To God’s elect in the Bethel Church family, exiles scattered throughout Langley, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, and beyond, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
I hope that the anticipation of summer has brought you as much joy as it has brought me. In many ways I live for the summer. Spring and fall have their appeal and winter has its moments, but summer days are my favorite days of the year. Summer has the sunshine, picnics, and long evenings that bring life to my soul. However, I also have seasonal allergies so I spend several weeks each summer sneezing inside rather than snoozing outside. As much as I love the summer, the reality can often be different from what I’d like.
This season has been one of unexpected upset, changes, challenges, and losses of many kinds, including the loss of in person Sunday services. I am very excited, and I am sure you are too, that we are able to start meeting in person for Sunday services in July. I know this is something many people have been eagerly looking forward to and it’s exciting to think about seeing each other in person once again! The unfortunate reality is, however, that we will not be able to have a “normal” service for quite some time. We will be limited in how many people can meet and what we can do when we meet for as much as a year or longer. It’s a little like allergies in the summertime – as much as we love meeting together, the reality is not quite what we’d like!
Please read through the document below carefully to get a sense of what Sunday services will look like. We will need to adapt so that we can meet in a way that keeps our church family safe and upholds the reputation of Christ in our community. We will be together, but it will not be the same. Please be in prayer for us as a church family as we make this transition. Please also pack extra grace as we make this transition – there will be a lot of things to figure out and we need to have grace for each other! Despite these ongoing changes and challenges, we can be confident that God has not forgotten us and has not abandoned us. We are still the church, we are still called, we are still chosen, and we are still the people of God filled with the presence of God. Sunday services have changed, but God does not change and because of this we give thanks.
I’m looking forward to seeing each of you soon.
Note: please click on the below document to see all the current information on Bethel's re-opening plans.