April 5, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters of TFPC,
Uncertain times provide God-given opportunities to serve one another. This is certainly the case during COVID-19. What God is allowing and why, we may not fully know now, but our eyes are upon Him. We trust that our sovereign God does all things well. We know that nothing takes Him by surprise, and we can praise our Lord for all that He is doing. Asaph, in Psalm 77 wrote, “Who is so great a God as our God?” He is great in majesty, mercy, compassion, and love. Let us praise Him with all our hearts and lean not unto our own understanding.
This time provides us with opportunities to reach out to neighbours and friends and maybe make that call we have been putting off. Whatever is the case, pray that you will be used of God to glorify His name.
Please be assured that:
1. We are your servants for Jesus sake.
We will do whatever we can to assist you and your family. We know that some of you are on the front lines of medical service and continuing to work in essential services. We are praying for your safety and health. There is extra stress upon families at this time of internet schooling and balancing work and home and if there is any way we can help, please let us know.
2. Contact us
If you would like special prayer or you know someone who is sick or in need you can contact the pastor at LSaunders@torontofpc.ca If you would like one of the elders to contact you please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will call you to pray or just to talk.
3. Toronto Free Presbyterian Church is continuing in ministry.
Lord’s Day Services
Even though we are not meeting in the church building, services continue on the Lord’s Day at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. being webcast on www.sermonaudio.com/toronto. Plan to worship the Lord with your family, singing, praying, and listening to the Word of God. Please pray that God will use this online ministry to bring the Word of God to many hearts, build up believers, and save the lost.
We are planning to continue our Wednesday prayer meeting via Zoom, an interactive online video conferencing service. An email will be sent to you with information and instructions on how to setup and use Zoom.
4. We need your continued support.
This ministry depends on the faithful giving of God’s people and we ask you to consider some ways you can continue to donate:
- CHEQUE. Write a cheque and send it in the mail: 1600 Neilson Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1X 1S3 Attn: George Robinson.
- E-TRANSFER. Give directly from your bank account through E-Transfer using this email address: email@example.com
- CREDIT CARD. Please contact Mr. George Robinson at 905 995-4476 to make credit card arrangements.
We will keep you informed with developments for electronic donations.
5. Trust in the Lord
Finally, we know that God is in complete control and calls us to walk by faith. Let us not be afraid of the terror by night or the sickness by day. Our lives are in His gracious hands and the One who loves us with an everlasting love, is the One we can trust with all our hearts.
Sincerely, in Christ,
March 31, 2020
Adapted for our website
The moderator convened an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee today to reassess the situation for our churches in connection with the COVID-19.
The Executive Committee agreed that all sessions should conform their churches to the various national, regional, and local requirements that are in place. Most of those requirements now extend to the end of April or later. The members of the EC noted that in prior generations, sometimes centuries ago, churches took similar steps to restrict social contact, including suspending their public gatherings, because of the presence in their communities of pestilence. As the EC said two weeks ago and as it has observed happening on various digital platforms since then, churches that can live stream without people in attendance may continue to do so. Other churches may encourage their members and attendees to view webcasts of other Free Presbyterian churches as they are able. In addition, the EC encourages sessions to promote continuing communication among church members through the variety of means now available.
The EC asks churches to urge their people to pray for the Lord’s purposes to be accomplished in this period of crisis. There is an ongoing concern for the health of the most senior members of our various congregations, not to the exclusion of the safety of all of our people. It is impossible to place an end date on this situation. It appears that the next five weeks or so will be the most intense part of the crisis.
As happened two weeks ago, the EC closed its meeting with a season of prayer in which the members sought for the Lord’s intervention and the Lord’s protection of all the members of our presbytery and all the people under our care.
Thanks for taking the time to visit our site! We are located in the community of Malvern at the intersection of Neilson Road and Finch Avenue East in Scarborough, Ontario. Toronto Free Presbyterian Church has sought to establish a faithful witness for the gospel of Jesus Christ locally and to the Greater Toronto Area for almost 40 years. You are most welcome to join in our worship services and weekly programs.