Important: COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Update

June Update for Bible School 2020/21

REGISTRATION DAY

It is very important that you arrive on time for Registration and Orientation.

Plan to take one of the following ferries departing from Chemainus to Thetis Island on Friday, September 18, 2020:

8:25am             2:15pm
9:40am             4:00pm
12:35pm           5:35pm

In order to stagger ferry traffic, please try to plan your travel to arrive as early as possible on Registration Day.

i) We highly recommend students to be dropped off at the Chemainus Ferry Terminal in order to support community health guidelines and procedures on Registration Day.

ii) If there are family members needing to accompany students to Thetis Island, they will be required to drop registered students off at the Capernwray Harbour Main Property Entrance to be welcomed and received. (Signage will be posted.) Staff will be present to assist students and give direction upon arrival.

iii) Only registered students will be permitted on campus on Registration Day in order to facilitate and prioritize all necessary health and safety guidelines and procedures.

iv) Students will need to arrive with all necessary identification and financial details to complete registration in person. If there are items that need to be attended to by persons other than the registered student on their behalf, these arrangements can and should be made through our Main Office with the Bible School Registrar in advance of Registration Day by phone or email.

v) Registration will take place inside the Foyer and Lecture Hall with a limited number of students checking in at the same time. There will be verbal and written instructions, signage and floor markings provided while waiting to register while maintaining social distancing from staff and other students.

TRAVEL & CHRISTMAS BREAK

A. BC Ferries
BC Ferries Chemainus – Thetis Island – Penelakut Island schedule

An adapted version for viewing the Chemainus to Thetis Island sailings only is provided as an email attachment.

BC Ferries Experience Cards (tickets) are available for purchase at the Chemainus Toll Booth. For further information, go to: www.bcferries.com.

*It is important to note that BC Ferries now requires all passengers to have masks with them and to wear them if you are unable to maintain a 2 metre distance from other passengers. We ask that you abide by these regulations especially while travelling on the ferry to Thetis Island. See BC Ferries website for this and the latest travel advisory from BC Ferries.

B. SeAir Seaplanes
The quickest and most convenient way to travel from Vancouver to Thetis Island is by floatplane. SeAir Seaplanes is able to provide a student rate for Capernwray Harbour students. For further information, go to: www.seairseaplanes.com or phone: 604-273-8900 or 1-800-447-3247.

If flying with SeAir Seaplanes, please make SeAir aware of the amount of luggage you will be travelling with. SeAir has a baggage weight limit of 35lbs. Anything exceeding 35lbs, students will be charged $1/lb.

Christmas Break: due to unreliable weather in the Winter, it would NOT be recommended to book a floatplane departing for the Christmas Break. If the floatplane is unable to fly, students risk the chance of missing their Vancouver flight connections.

C. Christmas Break
We will be able to provide transportation through the hire of a local chartered bus company. This bus will be able to provide both drop off and pick ups for students from the Victoria & Nanaimo Airports & Ferry Terminals. Please refer to the emailed attachment for further information.

All students must leave the Bible School over Christmas Break. Should students need assistance with plans, do let the Office know.

Covid travel restrictions and protocols have been taken into consideration for the Christmas Break dates. The Christmas Break has been extended allowing for the necessary and mandatory 14 days of self isolation upon re-entry into Canada, should anyone leave the country for Christmas. Individuals will be responsible to make personal arrangements for self isolation and quarantine, as needed. Isolation and quarantine options will not be available on campus for students returning from international travel.

D. Misc Breaks
This year, instead of a Mid-Term Break in November and February, we will be punctuating the calendar with extended weekends periodically. You will also note that our end date is in April, allowing timely opportunity for students to pursue summer employment and fall preparations.

COMMUNITY LIFE

Your health and safety, and that of our staff and visiting guest lecturers, are of the utmost importance to us. We have and will continue to go to great lengths, make every effort and take every precaution necessary in order to comply with the BC Provincial Government, WorkSafe BC and the BC Centre for Disease Control to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will ensure that the highest level of safety precautions are taken for those entrusted to our care.

All aspects of community life, classes, recreation, fellowship and outreach have been taken into consideration and completely re-tooled in order to meet and exceed best practices, as outlined for us clearly by the aforementioned authorities. This means:

Residences: Reduced numbers in each residence to accommodate for social distancing and appropriate hygiene.
Dining Facilities: Safe maximum capacities have been established in order to ensure appropriate spacing and social distancing; fewer tables with limited seating in each of our dining facilities. “Safe dining” bubbles will be established for mealtimes.
Classroom: Safe maximum capacities have been established in order to ensure appropriate spacing and social distancing.
• Enhanced and rigorous hygiene and sanitization standards and protocols will be followed in every area.

High volume and high touch areas will receive additional attention. Barriers have been placed around the campus for your safety in areas where in-person interactions are likely to take place. Eg: Main Office, Kitchen, PumpHouse (snack shop), etc.

Every effort is being made to reduce non-essential contact and provide alternate contactless methods for payment, paperwork, assignments and reports using technology and online platforms.

In various instructional and recreational contexts, a small group approach will be taken in order to best facilitate goals and outcomes in an interactive and relational manner. Eg: seminars, Bible study, recreation.

Weekly Sunday morning church and evening fellowship services will be held on campus. Off island travel will be limited to that which is necessary for essential goods and services. Eg: medical appointments, personal supplies, etc.

Students will be able to connect with each other outdoors, in class, and at public areas on campus while social distancing. PPE will be required in any situation where social distancing is not possible. Capernwray Harbour will continue to monitor the public health guidelines and will adapt these procedures as they change.

This framework is released at a time when there is limited information from public health officials about what the guidelines will be in September.

HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES

Detailed protocols are in place to address student health with regards to isolation, food service, medical assessment and follow up medical care.

**This is an overview of the highlights for Bible School 2020/21.

June 24, 2020

Our Recent Update to the Thetis Island Community

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

Like many, if not all, of you, we have experienced a lot of change in the last few months.  We have been grateful through this time for our close staff community as well as our Thetis Island community and the wonderful place in which we live!

Because the health and wellbeing of our community is very important to us, we want to inform you of our plans for a cautious reopening to guests in July.

We have been working hard to develop safety policies and protocols in compliance with all the mandates and guidelines put forth by BC’s Public Health Office, the Centre for Disease Control and WorkSafe BC as it applies to our operations.

In addition, we will only be receiving guests from inside the province this summer and weekly guest attendance will be limited to a maximum of 35 people.  All guests will have been pre-screened and instructed on our COVID-19 safety protocol.  We will also make sure guests have received information about safe transit on BC Ferries as per the BC Ferries website.  Strict social distancing protocols will be practiced at Capernwray Harbour and enhanced sanitization and hygiene measures are in place.  Best practices will be applied to every aspect of our facility and programme, including but not limited to accommodation, dining and recreation.

Unfortunately our property and facility will remain closed to walk-on visitors and non-registered guests.  This is in order to protect the best interests of both guests and Thetis Island residents alike.

We thank you for your ongoing patience and support and we do look forward to seeing you as it becomes possible!

June 19, 2020

Dear Students:
 
As I am sure it has been the case for many of you, we have been navigating new ever-changing waters since March.  Daily we have been prayerfully, and in the Word, all together seeking the Lord for wisdom and discernment regarding the direction He would lead in regards to  Bible School 2020/2021.
 
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  Hebrews 13:8 
 
Praise Jesus, we can remain anchored in this Truth!
 
The Lord has proven Himself faithful each step of the way and we continue to anchor ourselves in His promise to be trustworthy as we move forward according to His leading.  We have truly never gone this way before and He has an exciting new adventure before us.
 
I, together with the whole staff team, am thankful and beyond excited to welcome you to Bible School at Capernwray Harbour in September!  We have been praying, planning, preparing, watching, waiting, trusting and obeying to that end.  Thank you for praying with us.
 
This will be a year like no other!  Exactly the year God has in mind for each of you and for each of us.  A special time in His-story.  A grand adventure to be sure!
 
Our leadership team has been working tirelessly to establish Policies and Procedures following the best practices and guidelines from the CDC and BC Government health authorities, in order to safely welcome Bible School students this Fall.  The safety, health and well-being of our student, staff and volunteers remain a top priority to us.
 
Further specific details about how to plan and prepare for Bible School will be emailed to each student by the end of June.  Here are a few highlights we can provide now, in order to help you begin your preparations …
 
1) Change in Bible School Dates:
September 18 – Bible School Registration  
December 3 (Thu) – January 15/21 (Fri) – Students Christmas Break
January 15 (Fri) – Start of Winter Term
April 14 (Wed) – Commencement
April 15 (Thu) – Students Depart
 
2) Deposit Due Date:
Originally, the $800CAD deposit due to secure a student’s place in Bible School was scheduled for July 1st, 2020.  From March onwards, the date was changed to Wednesday, July 15.  This amount is typically considered a non-refundable deposit; however, this year it will be changed to a refundable deposit if the reason for not being able to attend is related to the CoVid-19 pandemic.
 
There will be more detailed questions that come to mind now, as well as those you were already waiting to hear about.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these details.  It is our desire to serve, support and care for you well before you arrive, as well as during your time at Bible School.  Please be praying for our staff as well.
 
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20-21
 
In His service,

Susanne Fordham
Bible School Registrar

May 20, 2020

Ministry Update:

In the last month and a half much has transpired for us here at Capernwray Harbour.  A great deal of work has been done, even amidst quiet and rest.  We are so grateful to the Lord, for fellowship with Him and one another, and His continued love, provision, guidance and encouragement, with all the new opportunities He is giving us to share His Life with as many as we can.  Our plans have changed, but His plans have not and His plans are always guaranteed to be a success.  So we seek evermore to be filled with the knowledge of HIS will… how He will lead us to preach and lead others to Christ, Who Himself IS the Christian life, indwelling every child of God.

We’ve settled into a routine as staff over these last weeks, meeting regularly by “Zoom”, walking and talking (physically-distanced of course), working together in the gardens, sharing devotional thoughts and teaching for online content, keeping in touch with students, and combining grocery lists for essential-goods trips over to Vancouver Island.  Many of us continue our main tasks, whether administrative, tech or media work in our offices (or home offices), in the main buildings for cooking or housekeeping, or outside for gardening, landscaping and maintenance.  Some staff have been temporarily laid off and are now volunteering in our gardens helping keep the property looking great!

We have been so grateful for the outpouring of encouragement, prayers and financial support we’ve received over these last couple of months from friends of the ministry.  Wow!  The Lord has been gracious and generous through the Body of Christ and it has been a great blessing.

Through April and early May we were able to continue our online Bible classes for our students, follow up with them on their journals and host online Seminar meetings with our “home groups”!  We concluded the year with a wonderful virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 9, in which the testimony of the Lord was clear as each student’s chosen verse was read along with their picture displayed on screen. The words of encouragement from past Guest Lecturers were also truly edifying.  What a great celebration of all that the Lord has done and will continue to do.

Going Forward:

Two weeks ago, the BC Government announced their “Restart Plan” for the province, with a strategy for reopening businesses in incremental steps over these next few months.  With this information we are able to make more concrete plans for the Summer and Fall ministries.

June Private Retreats
In June we will not yet be running conference programmes, however we do plan to have private retreat guests in very small numbers. We are trusting that this can be a meaningful time of rest and reflection for some and we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to serve them in this way.  It will also be a period in which we can test and work out the kinks in the new policies and procedures that we will be required to have in place for safety and health (e.g. physical distancing) as things continue to reopen.

July and August Holiday Bible Weeks and Conferences
We are excited that our Provincial “Restart Plan” will allow us to have conferencing groups here in July and August!  We are so looking forward to being able to share our property and lives with people again, here in person.  We are thus planning to run our Holiday Bible Weeks on property, albeit with a limited amount of guests and with adjustments to the scheduling and activities to allow for the policies we will need to have in place.  We will also offer an online aspect of these programmes for people to join remotely.  Stay tuned for more details on these and other July and August programmes.

September Bible School
We are also moving forward with plans to have students with us once again in the Fall!  We are thrilled about this, although it too will have to be limited in numbers and in how the activities are managed to allow for the right procedures.  We are grateful for the opportunity to once again train and grow with brothers and sisters in Christ, in knowing Him and letting Him be known in and through us.  Again, we will also be offering an online version of the Bible School programme for those who are not able to join us in person.  More details will be coming out regarding this too.

Finally, we know all of these things can change in a moment’s notice, and along with all the “formal programming” we will continue to be listening to the Lord for how He may want to do things differently.  There have already been many opportunities for sharing Christ online and this has proved a perfect season to begin implementing many things we had been hoping to do one day and now can, and even must!  We are compelled to share the good news of His life, in word and deed, and we have been learning that we must not limit the Lord in how He wants to fulfill that calling through us.  We have had to think “outside the box”.  But as our Executive Director has been saying, “there is no more box”!  Praise the Lord.

Keep an eye on our social media, e-news, and website as more details come down the pipes for the various ministries we will be offering in the Summer and Fall.  We are looking forward with a smile to seeing you again, in person and face to face! 

“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.”  Psalm 33:11

April 2, 2020

As we are sure you have as well, we have experienced another week of fast-paced change worldwide and many more updates, information and directives from our governing authorities!  At the same time, life has slowed down for many, and along with that, new opportunities have presented themselves to invest in things we may have otherwise passed by.  We are grateful for the Lord’s close presence, that His Word is lamp to our feet, lighting our path as we take each step with Him.

It has become apparent through the updates provided by our governments and health officials that the current safety measures will be in place for months not weeks.  In light of this, we have made the very difficult decision to officially cancel all of our May and June programming.

This affects all of our Outdoor Education school programmes, various group and personal retreats, as well as our Ladies Conference Weekends.  We have been in touch with all of these groups and individuals personally.

We joyfully continue in our mandate to share the Life of Christ during this time period when no on-site programming can take place.  We are providing free online classes for our Bible School students, an online Sunday evening service for all, as well as encouraging testimonies, devotionals and scriptures via social media.  We invite you to join in as well by checking us out on Facebook, Instagram or signing up for our digital newsletter called “E-news”!

In this time of change and uncertainty, the Lord Jesus remains the same.  He is our peace, stability and hope and He continually invites us to come to Him, cling to Him and know Him, our very Life!

“The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance on you, and give you peace.”  Number 6:24-25

March 26, 2020

Thank you for your continued prayers and support over the last days and weeks.  By God’s grace we are doing well here and experiencing His peace and joy, which is also our strength!  We wanted to provide another update at this time to let you know where we are up to.

As you know our Spring break programmes and our Spring term of Bible School were cancelled.  Students and volunteers have all safely returned home, and our property is now closed to guests and visitors.  It is very quiet around here and we miss the sounds of fellowship and community!  But we look forward to how we can continue the ministry to which we have been called, in new ways and contexts.  We will be reaching out in various ways online in the coming days and weeks.

We are working to continue Bible teaching and fellowship with students online and will be rolling that out soon.

We also continue to hope for May and June Outdoor Education conferences and retreat groups, however many have already cancelled though we continue to be ready to host these if we can.

At this time, Ladies Conference Weekends (end of May, beginning of June) have not yet been cancelled.

We are still working on and moving ahead with the Holiday Bible Weeks, Men’s Conference and any private bookings in July and August, as well as the Bible School beginning in September.

As staff we are finding ways to continue encouraging and fellowshipping with one another (at appropriate social distances of course!), and are putting a schedule in place to help us do this in various ways.

We hope that wherever you are, you are experiencing the security and confidence that comes from knowing God as our Rock, who never changes!  Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support, and we continue to look forward in anticipation to serving you in the coming days.

“We wait for the Lord; He is our help and shield.  For our hearts rejoice in Him because we trust in His holy name.  May your faithful love rest on us, Lord, for we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22

March 16, 2020

Dear Students, Volunteers and Parents,

We are grateful to the Lord for His comforting presence and careful guidance in these times. We are choosing to rejoice and trust in Him – He watches us closely and promises to show us the way we should go, step by step!

Thank you for your patience in these last few days and especially today as many of you are aware of the public statements made by our Federal and Provincial Governments this morning regarding the COVID-19 situation and the new measures being taken.

The situation is quickly changing. Up until today, in accordance with the instructions of government and health authorities at the time, we have implemented a number of measures for the health and safety of all those in our care. This included increasing hygiene and sanitization protocols, social distancing, developing quarantine procedures and requiring students who have travelled abroad to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to school after the Spring break.

Today, to enhance the social distancing practices already in place, the BC Provincial Government issued an order prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 50 people. This, of course, affects us profoundly. In solidarity with our government leaders and our nation, and in order to care for all those in our midst and our community, we are compelled to respond with the following decisions:

All Spring Break conferencing programmes are now cancelled effective immediately (today through March 30, 2020)

The Spring Term of Bible School is now cancelled effective immediately (March 30 through May 7, 2020)

Spring Break volunteers will be released from their time of service with us and will be required to return to their homes as soon as possible (we are unable to proceed with additional personnel on property at this time)

We will be in touch with you again very soon. We expect you will have questions in regards to things like luggage and tuition refunds.If you would like to contact us please email: registrar@capernwray.ca and we will reply as soon as we can. You can appreciate we are dealing with an incredibly high volume of calls, emails and texts during this time.

We understand that this is not easy news to receive and it will mean many details for you to work through, as it has for us, and we thank you again for your patience and prayers as we walk through this “uncharted territory” together. These decisions were made with an immense amount of thought, prayer and discussion, with sadness yet rejoicing in the Lord for all HE is for us – and for you – in the midst of this.

During this unprecedented season in our history, our overall mandate remains the same, to preach Christ as Life! We will be looking for creative and novel ways to do this in this unexpected season. We continue to look to the Lord for every next step, and we cherish the time we’ve had – and will have again, Lord willing – sharing LIFE together with you.

“I AM the resurrection, and the Life…” John 11:25

Sincerely,

Chris Fordham
Executive Director, CHBC

March 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

We know that many of you will be wondering what the potential impact of the coronavirus is on our upcoming programmes: Spring Break conferences, the Spring term of Bible School, and Summer conferences commencing in May. Please know we are carefully monitoring the situation and will continue to adhere to the recommendations of our provincial health authorities and the Government of Canada.

We want to assure you that we take the safety, health and well-being of all of our guests, students, volunteers and staff very seriously.

At present we are evaluating each Spring Break conference programme on an individual basis and will communicate directly with registrants as necessary.We are planning at this time to move ahead with Spring Bible School and Summer conferences.

We will issue updates as needed. If you have questions please feel free to email us at chbc@capernwray.ca.

What we are doing:

• Continuing to teach and encourage good hand-washing and respiratory etiquette for all staff, volunteers, students and guests

• Increased hygiene and sanitization protocols across our departments and facilities, including disinfecting all high-touch surfaces daily

• Increased signage outlining advisable precautions

• Hand sanitizers placed throughout our facilities in convenient locations

• Enhanced procedures to prevent cross-contamination in food preparation and service

To minimize risk, we are asking conference registrants and guests to remain home and contact us as soon as possible to withdraw from their conference or personal retreat IF, within two weeks prior to the start of their event, they have:

• travelled outside of Canada (including to the U.S.)

• had contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19

• have experienced symptoms (such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing)

At this time, we are requiring that students NOT return to school, contact us immediately and self-isolate at home or another location for 14 days IF, over the Spring break, they have:

• travelled outside of Canada (including to the U.S.)

• had contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19

• have experienced symptoms (such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing)

If any guest, student, volunteer or staff develops symptoms while on our property, they will be quarantined and cared for in a designated location until next steps are determined. We will follow the instructions of our provincial health authorities.

The above procedures and decisions have not been implemented out of panic or fear, but rather an abundance of caution and care for all. We seek to provide a measured and wise response to this rapidly changing situation, continuing to rest in the Lord Jesus Christ and the wisdom and confidence that He gives.

We trust we will have the privilege of hosting you in the near future.

“His faithfulness is a protective shield. You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon… Because he has his heart set on Me I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows My name.”

Ps 91:5-6,14

Sincerely,

Chris Fordham
Executive Director, CHBC