We find ourselves in interesting times in light of COVID-19. I think it's safe to say that all of us are trying to wrap our heads around what is the best and safest way to respond as things continue to unfold. The same is true for us as the leadership of Canvas. We are seeking to make all decisions from an informed and wise posture that benefits not only our church family but San Francisco at large. Because of that, we have relied heavily on the work and wisdom of our Mayor and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. We are so appreciative of the hard work that they are putting into this health crisis.
We did receive a notice from the San Francisco Unified School District that they will be canceling all permits for non-essential gatherings being held in their schools until March 22nd – including church gatherings.
Although we are bummed to not be able to gather publicly for a couple of weeks, we agree that these precautions are a wise approach to prevent further potential exposure to this virus.
This is an unprecedented situation that is new for all of us. So we are thankful for your patience as we navigate this. We will keep updates coming as we hear them. We can't wait to be able to gather again in the near future!
Travis & Jena Clark
Founding Pastors of Canvas SF
In light of all the news about the coronavirus and its arrival in San Francisco — Mayor London Breed has declared a state of emergency, and two cases have been confirmed in our city with more in the greater Bay Area — I wanted to write to you and share a few ways that we as a church should respond to our current moment.As good citizens in our City, we take precautions and act in wisdom. We do our due diligence to make sure we keep those around us safe.
I would like to note that during these unsettling times, let’s be mindful of kindness and to not allow fear to cloud our judgement. I want to remind us all to counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups and because of this, all people groups should be treated with love.
And finally, as faithful followers of Jesus, we are not led by fear or paranoia. Let us maintain the posture of a servant, seeking to serve those around us —especially the weak and sick, as our Lord did. What a great opportunity to show that we are here in this city to pray and serve as a model of the Kingdom of God.
Pastor Travis & Jena Clark