We just posted a short video update and sent out the following email posted below. Since recording the video suggested groups sizes have been reduced which I mention in the email.
Dear Church Family,
How should the church respond in a coronavirus age?
First of all, it’s important for us to remember that this isn’t the first time the church or the world has had to deal with viruses. Just as WW1 was ending, in 1918, the world was brought to a stop by the Spanish flu. The effects were much more devastating than what we are dealing with today. Since then we have had SARS, MERS, H1N1, and other viruses.
As a church, our first response is always the same. We are a people of prayer.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV)
Find New Ways To Worship Together
We have had a challenging time keeping up with the changes over the last few days. State and Federal officials have changed group meetings sizes from relatively large groups to 50 and then to 10 with additional restrictions for at-risk age groups or those with underlying conditions. This means virtually all group meetings small or otherwise are not recommended.
We are not without options though. We will start live streaming our services each Sunday and then posting recorded versions of the service on our church website for those who can’t catch the live stream.
We can have online gatherings through software like Skype, Zoom and or social media. For those without access to smartphones, tablets, or computers we can make calls and check in as often as possible.
Find New Ways to Serve Friends and Neighbors
As we seek to find new ways to serve others, consider making it a habit to call friends and family members in the community to check on them. See if there is anything you can do to encourage them whether it be picking up something at the grocery store, taking care of an errand, or simply praying. Feel free to let people know you are praying and when it works offer to pray for them over the phone.
We will regularly suggest resources, activities for families, and updates and opportunities to encourage you as you stay close to home. One resource immediately available is online kids programming, shows, and Bible studies through RightNow Media. As a church, we’re always looking for ways to help you develop and strengthen your faith. We believe that RightNow Media will be a tool to serve you as you live out your faith at home, at work, and in your neighborhood. RightNow Media has videos for everyone—kids, youth, parents, married couples, college students, single adults, working professionals—all aimed at helping you grow. Best of all, the church subscribes to RightNow Media so you can receive it for free. If you are not subscribed and haven’t received an email invite to set up a password, then please email the church office and we will send you an invite right away. RightNow Media has smartphone and tablet apps and can be streamed on most streaming devices.
Please let us know if we can do anything to help you! Here is a link to some prayer requests, church needs, and ways you can help.