In light of the spread of COVID-19, we’d like to take a moment to share with you some practical changes at Scarlet City and some encouragement as we consider what it looks like to love our neighbor and be committed to the flourishing of others in our present health situation.
We want to love our neighbors by minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Scarlet City Church is taking seriously the pandemic of COVID-19. While the governor’s declarations do allow for religious exemptions for legal purposes, Scarlet City is going to honor the restrictions set in place. Toward that end, here are some of the changes we have put in place:
- We have a health team made of members of the church who are doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who work closely with staff and elders concerning all decisions regarding church-sanctioned gatherings and building usage.
- We have adjusted our weekend worship gatherings to the following:
- Digital Worship Gathering @ 9am
- Outdoor Worship Gathering @ 10:30am. Masks and social distancing are required. Please bring your own chairs/blankets.
We want to love our neighbors by modeling how to be a non-anxious presence in an anxious situation. Both panic and indifference can make challenging situation worse. We want to be wise which requires being informed and make good choices. Here are some practical resources and ways to live wisely:
- Trust the medical professionals. God has provided us with people who are very educated on these matters. Trust their perspective.
- Here are links to local government and medical care provider resources
- Find creative ways to stay connected. If social gatherings are restricted make time to talk to friends on the phone. Invest in local restaurants by ordering takeout. Don’t let isolation define your life in this season.
We want to love our neighbors by praying for them. A pandemic reminds us that there is so much we cannot control. Let’s allow this to drive us toward greater dependence on God. Keep these groups in mind as you pray:
- The elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions
- Medical professionals who will be on the front lines
- The Asian community who is experiencing bigotry
- Political and civic leaders entrusted with making difficult and important decisions
Even though gatherings and our weekly worship service look different than before, we are still here for each other. We are committed to your well-being. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us, your City Group, and/or friends at the church. If you become sick and need help with errands, please reach out. If you are feeling isolated and want to process and talk, please reach out. If you are wrestling with your faith, please reach out. If you are wanting to serve and help those in need, please reach out. You can do so by filling out the form below.
We are confident, as we pursue God together, he will minister to and through each of us in the days ahead.