Email Communiqué to Cedars Community

We will be communicating up to date information to our Cedars community through parent/guardian email, our school website, and the Cedars Christian School Updates Facebook page. A repository of these communiques will be hosted on our school website (https://cedars.bc.ca/covidupdates).

Earlier today, the Deputy Minister of Education sent this letter (PDF) to schools for distribution to students and parents of all BC schools. Of note are the following points:

  • The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) is advising against all non-essential travel outside of Canada
  • If traveling outside of Canada, you are advised to self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon your return to BC
  • Cancellation or postponement of events/gatherings of 250 persons or more is strongly recommended
  • If family members are sick, families are encouraged to stay home
  • At this time, the PHO is advising that school closures are not necessary

On our school website, we have added a new communication form for our Cedars community to relay information regarding self-isolation with or without medical advice. If you decide to travel outside Canada, we ask that you notify us through this form (located at the top of the page linked to above). This information will be kept confidential by our administration team.

As we spoke about preparations this morning with our administration team, we were reminded of several enduring truths that come from our shared faith perspective (see this article for more reflection):

  • Love of neighbour. As followers of Jesus, self-preservation anxiety and panic do not reign; rather, love and preparation. A good filter for all our preparations and actions around this current crisis is: “What would love do?”. Love (not fear) is the reason that we change our behaviour.
  • Christian hope. Jesus made it clear to his disciples that in this world we will have tribulation; but he has overcome the world. our hope and confidence is in Christ alone. It is in times like these that we see more clearly the other (false) “gods in whom we put our trust”.

Perhaps it is time to dust off some of the declarations of the Heidelberg Catechism and teach them to our children: (from Lord’s Day 1, Q&A)

Question:
What is your only comfort in life and death?

Answer:
That I am not my own,
but belong with body and soul,
both in life and in death,
to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood,
and has set me free
from all the power of the devil.

He also preserves me in such a way
that without the will of my heavenly Father
not a hair can fall from my head;
indeed, all things must work together
for my salvation.

Therefore, by his Holy Spirit
he also assures me
of eternal life
and makes me heartily willing and ready
from now on to live for him.

Amen.