Coronavirus Update March 18

 In Chronology, Elgin

I was encouraged on Sunday as we gathered together to worship, hear God’s Word and pray for a swift end to the coronavirus. I believe our church is ready to stand in faith and be a light in these dark and turbulent times. We have been given a peace that is unshakeable! If you weren’t here in person Sunday, I’d encourage you to listen to the podcast.

As the coronavirus situation in our nation and world is in constant flux, guidelines from the CDC and state mandates are changing from day to day. Currently there is a state mandate against gatherings of over 50 people and CDC guidelines that strongly advise against gatherings of over 10 people. These new directives obviously affect both our Sunday morning worship service and small groups at Watershed. While we operate in faith, not fear, we also operate in wisdom and will adhere to state and national guidelines to do what is in our power to stop the spread of this virus.

Right now, we are actively working on taking both our Sunday Morning Worship Service and Wednesday Evening Bible Study to a live video stream online for viewing and participation for the next two weeks. Our amazing kid’s ministry team is also working on providing Kid’s Church online for elementary and pre-school students. All small groups that regularly consist of 10 or more participants will be cancelled for the next two weeks. For small groups that consist of less than 10, please check with your small group leader to see if it will still be meeting. All other events for the month of March, including the Worship Night, will be rescheduled.

We hope to have more specific details about online Sunday Service, Wednesday Bible Study and Kid’s Church by midday Wednesday.

In times like these it’s important to remember that the “church” is not a place but a people and while you can close a building, you can’t close the church. I believe God is calling us more than ever to be a light and make a difference in this world. Let me encourage you to do three things over the next couple weeks as we navigate these times:

  1. Stay Connected – Don’t use this time to take a break from church, be the church. Check in on one another, each day make a point to connect via text, phone call or video chat with one of your brothers or sisters in Christ. Then, actively engage in the online services and resources we’ll be making available to you over these next couple weeks.
  2. Find a need and meet it – if you’re aware of someone in need of physical resources or maybe just a word of encouragement, do everything you can to meet it. If it’s bigger than what you can meet, let us know in the church office so we can mobilize others who can help meet the need. This is our time to shine and light shines brightest in the darkest hour.
  3. Pray – in these times we MUST pray like never before and live in Philippians 4:6-7 which says: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

We will be sending out more details later today about how to connect to our online services. I look forward to seeing you online and expectant of what God is going to do!


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