Our response to Covid-19

March 15, 2020

Just a reminder that for the next three Sundays, we'll be online-only at our same service times: 9:00 & 10:30 am.

We’ll sing together from wherever we are. We’ll pray together. We’ll even have a chat space where you can say hi to each other and encourage one another. We hope you’ll join us online tomorrow morning at http://accesschurch.live/ as we continue our "Ninety" series with Andy Stanley!

 

PARENTS

We truly do want to partner with you and have some excellent resources for you to help lead your kids and family through this time.

We've got videos for you to watch with your Waumba and UpStreet kids. Learn the songs, meet the characters that they see every time they attend, and then answer the questions in the PDF for your child(ren)'s age. There's even a contest this week.

We're currently working on equipping our Transit and Inside Out small group leaders with resources to help carry on the community that they've formed with your students and find a way to continue discussions even if they can't be done face-to-face. Justin is working hard to get the resources in their hands and will have more information coming this week.

We also know and are working through how to help our kids with what's going on in the world. We have some resources that you mind find valuable to help along the way.

  • Managing Fear and Anxiety During a Health Pandemic - a blog post on managing anxiety during any number of life disruptions. https://bit.ly/2Q6kJTG
  • Anxiety Conversation Guides - helping a child with anxiety is a challenge. Download these age-appropriate resources to find tips and practical ways to help their children.

March 13, 2020 - 8:00pm

This has been a difficult week, and the last 24 hours have been especially crazy.

First, if you need prayer, if you need support, please reach out to us. Our staff and elders are here for you.

Second, our elders have decided that the best thing we can do to help our community right now, the best way for us to love our neighbors, is to suspend our Sunday-morning gatherings for the month of March.

So, for the next three Sundays, we’ll gather online at AccessChurch.live. Our services times are the same, 9:00 and 10:30am. We’ll sing together from wherever we are. We’ll pray together. We’ll even have a chat space where you can say hi to each other and encourage one another. We hope you’ll join us online and invite a friend!

Now here’s the thing. We’re not gathering on Sundays, but we still have a calling in this community.

Jesus said you are the light of the world. In a world that is in crisis (and sometimes in panic), you have a privilege and responsibility to share with others the hope you have in Jesus and the security you have in an eternal God.

Just last Sunday I challenged you to look for the the "Three Nots" in the lives of others. One of those three was to look for those who are “not prepared” for this season of life. Well, here we are! We’re in a situation for which none of us are really prepared.

But, as Bill Bright would say, “What an opportunity to trust God!” No, seriously, with our health, with our calendars, with our loved ones, with our plans, with our finances, with our businesses…what an opportunity to trust God!

We also have an amazing opportunity in front of us to show our community what love looks like. Mr. Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” Let’s BE the helpers! Take care of your neighbors, your co-workers, and your friends. Get them groceries. Find some toilet paper for them!

On behalf of our staff, I want you to know we are really bummed to not see you in person for the next several weeks. Honestly, Sunday is the highlight of my week, and I’m really going to miss connecting with every one of you.

I love you guys. I’m always available by email or phone. I’m always game to grab coffee and pray with you. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help you during this season, and how we can help you love your neighbors.

–Rich

March 12, 2020 Update

So. This corona thing is wild, right? I mean the news is literally changing by the minute, and we’re learning as we go, just like you are.

Some organizations are deciding to halt operations. Others are proceeding as normal. Both positions have merit. Here’s what we’ve decided.

As of right now, we’re planning to continue holding Sunday services, but with a few changes. I’m going to outline those changes in just a second, but first I want to tell you why we are continuing to gather. When life is uncertain, we need the certain hope of an eternal God. Coming together to declare that hope is an essential part of our faith development. So, for as long as it seems prudent, we will continue gathering on Sundays to pray, worship, learn, and encourage one another.

While we are people of faith and not fear, we also believe it is appropriate to take precautions. To that end, we want you to know what we are doing to keep you and your family safe during our services and how you can help. Here are the first three changes we’re making (there are likely to be more in the weeks ahead):

Please refrain from shaking hands and hugging on Sunday. Be sensitive to those who may wish to stand a few feet away from you. We’ll add extra chairs in the auditorium so you can keep a little social distance. If you’re really concerned, come sit down front, where there is plenty of space.

Our Guest Experience Team and Road Crew will be repeatedly disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces throughout the morning.

We are preparing for an online-only option for church if it comes to that. Not just for adults, but engaging online options for your kids also.

These three efforts are in addition to our already-existing policies regarding hand-washing and toy-washing for our volunteers.

If you’re at all symptomatic or there is any chance you’ve been exposed, please stay home. And wash your hands.

See you Sunday!

Rich