In the past few days, various organizations have increased their efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. As a church, we also want to take necessary precautions to keep our community safe.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has recommended that all events larger than 250 people be cancelled or postponed, and that smaller gatherings maintain a social distancing of at least 6 feet. In light of these new directives, the pastoral team has decided to take the following precautions:
- Sunday service will be hosted exclusively online for at least two Sundays, March 15 & 22
- Cancel Team Night (March 14)
- Cancel Encounter (March 21)
- Postpone Youth Camp (April 3-5)
To be clear, we should not be fearful because our trust is in the Lord. But we also want to exercise wisdom and make sure that we are not contributing to the spread of this disease. We believe that these precautions are one way that we can be wise and obey Jesus’ command, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Since we will not have our normal Sunday gatherings, we encourage you to join virtual church at https://www.ifgfla.com/stream. The benefits of joining online is that you can watch the service from the comfort of your own home, or have a watch party with your family or Care Group. However you choose to enjoy virtual church, let’s make the most out of this situation and thank God for technology!
During this time, we invite you to pray for our government leaders, health researchers, and the general safety of the public. Also, please pray that the church will be a beacon of hope during this time.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
I hope you will join us online this Sunday!