What's Happening at Fourth
In accordance with Ontario
There will be NO in-sanctuary services During January 2021.
Note: The building will be closed to all gatherings as of December 26th, 2020.
You can now find our weekly bulletin here.
The church continues to record our services and stream them on Facebook Live each Sunday morning at 10:45 am. You can view past services on Facebook and YouTube anytime.
Christmas 2020 - A Letter from Reverend Hanna
1 I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all
generations.2 I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the
heavens.3 You said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David: 4'I
will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.'" Selah
15 Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance;
16 they exult in your name all day long and extol your righteousness. 17 For you are the glory of their
strength; by your favor, our horn is exalted. 18 For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy
One of Israel. (Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18)
This may be considered an odd text to begin a Christmas letter, but this has been an odd year. Our
church, community, country, and the world have had to process the changes instituted to reduce the
spread of the novel virus called COVID19. The more fortunate have jobs and therefore salaries so our
lives, though changed, are relatively stable. Others have seen loss of income and employment
jeopardizing their very existence. Even as I write the Provincial Government has instituted a return to
March level lockdowns which will mean NO in-sanctuary worship through January 2021. This is grim
news. Yet, at this sacred time of year, I pray you can focus on the reason for the season – Christ the
The great church reformer, John Calvin wrote, God did not enter into [the covenant] with David
individually, but had an eye to the whole body of the church, which would exist for age to age.” My
beloved, to be numbered among the people of God’s covenant was and is no guarantee of material or
spiritual abundance. Bad things still happen. Disappointments are very real AND In this ancient text,
God’s loyal support of David is made clear. This support is hidden in plain view by the word hesed. The
Hebrew word, hesed, also translated steadfast, mercy, great kindness. God’s great loving kindness,
hesed, will continue toward all those who will walk in the light for ages to come. This is God’s covenant
to Israel—a covenant connecting the ancient story and the coming kingdom. God is good and God keeps
promises. Merry Christmas!
(Set your timers for Christmas Eve at 7pm for our prerecorded song filled worship on Facebook and
HAVEN TOO YOUTH SHELTER - Is Open
Fourth Avenue’s Emergency Shelter operates each Wednesday and Thursday, 10 pm until 9 am for homeless youth from 16 to 24 years of age.
Fourth Avenue Baptist Church, 109 A Fourth Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1S 2L3
Music Ministry: Temporarily Suspended
The instruments and voices focused on Contemporary music practice 6:00 - 6:30 PM, Thursdays. The rehearsal of hymns and anthems begins 6:30 Thursdays in the Sanctuary.
Encore Fashions - Due to recent COVID19 restrictions in place in Ontario, Encore Fashions is closed from December 26 - January 31.
Encore Fashions is an “Almost New" Apparel Shop. The shop features high-end designer fashions in good-as-new condition, at very low prices, all in support of local Ottawa charities.
The shop is staffed by volunteers from the church and community.
Sunday School and Youth Group
At Fourth Avenue Baptist we believe the years of early childhood and onward are critical in faith development. During each period of transition, we choose to be intentional as we invest in each age group.
Birth to three years old
Within weeks of birth we invite parents to bring their child to the altar for prayer. We pray for the health and progress of the child and dedicate the parents to God’s purposes in the life of their child. Each Sunday the parents are encouraged to bring the child and keep them in worship. We understand children can be fussy at times and welcome their presence. There is also a ‘quiet’ room in the rear of the sanctuary where the parents may settle the child if they wish.
These little ones are invited to the front of the sanctuary for a special word to the children called Lessons for the Heart. After their word they are invited to join a teacher for activities and further study.
Fourth Avenue Baptist Church Youth gather weekly; each Friday evening at 7pm. Fourth Avenue partners with youth from MacPhail Memorial Baptist Church. During the year, we also partner with our OBA churches for up to three events; winter retreats, No Other Name (a Good Friday event), and the Great Glebe Garage Sale, in the Glebe. Fourth Avenue utilizes Right Now Media for Youth Group programming.