“Don’t fret or worry.
Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it,
a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)
We’re all aware of the evolving situation with COVID-19 around the world. And, we’re aware that our response as a church is likely on your mind.
What We Can Do to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19:
After monitoring the rapid developments this week and listening carefully to health experts at the CDC, we believe one of the best things we can do to help slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community is to limit our large (200+) public gatherings as a church.
Sunday Services Suspended for Two Weeks:
Therefore, for the next two Sundays (March 15 & 22), we are suspending our public services and are shifting to an exclusively online experience on our YouTube channel: YouTube.com/JourneyRVA.
We will stream our full service at 11:00a each of the next two Sundays.
We will continue to monitor the recommendations of health experts and local and state officials and will keep you informed about our plans for public gatherings beyond March 22. You can always find those updates on JourneyRVA.com.
Staying Connected & Engaged:
For families with children of all ages (preschool through high school), you will be able to stay up-to-date with our Sunday content anytime through the ParentCue app. This app is available for free on all Android and Apple devices. Once on the app, search “Journey Christian Church” to be connected to our content.
What We Are Doing As A Church Staff:
Trusting God: Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength.
Praying: We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from our Heavenly Father.
Staying Informed: The media is aflame with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes:
CDC on COVID-19
The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.
Addressing Mental Health Issues
This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.
Here’s What You Can Do To Help:
Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience, and prudence. We can demonstrate for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with the sick. Stay home if you’re sick or if anyone in your house is sick.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unique time. We urge everyone to keep a spirit of hope, because Jesus has given us hope in ALL circumstances. Remember who holds the future.
“Therefore I tell you,
do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;
or about your body. . . . Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet
your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more
valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying
add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV)