How Valley Church is Responding
Update: Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 pm
INFORMATION ON MARCH 15 WORSHIP GATHERINGS
NOTE FROM PASTOR QUINTIN
Dear brothers and sisters,
Thank you for your comments and concerns about the coronavirus and for your kindness and flexibility with the ways that we are adapting temporarily at Valley Church. I want to share some thoughts and updates with you. (And make sure to watch the video above.)
We are monitoring the situation closely and prayerfully taking precautions to keep our congregation safe, but above all, we are trusting in our loving God and resting in his capable hands. The spirit among our staff is one of calm and of confidence in God’s control.
The situation is concerning, but concern is not the same as fear. We don’t want to be reactionary, nor do we want to be careless. We simply want to be alert and do all we can to create a safe place for us to gather for worship. Taking precautionary measures is an act of love for our church family and community.
I have observed two things out of this situation:
- We all have different comfort levels about sickness: some people are very conscientious about not spreading germs and others never give it a second thought. We tend to think that our way is probably the right way. It’s a challenge as a leader to raise some people’s awareness and at the same time alleviate others’ fears.
- We all have various levels of knowledge regarding this virus. Some of us have been following reports on it intensely for a month or more while others of us are just now becoming aware of it, and may even think there is a lot of hype. We are all at different stages.
The art of leadership is guiding thousands of people with different attitudes and different information into the same direction. My heart is that we would all aim for practical love and prayerfulness for our community and world.
Further, this is a time to lean into the word trust. Our trust has always been in Jesus, but over time our tendency can be to misplace our trust in people, government, doctors, the economy, or elsewhere. In times like these our actual trust in Jesus can look pretty puny. Let’s do our best to stay healthy and safe, but let’s rise up and put our full trust in Jesus and do what we’ve always been called to do. It’s a wonderful time to share the gospel and the hope we have in Christ.
Let your light shine,
- Please stay home when you are sick (7 days minimum is recommended).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.