The KAC staff continues to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19, and we desire to lead our church family in this season with Spirit-abiding wisdom and discernment. In light of this, it is important to us that we continue to follow the orders of Public Health Officials, as well as the prayerful leadership of our District and National Offices of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
MARCH 23, 2020 - 12:30pm
The Christian and Missionary Alliance National Office has requested that all in-person gatherings be suspended. As of today (March 23, 2020), the Kamloops Alliance Church building will be closed until further notice. Staff has been directed to stay home, and all meetings will be conducted online.
What does this mean
These restrictions will significantly change our approach to ministry in this season. No matter the circumstances, however, we are committed to providing your whole family with opportunities to learn and worship every weekend by way of our online gatherings (Saturdays at 6:30pm, Sundays at 9:00am & 11:00am). While these gatherings may look different than they have in the past, our vision will remain the same: proclaiming the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ.
Each of your Pastors and Ministry Directors are praying, and thinking creatively, about how we can continue to serve you well in this season. Please watch the website for more information as these initiatives are implemented.
Our church office will be closed, and all phone calls will be directed to the Pastor-On-Call. You may continue to email [email protected], and each staff member can be reached at their respective email address.
How can you respond
Please continue to engage with our online gatherings. We encourage you to make this a “rock” in your week, gathering with your family every Saturday or Sunday to encounter and worship Jesus.
We also encourage you to establish strong spiritual rhythms in this season. Our “14 Days of Prayer” initiative will help you build a regular practice of Scripture reading and prayer. Another good resource is our previous sermon series, the Way of Jesus. With so much competing for our attention in this season, these daily practices will be formative for each of us as we learn to fix our eyes firmly on Jesus.
Building or not, you and I remain the church; we are the hands and feet of Jesus and co-heirs with Him, commissioned to bring His goodness and gospel to each other, our neighbours and city. Let’s lean into this now more than ever, praying for opportunities to make Jesus known in this current cultural moment.
We are praying with you and for you. If you need specific prayer, we want to be available for you. Please submit your prayer requests HERE, and someone will be in touch as soon as possible.
MARCH 17, 2020 - 5:00pm
Since our latest update on COVID-19, Public Health Authorities have placed further restrictions on public gatherings. In light of this, we have made the decision to suspend all of our ministry programming until further notice. Kamloops Alliance Church is committed to protecting the well-being of you and your family. While this was a difficult decision to make, we believe it is the most sensible approach.
Like you did last weekend, we ask that you continue to engage with our online gatherings (Saturdays: 6:30pm and Sundays: 9:00am & 11:00am). It was encouraging to hear so many great reports of ministry and prayer happening all across the city, and we look forward to this continuing.
We are currently giving thoughtful consideration to how we can serve well in this season. The website will continue to be your greatest source of information as we roll out these ministry initiatives, as well as for any further updates moving forward.
The video below is a more detailed update from our Lead Pastor, Chris Throness.
March 13, 2020 - 2:30pm
On March 12, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Medical Health Officer, recommended banning any gatherings of more than 250 people. As wise leaders and stewards of KAC, its people and mission, we feel it is best to suspend all of our physical weekend gatherings for the next two weekends. This is to ensure the health and safety of you, your family and to play our part well in preventing any spread of this virus.
So, how does KAC serve you until then?
In lieu of Weekend Gatherings:
- We will be switching to a full online church experience for the next two weekends. This will include musical worship, a sermon, and family news.
- You can tune in online on Saturday’s at 6:30pm, and Sunday’s at 9 & 11am. View HERE.
- The plan is that we will reconvene for our regular gathering times the weekend of March 28 and 29th unless the government still upholds this ban of gatherings of more than 250 people.
- We will be posting daily video devotionals starting on Monday March 16th with helpful prayer prompts and Scripture.
Community during these next 2 weeks:
- Gather over these next two weekends in people’s homes as Life Groups. Or, gather your friends and neighbors and create a viewing site for our weekend service.
- We will post a discussion guide for our service content online for your follow up and discussion.
Smaller gatherings under 250 are still happening:
- Waffles, Worship & the Word (March 14)
- Revive: Prayer and Worship Night (March 15 at 6:30pm)
- Men’s Bible Study
- Men’s Floor Hockey
Keeping up to date:
- We will be posting weekly updates on Thursday afternoons with pertinent information. You will find these updates on the website HERE.
- Please check back weekly for these updates.
How we can respond:
- More than anything, we want to remind you of God’s goodness and sovereignty in our current moment. It is easy to spiral into fear, but now is the time where our world is looking for hope and security in a rapidly changing and fearful environment.
- We still have our mission to know Jesus and to make Him known. May we be the voice, hands and feet of Jesus to our neighbors and city. Prayerfully consider ways we can love and serve for our community at this time.
Precautionary reminders regarding attending our smaller gatherings:
- There are hand sanitizer stations located throughout our building.
- Extra cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic areas will be conducted, including children’s toys, doors, and surfaces.
- We encourage our church family to refrain from customary greetings such as handshakes and hugs.
- As is the case with any transmitted virus, we ask that you practice common sense health routines in order to protect yourself and others. This includes, washing your hands regularly, using hand sanitizer after you touch shared surfaces, and staying home if you’re sick or have cold or flu symptoms, or are in a vulnerable sector of the population.
BC Centre for Disease Control
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
World Health Organization
March 12, 2020 - 9:30pm
As we continue to observe rapidly changing precautions and measures, we will be bringing an update Friday, March 13th regarding the announced ban on gatherings over 250 as presented by Dr. Bonnie Henry and provincial officials.
March 12, 2020 - 12:30pm
Kamloops Alliance Church acknowledges the impact of COVID-19 around the world, and we are sensitive to the concern this is to our local and global communities. As a church family, we are committed to making informed decisions that take into consideration the expertise of Public Health Officials, as well as the thoughtful leadership of our District Office.
We are praying with you, and for you, as we navigate together how to be agents of peace and wisdom in a difficult time. With all of this in mind, the following document seeks to update you on the precautions we are taking as a church to protect the wellbeing of you and your family.
What We Are Doing
According to Public Health Authorities, the risk of community transmission in B.C. remains low. We will continue to monitor the situation closely while also taking proactive measures to serve our community well. These measures include the following:
- Communion this weekend will be served with gloves.
- Offering will be collected at the back of sanctuary after the service
- There are hand sanitizer stations located throughout our building
- Extra cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic areas will be conducted, including children’s toys, doors, and surfaces
- We encourage our church family to refrain from customary greetings such as handshakes and hugs
- Doors will be opened and closed by designated Ushers and Greeters
What Does This Mean For You
If you are well, please gather in worship with us! This is an exciting season in the life of our church family. We are currently journeying through the book of Exodus, and we look forward to celebrating Good Friday and Easter soon.
If you are sick, even mildly, our live streamed services are a great way to stay connected. There are two ways to do this, join us on our Facebook page here, or on our website here. If you would like prayer, please contact the church office.
As is the case with any transmitted virus, we ask that you practice common sense health routines in order to protect yourself and others. This includes, washing your hands regularly, using hand sanitizer after you touch shared surfaces, and staying home if you’re sick.
Faith Over Fear
Let us remember that we serve a God who has given us a Spirit of Power, and we become a disruptive witness when we can assess the reality of the situation while refusing to succumb to fear and panic.
A great way to be a disruptive witness in this time is to love your neighbour. Is there a high-risk individual you could pick-up groceries for? Is there someone the Lord is calling you to care for in this time?
In Spirit-abiding faith this season, may we have every opportunity, in word and deed, to communicate the Gospel of our King Jesus Christ - who has even this placed under his feet.