Dear Bethany Church,
We are entering into uncharted territories as a church. These are unusual but exciting times as we explore new ways to gather and be the church. Because of the escalation of the coronavirus, we are prepared to gather in homes for the remaining Sundays in March. I love what Andy Stanley recently said: “The church isn’t closed, just our buildings are.”
For those suggesting we go against the recommendations of health officials and government agencies, I would counter that while the entire American population is endeavoring to isolate in order to quell the spread of this virus, it would not be wise to gather en masse in complete noncompliance with those requests. I believe that during these times, we can cherish the beauty of a small gathering of believers. Through the ages, the church has not been dependent on a physical gathering space to define it. Christ said, “Where two or three of you are gathered in My name, I am there among you.”
Here is where you come in! Although we cannot meet en masse, we can still meet in homes. We can pray for one another, encourage one another, and worship God together. I’m encouraging every Bethany member to join with other believers on Sunday mornings at 10AM. If you don’t know where to go, you can visit our website to find a group meeting close to you. Also, you are more than welcome to open your home and invite friends and family over to participate in that way. The big idea is to gather with other believers to receive God’s Word and stay united in heart. If you are already leading or would like to lead a Church at Home Group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
These are definitely unique and trying times, but I consider it an opportunity to strengthen our relationships and experience God’s presence in the reality of our lives and homes. I challenge you not to let this become a moment for you to disconnect from the church, but a time for you to draw close and lean into what God is saying to His church. We are here for such a time as this. We will come through this and be stronger and better on the other side!