Great Valley and Coronavirus Preparedness
Life is changing rapidly. The situation last week is not the same as it is today, and tomorrow promises to bring new changes. In times like these we acknowledge the same truth that David did so many years ago: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer (Ps. 18:2a).”
We trust you are informed concerning the COVID-19 virus, its spread, the significantly different risks to certain populations, and the precautions we are all encouraged to take. In addition, we trust that you are also aware of the cascading decisions made concerning many gatherings (everything from the NBA to COS, from our own Missionary Society to Disneyland).
At Great Valley this Sunday (March 15):
Out of an abundance of caution and after further consideration, we have chosen to cancel our public, in-person worship for Sunday, March 15. A small group of people will gather to hold a live-streamed time of worship at 10am, and we look forward to having you join us virtually on Facebook. Just follow the link or click on the Facebook icon on our homepage – it is not necessary to have a Facebook account to participate.
Our desire is that as you see a familiar place and hear familiar voices lead in worship that we can still have a sense of being a worshiping community of followers of Jesus. Please stay tuned, and please continue to look for ways to care for each other and the neighbors around you. At any point feel free to reach out to Keith or Jim.
Has the church heard about the coronavirus? Yes, indeed we have! We are, and have been in discussion about this on several levels; and we will continue to be in discussion in the days ahead. Below are some thoughts we want to share with you concerning this issue.
1) Pray instead of Panic.
2) Don’t miss kingdom opportunities in discussions about the virus. As believers in Jesus we have core beliefs that our world does not share (we believe in a sovereign God, we have a sure and certain hope of an eternity of the very best in life that not even death can steal from us…). As people express fears we may find opportunities to point to how our faith in Jesus makes a difference in our lives even when life seems so very uncertain.
3) Be Wise not Foolish. We all know the repeated common-sense measures that health officials are advising; let’s be people who follow them. (Please note the posters in the bathrooms).
4) Stay Tuned. To date, the church has taken some measures (signs in bathrooms, increased attention to disinfecting common surfaces, the pastors will strive not to shake hands as people leave worship…). As the situation changes we will institute other changes as needed or advised.
5) What can I Do? Doing the above-mentioned items 1-4 would be a good start. If you would like to take further measures, we would suggest that you volunteer to “adopt” one section of the church and provide one additional level of wiping down common surfaces (we can provide you with an area and a supply of Clorox wipes).
CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html