UPDATE APRIL 3, 2020, 2:30 PM
This coming Sunday we will be streaming our morning service on YouTube only, as some have been experiencing problems on the previous platform. We will also be adding live chat to the YouTube stream.
Nathan and Crystal will be leading worship, Daniel Fewster is speaking and Jacquie Giesbrecht will be reading a children’s story. Technical details below:
YouTube channel link is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbEjgEabXAyOV9FayrjjnTA
Service start time: April 5 service will premiere at 10:15 am
Live chat: In order to join the live chat you will need to have a YouTube account and be signed in. You are still able to view the video without signing in
Chat on Mobile Devices: For chat to work on mobile devices, you must use the YouTube app. The chat does not show up in a browser on mobile.
UPDATED APRIL 2, 10:45 AM
As many of you know, the provincial government has ordered non-essential businesses to close and have limited gatherings to 10 people. The government has indicated that we may continue to operate and allow members of the public to visit our building as long as we put measures in place to ensure the limit of 10 people, and maintain social distancing of 2 meters.
Here is how these changes will affect activity in our building:
- We are limiting hours for drop in traffic to Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings from 9am – Noon. Any other visit to the church building will be by appointment only.
- When coming to building please read the posted protocols on front door and then check in at the front office.
- The library will be closed until further notice.
If you have any questions or need assistance please contact us at: or 204-388-4795.
UPDATED MARCH 26, 9:00 AM
Maranatha Niverville Update March 25
A big thankyou to all for tuning in and participating in our online service this past Sunday! What an encouragement it was to be together in heart and spirit during times like this!
Below is an update on what we are planning for this coming Sunday, as well as some new ideas on how to stay connected and reach out during this time. Please take a few minutes to read!
Live streaming: This week we are upgrading and installing some new equipment for live streaming. We will be testing everything out on Saturday at which time we will also be recording our Sunday morning service. This means that the coming Sunday service on March 29, will be pre-recorded a day prior to airing just like last Sunday. If our live streaming tests all go well on Saturday, we anticipate implementing live streaming on Sunday April 5.
Sunday March 29: Elaine Isaak and team will be leading us in worship with Daniel Williams facilitating and Daniel Fewster speaking. We will be using the same platform for our service as last week https://maranathaniverville.online.church/ . This platform has upgraded their servers in response to the heavy traffic they experienced last Sunday and we anticipate those issues to be resolved. This Sunday we will also have an online prayer team available to pray with you during and after the service.
Submit your video clips (and pictures): It was so much fun to connect as a church family online this past Sunday... for this coming Sunday we want to encourage you to share a short video greeting with everyone that would be played at the end of the service. We also encourage you to take pictures of you and your family getting together during the service and then sharing them on our Facebook page (Thank you to all who shared last week!) To submit a video please email the file to by 4pm Friday afternoon.
Share the church service link: Many are feeling isolated and alone during this time. Consider sharing our services with friends and on your social networks.
All things common: Is a Maranatha Facebook Group where we can extend and receive care from one another by freely offering goods and services. We encourage you to share any needs, and or, ways you can help so we can take good care of one another during this time! https://www.facebook.com/groups/AllthingscommonMaranatha/
Help Next Door MB was launched yesterday by our province. It is an online platform that connects Manitoba residents that are unable to leave their residences (elderly, disabled, vulnerable) that require items such as groceries, medication, emergency snow clearing (and more), with a volunteer to perform the necessary tasks. This can be a great tool for reaching out with the love of Christ during this crisis. Check it out here: https://www.helpnextdoormb.ca/
Church Library: The library will be open Tuesdays mornings from 9:30-11:30am for the time being. The following protocols are in place:
- Call ahead (204-388-4795 on Tuesday morning after 9am) to book a 15 minute time slot for you and your family to use the library. Only one family will be allowed in the library at a time
- Wash hands in church washrooms before entering library
- Our librarian will be onsite to check out and receive returned books
- Returned books will be “quarantined” for a week before they are restocked.
- Adhere to 2 meter social distancing during your visit
- Library and washroom area surfaces will be regularly disinfected
Prayer Meetings: Prayer meetings will be continuing on Tuesdays 7pm, Thursdays at 9:30 am and 7pm, during which time we will be adhering to 2 meters of social distancing. Please visit our website for more details: http://maranathaniverville.church/calendar/
Youth will be having online gatherings to take the place of their regular Friday night get-togethers. Kick-off begins this Friday, March 27 @ 7:30 PM on the Zoom platform. They will be continuing with the Experiencing God series. Parents should have received an email from Wanda earlier in the week with more details.
Sunday school: Sunday school leadership is looking to provide resources for families to use with and for their children in the absence of an actual Sunday school class. For those with Sunday school aged children, stay tuned for Karen's weekly email for more details on a children's worship playlist and weekly activity sheets, video lessons and discussion pages.
UPDATED MARCH 20, 1:30 PM
This coming Sunday we be streaming our Sunday morning service at our regular meeting time of 10:15am.
Nathan and Crystal Isaak will be leading us in a time of worship followed by a message by Daniel Fewster.
Anyone can watch the service and participate in the chat without signing up for an account. Signing up for an account will open up some additional interactive options like requesting and receiving prayer which we may be implemented in the coming days.
Follow the link below to watch and or sign up for an account. Sign up by clicking on the drop down menu at the top left of the page.
Login will be open 10 minutes prior to the service.
Ps. The March 22 service will be pre-recorded a day prior and then aired Sunday morning, we hope to move to live streaming by next Sunday.
UPDATED MARCH 19TH 11:00 AM
Regular Sunday morning services have been postponed at this time. We will be live-streaming worship and a message on Sunday morning. Stay tuned for a link to this live stream.
If you do not received emails from our church office but would like to received updates, please email and ask to be added to the mailing list.
Consider joining our private Facebook group for discussion and information regarding our scheduling and community opportunities for ministry.
The Cry Prayer and worship times will be held Tuesday Eve, Thursday Morn and Eve. Click here for more information.
Giving may be done in person at the office Monday,Wednesday, and Friday Morning or can be done online. Online giving through Tithely or your Credit Union is possible. Click here for more information on online giving.
Additional events have been postponed for the time being including Youth group and the Thursday night Bible Project Study Group.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
Letter from Leadership, March 19th:
MARANATHA NIVERVILLE UPDATE – MARCH 19, 2020
“My House shall be called a house of prayer for all nations” (Mark 11:17)
The Maranatha leadership team met yesterday and has at this time decided to suspend our Sunday Morning services and most of our regular programming for the next two weeks. This will include the Bible Project Class, Youth Group and Ladies Paint Party. The Cry Prayer meeting will continue on Tuesday evenings, in addition we sense a need to expand our prayer times and will be adding Thursday morning and evening prayer times (starting tonight at 7pm). To be clear, we view this not as a time of cutting back on spiritual activity, but a time to re-prioritize... to rise up and shine our light!
Below are some questions you may have:
Why 2 weeks? The impact of COVID-19 and it’s resulting health and government recommendations / restrictions are changing every day. During this time how we operate as a church and position ourselves to provide ongoing community and care is best decided in smaller time increments. (At the time of writing this letter, authorities are asking that all meetings over 50 people be suspended).
Why are we continuing with, and expanding, our prayer meetings? Just as our government has announced the importance of continued essential services (food, medicine, transportation, etc) operating in the physical realm; prayer is essential in the spiritual realm! This dialogue with our Heavenly Father is our main and most effective weapon in responding to and turning the tide on this outbreak. In addition to this, we host The Cry prayer meetings in our sanctuary, with a relatively small number of people, so limiting physical proximity to one another is not difficult.
Will Maranatha be streaming services? At this time we are pursuing the equipment and setup necessary for streaming. This coming Sunday we will be having an online teaching by Daniel Fewster with Nathan and Crystal Isaak leading us in worship (at this time it is unclear if this will be pre-recorded or live). Our hope is to be ready for live streaming by Sunday March 29.
How will offerings be received? Donations can be made the following ways:
- Via online banking for all Manitoba credit union customers.
- Via credit card by downloading the Tithe.ly App or texting “Give” to 587-805-0332
- Drop offering off at our general office Tuesday – Thursday between 9am and Noon.
- Mail cheques to: Maranatha Niverville, Box 130, Niverville, MB, R0A 1E0
How shall we then live? Let me share my heart here a bit. While where, how often, and in what numbers we are able to gather may change, our mission and purpose as a church does not. In no way do I see this as a time for us to draw back or disengage; rather, I see it as an opportunity for the church to arise! For us to awaken, to press in... to shine the light we carry into a world covered with darkness.
"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” (Ish 60:1-3)
Let us remember that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. In the middle of the uncertainty that surrounds us, we have an answer and a tremendous opportunity, to care for one another and to share his love...to be Jesus’ hands and feet... to the sick, the lonely and the afraid. Here’s a link to more of what I shared Sunday morning, March 15, on this topic.
What are some practical ways I can get involved? We are currently exploring how we can mobilize to care for one another and meet the needs around us. (Shopping, grocery delivery, supporting health care, caring for elderly etc.). We will be sharing more about this in the days to come.
How do we maintain connection as a body during this time? In addition to mobilizing ministry volunteers, we are also looking into ways we can mobilize small groups. An idea could be bringing smaller clusters of 2-3 families together in homes to watch a live stream and minister to one another. And of course there are the prayer meetings that will running Tuesday 7pm, Thursday 9:30am and Thursday 7pm at church!
Maranatha Niverville Inc.
Box 130 Niverville, MB R0A 1E0