UPDATE 2

ESP Worship Centre COVID-19 Response

EFFECTIVE MarCH 17 2020

Dear ESP Members and Friends,


As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we continue to monitor the developments and recommendations carefully. This morning Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in Ontario. Among other things, the Province has banned public events of over 50 people, including parades, events and services within places of worship until March 31, 2020.


We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts being undertaken by governments abroad and in Ontario to implement measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. We intend to comply with the directives and as such, we are taking the following measures effective immediately until March 31, 2020: 

• Sunday in person services are cancelled. We will however live stream on our ESP Worship Centre Facebook page at 10:00am going forward. 

• Super Sunday scheduled for March 22nd is cancelled

• All ministry group services, meetings and activities are cancelled

• The Easter concert scheduled for April 10th is cancelled


We have received a number of enquires about online giving. This continues to be available through our website for one-time giving as well as recurring giving. Please click here to give. We have partnered with CanadaHelps to provide a safe and secure giving platform. 


As we navigate these uncertain times together, we encourage you to remain strong in your faith. Please ensure you follow the recommended best practices but let us remember that our trust and hope is in the Lord. We are not aware of any members or friends of ESP who have been affected with COVID-19. We will continue in prayer for our members, our City and all impacted by COVID-19. During this time, we encourage you to check in with each other and in particular with the elderly in the church and community. 


As we continually monitor the COVID-19 situation, we will provide further updates as necessary on this page.


Sincerely, 

Rev. Joseph Persaud, Senior Pastor

East Scarborough Church of God

UPDATE 1

ESP Worship Centre COVID-19 Response

EFFECTIVE March 14 2020

Dear ESP Members and Friends, 


In view of the recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that we are praying for you and your families at this time. We are also praying for the thousands of people around the world that have been affected by this virus and for the safety of the healthcare providers in our City and globally. 


As we continually assess the implications and recommendations regarding COVID-19, please be advised that we will continue to have service on Sunday, but only one service at 10:00am. At this time, our other Sunday ministry activities (Family Bible Hour & Discipleship Classes) are suspended until further notice. I want to reassure you that your health and wellness are a high priority for us, and we are undertaking enhanced measures to prepare our facility for service. Among other things, this includes thorough cleaning of washrooms, childcare facilities, high traffic areas and touchpoints. We will also be revising our offering collection procedures and have setup hand sanitizing stations throughout our facility.


If you are not feeling well or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we kindly ask that you do not attend the services and that you follow the procedures outlined by government and healthcare providers. If you have travelled to high-risk areas or been in contact with anyone who has, we kindly ask that you do the same. For those in attendance at our services, we ask that you observe best practice in view of the situation and refrain from handshakes, hugs and other close contact. Elderly members are advised to exercise greater caution due to the higher susceptibility to the virus. As a reminder, our services can be viewed live on Facebook at our ESP Worship Centre page.


We stand firm on 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” The measures we are taking are out of an abundance of caution and not of fear. We will be engaging in corporate prayer tomorrow for this global health situation and will continue our regular prayer services on Tuesdays.


As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we will provide further communication as required. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the church office if you have any questions or need further clarity.


Sincerely, 

Rev. Joseph Persaud, Senior Pastor

East Scarborough Church of God