With the continued spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how we at Movement Church are preparing and responding.
Apart from the following logistical issues addressed with the heightening concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to address how we should respond to a crisis like this:
- Greater trust and dependency on the sovereignty and power of God – try to operate out of faith, not fear. One of our discipleship rhythms is “Remembering”. Remembering that our trust and confidence does not lie in the knowledge of men and women, but in the One who created all and knows all.
- Greater call to prayer for those suffering, who will suffer, governments, school systems, the vulnerable in our neighborhoods etc…
- Greater call to serve those around us, be creative and proactive, look for those who need help, and serve in the name of Jesus. Be ready to help the children who rely on daily meals from school for nourishment, who will go without food when their schools close down. By doing this we practice two more discipleship rhythms, “Represent” and Serve”. Reflect the love of Christ to those in need by serving others and putting their needs before our own.
- Greater push towards unity – stand for Jesus and serve others, not a political party. Don’t spread hyped up hysteria or known untruths. Be the light that Jesus said we are to be!
We are taking great care to continually monitor this situation as it evolves. Any changes and updates will be posted to this page, so be sure to check it often to stay up-to-date on the latest information. Providing a safe environment for our church family and the surrounding community is of upmost importance to us, and we are committed to doing everything we can to prioritize this.
WILL MOVEMENT CHURCH GATHER FOR WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY?
At this time we have suspended onsite services and will be live streaming through Facebook each week at 10:00am on Sunday morning. Only those leading the service will be allowed into the building.
ARE DISCIPLING COMMUNITIES AND OTHER GROUPS STILL MEETING DURING THE WEEK?
We are asking all of our discipling communities to use technology to stay connected. We will be equipping all of our leaders who need it access to Zoom for webbased meetings. For more information on individual ministries and/or discipling communities, please contact your group leader.
SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO MOVEMENT CHURCH IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?
While we believe that gathering together as a church should be a priority and we always want you to feel welcome at Movement, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home! If you need to stay home instead of coming to a worship gathering, we encourage you to worship online through our Facebook live stream at 10:00am.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME INTO THE MOVEMENT CHURCH FACILITIES?
We encourage everyone to follow basic hygiene practices year-round to prevent the spread of illness. The following are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (tip: sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice!)
- Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick or feeling ill
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- Disinfect objects and surfaces regularly
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS MOVEMENT CHURCH TAKING TO MAKE GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
In addition to our normal cleaning procedures, we are taking the following precautionary steps:
- Wiping down all common area touch points (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
- Placing additional hand sanitizers throughout the building and ensuring these are being refilled regularly. Please remember to use these often.
- Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.
- After each gathering in our MKids areas, our volunteers sterilize all surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocol of not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 48 hours before coming to MKids or youth events. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.
WHAT ABOUT MOVEMENT CHURCH SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS?
While there are no trips scheduled that would be impacted at this time, our Director of Sending is continually consulting various sources of information, including our ministry partners in other countries, the State Department, and organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Based upon this information, if it becomes necessary, we will determine if we should send teams or not.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people and individuals with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
(From McLean Bible Church)
“The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. Much of our church family (and much of our city) is Asian-American, and we want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.”