March 20, 2020
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March 13, 2020
Christ City family,
We wanted to update you on our response to COVID-19.
After considering counsel given to us by health experts in the Christ City family, recommendations from city health officials, and the actions of a number of other area churches, we’ve made the decision to cancel in-person services for at least the next two weeks (March 15 and 22). We have begun taking steps to livestream a short service that the pastors and staff will facilitate from the office. Currently, the plan is to stream the service on our website as well as on some of our social media platforms, beginning at the usual time of 10:30am.
The reason we want to do this rather than just pre-record a sermon is that this is the most incarnational approach, allowing us to—though apart—worship together. We encourage you to “attend”; we will email out a PDF with the liturgy and the song lyrics in advance so you can participate, and will post it on our website as well.
From a public health perspective, our hope is to help “flatten the curve,” slowing the spread of infection however we can. We firmly believe this is the best way to love our neighbors and to “seek the shalom and welfare of the city” (Jeremiah 29:7), a verse that has long pointed to the calling we have in DC.
For March 29 and beyond, we will let you know as things progress.
We are recommending that small groups move online for the remaining few weeks of the current small group semester, using video platforms such as Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, and Google Hangout. Further information will be going out to small group leaders soon so expect to hear from them.
Our staff will continue to work, though likely with some restraints. In-person meetings may shift to Zoom or phone calls.
During this time, we ask that you:
- Pass this word along to folks who may be less connected, for example, who may not have regular access to email or a smart phone.
- Call, text, check in on, and care for friends, small group members, and neighbors. For some, in-person gatherings are a rare and vital place for experiencing community; let’s make sure no one falls through the cracks.
- Let us know if there are ways we can help. As a city, we’ve yet to fully experience the ways our lives will be impacted, but from conversations with friends around the world and in harder-hit parts of the country, we know how disruptive it can be. If you or a family member or a neighbor becomes ill or needs prayer and support, whether financial or otherwise, please email Pastor Matthew or Pastor Justin.
- Continue to follow the recommended practices for minimizing the spread of infection, as suggested by the DC Government.
As people of the Resurrection, we seek to live by faith, hope, and love. May we continue in prayer, in service, and in care for one another.
In Christ alone,
Pastor Matthew & Pastor Justin
on behalf of the Elder Board