The government has asked that no group over 10 people meet at least for the next 8 weeks. As you can imagine, this will drastically change our church community interaction over the next 2 months. We intend on complying with the government’s request as a way to love others. In this case, that means sacrificing our corporate gathering for the next few months. But our mission to glorify God by making and maturing disciples of Jesus goes on. Here’s our plan:
- We will livestream the Sunday service in its usual format and time for 3 reasons: 1) it will help us all maintain a dedicated time of worship, 2) we all need a steady diet of humbling ourselves under God and His Word, and 3) it will be an encouragement for church body (we’re all still out here). Pastor Jesse will be working up a set of instructions to let you know how to get the livestream on your smart TV.
- Good Friday and Easter services will be offered via livestream in the same manner.
- We will additionally livestream a Wed. pm Bible study (hopefully with some interaction via technology). The topic of the study will be how we can continue to “be the church” even though we can’t gather.
- We will focus as a church family on caring for one another and the community, with an emphasis on care groups staying connected (even if only digitally), and shepherding lists. Look for your shepherd to stay in contact. Also if you are aware of any needs, please let us know as soon as possible so we can provide help (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Care groups will determine individually whether or not to meet, although most have more than 10 people. We are working on how to facilitate meeting via technology rather than in person.
- Kingdom Kids training will be postponed. Josh will work on making videos for the training to be used in the future.
- Wed. PM youth and kids ministries, Wed. AM Bible studies, as well as Sunday school and ABF will be canceled during this time. Josh and the youth staff will work on some creative ways to keep ministering to the youth.
Don’t forget that our financial commitment to the advancement of the gospel remains unwavering. Our normal operating expenses and missions support aren’t taking a break, so please strive for faithfulness in your giving. As of now the church office remains open, or you can give online here.
Of course, should the government remove this suggested limiting of gathering we would immediately go back to life as usual. Please pray that the threat would abate quickly, for mercy for medical professionals on the front lines, and for God’s wisdom as we seek to live out the gospel in these remarkable days.
Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.Galatians 6:2
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Dear Pr. Boys,
Thank you for challenging me, precisely now.
How to stay connected to each other in adverse circumstances? The answer may be in how Christians, who pay a steep price for their faith permanently live.
The only choice they have is to ask God for a rare unexpected moment to talk about their faith in places most of us would dare not tread.
Praise God, this is a chasm technology spans for us this time.
Trusting God for help!