A MESSAGE FOR THE CALVARY CHAPEL COMMUNITY

REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

UPDATE 4/20


Dear Church,


I am working with the leadership on formulating a plan to re-start in person services.


The church facility is being prepared for our return. If you would like to help, please contact the church office. 


We will continue our Sunday morning online service and I have asked our small groups to continue through the summer.


I will have an update for you when Massachusetts enters "Phase Two". This should take place sometime in June. 


I am available to answer questions, do a Zoom or FaceTime meeting, and for pastoral care appointments. Contact the church office or reply to this post. 


Blessings,
Pastor Ed







UPDATE 3/19 -  We are continuing to hold our worship services online for the duration of social distancing recommendations of the CDC and local health organizations.  Visit our Online Community page to get connected! 

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The local universities and public schools are shutting down in the surrounding communities.  Our congregation is made up of individuals and families from cities and towns with a range of community impact from COVID-19.  The trajectory is heading toward ceasing all sizable in-person gatherings.  It has become apparent that proactive planning, such as social distancing, is proving to be the only helpful mitigation.  Reacting and removing individuals and closing after cases are identified will not bring down the risk to the most vulnerable among us.  

 

The leadership team of Calvary Chapel, with the health and safety of both our congregation and our local communities in mind, has developed a plan to move to an online ministry model, effective immediately and continuing for a minimum of two weeks.  Using the CDC community mitigation strategy for Community and Faith Based Organizations as our guide. This applies to all gatherings of more than 15 people.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf .  Small groups are encouraged to continue to meet during the week at the discretion of the group leader/host and in adherence to the church’s sick policy. 

 

Our worship team and Pastor Ed will continue to offer a Sunday worship service, which we will stream online as we do each Sunday at 10:00 AM. You can access the live stream from our website at  http://chapelchelmsford.com/connect/online-community .  

 

Our Children and Youth Ministry teams will send out resources to help families grow in their faith during this temporary change in their regular church routine. 

 

We are grateful that during a time such as this, temporarily moving to online church is a viable option and we make this move, not out of fear, but out of a love for our community and an effort to help bring this spread down.  

 

You or your immediate family members may not be at high risk for serious illness from this virus, but it is likely that you interact with more individuals with chronic illnesses than you realize. Each person who does their best to contribute to controlling the spread of the virus is helping their whole community to slow down the rate of infection. We should prepare, not because we may feel personally at risk, but so that we can help lessen the risk for everyone.

 

During this time, we encourage you to look out for the most vulnerable in your community.   Seek to be a good neighbor, help with groceries, or rides.  Check in on those who are alone.  Let’s use this as an opportunity to love our neighbors well.

 

“Who else but Bible-believing Christians can make redemptive sense of tragedy?  Who can see hope in the promises of God when the real, lived circumstances look dire? …. And where else but a Christian home should neighbors go in times of unprecedented crisis?  Where else is it safe to be vulnerable, scared, lost, hopeless? “   Rosaria Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a Housekey