What's Happening at Fourth
“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw the stone had been removed from the entrance.” John 20: 1
Everything and every reason to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus is within this one verse.
First, “While it was still dark.” There is no sugar coating our present reality. The dark shadow of COVID19 is covering Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and the entire planet.
The good news of the text is God does great work in the dark. God has not abandoned humanity. God remains loving, compassionate, kind, and merciful.
It may take a greater effort on our parts to see God’s loving kindness through the news headlines and occasional public broadcast announcements.
Let me share some with you; over the last weeks I have arrived at the church to find envelopes with money, anonymously left for the support of the emergency shelter for youth, Haven Too.
The church has also received funds from the Ottawa Baptist Association ($500.00) and the City of Ottawa ($310.00) to support Haven Too through these difficult times. God is good. Christ is risen!
Second, “Mary Magdalene went to the tomb.” We don’t know why Mary went to the tomb, some say to complete the burial ritual and anoint the body with spices.
Whatever Mary’s purpose, it took faith and courage. Mary’s act speaks loudly to us saying, ‘Take courage and have faith. Go to the tomb and look inside and see that the tomb is empty.’
Our current reality does not have the final say, we will gather as a family of faith again, soon.
Third, “the stone had been removed from the entrance.” Saints, the event we celebrate this weekend is about God removing the obstacles. The obstacles blocking your way have been removed.
We may not be able, but God can and has done so. The death and resurrection of Jesus is a demonstration of the love and power of God over the things which would kill us.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:2-4
Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia
I love you and miss you much,
Haven Too - still open
Fourth Avenue’s Emergency Shelter Operates Each Thursday, 10 pm until 9 am.
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, in the parlour. The rehearsal of hymns and anthems begins 6:30 Thursdays in the Sanctuary.
Encore Fashions - Temporarily Suspended
Encore Fashions is an “Almost New" Apparel Shop. The shop features high-end designer fashions in good-as-new condition, all in support of local Ottawa charities.
Encore Fashions is temporarily closed until further notice. Regular hours will be Wednesday 10 am to 2 pm, Thursday 4 to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 1 pm. 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 choice to be intentional as we invest in each age group.
Birth to three years old
Within weeks of birth we invite parent 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.