Our Unified and Proactive Response to COVID-19 – Updated 3/17/20

March 12, 2020  |  Pastor Tyler

This situation is fluid; we’ll be updating this post as we have more information. This post is to inform you of the steps we’re taking for the time being to prioritize a healthy environment, and we ask you to join us in this effort.

A special video update from Pastor Frank

With the rapidly developing situation we are making some unprecedented changes to our practices as a church family across Redemption. However, our purpose remains the same: we seek to embody the gospel in all of life. While we mourn the loss of weekly Sunday gatherings, we’ll do our best to connect with you during this time as we continue to live as embodied representatives of Christ.

In short, our Sundays will be affected for at least the next four weeks, and we need to be ready for that to extend into May. At this point, all scheduled classes and events are postponed. Keep an eye on our events page and social media to stay up to date.

During this time of physical separation, please share God Stories with us! How do you see God moving in our city, your home, and your heart? Since we can’t all be together, please email them to us so that we can share how God continues to be at work.

Our pastors and staff are praying and working hard to find creative ways to serve you during this time. The more you share with us, the more we can do. Please don’t hesitate to email us.

Lastly, we’ve had many of you reach out expressing that you want to help serve the vulnerable in our church at this time. Whether you’d like to help or are in need of help, please fill out this form.

Sundays This Month

We are so grateful for those who were able to watch the message from Pastor Frank on YouTube this past Sunday. We’ll continue to release a Sunday message each week, along with one or two shorter videos from our pastors and staff on the same channel so we can connect with you all as much as possible. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and turn on notifications by clicking the bell on the homepage.

While we’re sad to put a pause on our Countercultural Convictions series, we are excited to announce that we’re taking the next 6-8 weeks to go through The Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6. We look forward to seeing how Christ’s prayer will encourage us during this time.

As you may have realized, Easter Sunday falls within this extended time of caution. When we are finally able to come back together, we will host a service to celebrate Easter.

Best Practices for Smaller Group Gatherings

We encourage you to gather in responsible ways wherever possible in this season. For now, meeting as an RC is not encouraged.

If you are over 60 years old or have a weak or compromised immune system, medical professionals strongly recommend you stay home.

For those who are able to gather, we ask that you abide by the following protocols:

  1. 1. If you are sick or have any reason to think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, stay home. Do not attend the group gathering.
  2. 2. Disinfect shared surfaces before and after meeting.
  3. 3. Wash your hands thoroughly (more than 20 seconds) upon arrival and upon returning home.
  4. 4. Food and drink must be served individually rather than in a shared “potluck style” format.
  5. 5. Maintain a distance of at least three feet between members of your gathering. This means spreading out the seating arrangement at a larger distance than will feel natural to most people.

For those unable to gather in person, try to connect through technology! We were not created to live isolated or alone. Chat with others on Facebook while watching the sermon together online, discuss the reflection questions afterward with others through FaceTime or Skype, or call a friend to discuss what God’s teaching you in this season and pray together over the phone.

One of our members passed along a new tool called Watch2Gether which allows you to watch content (like YouTube) together online. Check it out!

If you are able to gather, consider how to help those who might be unable to join you in person connect through a computer or phone where they can digitally join your discussion.

Go, Therefore

As we stated in our last blog post, what we’re most excited for in this time is to see the church be the church; to do what God’s church does. Love God with everything you have and love your neighbor as yourself. What a privilege it is to see God’s people striving to live all of life all for Jesus! Here are a few resources and encouragements to do this:

  • Pray!
  • Share God Stories with us! We don’t get to see everything God’s doing in our community, so please email them to us.
  • Check out this document with creative ideas and resources from Surge Network.
  • Be wise with what you’re putting into your mind. Schedule times to retreat from the constant news updates and rest in the Lord.
  • Use BLESS Rhythms (from surgenetwork.com).
    • B – BLESS: seek to intentionally bless individuals in these three groups: Christ-followers, non-believers, and those different than you.
    • L – LISTEN: Karl Barth said, “Take the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” God speaks to us through His Word and others.
    • E – EAT: smaller groups are still encouraged at this time. Perhaps invite someone to share a meal with you in your home.
    • S – SPEAK: talk to God through prayer and to others about Jesus. Communicate the good news of Christ!
    • S – SABBATH: God commands us to rest. Purposeful rest displays our trust in Him, not in ourselves, and is one of the best ways to combat the idolatry of our culture. In addition to this, recreate! Doing something you enjoy is a display of God’s goodness to us.
  • RightNow Media is a helpful resource for all of us.
  • Watch Bible Project Videos. Their website also has great discussion questions to help you go deeper into understanding Scripture.
  • Watch our YouTube channel for Sunday messages as well as encouraging videos throughout the week from our pastors and staff.
  • One of our kids volunteers shared a helpful resource in talking with kids about COVID-19.