Sunday, 31 May 2020

May 31 Sunday Worship Links

Announcements - May 31, 2020


  • Please update your phone or email address if you have recent changes so that we can stay connected during this special time of social distancing. If you have any special needs or prayer concerns, please contact Pastor Gladys for church prayer support.
  • A bible study group will be held every Wednesday at 7:30pm through Zoom. Anyone interested please contact Pastor Gladys.
  • During this time of COVID-19, offering by cheques and e-transfer are welcome. Cheques can be mailed to the church office. Please call the office to confirm receipt of the cheque as there may be delays in the mail. E-transfer email address is westsidebaptistoffering@gmail.com Cash donations will not be accepted until worship at church resumes.
  • Ash Studios are now for rent. For details, please contact the church office.
  • Though we’ve entered into the 2nd phase of this pandemic and some businesses are gradually re-opening, the church is still not opened for public gatherings yet. This includes small groups of all sizes. Please pray for God’s guidance and wisdom in the preparation for the steps and protocol of the gradual re-opening in the near future. In the meanwhile please be patient, continue to meet through zoom and pray unceasingly.
  • Next Sunday is the first Sunday of the month when we usually take the Lord’s supper together. Even though we are apart, we encourage all baptized brothers and sisters to prepare the bread and the cup and take the communion at home by following pastoral guidance.
  • Vacation Bible School will be held from August 24-28, with Doris Lee as the coordinator. Participants must apply online and admitted persons will be notified. There will be subsidy program this year for 5 eligible applicants. Deadline for application is June 30, 2020.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

*COVID-19 Correspondence 4*

May 30th, 2020 It’s been 2 months since we gathered virtually through zoom. As we have entered the 2nd phase of this pandemic with partial re-opening of some businesses and the partial returning of students to schools, perhaps some of us may wonder, when will we be going back to re-gather at church. For those who are extroverts and who are younger in age, they may be more ready and keen to go back to church. But be mindful that even if we return it will be a new normal. We have discussed among pastoral staffs the different possibilities for the present stage and the days ahead. Will we be able to host everyone if we plan for a third worship service? How many can we sit in the hall with social distancing? Who and how can we do all the sanitation and enforce the hygiene procedures? Will we still have children program at the initial stage? How would we do communion and offering? And many other practical questions?

Making the decision to stop gathering in person was tough back then in March. But it’s not as simple and easy to just say, let’s re-open on a certain date now. A lot of practical issues need to be addressed. We know that COVID is not over and there may always be a threat of a 2nd wave, like what happened in New Brunswick and Korea. As God’s people and responsible citizens, we want to live with Godly wisdom and at the same time be submissive to civil authorities. So with the guideline from our BC government which is still holding onto gathering under 50 people, it is quite impossible for us to re-gather for worship in person until the situation changes. For the sake of unity and other practical issues, we still hold onto this decision for both CM and EM. As for all small groups, the situation will be discussed at the small group leaders gathering this coming Sunday afternoon. If all the criteria of sanitation, social distancing can be met and all small group leaders are willing to take the responsibility, we will bring this up for further discussions at the board on June 7. At this stage, we don’t recommend gathering at people’s home for small groups or praises. This relate to the issue liability and risk management as a church. In the meantime, please pray for all those in leadership for unity and wisdom in the decision making; and to have all the protocols and practical steps set up before we re-gather. Also pray for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness …and all the fruit of the Holy spirit. Continue to meet through zoom. Practice the spiritual disciplines of scripture reading, meditation and prayer while at the same time practice social distancing. Let us learn to cease striving; (Psalm 46:10) be still and put our hope in God (Psalm 131:-2-3).

(Psalm 46:10) “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 

(Psalm 131:2-3) But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother;like a weaned child I am content. 3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore. 

Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Gladys Lee Tsang

Art Studio Gallery For Rent

Art Studio Gallery - 874 sq ft – $33 per hour

  • Newly renovated, 14ft high ceiling, in suite storage and washroom 
  • Walking distance to Canada Line Marine Drive station 
  • This venue is suitable for art or art-related exhibitions. All exhibitions must not contain obscene, discriminatory or illegal content. 
  • Rent plus GST, security deposit of $200 required 
  • For those who are interested, please fill in the application form 
  • For inquiries, please call or email: 604-266-5602 / info@westsidebaptist.ca

Art Studios For Rent


Studio A (766 sq ft)– $1,302.20/month
Studio B (828 sq ft)– $1407.60/month
Studio C (758 sq ft) $1,288.60/month

       Newly renovated, 14ft high ceiling, in suite storage and washroom
       Walking distance to Canada Line Marine Drive station
       The studios are suitable for art production, preparation or exhibition in the art related fields. Art works must not contain obscene, discriminatory or illegal content. Oil or solvent-based artwork is also prohibited.
       Monthly rent plus GST. Hydro electricity & insurance excluded. Security deposit of two months ’rent required.
       Minimum 1 year lease.
       For those who are interested, please fill in the application form
       For inquiries, please call or email: 604-266-5602 / info@westsidebaptist.ca

RETHINKING CHURCH

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2020-05-24 A Corrupted Church | Sermon Note
2020-05-30 A Complaining Church | Sermon Note

Sunday, 24 May 2020

May 24 Sunday Worship Links

Announcements - May 24, 2020

  • Please update your phone or email address if you have recent changes so that we can stay connected during this special time of social distancing. If you have any special needs or prayer concerns, please contact Pastor Gladys for church prayer support. 
  • A bible study group will be held every Wednesday at 7:30pm through Zoom. Anyone interested please contact Pastor Gladys. 
  • During this time of COVID-19, offering by cheques and e-transfer are welcome. Cheques can be mailed to the church office. Please call the office to confirm receipt of the cheque as there may be delays in the mail. E-transfer email address is westsidebaptistoffering@gmail.com Cash donations will not be accepted until worship at church resumes. 
  • Vacation Bible School will be held from August 24-28, with Doris Lee as the coordinator. Participants must apply online and admitted persons will be notified. There will be subsidy program this year for 5 eligible applicants. Deadline for application is June 30, 2020. 
  • Ash Studios are now for rent. For details, please contact the church office. 
  • Though we’ve entered into the 2nd phase of this pandemic and some businesses are gradually re-opening, the church is still not opened for public gatherings yet. This includes small groups of all sizes. Please pray for God’s guidance and wisdom in the preparation for  the steps and protocol  of the gradual re-opening in the near future. In the meanwhile please be patient, continue to meet through zoom and pray unceasingly.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

May 17 Sunday Worship Links

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Announcements - May 17, 2020


  • Please update your phone or email address if you have recent changes so that we can stay connected during this special time of social distancing. If you have any special needs or prayer concerns, please contact Pastor Gladys for church prayer support. 
  • A bible study group will be held every Wednesday at 7:30pm through Zoom. Anyone interested please contact Pastor Gladys. 
  • During this time of COVID-19, offering by cheques and e-transfer are welcome. Cheques can be mailed to the church office. Please call the office to confirm receipt of the cheque as there may be delays in the mail. E-transfer email address is westsidebaptistoffering@gmail.com Cash donations will not be accepted until worship at church resumes. 
  • Vacation Bible School will be held from August 24-28, with Doris Lee as the coordinator. Participants must apply online and admitted persons will be notified. There will be subsidy program this year for 5 eligible applicants. Deadline for application is June 30, 2020. 
  • Ash Studios are now for rent. For details, please contact the church office. 
  • The church office will be closed on May 19 Tuesday after the public holiday on Monday.