Dear Church Family,
We are writing to you during a time when our city and the world is being confronted with the challenges and unknowns caused by COVID-19. Please know that as your elders, we are praying for you. We are seeking the Lord for wisdom on the best ways to love and serve you and those who call NYC home.
What do we do from here?
First, let me encourage you not to let fear win. Scripture teaches us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). When the pandemic plagues swept Rome in the 2nd and 3rd century, the Christian response was not to run from the city and abandon Rome’s citizens. Instead Christians remained in the city, caring for the sick and needy. Why? Because of the hope of the gospel. The resurrection of Jesus Christ teaches every Christian that we no longer have to fear death, but now can love our neighbors unconditionally and sacrificially.
Another tangible way of expressing love toward others is by exercising wisdom and caution, and taking appropriate steps to mitigate the spread of the virus. In this rapidly evolving situation, we are listening carefully to the advice of our health services organizations and the Mayor’s Office, and taking a cautious approach as we discuss how to modify our weekly gatherings.
Therefore, we will NOT be physically meeting for service on Sunday for the foreseeable future. We instead invite you to join us online at 10:30am for a time of prayer and scripture.
To join the service, please email email@example.com for a link.
Service will begin at 10:30AM on Sunday.
We believe gathering online is one step to sacrificially loving our neighbors and stopping the spread of the virus. But we are also calling on members of the Gallery to reach out to one another, ensuring no one in our community is in need. As followers of Jesus Christ, we must not let fear isolate us, but instead, let the gospel enable us to live in love and service to our neighbor.
If you are symptom free, consider hosting a small group of people from your immediate neighborhood to watch the service and pray for one another.
We are committed to ensuring every member of this congregation feels loved, is cared for, and continues to grow in their walk with God.
If you need help, whether economic, physical, or spiritual, due to the virus, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will have more updates regarding the following Sunday and beyond in the coming days. We will also be sharing how we are going to respond as a church to the pressing needs of those around us in the city and how we plan on doing community during this trying season.
Please know that we are available to answer any questions you might have. We look forward to worshipping God with you online on Sunday.
In His service,
Jordan, Mark & Stan
Gallery Church Elders