Church Update #2:
The CDC, State and Federal governments are recommending avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people. In response, we will be cancelling all in-person gatherings at Camelback. Services will be streamed at 9:00am and 10:30am Sunday mornings. Life groups, Students and Kids services will be accommodated and we will release more information soon.
Church Update #1:
We’ve been closely tracking the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally. As you’re likely aware, there are numerous confirmed cases around the country, including here in Arizona. While we know the virus is primarily spread through close contact, we want to take precautionary measures to create a safe and healthy environment for us all to gather and worship. Before we get into detail of the plans, I want to speak first to our posture as Christ followers.
For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Scripture is clear that God has given us a spirit of love, not fear. My prayer is that we would sense peace in the midst of these circumstances. This does not mean we should be carless or reactionary; rather, may we work together to serve our church and community in a way that demonstrates trust in our God who is in control. The church has an opportunity to be a calming, stabilizing presence in a world of fear and worry.ve.
Our staff team is monitoring updates as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working to formulate a preparedness plan. Here are the precautions we are taking to increase health measures and mitigate the spread of germs:
We will provide necessary updates via email and social media. Please pray for our community, city and nation during this time.
The media is inundated with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.
The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus:
CDC on COVID-19
The CDC has also created resources specifically for faith-based organizations to respond to influenza pandemic, which are applicable in this situation. As a church, we’re implementing this guidance.
CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations
The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.
Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage