At West Seattle Christian Church
At West Seattle Christian Church
We are planning on having an Online Worship Service via video each Sunday until we choose to meet again. We are doing this not out of fear, but rather out of concern and love for our community. We want to love our neighbors well and make wise decisions. The health professionals have discouraged large group gatherings to help keep the spread of corona virus from happening and to help keep our health services from being overwhelmed. We believe choosing not to meet is a way to help contribute to this endeavor in our community.
With that being said, we have a tremendous opportunity in front of us as a church. The opportunity that lies before us is that we have the ability to meet needs, show up and rise to the occasion as a church. The history of the church shows us that while the world is scared, we are not. When the world runs away, we do not. When the world self preserves and hoards things, we do not. Instead we share and we give up things for our neighbor. When there is uncertainty, we stand firm in the hope of Jesus and run towards the unknown and darkness that at times surround us. What does this practically look like for us in this season?
Here are some things I want you to consider. What would it look like for you to meet your neighbors and let them know you are here to meet needs? Could you offer over items that are needed and continue to find out what their needs are? Could you offer up some toilet paper, Clorox wipe, Lysol spray or masks? Could you go get groceries for the elderly, immunocompromised, asthmatics, sickly or those with diabetes and leave it at their front door for them? Could you FaceTime, text and call people who are lonely in quarantine and offer them encouragement and hope. The answer to all of those questions is yes. We could do that and I believe we will do it because you, West Seattle Christian Church, know who you are. You are the bride of Christ ready to be mobilized as Jesus’ church.
As your Lead Pastor I want you to know that even though we are living in an interesting season, we will not fear (2 Timothy 1v7). I am extremely excited to see how we as the church will overcome this moment. The bride of Christ always overcomes because Jesus overcomes. Please be sure to stay tuned with more communication (emails & social media posts) as we move into this season and remember where our hope lies.
“One Person at a Time,”
Worth Wheeler – Lead Pastor
Under the new King County guidelines, events with less than 250 people can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Large gatherings are discouraged for the sake of individuals who are at higher risk of COVID-19. We desire to do our part to encourage social wellness and thriving wherever possible, while empowering deep faith and community care in this moment. To get creative and meet in groups of 10 people or less.
If you have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus, asked to self quarantine, or are part of a vulnerable group where social distancing has been recommended, we want to help support you in this time of need. Whether it be through prayer, delivering meals, running errands, picking up kids, or meeting financial needs, we want to help. Your name will not be made public and this will only be used to help meet the needs you may have if you are affected. We have a growing team that is ready to help.
Email us to let us know how you have been impacted by novel coronavirus (COVID-19). A member of our team will reach out with further resources. Your name will be kept confidential and this will only be used to help meet your needs as we are able.
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
For now, we have asked all Kinfolk Groups to be postponed until further notice. If you are in a Kinfolk Group, you should be hearing from your leaders soon about updates and guidelines for meetings moving forward.
If you are not in a Kinfolk Group, we encourage you to join up with Kinfolk Groups that are less than 10 in number for our Sunday Online Worship Service. We encourage you to break in to groups of 10 or less throughout the city and to go deeper together in friendship and contending in prayer for our city and world in this critical moment.
In this time, we encourage you to engage our city as a non-anxious presence, lead out of faith in the midsts of fear, pray for our community, city, nation and the world, and practice radical generosity in the midst of uncertainty. We are shifting many of our resources to begin caring for the needs of our community during this time. Please consider giving below for the redistribution of funds to meet needs and serve neighbors as we are able.
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We will be monitoring the situation closely and will make a determination about each following Sunday as the weeks progress. However, we do anticipate that this will last for several weeks.
We will be working to create spaces for prayer and intercession that we will be sending out through our Weekly News newsletter and on our website and other communication channels. We are also going to be sending out encouragements to families that will include prayers/practices for encouraging your kids to connect with Jesus in this moment.
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