Matthew 22:21); and Paul reminds us, "Submit to the governing authorities" (Romans 13:1). Our own governing authorities and our public health officials have put precautions in place to help deter the spread of this virus. We as Christians should show the watching world that we are complying with these precautions, not resisting them. If instead we resist and ignore these directives, then we will become a laughingstock to those around us, and our Christian witness will fall on deaf ears. Our neighbours will label us fools, and rightly so. Therefore, we should comply with the directives and take all necessary precautions. Our medical scientists have determined that this is indeed a serious situation. Christianity upholds the importance of both faith and science. They are not in conflict; they complement each other. Consider Luke, the author of the Third Gospel. He was a Christian and a physician (Colossians 4:14). Faith and science went together for him, and should for us as well.
In light of all this, our church's Leadership Team (the Deacons Board and Executive Board) decided to cancel our worship service last Sunday, March 15, and we met together that same morning to discuss what actions we should take in the upcoming weeks. We decided to cancel all activities in the church building from Sunday, March 15 through Palm Sunday, April 5. This cancellation includes all worship services and gatherings of any kind. This applies not only to our own congregation but also to the other churches and groups that use the building. Notices will be placed on each of the church doors and the other groups will be notified of this decision. The Leadership Team will meet again on Monday, March 30 to re-evaluate the situation and determine whether to resume all activities or to extend the cancellation.
During these next three weeks, your Leadership Team encourages you to continue giving your regular offering. You can do this by mail. Simply write your cheque (NO cash) and place it into your church envelope. Then place your church envelope into a regular envelope and mail it to the church, addressing it to King Street Baptist Church, 361 King Street East, Cambridge, ON N3H 3M7.
Our secretary and I will both be in the church office twice a week, to collect the mail, retrieve the voicemails, and do other necessary duties. Otherwise, we will be working from home.
Should you or a loved one require pastoral care, be assured that your deacons and I will be available to you, and you may contact us by phone or email with your needs and concerns.
While this situation continues to unfold, let us remember to "keep your chin up and your knees down." In other words, let us continue to pray. Pray for one another, our communities, our province, our nation, and our world. Pray that God will contain this coronavirus pandemic and lead the medical authorities to develop and distribute a cure.
During this time of crisis, let us remember that our God is still on the throne. In a world that is living by worry and fear and even panic, let us as Christians continue to trust in the Lord and to show our neighbours how to remain calm even in a time of crisis. As Scripture reminds us, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear. The Lord Almighty is with us" (Psalm 46:1-2 & 7). This coronavirus pandemic may feel like a deep, dark valley. But let us show all those around us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and so we can lead them by our own example to say, "Yea, though I walk through the valley, Thou art with me" (Psalm 23:4). Easter is less than a month away. We are an Easter people, and we believe that Christ is risen. Let us live by resurrection faith, not fret or fear, and live out the words to that familiar hymn: "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives!"
Sincerely in our Saviour's love,
What we Believe:
This Church accepts the Holy Bible as its authority in all matters of faith and practice. Our understanding of Christian truth as contained in the Bible is in essential accord with the affiliated Baptist churches, but we have no statement of creed apart from the New Testament.
To worship God and administer the ordinances of the New Testament.
To provide opportunity for spiritual growth.
To express God's love within our Church family.
To bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord through proclamation of the Gospel of Christ.
To teach the principles of Christian living for the development of Christ-like character.
To support actively the spreading of Gospel of Christ throughout the world.
To promote Christian morals within our community and society.
To express the love of Christ as a caring community to those in need.
Sunday Worship Services:
Cancelled until Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020
361 King St E, Cambridge, ON
Help Those In Need
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed.”