- In order to protect each other as we come together to worship. We require each person who enters our area for worship to sign this waiver. This must be filled out each week you come to our worship service. Click this link to go to the form.COVID-19 Liability WaiverIn order to protect each other as we come together to worship. We require each person who enters our area for worship to sign this waiver.forms.gle
- Immediate Re-Gathering Notice Worship and Mid-Week Prayer and Bible Study will immediately recommence in our main building. Be advised, due to our recent efforts to find a new worship location, there are extensive modifications to procedure in meeting. Read important re-opening guidelines below. Services will continue to be broadcast on YouTube. To watch, click here or on the banner on the Safe Haven webpage. Government of ON: Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m… all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers. GENERAL GUIDELINES If you or anyone you have close contact with has any signs or symptoms associated with COVID-19, or are not feeling 100%, you should stay home and join our broadcast service instead. All others are welcome, but none should feel obligated to attend in-person if for any reason you do not feel it is safe or wise. Temperature checks will be performed at the main entrance (Units 10 & 11). The service will continue to be broadcast for all who cannot attend. Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include cold/flu symptoms: · - fever/chills/body aches · - shortness of breath · - runny nose/congestion · - sore throat · - change in sense of smell or taste · - nausea, vomiting, diarrhea · - abdominal pain PHYSICAL-DISTANCING AND SERVICE ETIQUETTE -Before arrival, please complete the health questionnaire available online (see link & pdf attached at the bottom of this email) or at the door. This ensures that people understand the nature of coming to worship during a pandemic, and should, heaven forbid, someone discover that they are COVID-19 positive, those who have attended will be advised to test themselves. -With an occupancy rating of 450 for the main building, government restrictions (30% occupancy) mean that a maximum of 126 people be allowed in the building. Admission to the building up to a maximum of 126 will be based on a first come first seated basis. 1. 10 a.m. Service: We will have one service at 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday School or Children’s Church available. 2. Arrival: Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early. 3. Screening: At the main entrance (Units 10 & 11), you will be greeted by an usher, and a screening station where there will be a temperature check, screen for symptoms, and offer you any personal protective equipment you may want or need. It is requested that you bring a lawn chair and mask, however, a limited number of chairs and masks will be available. These procedures will need to be done each time upon arrival. 4. Ushers will be wearing personal protective equipment and will direct you to an usher inside the building, who will direct you to your seat. Beyond members of a household, please remain 2 metres apart, and avoid physical contact beyond members of your household. 5. Singing: only those who are masked (besides those on the platform) are permitted to sing. 6. Nursery: With the removal of all nursery services, parents, please have your children stay with you during the service. 7. Washrooms: Only one bathroom for men and one for women (one person at a time) is available in the two classrooms. Disinfectant materials will be provided for you to clean all surfaces used (toilets, handles, taps) before and after your visit. 9. After the service: When the service is over, you may exit through all doors, you may mingle in the main auditorium so long as physical distancing guidelines are maintained: members of different households must stay 6 feet apart minimum; we encourage you to exit the building and mingle outside. 10. No food: There will be no food line, tea, or coffee after the service. 11. Hand shaking: We ask you not to shake each other's hands or hug or kiss, in order to respect the physical distancing guidelines and the health of others. 12. Doors: As many doors as possible will be propped open to ensure you do not need to touch door handles and surfaces. OFFERING For your and our convenience, we encourage you to continue giving online here. If you are unable to give online, ushers only will handle collection plates. GOING FORWARD As we progress towards fewer restrictions, we will keep you updated with our plans to move towards more normalcy on Sundays. We ask that you be patient with us, patient with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and respectful of the directives enumerated above.
- Safe Haven Community Church posted an announcement
SAFE HAVEN SUNDAY WORSHIP optionsJoin us for our Sunday Worship Services at 10am Sunday mornings at West Shore Community Centre, 1015 Bayly St, Pickering . With COVID-19 safety protocols in place we ask you to fill out the form online or fill it out when you arrive. To watch our service online, you can do so by clicking on this link BELOW.
- ReadFor June 20th, 2021Sermon: 1 Peter 3:7 “The Husband's Responsibility”
Gravity & Stars: A Father’s Day Reflection
Michael Chabon once wrote that fatherhood is “an obligation that was more than your money, your body, or your time, a presence neither physical nor measurable by clocks: open-ended, eternal, and invisible, like the commitment of gravity to the stars.” Like the commitment of gravity to the stars. An unseen reality so foundational that, without it, everything begins to fall apart, the stars themselves slip from the sky. Yet this is not the reality for everyone. On that Sammy Rhodes said: " The wound of fatherlessness isn’t lightly healed. Time certainly is no help. If anything it reveals just how big the wound really is, just how much damage the foundation has actually suffered. My pastor growing up was fond of saying, “Time doesn’t heal all wounds. Jesus does.” I knew what he meant, but I still had no real idea. It has only recently begun to dawn on me. Time isn’t the healer of all wounds, but there is a Wounded Healer who uses it to his own ends.... I will never get back the father I lost. But I have gained, through Jesus’s suffering, another Father who has fathered me well. A Father who promises never to leave or forsake his children.".
- ReadFor June 13th, 2021.This Sunday's Sermon: 1 Peter 3:18-22 “Victory”
What's your Calling?
Chuck Colson had one of the highest profile careers with access to power and influence in the Nixon White House, yet he landed in prison. His career was over, but his calling was just beginning. He was called to reach others just like himself. He reflects: “The real legacy of my life was my biggest failure—that I was an ex-convict. My great humiliation—being sent to prison—was the beginning of God’s greatest use of my life; He chose the one experience in which I couldn’t glory and used it for His glory.”
Reflecting on a life of service, Dr. Joe Pettigrew said: "A career is something we choose; a calling is something we receive. A career is something we do for ourselves; a calling is something we do for God. A career promises status, money and power; a calling generally promises difficulty, suffering and the opportunity to be used by God. A career may end with retirement and lots of toys; a calling doesn’t end until you die. A career can be disrupted by any number of events, but God enables you to fulfil your calling even in the most difficult circumstances. In the providence of God, the end of our career can be the beginning of our calling. So whatever God has called you to do, as 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)
- ReadFor June 6th, 2021.This Sunday's Sermon: 1 Peter 3:13-17. “Faith over Fear”.
Is there such a Biblical thing as Retirement?
In a recent excellent article by Tim Counts, he outlined six specific ways that older adults can effectively service God. In this discussion (click the picture above for the article) he mentioned how older adults can serve through prayer, encouragement, love, your presence, testimony, offering to serve, and allowing others to minister to you. He mentioned that "God places no expiration date on serving him. There is no moment until our last breath that we aren’t to live our lives for his glory. Your church body needs you. We need the gifts and unique life experience of all generations. And there is something particularly helpful to your church family that points to God’s faithfulness when you continue to serve—even if the ways you serve may change across the years. As Psalm 92:14–15 expresses it, “They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” The enemy wants you to believe that you’re rejected and useless. But God speaks a better word over your life: “Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you” (Isa. 46:4). Let’s believe this together".
- ReadFor May 30th, 2021.This Sunday's Sermon: 1 Peter 3:8-12 “The Good Life”.
What will be your legacy?
As we age, sobering thoughts about life’s brevity and death’s certainty cause us to wonder how we will be remembered. Surprisingly, those who leave the greatest legacy are often not notable or prominent figures, but kind and humble servants who lived to God’s glory. In 2 Timothy 4:6-8, the Apostle Paul exhorts us to live in such a way that we will be missed and future generations will be blessed: 6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. (ESV).
As summer approaches, after being locked down for so long, our mind immediately goes to the possibility of doing so many things. The great danger during lockdown or with freedom is the wasting of time and the inevitability of the end of opportunity. Alistair Begg reflected on this when he said: "Strangely enough, that is one of the reasons that we want to steel ourselves against the prospect of death, because most of us do not want to think seriously about the issues of life. We want to live as if there was no yesterday, and no tomorrow coming, and we can live simply in the moment for the now and squeeze all the juice out of it that we can, and then we’ll deal with tomorrow, should it ever come. But when we think for a moment or two, we realize that that is unrealistic. Because very soon the camping trip of life is going to be over, the tent is going to be folded up—that’s our bodies—and packed away, and we will head for an eternal dwelling (2 Cor. 5:2) which the Bible says will either be in the presence of Christ, which is heaven, or absent the presence of Christ, which is hell. And in the meantime, as we walk this earthly sod, each one of us is leaving a legacy. Leaving a legacy."