Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Due to the health concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recommendations from both the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Governor, we will be moving all of our gatherings to online experiences beginning this weekend at 9am, 10:30am, and 12pm. There will be no in-person gatherings at our facility.
Will there be activities at our church facility?
Like most of you, we have been following the developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) through the news, reports from medical experts, and government briefings. We find ourselves in an unprecedented time in our world. The elders and staff of Journey have made it a point to stay current with what is happening, to communicate regularly with one another, and to make decisions for the good of the church and the surrounding community we serve. As more developments occur, we will update this page to stay current.
In light of the recent recommendations at the federal and state level, we have made the decision to conduct all of our worship gatherings as online experiences only. Our campus will not host any gatherings at our facility for the next several weeks. We will inform you, our church body, when we will resume meeting together.
Additionally, we will also be suspending all weekly events and environments held at our facility until further notice.
Although activity will be suspended at our facility, our staff will continue to be engaged and available to our church body to serve and care in the same ways we always have.
Be Wise in Your Everyday Practices.
We encourage you to continue to care for yourself and respect others by continuing to follow the direction of the CDC by adhering to the following:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- 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.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- Disinfect objects and surfaces regularly.
Look for Opportunities to Care for Others.
This is an opportune time for those of us who are well to look for ways to serve others. If you are well, carefully open yourself up to ‘serve from a distance.’ There are countless ways in which you can do this. Offer to run errands or make ‘drop offs’ of food or products for people who are at a higher risk. Consider serving with organizations to provide food for those less fortunate and/or coordinate efforts with your MC to meet needs in and around your community.
Obviously, we strongly encourage anyone who is feeling sick or running a fever to stay home (and away from small or large group gatherings) and let us know practical ways we can serve you. In particular, if you are elderly or vulnerable because of other risk factors, please let us know how we can assist you.
As a disciple of Jesus, how should you respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
As followers of Jesus, we should respond with humility, confidence, and hope. We continue to live and love as Jesus would by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the people around us. There are many unanswered questions concerning this virus and what will transpire over the coming days and weeks, but it is at times like these that people are open to the hope that Jesus brings. Please seek to encourage others and bring the light of hope where there is uncertainty and darkness. Seek to be a blessing, serve others, pray for our world, and offer the hope of Jesus when you are given the opportunity.
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. Everyone who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. Because of Jesus we never have to fear sickness or death.
If someone asks why your church chose to respond to this health crisis by closing its doors, how should you respond?
- We are loving our neighbors by protecting our neighbors.
- We are honoring the wisdom of our elected officials and medical professionals.
- We are not being fearful. We are being responsible.
- This is what love requires of us in this season.