Important: COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Update

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