Alternative Ways to Meet as the Church
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” –Hebrews 10:24-25
I read somewhere that fear can spread faster than the virus. In these fearful times, let us pray for courage and peace for ourselves—and for others. In these times in which we all need to do our part to flatten the curve of this coronavirus and to protect those who are at high risk, we are following the guidelines of the CDC and the Dallas County in temporarily closing on-campus ministries and activities. But that doesn’t mean that “the church” has closed as we, as followers of Jesus, are the Church. That means we will look for creative and alternative ways to not give up meeting together so we can encourage one another; worship God, who is greater than any fear or virus; and await the soon return of His Son Jesus.
You may be asking, “How can we meet during these times and circumstances?” The Council leadership is recommending that all fellowship and small groups migrate to online platforms or text/chat groups. We will defer final decision to those leaders as individual group needs may vary. If you choose to meet in person, we ask that you adhere to the following safety measures:
- Anyone in high-risk groups (age 60 and older and those with underlying health conditions), those who have traveled to domestic or global hotspots in the past two to four weeks, and those who are sick (sneezing or coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, temp of 99°F or higher in past 24 hours, generally feeling unwell) should avoid going to off-campus ministries. These general principles are provided by the CDC.
- Shared surfaces should be disinfected before and after meetings.
- Everyone should wash their hands thoroughly (more than 20 seconds) upon arrival and upon returning to their home.
- Food and drink should be served individually.
- Practice social distancing (avoiding hugs, handshakes and crowded spaces).
- Consider breaking down larger groups into smaller subsets.
Are you new to the church family and looking for a nurture group to join? Are you a fellowship or small group leader who needs guidance for next steps? The AABC Nurture Committee, headed by Pastor Michael Ong and chaired by Steve Kim, is ready and willing to help during this unprecedented time we are living in. You can reach Pastor Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us make the most of these times by continuing to be about His Mission of making disciples of all people, and “not give up meeting together … all the more as you see the Day approaching."