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“I Will Go” Global Campmeeting Adventist Collective

Communications - November 5th, 2021

Introducing a new digital resource, Adventist Collective, featuring content from the May 2021 Global Campmeeting and more. Learn from Adventist experts on a vast array of topics including COVID-19 and Mission and Outreach. Watch the above video for a sneak peek at the Adventist Collective, active now and growing!Here you can see a sample of the Mission and Outreach topic page at the Adventist Collective website, and there are many more topics to explore!

Five Ways to Support your ABC Christian Bookstore

Adventist Christian Bookstore - November 1st, 2021

Five Ways to Support your ABC Christian Bookstore

Did you know there’s an untapped gem in our conference? When you see the name ABC Christian Bookstore, you might expect Bibles and devotional materials. But, alongside its vast book collection, it offers much more. Check it out for anything from dinner roast for your holiday meal to Christian board or card games for family fun to clothing featuring inspiring Bible verses.

The ABC Christian Bookstore is one of the vehicles God has given us to connect with and like Jesus. Here are a few ways you can support this unique mission field:

  • Shop with the ABC first for your Christian materials, birthday, holiday and seasonal gifts and greeting cards. And church leaders, look no further than the ABC for your mission and outreach needs, whether GLOW tracts or magazines for distribution or resource materials for ministry.
  • Visit the ABC’s mobile truck for food and gifts. For your convenience, a mobile truck with selected products travels to different churches across Ontario. Pre-order products that you need to be sent on the mobile truck to specific church locations listed on the schedule below.
  • Call the store and get yourself on the ABC’s mailing list. People on the mailing list will be the first to know about new products and sales, such as our October special of 25% off Spirit of Prophecy books. Click here for the flyer.
  • Connect with our social media for updates. Click here for our Instagram page and here for Facebook.
  • Purchase the hard copies of books and Sabbath School materials. Even with the convenience of e-books and audiobooks, there’s nothing like a physical book that you can mark up or flip through. Turn to the ABC for Christian books for all ages, including a selection in French and Spanish.

To order products from our catalogue, visit the US website at https://adventistbookcenter.com/, then call 905-579-2311 or Toll-Free 1-800-263-3791, or visit us at 95 Clarence Biesenthal Dr., Oshawa, ON.
Click here for more info on our hours of operation and products.

Happy shopping!
Pracilla Osborne-Fournier, ABC Christian Bookstore manager, and Christelle Agboka, Communications director

Oct 27th – COVID-19 Guidelines Update – PLEASE READ

General Ontario Conference - October 27th, 2021

Dear Ontario Conference Pastors, Head Elders, Clerks, and Communication Leaders:

Last week Premier Doug Ford announced the provincial government's plan to gradually and cautiously lift COVID-19 public health restrictions. The current plan forecasts that all COVID-19 public health and workplace safety measures in businesses and organizations, including the requirement to wear a mask indoors, will lift in March of 2022.

As a first step towards this goal, on Monday, October 25th, 2021, capacity limits in restaurants, fitness centres, and several other non-essential indoor settings that require proof of vaccination were lifted. Other establishments may also cease with capacity limits and physical distancing requirements if they choose to require proof of immunization.

What does this mean for our churches?

Locations where a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony takes place may also implement proof of vaccination requirements for services, rites, or ceremonies at the location. Currently, the Ontario Conference does not intend to implement any internal policies or procedures that would require individuals attending our worship services to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Therefore our current guidelines, including capacity limits of 300, pre-registration, prescreening, masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene and proper respiratory etiquette, remain in force.

While the Ontario Conference does not require proof of vaccination, those worshiping in rented facilities should note that some of our Landlords may decide otherwise and mandate that all persons entering their location be immunized, including our worshipers.

What is our next step as a Conference?

Like the government, the Conference plans to gradually and cautiously continue to process and inform the churches regarding the COVID-19 restrictions. Over the next few weeks, we will closely monitor the situation, and another update of our guidelines will follow thereafter.

May you sense His Grace and peace as you continue to minister in these unchartered waters.

Blessings,

  • Mansfield Edwards (President)
  • Jakov Bibulovic (Executive Secretary)
  • Virene Meikle (Treasurer)

 

To read more and to view a PDF copy, please visit our COVID-19 website by clicking here.

ABC Bookmobile Schedule – Oct & Nov 2021

Adventist Christian Bookstore - October 1st, 2021

July 4th – COVID-19 Stage 2 Guidelines Update – PLEASE READ

General Ontario Conference - July 14th, 2021

Dear Ontario Conference Pastors, Head Elders, Clerks, and Communication Leaders:

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will enter step 3 of the provincial reopening plan.

What does this mean for places of worship?

Indoor and outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, are permitted with capacity limited to allow for the physical distancing of 2 metres.

Ontario Conference Guidance

To reduce the spread of the very contagious and severe variants of COVID-19, we must remain committed to following a careful and gradual approach to returning to in-person worship, gatherings, and activities.

For churches previously approved for reopening, during step 3:

  • The Provincial government does not specify a cap on the number of attendees to religious services and a maximum of 1000 in certain other gathering situations. Notwithstanding the Ontario Conference takes a more measured position, Sabbath worship services, weddings, and funerals should be kept to one room to a maximum of 300 persons while maintaining 2 meters of physical distancing, wearing masks and all other Provincial, Municipal, and Conference guidelines are to remain in place. Receptions and repasts remain suspended.
  • No socializing is to take place before or after any of the services. Attendees should leave the building and parking lot promptly.
  • All attendees must be pre-registered and pre-screened, and the records kept securely for a minimum of 30 days; this is critical if there is a need for contact tracing.
  • Keep seating and activities away from areas with high airflow (i.e. not directly in front of or under air vents).
  • Keep a cleaning log to document activities and demonstrate vigilance.
  • Vocalists, musicians- Indoor group singing and wind instruments have been linked to numerous COVID-19 outbreaks worldwide. To avoid the risks:
    • Limit the number of musicians and or vocalists. Avoid group or congregational singing.
    • Performers must maintain at least three metres distance from the congregation or be separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier. Clean and disinfect barriers after each use.
    • All vocalists and musicians should remain at least two metres apart from each other.

Please note that church-sponsored day and overnight trips remain suspended until further notice. However, individuals or families can decide to get together for outings on their own. We will continue to monitor the situation, review and update our internal guidelines.

As the province steadily moves towards fully reopening, if not already completed, your church should prepare and present a reopening plan to the Conference Risk Management Department even if the thinking is not to return to in-person services just yet; this will prevent last-minute scrambling in the future.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you the strength and wisdom needed to navigate these unprecedented times.

Blessings always,

  • Mansfield Edwards (President)
  • Jakov Bibulovic (Executive Secretary)
  • Virene Meikle (Treasurer)

 

To read more and to view a PDF copy, please visit our COVID-19 website by clicking here.

Jun 29 – COVID-19 Stage 2 Guidelines Update – PLEASE READ

General Ontario Conference - June 29th, 2021

Dear Ontario Conference Pastors, Head Elders, Clerks, and Communication Leaders:

On Wednesday, June 30 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will enter step 2 of the provincial reopening plan. Notwithstanding, the Waterloo Region, due to concerning COVID-19 case trends, will remain in step 1.

What does this mean for places of worship?

Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, are permitted at up to 25% capacity of the room.

Ontario Conference Guidelines

The more transmissible Delta variant is now accounting for a significant number of new COVID-19 cases. Therefore, to help prevent another wave, we must continue to take all public safety measures necessary and follow a careful and gradual approach to returning to in-person worship and gatherings.

For churches previously approved for reopening, kindly factor these points for step 2:

  • Sanctuary worship services, weddings, and funerals should be kept to 25% capacity to a maximum of 150 persons while maintaining physical distancing, wearing masks and all other Provincial, Municipal, and Conference guidelines are to remain in place.
  • No socializing is to take place before and after any of the services. Attendees should leave the building and parking lot promptly.
  • All attendees must be pre-registered and pre-screened, and the records kept securely for a minimum of 30 days; this is critical should there be a need for contact tracing.
  • Please note- guidelines for the gradual return to our in-person AMP (Adventurer, Master Guide, and Pathfinder) ministries will be coming soon.

For churches not previously approved for reopening:

  • As the province steadily moves towards fully reopening, if not already completed, your church should prepare and present a reopening plan to the Conference Risk Management Department even if the thinking is not to return to in-person services just yet; this will prevent last-minute scrambling in the future.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you the strength and wisdom needed to navigate these unprecedented times.

Blessings always,

  • Mansfield Edwards (President)
  • Jakov Bibulovic (Executive Secretary)
  • Virene Meikle (Treasurer)

 

To read more and to view a PDF copy, please visit our COVID-19 website by clicking here.

Jun 10 – COVID-19 Guidelines Update – PLEASE READ

General Ontario Conference - June 10th, 2021

Dear Ontario Conference Pastors, Head Elders, Clerks, and Communication Leaders:

The Provincial Roadmap to Reopen is a three-step plan designed to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures. The plan is based on:

  • the provincewide vaccination rate
  • improvements in key public health and health care indicators

At 12:01 a.m. on June 11, three days ahead of the projected date, the province will move into Step 1 of its reopening roadmap. The province is scheduled to remain in Step 1 for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on critical public health and health system indicators.

What does this mean for places of worship?

Religious services, rites and ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, are permitted indoors at 15% capacity and outdoors with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 meters; this was to happen in step 2 but was brought forward to be included in step 1.

Ontario Conference Guidance

It is essential to underscore that a growing percentage of the COVID-19 cases are the more transmissible Delta variant. Therefore, we need to continue to take all public safety measures necessary and follow a careful and gradual approach to returning to in-person worship. During step 1:

  • Services should be kept to one room at 15% capacity to a maximum of 100 persons while maintaining physical distancing, wearing masks and all other Provincial, Municipal, and Conference guidelines are to remain in place.
  • No socializing is to take place after the service. Attendees should leave the building and parking lot promptly.
  • All attendees must be pre-registered and pre-screened, and the records kept securely for a minimum of 30 days; this is critical if there is a need for contact tracing.

May our great God grant you just what you need in each unfolding moment of these challenging times.

Blessings always,

  • Mansfield Edwards (President)
  • Jakov Bibulovic (Executive Secretary)
  • Virene Meikle (Treasurer)

 

To read more and to view a PDF copy, please visit our COVID-19 website by clicking here.

ABC Bookmobile Schedule – June & July 2021

Adventist Christian Bookstore - June 1st, 2021

Apr 19 – COVID-19 Guidelines Update – PLEASE READ

General Ontario Conference - April 19th, 2021

Dear Ontario Conference Pastors, Head Elders, Clerks, and Communication Leaders:

Ontario is experiencing a record-high number of COVID-19 positive cases almost daily, and with the grim projection of reaching 20,000 cases per day, it is imperative that the people of Ontario act now, act together and act differently to “flatten the curve” once again.

On April 16, 2021, Premier Doug Ford, in the interest of public health and safety, announced an extension of the state of emergency and provincewide stay-at-home order until at least May 20, 2021. Several new COVID-19 restrictions have been added, some of them coming into effect on 12:01 a.m. April 17, 2021. It is vital to update yourself on the new measures, including the increased scope of law enforcement.

Concerning religious services:

  • Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021, religious services, weddings, and funerals will be limited to a maximum of ten (10) people indoors or outdoors, regardless of capacity.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that everyone can participate safely, the Ontario Conference and Public health strongly encourage virtual services. Should the church building be used, along with a maximum of 10 persons, all other guidelines remain firmly in place. An area of great concern is group singing; this practice has been linked to numerous outbreaks in multiple congregations. At this time, it is advisable to use previously recorded music (audio/ video).

  • If there will be groups leading the virtual congregation in singing or rendering special music etc.:
    • Limit the number of vocalists to no more than three. It is recommended that singers wear masks and or face shields; alternatively, barriers, such as plexiglass, can be installed between vocalists. The barriers must be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
    • There is limited evidence to determine an exact safe distance between singers, but a greater distance than 2 meters (6 feet) should be taken to reduce the risk—plan for 2.44 to 3 meters (8-10 feet) of physical distancing.
    • The musicians should all be wearing masks.

May our great God grant you just what you need in each unfolding moment of these challenging times.

Blessings always,

  • Mansfield Edwards (President)
  • Jakov Bibulovic (Executive Secretary)
  • Virene Meikle (Treasurer)

 

To read more and to view a PDF copy, please visit our COVID-19 website by clicking here.

Apr 8 – COVID-19 Guidelines Update – PLEASE READ

General Ontario Conference - April 8th, 2021

Dear Ontario Conference Pastors, Head Elders, Clerks, and Communication Leaders:

In his April 7th, 2021 press conference, Premier Doug Ford put it plainly "I can't stress this enough. Things are extremely, extremely serious right now. And I'm extremely concerned." As a result, starting at 12:01 am on Thursday, April 8th, 2021, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is declaring a third provincial state of emergency and is issuing a stay-at-home order.

The rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the danger to our province's hospital system capacity, and the risks to public health and safety due to COVID-19 variants are of great concern to all of us. We strongly encourage each member to acquaint themselves with the stay-home order measures and to govern themselves accordingly.

Regarding weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies, these can continue at 15% capacity indoors; this does not include social gatherings associated with these services, such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and limited to five people outdoors.

The Ontario Conference continues to hold the position that moving all of our services online until further notice is the safest approach. Nevertheless, at this time, churches that the Conference has already approved for in-person worship may continue with in-person worship, weddings and funeral services.

Services should be kept to one room at 15% capacity to a maximum of 75 persons while maintaining physical distancing, wearing masks and all other Provincial, Municipal, and Conference guidelines are to remain in place.

  • Our strong recommendation remains that services be no more than an hour and a half.
  • No socializing is to take place after the service. Attendees should leave the building and parking lot promptly.
  • Proceeding with baptisms should be carefully considered.
  • All other non-essential special services/events remain suspended until further notice.
  • All attendees must be pre-registered and pre-screened, and the records kept securely for a minimum of 30 days; this is critical if there is a need for contact tracing. You may have heard of establishments being fined $1,000 for not having documentation of the persons who had been in their space. Please be vigilant.

May the Lord bless and keep you as you lead His church through these uncharted waters.

Many Blessings,

  • Mansfield Edwards (President)
  • Jakov Bibulovic (Executive Secretary)
  • Virene Meikle (Treasurer)

 

To read more and to view a PDF copy, please visit our COVID-19 website by clicking here.

Apr 4 – COVID-19 Guidelines Update – PLEASE READ

General Ontario Conference - April 4th, 2021

Dear Ontario Conference Pastors, Head Elders, Clerks, and Communication Leaders:

At 12:01 am on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, for a minimum of four weeks, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing what is being called a province-wide emergency brake. With the "pulling of the emergency brake," come several measures to help reduce the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants, preserve hospital capacity and save lives.

  • Regarding weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies, the capacity is limited to 15 percent occupancy per room indoors; this does not include social gatherings associated with these services, such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.

For the sake of public health and safety, the Ontario Conference firmly maintains the position of following the more cautious and safest approach of moving all of our services online until further notice.

  • Notwithstanding, at this time, churches that the Conference has already approved for in-person worship may continue with in-person worship, wedding and funeral services, up to 15 percent of the building's capacity to a maximum of 75 people while maintaining physical distancing, wearing masks and all other Provincial, Municipal and Conference guidelines are to remain in place.

In some cases, the Conference's guidance may be more restrictive or call for more safety measures than the governmental bodies.

  • It is still our strong recommendation that services be no more than an hour and a half.
  • No socializing is to take place after the service. Attendees should leave the building and parking lot promptly.
  • Apart from urgent baptisms, all other non-essential special services/events remain suspended until further notice.

We at no time must deviate from the established guidelines. The provincial and
municipal governments have ramped up their COVID-19 guidelines adherence inspections; this caution also applies to churches that live stream from their church building. Whatever we broadcast must be seen as conforming to all of the COVID-19 safety requirements.

May the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spiritbe with you always.

Sincerely,

  • Mansfield Edwards (President)
  • Jakov Bibulovic (Executive Secretary)
  • Virene Meikle (Treasurer)

 

To read more and to view a PDF copy, please visit our COVID-19 website by clicking here.

ABC Bookmobile Schedule – Apr & May 2021

Adventist Christian Bookstore - April 1st, 2021

Conference Virtual Camp Meeting

General Ontario Conference - March 17th, 2021

Greetings in His Precious Name:

While the pandemic has posed numerous challenges on how we have previously carried out God’s mission to make disciples in Ontario, it has also provided new opportunities. One of which is to hold a multiday virtual camp meeting, June 29 – July 3, 2021.

The theme will be ‘Connecting –like Jesus!’, speaking to our great need to have a growing and deepening connection with our Heavenly Father in the way Jesus did, loving our neighbours as ourselves, ministering to them and making disciples in the same way He did. Our objectives will focus on connecting, growing, leading and maturing in Jesus.

I am also pleased to inform you that our Adventist Ministries Convention, postponed because of the pandemic, will be an integral part of camp meeting. It will be a joint camp meeting and ministries convention.

Members and guests alike will experience a variety of inspiring worships, workshops, training, Bible study, early morning prayer and nightly evangelistic worship. Other staples of camp meeting— vibrant Children’s and Youth and Young Adults’ programs--may also be expected.

We would far prefer if we were able to announce an in-person camp meeting, but a virtual camp meeting/ministries convention will allow many more to attend and benefit from all the features that will be broadcasted over the conference’s social platform.

While most workshops and training will be available to everyone, there may be some specialised workshops designed for ministry leaders only. Over the next 2 – 3 months, information, including a full schedule, will be sent out to you and to your churches.

We are looking forward to a time when we will be able to have multiday camp meetings at our new camp site but, for this year, we are soliciting your prayers that the Holy Spirit will guide us so that we can be confident that God will be glorified.

In His Service,

Mansfield Edwards,
President

 

To  view a PDF copy, please click here.

Update about Gathering at 60 King Street, Woodville, ON

General Ontario Conference - March 10th, 2021

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Please read and share the following critical update with your church members and extended networks.

The gathering at 60 King Street, Woodville, is not a church, company, group or church plant initiative affiliated with Ontario Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; nor is there any active conversation about making it such.

For an updated list of our 175 churches, companies and groups, please visit https://www.adventistontario.org/directory/churches/.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

  • Mansfield Edwards (President)
  • Jakov Bibulovic (Executive Secretary)
  • Virene Meikle (Treasurer)

 

To view a PDF copy, please click here

ABC March Features / Deals

Adventist Christian Bookstore - March 1st, 2021

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