Willingdon Church's Response to COVID-19
Updates – March 29th, 2021
On March 29th, 2021 our provincial government announced new restrictions which will continue to prohibit indoor worship services and religious gatherings of any size. This order is in effect until April 19th, 2021.
As your pastors and staff, we are deeply disappointed but will support our health officials and governing bodies by following the guidelines as set by the Provincial Health Organization to ensure the safety and health of those who visit Willingdon church.
At Willingdon, we continue to work on safe ways to connect in person within the PHO guidelines. We are encouraged by the restrictions which have been lifted to allow our youth and children to meet in groups under 50; to allow us to baptize people outdoors; to hold memorial services and support group meetings with under 10 people; and to offer spiritual guidance, prayer and counselling.
Our team is eagerly working on a “reopening” plan which will allow us to safely and within provincial guidelines worship together at the church once the restrictions are lifted.
Please continue to read the updates and check the list of ways you can stay connected listed below.
With appreciation for your continued support and prayers,
Willingdon Church’s Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor the current status of COVID-19 and receive updates from the Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control and Fraser Health.
As a leadership team, we are committed to following the provincial health orders, restrictions and guidelines. While we are eager to gather together for worship, the elders have decided to wait before resuming our in-person weekend services.
Your health and wellbeing is always of the utmost importance to us and we want to ensure that we are doing our part to curb the spread of the virus and be compliant with our government directives, therefore
Willingdon Church will continue to suspend in-person weekend services until further notice.
We will continue to monitor the situation daily and will post updates on our website about when we will gather at our physical location again. By not gathering at this point in time, we are caring for our church family and serving our community, including those who are most susceptible to this disease.
While we are suspending our physical gathering, we are not suspending our mission to serve and worship Jesus. Our desire is to continue to seek God as we trust in Him and find alternative ways to connect and care for our church family and local community. Please check our website and review the list below to find out how we can all stay connected!
We have been very encouraged by the many ways you are engaging; by joining us for services online; sharing your faith; gathering together as a life group or ministry group (virtually or socially distanced); serving the local community; continuing to faithfully give; exchanging words of encouragement and acts of kindness to each other and our teams and most of all your prayers! We appreciate all of you and miss seeing you, but know that this will not be forever and we look forward to the time when we can all gather together in person
In times of uncertainty, we will walk in faith and trust in the Lord. Please continue to pray for protection and for those affected by COVID-19. Our desire is to walk together with you, to stay connected to you and to support you and our community, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
In Him we trust
Willingdon Live – Join us for Church Online
Please join us this weekend as we offer interactive online services at willingdon.org/live We encourage you to enjoy our full services, including worship, sermon and announcements by watching them LIVE online with your family, friends and life groups. You will be able to join our live chat room to come together as a community, pray online and submit prayer requests.
- Saturdays at 5:30pm
- Sundays at 8:30am, 10:00am and 11:30am
If you are unable to join us LIVE during these times, you can access all current and past services at www.willingdon.org/media or on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRUWvUu10S_R3USBnLJ3skQ
We are thankful that the current public health order allows for youth programs to meet under restricted guidelines. Check out the Willingdon Students page to find out how your pre-teen or teen can connect in Jesus-centered community both in-person and online!
We are thankful that the current public health order allows for kids' programs to meet under restricted guidelines. Check out the Willingdon Kids page to find out how your child can connect in Jesus-centered community both in-person and online!
We are a “House of Prayer” and have a prayer ministry filled with gifted intercessors who would love to pray for you.
- We have added the live online prayer option in our chatroom during services. To connect, click the live prayer response button at any time and you will be able to connect to a prayer partner
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a prayer request or praise item you would like to share, these requests are prayed over by our team of prayer warriors on a weekly basis
- If you would like a call for prayer from one of our volunteers, staff, pastors and/or elders, please call the church office at 604-435-5544 or email email@example.com your contact information to receive a call
Care and Visitation Calls
Our Care Ministry is comprised of faithful servants who desire to care for you and our community.
- Please call the church office 604-435-5544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a care or visitation phone call.
Whether you are a first-time visitor or someone who simply wants to find new ways to engage at our church; we would love to connect you with the ministers and people who will make Willingdon Church seem more like home. Please visit https://willingdon.org/connect and fill out the Connect Card.
A life group is the perfect place for you to build meaningful relationships and grow your faith in an intimate and supportive environment. You’ll find it helps you engage with God’s Word and grow in spiritual maturity through discipleship. You’ll also have the opportunity to serve alongside each other in ministry, and share the love of Christ both locally and abroad.
Community is so important during times of challenge. Due to concerns about COVID-19, our life groups are meeting online. More than ever, this is a special time to join a group during social-distancing. Our amazing life group leaders can't wait to welcome you to their group! Please visit https://willingdon.org/lifegroups to join a life group.
Events and Activities
Due to the most recent Covid-19 provincial health officer's restrictions and guidelines, the building will only be open for PHO approved events and/or activities.
We will continue to provide care to those most in need during this difficult time and will continue to assess the situation and post updates online.
There are still many ways for you to get connected online. Please visit the webpage of all of our ministry areas for ways to get involved!
Tithes and Offerings
We thank you for your faithful giving as the mission of Willingdon Church continues to encourage you to continue to support and strengthen our community and the ministries. For instructions to give electronically, please visit https://willingdon.org/give-online or mail your tithe to Willingdon Church, 4812 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H6.
Please note the building is closed. However, we are able to receive phone calls to answer any inquiries you may have. Please do not hesitate to call the church office at 604-435-5544 anytime Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. We understand this may be an unsettling time for many of you, please contact us if we can pray for you, support you and answer any inquiries you may have.