An Update As We Move Into Summer


Today I want to update our CLA family on summer and fall plans for ministry and outreach. As we move through June, we are excited to offer new online initiatives for HER (Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study), for an Evangelism Seminar (Year of Salvation), for a midweek Bible Study (Thursdays nights with Pastor Rob on Psalm 23), and for Thrive (Senior’s Bible Study). In addition to this we are planning a Father’s Day Drive-Thru and some special components for our Canada Day service on June 28. Our Sunday online presence continues to reach more people than are normally in the five Sunday services. We are grateful for the Isolated Not Alone series as many guests have checked out CLA. I also want to thank each Campus or Congregational pastor as they have been adding age specific content online or trying to reach their part of the CLA family with unique care and discipleship tools. It’s been fascinating to watch the adjustments. They have illustrated hard work, creativity, and responsiveness to needs. Well done!

A significant part of our summer is camps and Bus Ministry. Pastor Jenni is working hard to develop “Camp in a Box” for kids and families in all our campuses. Check it out on our homepage. You can also buy a box for a neighbour or family member. This has potential to reach far beyond those who are regular attenders of camp. It’s perfect for kids looking for something to do during the pandemic. Pastor Peter Yoon is working with his team for summer activities and services that will replace youth camp. I encourage you to listen to his announcement after the live / on demand service on Sunday. There is grief in not being able to provide the Vancouver Island option this year but as Pastor Doug taught last week, God is in our Plan B. With Pastor Jeremy King transitioning from Young Adults to the church plant, The Way, I appreciate Rhys Fowler and Kendra Schmunk who are giving summer leadership to this important demographic. We are excited to announce Young Adult ministry changes that will be coming this fall. Stay tuned for that this summer.

It is highly likely that current provincial guidelines will remain in place for the fall; we are planning for this. We have engaged the provincial government in dialogue to seek clarity and to provide some new ideas for rules and engagement of gathering. At this time, we are expecting a mix of live and virtual ministry. Each pastor is examining how they will do the important work of community, care, discipleship and outreach. When one considers the 50 people cap for each of our two buildings in Langley, a lot can still be done for 100 people. The expectation of social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitization will be our new MO. We hope to have all ministry in place for Labour Day. We continue to work to make the Sunday live / on demand experience as beneficial as we can.

Pastor Derrick Hamre

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