COVID-19 Coronavirus Response
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings! I pray that you're enjoying this beautiful Saturday that the Lord has made.
I want to make sure that you're aware of how we, as a church, are responding to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Rest assured that we're monitoring the situation and will act accordingly as it changes.
We will gather tomorrow at 11:00 to worship as a church family but we will not have Sunday School before the service. Please do not plan to arrive at the church before 10:30am. We will continue to meet and worship on Sundays unless specifically requested not to by government authorities for the sake of the community. If that occurs, we will make alternate plans to worship.
If you or a family member are sick or feel unwell, please stay home. Likewise, if you are more susceptible to the virus or have traveled to one of the identified areas of concern for the virus, I encourage you to practice caution and consider the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC indicates that older adults, and those with heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease are at a higher risk.
If you decide to stay home, please email, text, or call me to let me know. Please also let me know how the church can pray for you, and if you need anything. We'll miss you but we're thankful for you and here for you - you're not alone, and your church family and pastor are here for you! Also, I will aim to have the message/sermon online at our YouTube channel by 4:00pm (I haven't posted recently, but will make posting the message a priority).
We are taking precautions to ensure our church family has as safe a worship environment as possible. Please let everyone in your family know about these changes:
- We will not be serving coffee, other beverages, or snacks in the church. The kitchen will be closed.
- The classrooms will be closed from use.
- Please abstain from physical contact (shaking hands, hugs, etc.) and understand that I will be abstaining from these as well.
- We will forego the use of bulletins for the time being
- The hymns that we sing will be more commonly known, and they will be displayed on the screen, and scripture verses will be read aloud (hymnals and pew bibles will not be available).
We encourage you to take whatever personal protection measures you deem appropriate, such as carrying hand sanitizer, carrying tissues, etc. Please be respectful of others concerns over the situation. Despite our efforts, we do not have hand sanitizer available; however, both restrooms are fully stocked with soap and hand dryers.
Finally, I would encourage you to pray for those who are sick, for caregivers and emergency responders, and for those who are living in fear. Pray for the parents with children at home, and for those whose work situations may be uncertain or worse during this time.
Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid. God is sovereign, and we can trust in Him. I'll leave you with these verses from 1 John 4:15-19:
"Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us."
I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow or hearing from you soon. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Crossroads Baptist Church, Leesburg VA