Sunday, August 2, 2020

UPDATE re: Covid-19 and The Well

Beginning in September, we will resume retreat ministry in a very limited capacity.  Unfortunately we will not be able to take groups at this time.  Retreats will be available for individual bookings.

We will continue to be cautious and to follow the advice that we have received regarding re-opening.   As we have mentioned before, the home that the ministry operates out of is also the personal home of Alvin & Joy Klassen (Executive Director) so this makes it more complicated.

This is a time of life that is unknown.  Even though we plan to reopen in September, we realize that things can change quickly, and we will respond as needed.

COVID RESTRICTIONS WILL INCLUDE:
- operating in a lesser capacity, unfortunately no group retreats will occur as we can not maintain restrictions esp the social distancing
- each person retreating will use their own bathroom
- food served will be plated vs buffet or family style 

** We will ask people to refrain from coming if they are encountering ANY sickness/symptoms

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the fact that the ramifications of COVID-19 can change day to day, we DO reserve the right to cancel retreats on a moments notice, as we deem to be necessary.  Since we take no deposits, obviously we would not have to give a refund.






Thursday, May 28, 2020

Now Accepting Online Donations

During this time we wanted to make sure it was easier for people to donate and we now have two options for you.  This information can also be found under the tab at the top for the "Donate" page.



You can choose to donate directly through E-TRANSFER.  This would be our preferred way since there is no charge/fee or money taken off your donation.  It is the whole amount!




To donate by e-transfer just type Women Refreshed at the Well (recipient) and use womenrefreshed@gmail.com

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ALSO SEND AN EMAIL TO Joy at the above email - so we have your name and address for your donation receipt!!  We don't get that info off of your etransfer alone - so PLEASE send us your info for income tax purposes!!











OR
You can donate by PayPal - click button at the top right of this site.
(look up to the top and over to the right for the button )

*If you donate through PayPal and  would like to consider adding the extra on to cover the fees, that would be great, but not required.


Thank you so much for thinking of our ministry!!
Since we can issue charitable receipts, they will all be sent out at the end of the year!
Thanks again for your donation.




Tuesday, May 19, 2020

COVID-19 RESPONSE




Our COVID-19 response is as follows:

- as of March 15th, we have cancelled all of our bookings through to mid July 

- all bookings have been cancelled but once we are up and running, you will be contacted

- we will open again once it is doable for our Executive Director to do so - and to carry out the duties without risk.  She is the only person working in the ministry.  

- once the ministry is re-opened, we will post on Facebook and Instagram. 

- our ministry land line's message will be changed immediately once we reopen. HOWEVER,  Feel free to leave a message, or to email us at womenrefreshed@gmail.com 
Any voicemail left will be responded to within 24 hours.

We are a small organization.  It is also more complex since it operates out of Joy & Alvin Klassen's house.  For that reason, we are taking extra precaution so as not to put them or their family at any risk.

We understand that during this time, it WOULD be a good time to retreat.  We totally understand that people would like a place to get away and just be.   We are sorry we can not be that place right now, and hope that you will understand.  Any other questions, please email.  Thank you. 



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

When Everything Is Changing - He Never Does





Almost two months ago we hosted our last group (March 15th) .  10 people came to spend a day in retreat.  They came, washed their hands like crazy, ate, sang, prayed, planned and left.  While they were here, I spent time sending out emails cancelling all the bookings between March 16th onwards to the end of June.  At the time I said we would evaluate as the months went along....

There were so many bookings!  So many people who replied saying they had fully expected that they would be getting an email saying their retreat was cancelled.  There were so many people who I knew really needed the time to come and breathe and JUST BE.  Sending out emails was not easy and it was something I have not had to do before in this way.  

It was hard.  
Real hard.

Emailing all of these cancellations followed on the heels of us postponing our Evening of Celebration and Giving.  It was supposed to be March 19th and we have postponed and will take a look at that and make another decision as the time comes closer.  However, June 4th is fast approaching.  Our fundraising team is having a zoom meeting this Thursday night.  

During this time off - the house is still.  Very very still.  Except for the sounds of our normal activity.
The lights are off upstairs, as no one is sleeping in the rooms.
The toilets are not being flushed! lol. (this in itself GREATLY AFFECTS our septic tank :) )
Cleaning upstairs does not have to be done!  Once the last group came, beds were remade and washrooms cleaned and it stays that way for now.

At the time that we made the decision, the government had not yet made such stringent suggestions however being that this is also our personal home (we, Joy and Alvin own the home and land) meant that we believed that this was a wise decision.  Our family had spoken into the decision (they were concerned as I have had some bronchial pneumonia issues in the past) and I spoke with the Board of Directors, and it was in joint agreement that we made the final decision to cancel.  

That decision meant that our retreat ministry income would plummet.  But God knows that.
The decision to postpone our Evening of Celebration and Giving banquet meant that we would not have the donations come in for March, which would greatly affect our year.  But God knows that.
The decision meant that we would likely see a year similar to our first year of operation.  But God knows that too.

When everything around us feels like it is changing - I know that GOD NEVER DOES.

Finances: Revenue/Expenses - donations - retreaters - calendars - this all changes, but our God - oh boy - He remains the same yesterday today and forever!!   And that brings me such peace and comfort and assurance, because you see - this ministry here at The Well - this is HIS ministry.  We are merely the conduits through which God works!  And believe me - we have experienced HIS working over the past 7 years.

The interesting thing is - about a month ago,  God has impressed this on me - that us having just celebrated our 7th birthday in the midst of this COVID-19 time, I believe it is significant.  7 years of operating.  I believe God has something to say about that, and so - let me tell you - I am listening!  I think the number of 7 years is significant!

One thing about not having retreaters, not having to cook and clean and host means that I have lots of time to sit at the feet of Jesus!!  I am returning to being the "Mary" that He has created me to be <3

So I am sitting and listening.  Praying and asking.  Writing and thinking.  Reading the Word.
I have been asking the LORD if He would speak to me about this - about what turning 7 means for us.  Asking Him what He has in store for His ministry.  AND I am asking you to join me in this!  I would love to hear what YOU have to share after asking the LORD on our behalf.  

Thanks for your prayers during this time,
Joy
on behalf of HIS ministry