Welcome to the Chetwynd SDA Church in Chetwynd, BC. We are a Christian community and would love to have you join our family. To learn more about what we believe you can visit our About Us page. Please join us for Bible study, worship, and prayer.
Pastor Donovan Diminyatz
Chetwynd SDA Church
Join Us This Saturday (now online!)
Sabbath School: 10:00 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am
While our building is closed due to COVID-19, please join us on our Facebook page and in The Church Online section of our website as we continue to worship together, from a distance.
A Special Letter from Pastor Donovan re: Covid-19 (03/16/2020)
Dear Church family,
What a difference a few weeks make! A couple weeks ago, things like spring break, Cariboo conservation, and the Democratic Primaries seemed like the big important things in our world. Little did we know that a virus making its way across Europe and Asia would have such a big impact on our realities. And yet, last week, it seemed like the entire world ground to a halt, as events and leagues were canceled and postponed, borders were closed, and large gatherings were banned.
Thankfully, most of us have not yet been affected personally, other than perhaps running low on toilet paper. Many still have our nose to the grindstone and are doing our best to make the most of a world gone crazy. But there are a few things that we do need to consider.
Our church family is full of diversity. Old, young, healthy, strong, frail, homebodies and travelers. It doesn’t matter where in this spectrum you fall, we love you and we care for your well-being. I might think to myself, “I’m in my 30’s. I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I doubt it will do much to me.” But the reality is, I also need to think about you, wherever you fall on that spectrum.
Another thing to consider is that since COVID-19 is new and we do not yet know much about it, the CDC as well as our various governments are asking each person to help do their part to slow it down. One of the ways they suggest, is avoiding large groups.
Late last week, the NAD, obviously painting with a very broad brush, suggested that SDA churches in North America “strongly reconsider the need to meet over the next two weeks.”
This, in combination with the ever-evolving reality, as well as (good news!) the church carpet installation in our chapel over the next couple weeks, has prompted our church leadership to make the difficult decision to cancel our on-site services for the next two weeks (March 21 & 28).
Because of this, we are currently working on our website, and over the course of this week we will be adding a Church Online section which will include Sabbath School resources for the kids, a prayer area, links to other sites such as 3ABN and HOPE Channel, as well as our weekly sermon. The hope is that in addition to helping us through our current circumstances, we can keep this section up to date long term as a way of being available to some of our shut-in members. And of course, I would be remiss to forget to mention that our website already offers online giving opportunities!
We want you to know that we are praying for each one of you, and if you would personally like a visit from an elder or the pastor, please let us know, and we would be happy to see you.
Remember, “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:24).
This morning I received an update from our BC Conference. They have relayed the information that the BC Provincial Ministry of Health has banned gatherings of 50 or more people until May 30, 2020. Of course this can be revised as the situation unfolds, but for us, this means that our on-site services must remain cancelled until then, or until we hear otherwise.
In the mean time, please keep checking back here on our website in The Church Online section, as it will continue growing and expanding so that we can keep on serving each other as family of God. We will be doing our best to bring you hope and encouragement from God's word every Sabbath as well as periodically throughout the weeks.
Remember to keep on trusting God, loving your neighbor like yourself, and sharing our blessed hope. You have what the world needs right now - the peace that comes from knowing God. Don't keep it to yourself.
And don't hesitate to pass along your prayer requests. We love to pray together.
Remember, "Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord" (Psalm 31:24).