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 and 10:30 Sunday mornings. Life groups, Students and Kids services will be accommodated and we will release more information soon.
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. As a result, Camelback will continue to gather and worship as we always have.
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 have pre-packaged communion cups to reduce cross contamination of germs
To minimize your need to touch door handles, our volunteer team will hold exterior doors open to greet you.
We recommend you greet each other with smiles and waves instead of handshakes
We will still pass the offering bucket, however we encourage you to give your tithe and offering online. You can give through the button below.
Our dream team volunteers are committed to wiping down check-in surfaces, toys, tables, doors between all services.
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.
CDC on COVID-29:
The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.
CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations:
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.
Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage:
The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.