An Update from the CBC Leadership Team about "Coronavirus" - COVID-19.
*we're thankful for churches like McLean Bible Church (VA) who have led the way in well-balanced communication during this pandemic.
Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how Calvary Bible is responding.
Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, e-mails like this one will be the most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
A FOUR (4) PHASE RE-OPENING STRATEGY
Listen to Pastor Rob describe the re-opening strategy for Calvary Bible Church (click here).
In a nutshell...
4 phases...all based on a 2 to 3 week lag time from whatever Governor Wolf, the Commonwealth's DOH, and CDC recommendations...
Phase 1 - Red - Online Only (current Phase)
Phase 2 - Yellow - LifeGroups Meet, Recording from Church with 25 or less in attendance
Phase 3 - Yellow - all of Phase 2, 1 to 3 additional 25 or less Sunday Gatherings
Phase 4 - Green - follow guidelines in incremental stages.
*Incremental stages starting from 25 up to full normal Sunday morning attendance, and then begin to assess additional gathering such as Wednesday night, Bible studies, KidsINC ministries, CBCYouth ministries, and Sunday School.
IS CBC GATHERING ON SUNDAYS?
There is now a Commonwealth lockdown on ours and surrounding counties. The governor has asked us all to cease group gatherings in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Because of this...we are meeting online via livestreaming ONLY. Here’s how you can gather and participate online with us for worship this Sunday...
Church Website - click here
Facebook LIVE - click here (make sure to “like” our page)
Online Giving - click here
During the livestreaming, we will be focusing our time on worship, giving, prayer, hearing from God, and responding. Everyone is invited to join us for the online gatherings.
This Sunday we will be continuing in our Hebrews series.
Pray that God will use these livestreaming events to strengthen our faith and reach people.
If you'd like to invite others to join us online over the next few weeks you can text, post and share our posts.
IS THE CBC BUILDING OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?
We are currently keeping the CBC building restricted, since it was just cleaned more deeply for this week's now cancelled gathering (and also due to the county lockdown). In the meantime, for more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact your ministry leader.
Samantha and Pastor Rob will both be working remotely, for the most part. However - phone calls, voicemails, texts, e-mails, direct messages, and social media posts will be monitored and responded to in a timely fashion.
If, for any reason, those who have access to the locked building need to be there, use good judgement on frequency and overall usage.
SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO CBC IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?
We strongly encourage anyone who is feeling sick or running a fever to stay home (and away from small or large group gatherings) and let someone in the church know that you are not feeling well. We want to care for you well in every way we can as your church family without unnecessarily exposing others to potential sickness. Particularly if you are elderly or more physically at risk in light of the coronavirus COVID-19, we exhort you to minimize social interactions during these days while still staying connected to your church family through other means. Specifically, we invite everyone who is unable to come to a physical gathering for any reason to worship online with the church family.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO CBC BUILDING?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
Use face-covering/masks when in public gatherings.
Wear gloves when possible.
Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
Staying home if you are sick;
Covering your cough or sneeze;
Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS CBC TAKING TO MAKE THE CBC BUILDING AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
CBC is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
Placing hand sanitizers (with 70% or higher strength active ingredients) in common areas throughout the building.
Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis. These deep cleans may involve closing the CBC building on certain weekdays, and we will include all information about scheduled closures on this webpage (see above under, “Is the CBC building open on weekdays?”).
In all of our KidsINC areas, after each gathering, our volunteers need to sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to KidsINC. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
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’s 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.
Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail (Calvary Bible Church, 110 Valley Park Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460) 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.