And now you are living stones that are being used to build a spiritual house. You are also a group of holy priests, and with the help of Jesus Christ you will offer sacrifices that please God.
- 1 Peter 2:5
By now, you have probably heard the news that Kentucky’s governor has issued a statement asking that churches call off services into the weekend. My phone has been blowing up since the announcement: emails from fellow pastors, texts from members, and calls from reporters.
What will we do in the face of such news?
The church will be the church, but it will look different.
The good news is that our church knows how to adapt to change. The better news is that God will be God even when it feels like chaos is surrounding us.
I want to take a brief moment to consider our current situation in a greater context. What does the church do when disasters strike?
In my experience, after a hurricane hit my hometown, the church showed up to rebuild.
After war spread throughout the Balkans in the '90s, the church helped restore peace.
In the face of Covid-19, we will do what we can to slow the spread, and we will continue essential services for our community.
Here’s what that will look like:
The Safer Church Committee met on Sunday afternoon & again by videoconference today to discuss our response to Covid-19. In compliance with the Governor’s request, we will not meet in our sanctuary for church on Sunday. Instead, we will host “online” church (through our Facebook PAGE, not our group) at 8:45am & 10:45am. These services will not last a full hour, but instead will have prayer, preaching, and communion, about which we will send out further instructions.
By the way, did you know that in our tradition anyone can preside at the table? We will be encouraging you to set communion tables at home as we share together online. I know it isn’t the same, but imagine what God might do as we transform supper tables into communion tables. Imagine the conversations that can happen among families and even online. I can just see pictures of our at home communion tables going viral (no pun intended.)
We will continue to offer the food bank during its normal hours, which are Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am to noon and Thursdays from 1 to 3pm. These will become our new office hours, and the remainder of the time staff will work from home.
Our elders will be checking on homebound and shut-in members by phone and especially checking in with those who are more vulnerable among us. We will offer food delivery if needed, and if you are in need of food, you can call during the food bank hours or email Kyle.
Note – we will need a few additional volunteers: two to make bags and two who are on call to deliver during food bank hours. If you are willing to serve on that team please email Kyle.
We are currently working on getting a Zoom conference link, which offers videoconferencing and would be a great option for small groups and Sunday School classes to stay in touch.
You can continue to give online through this link or you can mail your tithe into the church. We will continue to pay our staff & hourly employees as long as we can, which is why we need your continued financial support as you are able. (Heck – who knows? Maybe we will acquire an online following and some new givers! Guess what – your friends who wish they had a church like ours in their town can try us out this weekend!)
1 Peter tells us that WE are living stones and that WE are being used to make up a spiritual house. Church isn’t just about a building – it is about community, and I have a feeling that even as this outbreak threatens to isolate us that we will find new and innovative ways to be a community of faith together.
So keep your faith church and remember who you are.
Sending you all my love and prayers for peace in your hearts,
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Posted on Thu, March 12, 2020
by Megan Huston