responding to the coronavirus

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 17


We are all aware of the evolving situation with COVID-19 around the world and we understand that our response as a church is likely on your mind. We are monitoring recommendations and are prayerful seeking to make responsible decisions as a church family regarding our preparedness, care, and ministry during these days of never-ending news and commentary about the outbreak.   


IS CHESTER CHRISTIAN CONTINUING TO GATHER FOR WORSHIP?


Due to current recommendations we will not be holding regular Sunday morning services or Youth Group on Sunday evening.


Instead, at 9 am on Sundays, we will post a video of the sermon to our Facebook page and website. We will also include links to several worship songs. 


If you are interested in picking up our portable communion elements, please, reach out to the church office at office@chesterchristian.org.


As always, we are appreciative of your generosity to the ministry of Chester Christian Church and encourage you continue giving your offering through your bank’s Bill Pay, online here or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days. 


WHAT ABOUT SMALL GROUPS?


To comply with Government recommendations, we are asking our small groups to stop meeting for now. We encourage you to maintain community and fellowship by having neighbors or friends over for dinner, and/or staying connected using technology. (e.g. Skype, Facetime, etc.)


IF YOU NEED HELP:


In an effort to keep the virus from spreading further, we would like to offer assistance with grocery pick-up or errand running for those who are currently experiencing symptoms or who are in a higher-risk demographic. If you are interested in receiving or providing help, please reach out to us at office@chesterchristian.org or 804 748 3392.



HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?


The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.


If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.


In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):


  • Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
  • Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
  • Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
  • Use this guide to have a conversation with your children. 
  • Continue to faithfully give your offering through your bank’s Bill Pay, online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days
  • Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.