WCC Update Posted on Apr 3, 2020

Good morning church family!

I have some updates about the church that I would like to share with you. As the government has extended their prohibition on public gatherings, including school closers until at least May 4th (perhaps longer since many of you will be reading this after our Premier has provided an update), WCC needs to extend our own church shutdown until at least May 4th as well. I realize this is not what any of us had anticipated at the beginning of the year, but it is something that certainly did not escape God’s foreknowledge. We can take great comfort in the fact that God knows our circumstance, and He will never leave or abandon the church. With this in mind, I believe God has given our church a great opportunity to continue ministering the gospel through technology. We will continue to live stream our church services on Sunday, we will also continue to have a mid-week bible devotional, and starting on Saturday, April 18th, we will have prayer meetings through a web conferencing software called Zoom. 

Please, be encouraged that God is working in and through us. Take this time to reflect and invest in your relationship with God, and with your family. God has a purpose for everything, and we must be sensitive to His speaking into our lives at such an important time as this. I’m reminded of the story of Samuel, when he was a young boy serving with the high priest Eli. Samuel heard God speaking to him but didn’t know it was God speaking. When he asked Eli what he should do, Eli responded, "Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.’” For us, we can heed Eli’s message in our own lives to be ready to listen and respond as God speaks.

Here are a few more announcements:
  1. We are going to limit access to the church to only myself and Dave Elliot (occasional use of his office space), for the time being. If there is anything in the church that you need, personal items, materials etc. Please, let me know and we can arrange to have you pick them up.
  2. Though we cannot meet in person for Easter, we will still have a special Good Friday live stream service, in addition to our Easter Sunday service. Everyone is invited to join us on Friday, April 10th at 10am for the service. We’ll sing a few songs, then I’ll share an Easter Bible devotional. Have some breakfast, then log on and join us!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through phone or email. We continue to trust that God will be glorified through our endeavours to worship and serve Him in the days ahead. 

In Christ,
Pastor Josh

New Bible Study Posted on Mar 26, 2020

Good morning church family!

I trust your week has been going well, and you’ve been able to enjoy some of this beautiful spring weather God has given us. We might feel a little "confined” in close quarters right now, but I’d encourage you to look to the positive. God has given us circumstances upon which to reflect… many of us have had a change to our work schedule, or location if you’re working from home, and many of you have remained in strict social isolation. In times like these we must patiently hope in a God who is working all things for the good of His people. I’d encourage you to use this time to draw close to God and your families. Be reminded of the most important relationship in your life… Jesus our Saviour.

I’ve just uploaded the first of a new video series entitled, "Mistaken Identity.” I hope to upload a new video in this series each week (hopefully Wednesdays), and if you have some time, please feel free to take it in. It isn’t a live event, just a recorded video that you could watch whenever you find time to have a 20min devotional. The video link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2lI06nW8bo&t=2s

If you’re able, subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit the notification button (the bell), so that you will be notified as soon as any new videos or live events are uploaded. Thanks!

Trusting Christ,
Pastor Josh

"Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Th. 5:23 ESV)

Changes Posted on Mar 14, 2020

Good evening church family,

I’m sure many of you are aware of the public announcement put out by our Premier this morning. With the new recommendations given by the government, the leadership team at WCC has decided it is best to withdraw from our typical ministries at the church. This means our Sunday morning worship gathering, and mid-week bible studies and programs will be cancelled effective immediately, and will remain cancelled until April 6th. It’s with sadness and disappointment that we make this decision, knowing how precious our fellowship and worship together is as a church family. But we believe that in times like this, one of the best ways to show love and compassion towards our neighbour is by making the difficult choice to stay home.

The leadership team will continue to be in communication with one another on a weekly basis in order to assess any updated health information from our government. It may be that these cancellations will extend beyond April 6th, but hopefully we will be able to return back to church sooner rather than later. Please, look for new email updates weekly as we continue to keep the congregation informed of any changes.

Our hope is to be able to offer our Sunday morning worship service online through our website, www.waterfordcc.ca. Look for an email this coming Friday, March 20th with information on how to be a part of this online worship experience. We may have to do church differently for the time being, but it is all with the same purpose and goal in mind… to worship our Lord in Spirit and in Truth.

"Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25)

In Christ,
Pastor Josh