The Church is Open! ...but the Building is Temporarily Closed

What a difference a few weeks makes!  After Christmas, we began to hear reports about a new corona virus, COVID-19, and we watched as the virus spread across China.  And now only a few short months later,  the effects of the corona virus are being felt here in Scarborough...almost 12,000 kilometers away!  As a Christian fellowship, St. Andrew's has had the unusual experience of having to close our buildings, of suspending our Sunday worship services and postponing most activities in order that we can each do our part to stop the spread of this virus.

This unprecedented pandemic has given us much pause to reflect on the following question...what is the Church?  Is it merely a building where people gather once or twice a week?  Or is it something else?  Why do we say the Church is open, if the building is closed?

Rather than asking "what is the Church," perhaps a more appropriate question to ask is "who is the Church?"  For the Church has never actually been a building...rather the Church is a living body...a group of people who put their trust and hope in Jesus and who follow him...a group of people whose mission it is to tell the whole world about Jesus and what he has done for each of us at the cross.

So although our Church buildings are temporarily closed, we, as followers of Jesus....are very active in our communities and homes ... sharing love with others and inviting others to consider Jesus and his claims... During times of uncertainty and fear, let's look to God for comfort and reassurance.  At this time of the year, we are reminded that the one who left an empty tomb in Jerusalem proclaims that death does not have the final word!  For Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life".

Please keep watching for important updates about the temporary suspension of our worship services and activities on this website or our St. Andrew's FaceBook page. There is a link to the FaceBook page on this website.   You can reach Pastor Duncan or Pastor Monica at 416-438-4100, or via email (visit our 'Contact Us' page for details).




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