Covid Updates Page

In-Person Worship Services - Starting July 11 & 12
We are excited to gather with you soon, but we want to do this with wisdom and prudence so we will be proceeding slowly. We also recognize that everyone has unique circumstances and feels differently about regathering, so we ask for your grace as we navigate what the next season may look like for Hope Bible Church.  Our teams are working hard to put together a worshipful, safe, in-person service experience for those of you who choose to join us. To find out more and to register to attend an in-person worship service please go to hopemarkham.ca/regather

Please be patient and prayerful, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. - Ephesians 4:3 We look forward to seeing how the Lord will continue to use Hope Bible Church in the next season. We will continue to livestream our services online and all other ministries will continue to operate exclusive online for the time being.

Livestream Service Times: Saturday 5:30pm & 8:30pm, Sunday 9am & 11am

To join the livestream go to live.hopemarkham.ca. We praise God for how He is using the livesteams of the weekend services. Please join us in worship during one of these livestream times, share these times with others and pray that God will use the livestreams for His glory.

New Way to Give: E-transfers
We’ve recently had a number of people ask if they can give by E-transfer and we-re excited to announce that this is now possible. E-Transfer is a simple, convenient, and secure way to send money directly from one bank account to another. All you need is access to online or mobile banking through your financial institution, and you can send your donation directly to Hope Bible Church Markham via e-transfer.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DONATIONS BY E-TRANSFER*

  1. Add Hope Bible Church Markham as a new e-transfer recipient with the email address donation@hopemarkham.ca
  2. Skip setting a security question and no password is needed as Hope Bible Church Markham has Auto Deposit set up.
  3. IMPORTANT: Please be sure to include your Name and Address in the Message/Note section of the transaction (we need this information in order to issue a tax receipt for this donation). We realized some online bank services limit comments to only 40 characters, if this is the case with your bank and you’re unable to enter your entire name and address then please also send a separate e-mail with your name, address, and the amount of the donation separately to donation@hopemarkham.ca
    *NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, donations will be designated to the General Fund. If you’d like your donation designated to something other than the General Fund please indicate in the Message/Note section what you are wanting your donation to go to (ie. Building Fund, Special Offering, etc.)

Hope Summer Kids Camp
Due to the current provincial guidance/restrictions on gatherings, we’ve prayerfully made the decision to cancel Hope Summer Kids camp this year. However, our Hope Kids ministry team have put together an alternative “Camp-At-Home” kit that will be available for you to order and participate in the week of July 13 to 17. Our hope is that the Lord will use this to reach even more children and their families. For more information/registration go to https://www.hopemarkham.ca/event/hsk

Prayer & Care
There are people in our church and in our community who are experiencing severe stresses, struggles and trials at this time such as financial worries, family conflict, loneliness, health concerns, fear and anxiety. Please pray for those going through these difficulties and seek out how you can show Christ’s love to them and help bear their burdens. If you need prayer or help, please contact us at info@hopemarkham.ca

Church family, know that we continue to pray for each of you in these unique times and know that you are loved

Thursday Afternoon Prayer: 12:00pm
Join us on Thursday afternoons over the lunch hour from 12:00pm-1:00pm. The first Thursday afternoon prayer will begin on Thursday, June 18th at 12:00pm. Please also note that there is no Sunday morning prayer session happening online moving forward. Please use this meeting link to join on Thursday afternoons: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86196254728
Meeting ID: 861 9625 4728
One tap mobile +1-647-374-4685

Step 1 & Step 2
Step 1 and 2 are wonderful ways to learn about our church and they are the first steps to plugging in at Hope Markham. If you haven’t been to Step 1 or Step 2 yet then this is a great time to do so. We are conducting these online. You can sign up for Step 1 at https://www.hopemarkham.ca/next-steps/step1 and for Step 2 at https://www.hopemarkham.ca/next-steps/step2

Prayer Requests
While watching the live stream you can submit prayer requests by clicking on the “Request Prayer” button at the bottom right of the screen. Alternatively you can email your prayer requests at any time to info@hopemarkham.ca

Giving
Thank you for your continued support of Hope Markham. We realize many have increased financial pressure and stress, and we want you to know that we are praying for those who are laid off, have reduced income or no income, or are wondering if they will have a job to go back to. We continue to pray for God’s provision and His peace in your life and family in this time of turmoil and uncertainty. We’re being careful to spend only where prudent and necessary. At the same time, due to the Covid crisis, there are people who are in need and we want to be able to help them. So please prayerfully consider how you can help financially. You can go to the GIVE page on our church website. You can also mail your offering to the church. Our address is 8176 McCowan Rd, Markham ON L3P 3J3. There’s also a mailbox right outside the main entrance doors of the church (please don’t leave cash in the mailbox)

Benevolence
Please be on the lookout for needs that may arise because of this pandemic and seek to meet those needs as a means of showing love and care. We can do this individually or with our small group. If you or your small group are unable to fulfil the need please let us know as the church will want to help in any way possible (email info@hopemarkham.ca).  We want to do our best to care for needs and show Christ’s love at a time like this.

Here are a few things to look for:

  • Those who need help to pay for groceries or other needs due to loss of work.
  • Those who are more elderly and unable to get groceries or essentials for their home.
  • Those who need childcare due to the closing of schools and daycares.
  • Those who may be alone and need a phone call and prayer.

Small Groups
During this time all Small Groups are continuing to meet through online formats - your small group leader will advise. If you’d like to join a small group please email danielm@hopemarkham.ca

Pray
You may find yourself wondering how and what to pray. Here are some things you can pray about:

  1. Praise God for His steadfast faithful love (Psm 31:7; Lam 3:32).
  2. Pray for the peace of God that passes all understanding (Isa 26:3-4; Phil 4:4-7).
  3. Pray for our leaders and governing officials (Rom 13:1-4; 1 Tim 2:1-4).
  4. Pray for opportunities to witness, serve, love our communities and neighbour (Matt 5:16; John 13:34-35).
  5. Pray for international churches, their people, and their countries (Psm 33:8-12; Luke 12;30-31).
  6. Pray for those who are most at risk, most isolated, and most overwhelmed (Psm 9:9-10; Luke 4:18-19).
  7. Pray and praise for health workers and scientists (Psm 46:1; Daniel 2:30).
  8. Pray that God will use this for HIs glory and the salvation of many.