This page was last updated Monday, June 1st.
Is your church looking to re-open soon? CBAC Associate Executive Minister Kevin Vincent and several CBAC pastors wrote this document on re-imagining the future with re-opening and re-shaping the way we do church.
Our staff is currently working remotely to serve our ministries and leaders. We want to encourage you in these challenging times that you are doing valuable work in your neighbourhoods. This page will help provide support and information as we journey through this together. Please reach out to us with any questions or requests!
We have a new page for Church Resources During COVID-19 to help you as you minister in these challenging times.
We also have a new page for our Online Leadership Circles, happening each Wednesday at 1:30pm for pastors and paid church staff.
PREVIOUS STATEMENTS ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC
- April 9th Video Statement from Dr. Peter Reid, CBAC Executive Minister
- April 2nd, Video Statement from Dr. Peter Reid, CBAC Executive Minister
- April 1st Joint statement from Canadian Baptist executive leaders, along with an Open Letter to Canadian Baptists
- March 26th Video Statement From Dr. Peter Reid, CBAC Executive Minister
- March 17th statement from Dr. Peter Reid, CBAC Executive Minister
- March 12th statement from Dr. Peter Reid. CBAC Executive Minister
We will share updates from our office on this page and on our Facebook page as they become available.
ONLINE WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS TO SUPPORT YOU
Online Leadership Circle
Our pastors and paid church staff are invited to a weekly Zoom meeting where we facilitate conversations on how to creatively and responsibly join God in our neighbourhoods during COVID-19. The Online Leadership Circle page has upcoming details, previous video recordings. and handouts.
Deeper: Learning Together Workshops
These weekly Zoom workshops are designed to support Next Gen ministry leaders and their students. Each week is focused on an important issue, with expert insight and interactive learning. The video recordings are available on the CBAC Youth & Family website.
Advisories for Churches: Provincial and Federal Government Bodies
May 8th: The Prime Minister announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) would be extended past its previous end date of June 6th. No details about a new end date have been released.
April 22nd: The Prime Minister announced the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which will provide at least $1,250 to eligible students, for a period starting on May 1st. It is available for those who may still be making up to $1,000 per month from other income. More details will be released soon, and this legislation is still yet to be passed.
April 21st: The Prime Minister announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) would be open for applications on Monday, April 27th. You can prepare for this by determining your church’s eligibility and how you will apply. Details here on Canada.ca
June 19th: New Brunswick is in the Yellow phase of recovery, with further loosening of restrictions (the Campbellton area, Region 5, is still in Orange). Church services in person are allowed, provided that physical distancing is maintained and all attendees provide names and contact information. Please make sure you are up-to-date using official government sources. The below two links are helpful for your church to navigate this new phase of recovery.
As of June 19th: Newfoundland and Labrador is in Alert Level 3. Gatherings at funerals, burials, and weddings are allowed up to 20 people, provided physical distancing can be maintained. Wakes are prohibited, but visitations with restrictions are permitted. Outdoor gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed, with physical distancing.
As of June 28th: Gatherings of 10 people indoors without physical distancing are allowed (strongly recommended to be the same group consistently) and gatherings of 50 people are allowed with physical distancing.
June 1st: Gatherings of up to 15 indoors or 20 outdoors are now permitted for PEI churches, provided they follow all government guidance.