Saturday, 28 March 2020

Rethinking Battle

2020-03-01 The Invisible Battle
2020-03-08 The Battle Within
2020-03-15 The Impossible Battle
2020-03-22 Fighting the Battle | Sermon Note
2020-03-22 Winning the Battle | Sermon Note

March 29 Sunday Service Links

2020 Monthly Bulletin

2020-01-12
2020-02-16
2020-03-08

Sunday, 22 March 2020

March 22 Sunday Service Links


Saturday, 21 March 2020

Announcements - March 22, 2020


  • In order to avoid the spread of COVID-19, the church has decided to suspend all events until further notice. We will be providing a recorded version of our worship services for participating online on *Sundays at 10am*. Please check our blog at www.westsidebaptist.ca
  • We will be making available the teaching videos that our kids watch each week in CitRus, XP3 and GZone to you. Links will be sent to parents each week on Saturday. 
  • Small groups can stay connected with one another online via Zoom. The Finance Committee will propose arrangements for offering during the epidemic to the Deacon Board. Details will be announced within days. 
  • 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.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

How to watch the Sunday Service

In order to help stop the spreading of COVID-19, and to adhere to government recommendations, we will be suspending both our Cantonese and English Sunday Services from now on until further notice. A recorded version of our worship service will be made available, and it can be accessed through the following means:

  1. You can access the video through the church's website
    • www.westsidebaptist.ca
    • If it is the first time you visit the website, choose "English"
    • Click on the tab "Latest News"
    • A post with the link can be found there
    • Note: The link will not be posted until each Sunday morning
  2. You can watch the video through the church's Vimeo site
  3. You can access the video through the church's Facebook page
  4. You can also ask your small group leader to send you the link through WhatsApp
    • Please contact your small group leader
The video will be hosted on Vimeo. You can watch the video using your computer or mobile device through a web browser (or the Vimeo App on your device if installed).

We encourage you to develop the following good worship-at-home habits:
  1. Watch the worship video at a fixed time every week, preferably Sunday morning.
  2. Try not to be disturbed or interrupted, and prepare your worshipful heart.
  3. If you usually go to worship together with your family, watch the video together with your family, and pray together afterwards.
  4. If you have children or teenagers, watch the CitRUs/XP3/GZone video together with them as well. Links to videos and additional support materials are available on the church's website.
You can also watch the video on your TV if it is equipped with a smart TV device that has the Vimeo app (such as AppleTV or Amazon FireTV Stick). To do so,
  1. On your computer, go to Vimeo.com and create a personal account. It is free.
  2. Log in to your Vimeo account.
  3. Then, go to www.vimeo.com/westsidebc
  4. Click "Follow" on the top right corner
  5. Then, on your TV, launch the Vimeo app and log in.
  6. Under "Profile", go to "Following". You should see the Westside Baptist Church channel there. Select and you will be linked to the church's Vimeo channel.
If you have any question accessing the video, please contact Pastor Alan by e-mail: alan@westsidebaptist.ca. Thank you. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

*COVID-19 Correspondence 2*

Dear brothers and sisters at Westside,

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, we all face the pressure of fighting the battle. Even though we as pastoral staffs decided unanimously last Sunday afternoon to continue our Worship services, with the announcement of banning public gatherings of more than 50 people, we have no choice but to cancel our Sunday worship services, both CM and EM as of March 22. Perhaps some may still doubt if this is a necessary action for smaller group gathering. As responsible citizens, we do take the advice of the BC government seriously. Hopefully this can help slow down the spread of the disease and prevent community outbreak. We don’t want our country to run into situations like those in Europe. I know of several Chinese churches, some even smaller size than ours, have congregants or affiliates who are infected or in the process of being tested. Also be mindful of social distancing and personal hygiene. We need to take precautions and be prepared. But do not panic by hoarding excessive goods or food like people of this world.

At this crucial moment, it is a time of test for our faith and stewardship. Even though there is no Sunday corporate worship at this time, CM and EM worship service will be recorded and uploaded to Vimeo. We encourage all of us to be discipline and unite in worship at the same time even though we are apart. Please also set aside time to have moments of solitude and meditation as our pace may slow down. Also practice a lifestyle of worship as we know worship is not just on Sunday within a certain time frame. Though we are not gathering for worship or even as small groups, we can still live our body life. The church is not a building but God’s people. It is important that we don’t fight this battle alone. We may be isolated but not disconnected as a community. So let us be connected with one another through creative means. In the coming days, a Zoom account will be set up so that small groups can stay connected with one another online. At this point, church office will still be open until further notice. We have cancelled all regular events related to our community service and all non-essential gatherings in April are cancelled as well. If there is no absolute necessity, please try to keep social distancing and be advised not to gather at church in groups.

Let us all pray unceasingly for this crisis situation all over the world. Pray for God’s mercy and healing upon us. Pray for those who are suffering and going through trials of various sorts. Remember those who are in high risk professions. Perhaps there are some we know who need special grace. Pray for us pastoral and office staffs who need to adjust to all these upcoming changes for our worship and small groups. It is stressful and challenging when we encounter all these uncertainties. Yet it’s joyful and grateful for His grace is always enough. May all things work for the good of those who love Him. And may God’s name be glorified no matter under what situations.

(Psalms 29:10-11) The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the lord blesses his people with peace. 

Rev. Dr. Gladys Lee Tsang
Senior Pastor
Westside Baptist Church

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Announcements - March 15, 2020


  • Church prayer meetings are held every Sunday at 10:30am at Room F. All are encouraged and welcome to attend. 
  • Please observe the hygiene practices where posters have been posted at the main entrance and the bulletin boards. 
  • Monthly Bulletin has been posted on the bulletin board and the church blog. Please check out for important announcements. 
  • Returning travellers from outside of Canada (including USA) and any cruise ship, and anyone living in their same household are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, meaning stay at home and avoid contact with others. For details please visit: www.vch.ca 
  • In light of the recent spreading of the novel coronavirus, community ministry activities that accept drop in participation, including Synergy Drum, Praise Dance and Joyous Table Tennis Open Play, will be suspended from March 16, 2020 until further notice. 
  • 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. 
  • Good Friday Communion Service will be held on April 10 at 11am. The topic is Forsaken. 
  • Easter Sunday worship service will be held on April 12 at 11am. 
  • Please be careful not to block the fire escape passage, and keep the distance from the exterior wall of the building to 3 ft, so that the fire door can be fully opened. 
  • Please move your car from the underground parking 30 minutes after worship service.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Health Information (Updated on Mar 13)


Following the recommendations of Vancouver Coastal Health, in light of the recent spreading of novel coronavirus, even though the risk to Vancouver is low, we remind everyone to follow proper hygiene etiquette during the cold & flu season. This includes:
  • proper and frequent hand-washing with soap
  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing
  • wearing a mask when coughing
  • avoiding shaking hands or pumping fists.
  • staying home when you are sick 
Returning travellers from outside of Canada (including USA) and any cruise ship, and anyone living in their same household are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, meaning stay at home and avoid contact with others. For details please visit: www.vch.ca

Surgical masks and hand sanitizer are provided for your use as needed during church events. Thank you for your attention.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

**Community Ministry Classes Cancelled**

In light of the recent spreading of the novel coronavirus, community ministry activities that accept drop in participation, including Synergy Drum, Praise Dance and Joyous Table Tennis Open Play, will be suspended from March 16, 2020 until further notice.