Metanoia Church is preparing for potential disruptions that may occur in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 (2019 coronavirus) in our area. We have created this page to provide information and helpful links to resources.
The primary message our Elders wish for everyone to know while you plan prudently and take measures to protect your health is that we must approach this situation in prayer and not out of panic. We as Christians are called to walk by faith in the Lord and not out of fear.
Pastor Adam Feldman spoke about Metanoia’s response to COVID-19 on Sunday, March 8. Listen to the AUDIO HERE.
Metanoia Church will follow local/county, State, Federal, and denominational guidance with regard to the operations and meetings of our church.
We will communicate any changes to Worship Gatherings and ministry events via email, Community Group (CG) leadership, social media, and our website.
Preparing the church
We are preparing for possible disruptions to our Worship Gatherings and ministry events. Here are three ways we are preparing to navigate such disruptions:
1. Digital services
Metanoia has a YouTube page set up in the event that we are precluded from meeting for worship for a period of time. Our plan is to do will do live streaming of music and sermon on Sunday mornings, 10:30am. You can visit (and subscribe) to the page HERE.
2. Digital CGs
We encourage Community Groups (CG) to determine now how you can continue to meet via video conference call. We suggest that you identify someone in your CG who will be responsible to research options and to help everyone in your CG get online.
3. Digital giving
In the event that we cancel Worship Gatherings, please consider shifting your giving to our online giving option until we resume meeting publicly. Those of you who send your financial contributions via your bank should be aware that there may be a delay for physical checks to be cashed, so the digital giving option may be a good temporary solution.
The following are ways that we as a church can help minimize the risk of infection in our community.
- General prevention. Please follow CDC guidance for prevention and good hygiene.
- Wash hands. In general, practicing good hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent spreading this and other diseases. (Visit the CDC’s hand washing page for more info.) Children and youth are encouraged to wash hands before entering the Worship Gathering and after Kids CAMP. Parents are encouraged to supervise younger children to ensure that they are washing correctly.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Alternative means for Lord’s Supper. Beginning in April, Metanoia will transition to partaking of the Lord’s Supper using individual pre-packaged cups of juice and wafers. (Gluten free wafers will be offered separately.) We will continue using this method for observing the Lord’s Supper for the foreseeable future.
- Respect others. Please respect others if they prefer alternative ways of greeting other than handshakes and hugs.
If you or someone in your family is diagnosed with COVID-19, please inform your CG leader as soon as possible so that they can pray for you and, if possible, deliver food and supplies.
Prepare yourself & your family
We suggest that you prepare yourself and your family for disruptions by having on hand supplies, food, and medication (especially your prescription medication). Don’t go over-the-top or panic in your preparation, but do consider ways to prudently plan to provide for yourself and your neighbors.