Is Connection gathering?
We will not be gathering corporately at this time. This includes:
- Sunday Worship: We will have Online Services only at 11AM
- Connect Groups will only meet at discretion of group leader
- Connection Students
- Connection College
- Monthly Prayer and Worship Service
- The Hoppin' Social (Egg Hunt)
- 2020 Initiatives meetings
How did we come to this decision?
This was not an easy decision to make, however, we felt like this was the best way for us to glorfiy God and love one another in the best way that we could. There were 5 main reasons that led to this decision:
- We do not want to ask employees or volunteers to serve in an environment in which they have reservations.
- There are people everyday who are exposed to worse threats for worship than corona virus but they don't have a choice because the threat they face is ongoing. The threat we are facing is temporary and we do have a choice. It's not about our own self preservation, but the possibility of doing harm to others.
- We have to be careful not to put others in harms way because of our pride. It can feel unChristian or unfaithful to not gather because of a threat like the corona virus. We may feel like we will be looked down on for not gathering and canceling the service. We can't let others deter us from making wise decisions.
- We've been asked to refrain from meeting by the governor. This is not requested because he opposes our faith but because of concern for the well being of the people. It may be that we are loving people better by not having the service.
- In regard to pushing forward with the gathering, cons out weigh the pros. In fact, more people may hear the message by doing it online than if we only gathered.
We are extremely thankful that we have the technology to still be able to meet online and stay connected. By God’s design according to God’s Word, the church thrives on gathering together face-to-face as we love one another, care for one another, and encourage one another by doing things like singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to one another, and there is no replacement for that. But we are thankful for the opportunities we have while we are unable to meet in person.
Once services resume, should people come to Connection if they are feeling sick?
While we place a high priority on gathering together as the church for worship and other activities, and we always want you to feel welcome at Connection, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home!
For any week that we do not meeting collectively, we encourage you to worship online with us at 11am through our website, Facebook Live, or Youtube (We will now be including the music portion of the service on our stream as well).
Also, while you are staying home with kids, we want to provide you with all of the materials (Videos and Lessons) from Konnection Kids so they can have Church also. You will have access to the same materials we give our Connectors. Please visit the Konnection Kids Resource Page for this content.
What precautions can people take when they come to Connection?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- 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 Connection taking to make gatherings as safe as possible?
Connection is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
- Coffee will NOT be served in the cafe to limit the amount of touched services
- Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with disinfectant.
- Placing sanitizing wipes in common areas throughout the buildings
- Leaving all entry doors open to decrease the amount of touched services
In all of our Konnection Kids areas, after each gathering, our volunteers sterilize various surfaces used by our children in addition to using hand sanitizer throughout the day. 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 without the aid of medicine before coming to Konnection Kids. 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.
In addition, we encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking!).
What about the Mission Trips?
Currently we will not be taking any mission trips until it is appropriate to begin to travel again.
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.