Our *UPDATED* plan to address COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Edgewater.
UPDATED November 19, 2020
After much prayer and discussion, the elders have agreed that it is most prudent to discontinue in-person worship services for a short period of time. We feel it is best for the church to do our part to slow the spread of the virus and protect the health of our community.
Beginning this Sunday (November 22nd), will will be moving to livestream only for Sunday worship. Our sincere desire is to aim for a restart of limited attendance in-person worship services on Sunday, January 10th. Of course, this will depend on the situation improving by that time.
We realize this is an especially difficult time to have to do this, particularly with the Advent season approaching, but it has become clear that this current surge of the virus is widespread and is touching "closer to home" than many of us experienced during the Spring surge. Just this week, several of our members have been placed into quarantine due to close contact with people who are sick, and we know of at least one EBC member who has tested positive. Because of this, we feel strongly that it would not only be unwise, but also unloving to promote any kind of public gatherings until things cool off. We also think it's very important to communicate to our surrounding neighbors that we care deeply about their health and safety as well.
Please know that these temporary closures of our church gatherings do not represent a shift in our philosophy of ministry or our understanding of the church. The church, by definition, is an assembly. The Bible is clear that the church is to gather regularly for worship and fellowship, to read and teach the scriptures, to pray, and to sing gospel truths to one another. We remain committed to follow these instructions as God has commanded us to do. But we also recognize that there have been unique seasons throughout church history when God's people have had to be flexible and creative about keeping those commands. Times of war, natural disasters, persecution, and plagues have sometimes interrupted the normal gathering rhythms of the church. We are living in such a season. God knows this, and He is with us. He has also graciously provided alternative ways for us to remain connected as the Body of Christ through it all.
Our livestreams provide opportunities for worship, singing, prayer, and Biblical teaching. Our Sunday Zoom Lobby provides a space for fellowship, as do our Tuesday night book discussions on Zoom. We all have cell phones, email, and video conferencing tools. Please (please!) be intentional about using them to stay connected to one another. Pray for each other regularly. There are many ways to be the church, even if we cannot gather on Sunday mornings. Let's be the church...and let's look forward to better days ahead. Hopefully very soon!
1 Corinthians 1:4–9 - I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the elders,
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