Check below for latest updates on Christ Covenant's response to the coronavirus.
Update: Thursday, May 7, 2020
With the expiration of Wake County's restrictions, most of us now fall under the Governor’s orders for Phase 1. While there are some additional allowances for churches, we will hold off on a church-wide gathering for now, given the logistical challenges involved. Please continue to use the worship guide provided on the blog.
We encourage small gatherings of families for worship in your homes or outdoors, being guided by love of neighbor. Please practice social distancing as much as possible. As we learn what Phase 2 will entail, we’ll of course keep you posted on any changes.
Update: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
All services and gatherings have been canceled through April 30. We will continue to post video of the weekly sermon on the blog along with a worship guide for you to use in your home while North Carolina's stay-at-home order is in effect.
Update: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Do you see these empty chairs? We have missed not gathering together and long to return to worship. There have already been many lessons learned in this challenging time but one that has become very clear is that Christians have a longing to join together in worship, singing, praying, listening and enjoying God together. Livestream and digital connections are no substitute for gathering. “Virtual church” is an oxymoron.
Another reminder for us is that these are times not to despair but to hope. This is a hope not based on some man-made promise or plan, but on a promise made by God. Psalm 33:18-22 says, “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him on those who hope in his steadfast love. Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”
So our hope—even delight—in the face of these uncertainties remains in God alone. To that end, here are some brief updates on life at Christ Covenant.
As you know the governor of our state has given an executive order of no gatherings over one hundred people. The president has made the additional recommendation of no gatherings of more than ten people. We desire to honor the government and abide by these recommendations.
Therefore, all meetings and gatherings scheduled for Christ Covenant are canceled through the end of March (this includes care groups).
We will continue to provide sermons on the website along with worship guides to help you have a more comprehensive worship. We will also provide other resources to help in discipleship during this time of separation. We will continue to give regular updates as this situation is quite fluid.
The elders and staff have been and will be calling members to check in and pray. We want to know how you are doing. We want to hear if you have needs and how we can serve. As we pivot to minister and pray in this unique season, please consider the following.
This time is not just about survival, but about serving. Here are three ways you can think about serving.
Consider one another. Call other members to check on and pray with one another.
Serve neighbors. Look for opportunities to help with getting groceries, visiting if appropriate and for opportunities to share with them the hope of the gospel.
Give to those in need. If you have an ability to provide help in terms of talents or donations, please let us know and we can connect you with people who have needs so that we can serve one another.
Many refugee families have lost jobs this week and are in acute need. If you would like to commit to assist one of these families by providing groceries each week for the next four weeks, please contact Nik Lingle (firstname.lastname@example.org). This would be a great ministry opportunity for a care group to work on together.
Many members in our own congregation are experiencing job loss or income disruption because of this situation. If you would like to aid someone in this situation, please contact Nik Lingle (email@example.com).
Appeal to God to halt this virus. Pray for one another through the member list on Elexio. Pray for wisdom for our leaders and pray for those suffering in various ways in these difficult times.
Update: Friday, March 13, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters,
As most of you know, there is an increasing concern over the spread COVID-19. We want to lead well in facing this adversity. We are trying to find a balance between over reacting to uncertain fears and ignoring the risks associated with this disease. To that end, our elders, in light of current public health news and policy updates issued by the CDC and other appropriate agencies, recommend some changes over the next few weeks about our gatherings.
SUNDAY AND WEDNESDAY SERVICES/PROGRAMS CANCELED
In light of the recommendations of our governing officials, we will not meet this Sunday, March 15 for worship, and all programs next Wednesday, March 18 will also be canceled. The sermon will be made available Sunday morning to watch on our website, with links on Facebook and Twitter as well. We are working to implement a plan of gathering in smaller groups each week going forward. We will have more details for the weeks following by Thursday of next week.
We would encourage, with wisdom and discretion, for care groups to gather to view the sermon, have fruitful discussion and pray. Meeting as care groups is a great way for us to continue to be the church to one another in this time of uncertainty. If uncertain, please reach out to leadership and/or consult our website.
HONOR THE GOVERNMENT AND DO NOT FEAR
We do not make this decision lightly but want to both honor the government who has given this directive as well as seek to love one another well by not wanting to put those vulnerable at medical risk.
While we are walking through this challenge, let us remember that Jesus said, 'In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, I am have overcome the world.' In his words, we see both the reality of adversity in this life and yet fear is removed for he has ultimately overcome all things. So, in these days, our focus is on the beauty and glory of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of the Father, as well as seeking to love those struggling in fear or sickness.
PRAY AND TRUST
Let's pray together for in these ways:
- For God to halt the spread of this virus and to help those who are suffering with it.
- For wisdom and discernment for our elected and government officials tasked to care for our country.
- For boldness, mercy and willing sacrifice that we might serve and love our neighbors and friends in the challenges of this day.
- For gospel-centered churches to lead well in displaying and declaring the gospel to the nations in the midst of this trouble.
Let us also remember, the church has walked through these times throughout her history in faith and joy. Let us continue in this in our day.
We will work to keep you updated of changes through email and on the blog.
Update: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Please read our update below and review the sanitization protocol.
As you know, there has been a case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in North Carolina. While the risk to the general public is low, we thought it wise to monitor information and guidance from officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We caution you to practice the standard, flu-season safety precautions we are already familiar with—including practicing cough etiquette and hygiene, washing your hands thoroughly and regularly, particularly after touching your face, and limiting physical contact with others.
We will continue regular programming at Christ Covenant Church, at the same time, we ask you to avoid attending any church activity if any of these conditions are met:
1. You have had any flu-like symptoms in the past 7 days such as fever, cough, vomiting, or shortness of breath
2. You have been in close contact with someone with flu-like symptoms in the past 7 days
3. You have traveled from an area in the past 7 days with confirmed cases and/or suspect you may have been exposed
4. You have traveled to or from Central Europe or any other country flagged as level 2 or level 3 alerts in the past 14 days
We will continue to furnish more information as necessary and to handle any changes. For general information, the best source of information is the CDC’s website. If you have any questions, please call the office.
Elevated Sanitization Protocol
At CCC we will take the following precautions for the foreseeable future:
- Increased hand sanitizer stations all around the building grounds
- Communion will be delivered in contained cups and packaged crackers
- All doorknobs, trash cans, and non-porous surfaces will be sanitized frequently with CDC-approved cleaning products
- Pray for the many medical professionals, public safety professionals, educators, missionaries, and others who are already affected or are preparing for a possible spread
- Pray for the Lord’s protection from illness among our people
- Pray for gospel opportunities to come from this outbreak
- Pray for wisdom regarding ministry impact in the event of local COVID-19 cases
How Do We Make Sense of the Coronavirus, John Piper
Should Christians Be Anxious About the Coronavirus, Todd Wagner
The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About the Wuhan Coronavirus, Joe Carter