Seventh-day Adventist® Church

Maritime Conference

COVID-19 UPDATES

Update #7 (April 10, 2020): Cancellations and Closures 

 

The Maritime Conference Board of Directors has voted to keep our church buildings closed until April 30. On or before this date there will be another reassessment of the situation. It is important to note that our provinces are still in a state of emergency, and we are calling for all our  members to stay home, be safe and practice the already released proper protocols to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, most gatherings have been cancelled.  Please download the following documents for more information.

Download Cancellation Notices

Download Temporary Closure Notices

 

Update #6 (April 6, 2020): School Closure and Virtual Learning

 

As the health authorities announced recently in regard to school closures, the Maritime Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have decided to close the school facility at
Sandy Lake Academy while still maintaining an online educational platform. This decision will be reassessed on or before May 1, 2020. The high standard of education will continue as more permanent schedules are developed to facilitate a quality virtual learning experience.

Download Full Document for Important Details

 

Update #5 (March 27, 2020): Camp Pugwash Summer Programs and Campmeeting

 

The Maritime Conference Board of Directors met yesterday and voted to cancel the Maritime 2020 Camp Meeting and all summer camp programs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our Conference Officers and small Pugwash staff are in the process of developing online resources and services that will hopefully be of benefit for you and your family during this difficult time. We also took a vote to host a virtual Campmeeting weekend during the summer - please look for more information to roll out at a later date.

Download Full Document 

 

Update #4 (March 18, 2020): COVID-19 Update and Resources

 

I would like to provide us with some inspiration and courage for this morning as serious conversations are being had at all levels of our church and within our country. Feel free to share any and all information with your congregations that has been and will be shared with you as it pertains to our Conference.

Remember, Joshua 1:9 tells us, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Confidence from the President's Desk - Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC)

 

 

Internal Press Release, March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update - ALL Churches Closed & Events Cancelled until further notice, to be reassessed April 5, 2020 (Click to Download)

 

Article on GC Session

https://news.adventist.org/en/all-news/news/go/2020-03-17/adventist-leaders-discuss-options-for-the-upcoming-general-conference-session/ (Click to View)

 

How Churches Can Go Digital During COVID-19 Webinar

 

 

Teresa Ferreira
Executive Secretary/Education Superintendent/Camp Ministries

 

Update #3 (March 17, 2020): COVID-19 Update and Resources

Thank you dear brothers and sisters for your patience as we make decisions pertinent to our territory. Prayers and conscious research has gone into the development of this Internal Press Release in making preparations for a time in earth's history that is unprecedented. 

All Updates and COVID-19 information/resources pertinent to our Conference can be found here on our website:  www.maritimesda.ca.

 

We desire more than anything to serve our constituency in the best way forward while honoring our country's mandates, the needs of our membership and to the glory of our God!

 

You will find the following linked documents:


Internal Press Release

1) COVID-19 Update Maritime Conference-Internal Release (Click to Download)

 

Digital Connectivity

2) 5 Things Your Church Can Do to Create an Online Presence (Click to Download)

3) How to Start an Online Small Group (Click to Download)

4) 6-Ways to Repurpose Sermons for Online Use (Click to Download)

5) How to Start a YouTube Ministry (Click to Download)

6) NAD Social Media Guidelines (Click to Download)

7) NAD Social Media Best Practices Checklist (Click to Download)

 

Help the Need

8) Help the Need Flyer - Generic fill-in (Click to Download)

 

There are copious amounts of information for a digital platform out there, but I have downloaded six KEY documents to get you started with ways to keep connected. The final download is a WORD document to reach out and service the community (elderly, single mothers, underprivileged families, etc.) - post this on your FB Page or church website if you're willing to help the need in your area.

Please utilize these resources to assist us in connecting with one another. This is our time to shine as a "beacon of light on a hill..." - though we may be a part physically, don't allow this virus to fragment us mentally, emotionally, or spiritually!

 

Blessings In Service Dear Friends,

Teresa Ferreira
Executive Secretary/Education Superintendent/Camp Ministries
 

Update #2 (March 16, 2020): COVID-19 News Update: School Closure

Please find attached the following Maritime Conference Education department Release, pursuant to the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Province of Nova Scotia's decision yesterday afternoon to close all schools in Nova Scotia. In the Statement made yesterday, the idea is to get out in front of the virus, stopping its spread. We have a preventative opportunity that some of the other provinces no longer have, as our case numbers are very low still.
See: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

I refer to some excellent Resource Sites in the attached Release - please see them for further information.

Let us continue to pray for God's leading as we respond with precautionary measures to protect our children.

• School Closure for Health and Wellness, March 16, 2019 (Click to Download)
COVID-19 Prevention Tips (Click to Download)

Blessings In Service,
Executive Secretary/Education Superintendent/Camp Ministries

Update #1 (March 13, 2020): Dear Church Employee/Member/Friend:

The Bible has powerful messages for every occasion. God wants us to live a healthy life. “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1 (NASB)

The risk of coronavirus has reached us here in the Maritimes and this is a concern for all of us. However, we should not allow this to create an atmosphere of fear and instability amongst us. We need the balance of faith and common sense precautions during this time.

This is a time to heed “down to earth, simple” precautions to safeguard our personal health.

Please consider the following documents:

  1. COVID-19 Maritime Conference-Internal Release: (Click to Download)
  2. COVID-19: (Click to Download)
  3. Video: Prevent the Spread of Disease (Click to Watch)

The 1st document is our Official Conference Press Release, the 2nd document is a great visual information sheet and the final is a video from Adventist Risk Management concerning COVID-19. These three items should be posted/shown in our churches this Sabbath. There are extra Resources for reading and viewing on the Conference Press Release document for your greater knowledge and understanding. 

We are putting all our churches and institutions on vigilant watch for any further updates to be released on our website. For now, churches may proceed as scheduled for this Sabbath, but please take all precautionary measures as outlined in our Conference Press Release.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping these three Provinces safe as together we follow simple guidelines and pray for God's protection!

Blessings In Service,

Teresa Ferreira
Executive Secretary/Education Superintendent/Camp Ministries

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