Chatham's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Brothers and sisters,
What is the Christian response to the possibility of the
COVID-19 outbreak in our community? It is neither complacency nor fear. We
should neither take this crisis lightly nor give into panic. Instead, we should
respond in wisdom. Wisdom is applying God’s truth to specific life situations.
As we consider what changes to make in the next days and weeks, we recognize
that this world is not as it should be and disease is one of the inescapable
realities of our sinful state. We also recognize that God is sovereign over all
and our destiny as his children is secure. To walk wisely is to exhibit both
caution and courage rooted in the hope we have in Christ.
With the above perspective in mind, prayerfully seeking the
Spirit’s guidance, and staying informed as events develop, the elders have
decided to make the following changes to our Sunday services.
We will not be taking communion, passing the offering plate,
or using the pew Bibles. Please use your own Bible and drop your offering off
in the front of the sanctuary. Additionally, we plan to have the whole service
streaming online and are working to set up online giving.
While we are not canceling smaller gatherings and ministry
events at this time (including Sunday School, Friday Night Prayer, Kids’
Connection, and Youth Group), we will make sure that frequently touched
surfaces are cleaned thoroughly and regularly.
For those who are over 60 or have compromised immune
systems, we leave it up to your discretion to decide when to attend and when to
stay home. We encourage everyone to follow the CDC guidelines:
home when sick.
coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water
are not readily available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).
Times of crisis are often full of unexpected opportunities
to serve others and share the good news of Christ’s victory over sin and death.
Be open to how God might use you or our church during this time.
-Pastor Sergei on behalf of all the elders