COVID-19 Resources

Stay Up To Date On The Latest Information About COVID-19.

The following are resources for our churches that we are continually updating as more become available. If you know of a resource that you would like to share with us, please email communications@bcmb.org

 

Current Covid-19 Restrictions

December 6, 2021

We desire to exercise reasonable caution and help bring awareness of what practically applies in your ministry setting during the COVID-19 pandemic

Important Notices

FRASER HEALTH – FRASER EAST REGION

The Fraser East region (Abbotsford, Mission Chilliwack, Hope) is under restrictions on gatherings and events for indoor and outdoor gatherings. Province-wide gathering restrictions remain in place and masks are required at worship services.

NORTHERN HEALTH REGION

The entire Northern Heath region is under restrictions on gatherings and events.  Worship services are restricted to virtual or drive-in services only, however, individual in-person visits to churches are allowed.  Indoor and outdoor organized events including weddings, funerals and baptisms require a COVID-19 safety plan, wearing of masks and that all attendees 12 years and older are vaccinated.  Indoor seated events are limited to 50% capacity and outdoor events with more than 25 people are limited to 50% capacity.

PROVINCE-WIDE

Masks are required at all worship services. Under the updated provincial order on gatherings and events, Churches have an exemption from requiring vaccination proof, however, worship services are now limited to 50% of capacity unless all participants are fully vaccinated. If all participants are fully
vaccinated, there are no capacity limits.

Communication and Correspondence

Letters sent to the Ministry of Health

BC Vaccine Card – Sept 9, 2021

Dear Friends,

Yesterday Premier John Horgan joined Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix to provide greater detail on how BC’s Vaccine Card will be implemented.

Effective September 13, people aged 12 and over will be required to show proof of vaccination to get into certain events, services, and businesses in BC If you’re 18 or older you’ll also need to show valid government photo ID.

The three accepted forms of proof of vaccination will be: 

✅ An official BC immunization record – accepted until Sept 26

✅ The BC Vaccine Card – save it to your phone, print it, or call 1-833-838-2323 to get one by mail. Translators are available. Individuals can also go to one of the 65 in-person Service BC Offices

✅ An official immunization record from outside-of-BC – accepted if you’re a visitor to BC

To obtain your BC Vaccine Card go to: https://www.healthgateway.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard You will need to provide date of birth, personal health number (PHN), and date you received dose 1 or dose 2.

To learn more about the rollout of BC’s Vaccine Card go to https://www.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard   

 

We encourage you to share this with your networks and have included English and multi-lingual information in the links below:

 

Lastly, a number of faith-based organizations have requested clarification on the proof of vaccination requirement and mask mandate. All worship services (and receptions following services) are exempt from the mask mandate and the requirement for proof of vaccination. In addition, any public meetings held in faith-based settings that have a worship component such as youth groups and pastor meetings or essential services like NA/AA group meetings, warming and cooling centres, or providing food to people in need, are also exempt from the mask mandate and proof of vaccination requirement.

 

However, an organized event such as a reception, celebration of life reception, or other event that does not have a worship component, does require attendees to provide proof of vaccination and wear masks. For information on how your organization can verify proof of vaccination click here.

 

In all of the instances above we continue to recommend that you follow the guidelines for faith based organizationsto keep your congregants safe, including: encouraging your community members to get vaccinated, wearing masks in all settings unless eating/drinking, making sure people who are ill do not attend worship services, and supporting those who are not yet vaccinated to participate remotely.

 

Thank you for doing your part to ensure all British Columbians stay safe. Your support and leadership in communities across the province is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to email us at VCO.Stakeholders@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions.

 

All the best,

 

Siân

 

 

Siân Madoc-Jones  Pronouns: she/her

Manager of Strategic Outreach & Stakeholder Relations

Office of the Premier | Government of British Columbia

740 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1

VCO.Stakeholders@gov.bc.ca

 

The City of Vancouver is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

 

 

Vaccinations & Living Well Discussion Draft 2.3 (PDF)

Discipleship and Outreach Resources

Other resources from BCMB for churches that require additional ministry support through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Easter Message from Rob Thiessen

Rob has made this Easter message available for your church use at or after Easter.

Online Meeting Solutions

Online Meeting Solutions

As we all navigate this new online world, many churches will be looking for solutions to enable them to continue ministry in an efficient manner. Here is a quick list to help narrow down some of the choices out there.

free accounts allow up to 40 minutes and up to 100 people in your meeting. Reliable if you be sure to follow security measures they suggest.

TECHSOUP CANADA has a discounted rate for Zoom for non-profits. Check it out if you are considering this option.

Requires G Suite. All paid plans include Google Meet. G Suite provides other online solutions that may meet other needs your church may have as well (such as email, cloud storage, and word processing).

This replaces Skype for Business. The free version includes chat, video calling,Team and individual cloud storage, as well as collaboration using Microsoft Office programs.

Run Alpha Sessions Online

If your church is looking for ways to be effective in ministry while finding online solutions that work with meeting restrictions currently in place, consider running an Online Alpha Course. Alpha Canada has provided some great digital solutions as well as a webinar to help you get started.

Financial and Administrative Ministry Resources

Resources to help churches navigate the increased financial pressure and reduced giving brought on by COVID-19

Andy Stanley on How to Lead a Divided Church podcast
COVID 19 – How It May Affect Your COMMERCIAL INSURANCE POLICY

Dear BC Conference of Mennonite Brethren:

 

Johnston Meier is reaching out to our valued commercial clients to remind them of important information as it pertains to your insurance policy and how best to reach us during these unprecedented times.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many companies do business.  In an effort to protect our valued clients, loyal employees and trusted community, Johnston Meier closed our offices to walk-in traffic and migrated to servicing our customers via phone and/or email.   The contact information for any of our 46 locations throughout British Columbia, are located on our website at www.jmins.com.

Many businesses have been affected by government closures. All insurance policies contain an exclusion of coverage if your premises are vacant, unoccupied or closed down for more than 30 days. If this is the case with your business, please contact your Broker immediately to determine if the Insurance Company will offer an extension to the 30 days during this time.

Finances at this time can also be challenging; your Broker will be happy to explain our financing options.

Please contact us if you have any questions or where we can be of any assistance in these trying times.

Thank you for your business and continued support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group
22367 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge BC  V2X 3J4
Tel: 604-467-4184 or 1-888-256-4564
Fax: 604-467-9711
Email: mapleridge@jmins.com
Web: www.jmins.com

How your church can survive financially

Recently, our churches have had to make some very difficult decisions in light of COVID-19, with regards to continuation of ministry, and also with regards to finances and employment. John Albiston, a Church Effectiveness Coach, has shared some valuable insight into this struggle that we thought we would pass along to our churches. Below, is a brief summary of the content he provides in his 20 minute video that follows.

Covid 19: How your church can survive financially

To survive this crisis your church must do two things:

  1. Reduce expenses
  2. Increase income

Reducing Expenses

  1. Mothball your facilities
  2. Reduce program costs
  3. Develop a staffing contingency plan
    1. Determine income thresholds
    2. Create a staff triage order
    3. Abandon tenure and hierarchy
    4. Prioritize tech and ability to connect
    5. Prepare yourself and your team for bi-vocational and volunteer options.
    6. Inform your people of government support options
    7. Do not abandon those you have to lay off!

 Increasing Income

  1. Make it easy to give
    1. Physical giving
      • Sanitized drop off
      • Safe pick up
    2. Online giving
      • tithe.ly
      • Is the 2.9% fee too much?
  2. Give them a reason why
    1. Formulate an action plan
      • For your congregation
      • For you community
  3. Cast the vision for involvement
    • By volunteering
    • By giving

If this seems like it would be helpful for you and your church watch the video below.

Shared with permission by:

John Albiston
Church Effectiveness Coach
Alberta & NWT District of
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

Insurance and Risk Management Questions from Clients

Robertson Hall Insurance – Covid 19 Church and Charity Update Bulletin.  April 17, 2020.

Online Giving Resources and Information

We are sure that many of you are having to make some difficult decisions with regards to finances moving forward. One big reason is that churches rely on giving in order to operate. With people losing their jobs, investments plummeting, and financial uncertainty causing people to scale back spending, churches are seeing a decline in giving. We want to support you to help provide opportunities for congregations to continue to give as much as is possible, given our new reality.

We have compiled a list of some platforms* and services* that you can explore to, hopefully, find a good fit for your church:

  1. TECH SOUP CANADA
    Tech Soup has some great resources available to walk you through accepting online donations in Canada. While you’re at it, you may want to sign your church up with Tech Soup because they have some great deals for non-profits to obtain special pricing on various software and technical needs.
  2. TXT2GIVE
    This service allows people to give to your church by texting or online. There is a demo video on the site, and they offer two different types of plans that vary in price depending on the average amount of giving your church receives (or expects to receive). You would still need to pay for a merchant account or payment gateway (such as Stripe), but this service works well with many different account providers.
  3. SUBSPLASH
    Subsplash Giving Provides App/Text/Online giving options for churches with a percentage-based fee rather than a monthly charge.
  4. TITHE.LY
    They have a wealth of different products to offer (giving/app/event planning/CHMS), including clearly priced giving options.
  5. EASY TITHE
    This giving platform offers app/text/online giving options like the rest. It has pricing based on size of church, and even offers a special rate to church plants. There are many integrations that it includes in order to work with what you already have.

 

*Please note: BCMB does not endorse any of the companies or organizations listed here, nor do we make any guarantees about their services. If you would like to know about our experiences with any of these suggestions (if any), please call or email and we would be happy to share with you.

Virtual or Online Ministry Resources

Here are some ideas that we have collected to help churches find resources to help conduct ministry online or virtually during the period of social distancing or isolation mandated by our government.

CCLI Licensing for Online Worship Music Content

CCLI Licensing for Online Worship Music Content

As we work to function in our new reality with respect to social limitations within our churches, we have been so encouraged to see how many of you have embraced change and have done your best to engage your church families through online, virtual means. Though this pandemic has stretched us and presented multiple challenges, our BCMB churches and leaders have responded in fantastic ways and risen to the challenge.

We have noticed that many churches have opted to stream their content, or record it and then make it available to their congregations online in some way. We love this, however we offer a word of caution and urgent action for some of you. It has come to our attention that churches opting to include worship music as part of their online content, need to have an additional CCLI license in order to do so legally.  The CCLI Live Streaming Licence enhancement allows your church to include worship music that was recorded with your worship team using their instruments.  Any worship music or segments for your service that have been copied from another source such as YouTube needs to have permission to be posted to your website from the source (ie YouTube).

We have arranged a group rate which is still available for churches who sign up with us now,  through CCLI which provides a 20% discount off of the regular costs of this license. The cost breakdown is as follows:

License Level Description – based on average church attendance Regular Price Discounted Group Rate
A 25-99 people attending $66.00 $52.80
B 100-199 people attending $69.00 $55.20
C 200-499 people attending $93.00 $74.40
D 500-999 people attending $122.00 $97.60
E 1000-1499 people attending $176.00 $140.80
F 1500-2999 people attending $236.00 $188.80
G 3000-4999 people attending $293.00 $234.40

Costs are for one full year (ie. March 2020-March 2021) and may reduce rates for those churches who have already paid the Regular Rate.

If you would like to provide (or continue to provide) a musical worship portion in your online services, and you would like to take advantage of the Discounted Group Rate,  please email sandra@bcmb.org to find out exact costs for your church and to add your church to the group rate.

Please be diligent in this as we seek to be compliant with the law in all that we do.

Online Meeting Security

Online Meeting Security

Many of us are trying to find our way in the online world with the need for social distancing and isolation. In doing so, there has been a significant increase in businesses and organizations using online meeting tools such as Zoom, to conduct meetings and connect with coworkers. Along with this increased need for online meeting solutions, there has also been an increase in hacking opportunities and individuals with nefarious intentions. Due to our own experience in this matter, we urge you to familiarize yourself with and investigate your online meeting tool’s security features so that you can protect your meetings from these increased threats.

For those of you who are using Zoom, here is a great article that walks you through some ways to secure your meetings:

How to Secure Your Zoom Meetings From Zoom Bombing Attacks

And this excellent video from LDV Podcast

Online Meeting Solutions

Online Meeting Solutions

As we all navigate this new online world, many churches will be looking for solutions to enable them to continue ministry in an efficient manner. Here is a quick list to help narrow down some of the choices out there.

free accounts allow up to 40 minutes and up to 100 people in your meeting. Reliable if you be sure to follow security measures they suggest.

TECHSOUP CANADA has a discounted rate for Zoom for non-profits. Check it out if you are considering this option.

Requires G Suite. All paid plans include Google Meet. G Suite provides other online solutions that may meet other needs your church may have as well (such as email, cloud storage, and word processing).

This replaces Skype for Business. The free version includes chat, video calling,Team and individual cloud storage, as well as collaboration using Microsoft Office programs.

Run Alpha Sessions Online

If your church is looking for ways to be effective in ministry while finding online solutions that work with meeting restrictions currently in place, consider running an Online Alpha Course. Alpha Canada has provided some great digital solutions as well as a webinar to help you get started.

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