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March 11: Note to Our Chapel Family about the Coronavirus

Posted by Travis Simone on

Dear Chapel Family,

As Lead Pastor at the Chapel, it is a great privilege to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our family of faith. In order to honor and serve our Chapel family, and to steward the health of our community, we are taking reasonable precautions in light of the current developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The following are examples of actions we are taking:

Our Facility: We always strive to make sure the Chapel campus is a safe and welcoming place.

  • Our facility is regularly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available at each entrance to the Worship Room.
  • Our bathrooms throughout the entire building are available for hand washing at any time.

Our Worship Services: While we always strive to create a welcoming environment, we are making every effort to avoid hand-to-hand contact as we gather together. In light of this, you will encounter a few changes on Sunday mornings.

  • Greeters will not shake your hand as you enter the building; rather, they will hold the door open for you as you enter and exit.
  • We will not ask the congregation to turn and greet each other at the start of the service, but please continue to welcome those around you in an appropriate fashion.
  • Currently, we plan to continue taking communion throughout the season of Lent, but we will adjust how communion is distributed. You will be given each element separately by a person wearing gloves.

Our Church Family: It is our priority to care for and keep our body connected.

  • We would love to provide pastoral care for anyone who becomes sick. As always, please call the church office, 229-7152, with any pastoral care needs.
  • If you are unable to attend Sunday morning services, we hope you will continue to get into God’s Word using our online resources available on our Current Message Series page. The sermon audio is posted by 2pm and the sermon videos are available by 5pm on Sundays. To help you go deeper, you will also find all of the slides used in the sermon, as well as a processing tool for individuals and groups under the “Sermon Follow Up” section. All of these resources are linked at the bottom of our home page. Our sermons are also available on Apple podcast by searching “Chapel media.”
  • In addition to these precautions and adjustments, we have created a Coronavirus response team that is actively monitoring the situation. If any future changes are necessary, you will receive an email and updates will be posted on our website.

Our Community: “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” - Jeremiah 29:7

  • Our first response to anything like this is prayer. God calls us to pray for our city, our community, our country, our leaders, and the world for which He gave His One and Only Son. I ask the entire Chapel family to unite in prayer for all who are affected and that God’s healing power would be clearly displayed.
  • One of the best ways we can love our neighbors right now is to use the reason and understanding that God gave us to make healthy choices and wise decisions. We should regularly wash our hands and follow the guidance of health officials.
  • Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). While many of us may currently be struggling with anxiety regarding the state of our world, Jesus is offering us His peace in this time of difficulty. Let us rest in His providential care for us. As we learned in our series on the 5 Major Prophets and 12 Minor Prophets, we can always trust the God of resurrection.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out by calling the church office: 229-7152. I look forward to expressing our trust in the God of resurrection together this weekend.

Travis Simone
Lead Pastor, Williamsburg Community Chapel

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