Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the Ontario Government has mandated that all public gatherings of 50 or more people be cancelled or postponed.
As a result, ALL services and programs at the church are cancelled, temporarily.
An abbreviated Sunday service will be held by essential staff ONLY at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings and broadcast on Facebook Live. Please do NOT come to the church on Sunday. We are told by technical people that even if you do not have a Facebook profile you can still watch/listen to the service by visiting the First Baptist Church Fort Erie Facebook page at this link:
We are also looking into other ways that people might hear the service remotely using cellular phones OR through this website but this is a work in progress. The service on March 22, 2020 will only be accessible on Facebook Live at the above link.
Growth group leaders and members must assess whether or not they intend to continue their groups (which are typically 10 persons or less). One option is to carry on these groups remotely using technology. Please contact your group leader to discuss what options your group is looking at, if any.
We all realize that these are trying times and that many of us are feeling anxiety and stress. The most important thing to remember is that ALL of this is in God's hands. We might recall the story in Matthew 8:23 - 27 wherein Jesus and the disciples were in a boat when a furious storm whipped up around them. The disciples were terrified but the Lord slept peacefully until they woke him in their fear. We know that He calmed the waves and saw them safely through it asking, "Why are you so afraid?".
Jesus is always with us and when we turn our eyes to Him and away from our fear and anxiety we experience the peace that is beyond all understanding, the peace of God. We pray that all of us remember to do just that, turn our eyes to Jesus and trust that He will see us through this storm.
Also, please continue to support the ministry of your church by tithing as usual. The fact is that, even though we cannot congregate to worship there, our building continues to be heated, lighted and worked in by essential staff. With this in mind please give electronically at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/42280
or by pressing the "Give" button at the top right of the menu bar.
You may also mail a cheque to 165 Bertie St., Fort Erie, L2A 1Y9
Finally, please remember that while our building is closed, our church is not. Your Deacon is in the process of contacting each of his care families to check their well being, arrange to care for any pressing needs and give updates about the status of our services.
Peace & Blessings,
Your Leadership Team (Board, Pastors & Deacons)