EMC Official Statement on COVID-19


March 13, 2020


During the past few weeks the threat of COVID-19 in Canada went from theoretical to reality. The news cycle is still reporting rapid changes in how this health challenge is affecting Canadians on a daily basis. The church has the opportunity to respond to this crisis in a defining manner, and we pray that we will be faithful.

At the EMC National office, we are not attempting to be your source of information on this matter, as there are many appropriate resources for this. However, we have taken the following steps that we want you to be aware of:

  • We have been meeting daily as staff to review events and to ensure that we can respond as appropriate to any new situations.
  • We have corresponded with our EMC missionaries to ensure that there are good lines of communication and to be aware of any special needs.
  • We have postponed prayer teams and all international travel for the present time.
  • We have sent an email to EMC churches that provides encouragement and information specific to worship services in our context.
  • We have established a page on our website that provides links to helpful resources for EMC churches.

We admit that we know very little of how COVID-19 will affect our communities in the long term, nor even how long this situation will endure. Yet we pray for our communities, our country and all peoples of the world in the midst of this trial. As the church in Canada, may God find us faithful in our service to Him whatever the circumstances.

Hope, Gratitude and Solidarity

A message to Canadians from religious leaders in Canada in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The EMC, along with over 80 other leaders in Canada, have signed the message titled Hope, Gratitude and Solidarity. The message reminds Canadians of the hope we share, the reasons we have to give thanks, and the ways we can act together for the good of one another. 

Download the statement here.

National Office Update Letters

 

COVID-19 has the world’s attention and we want to be in touch about the EMC’s response. We are not your source of news or information about the virus, but we can speak about matters specific to churches and to our mission as a conference.

A weekly update letter will be distributed to churches and posted here on the website addressing areas where we have received questions or that we feel is of value for our churches and their congregations. These updates can be downloaded by clicking the corresponding link below.

April 2, 2020 - Closure of Businesses, Easter Sermon and Festival 2020

March 26, 2020 - Prayer, Youth Leaders, Websites and Resources

March 17, 2020
 - Worship Services, Live-streaming, Funerals and Pastoral Care

March 13, 2020 - Letter from the Conference Pastor and Moderator

Resources For Our Churches

 

Resources: Helpful links, tips, ideas and resources from National Office Staff and other EMC churches.

From EMC Churches: Hear from other EMC churches and how they are responding to the way the world is shifting around us.

Weekly Devotionals: Each week our Conference Pastor or another National Office Staff member shares a short devotional by video.

 

Other Resources


For the most up-to-date information in Canada please visit this Government of Canada website. There you will find frequent updates on the status of the virus as well as travel information and information on prevention.

For information outside of Canada please go to the CDC website

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has released a podcast and article on how COVID-19 may effect church life

Christianity Today has gathered a selection of articles on how churches throughout the world are responding including a concise guide for churches, including worship practices. 

Anglican Church of Canada has also responded with some information for worship services. 

Robertson Hall Insurance has released information for charity leaders