VC Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: Monday, March 29, 5:45 PM
Greetings,

You have probably heard that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order today restricting residents to their homes as the number of reported COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the state.

I wanted to let you know that out of an abundance of caution any member of our staff who is able to work from home will begin doing that on Wednesday. But, we are still “open for business” and can receive any calls you may have.

We will still be able to continue with online services every weekend at our regular service times of Saturday at 5 PM and Sunday at 9:15 and 11 AM.

Our Food Bank will also remain open with a drive-through service in order to maintain social distancing.

Lastly, I want you to know on behalf of all the staff here, that we are praying for you, we are here for you, and we are looking forward to being with you, online, this weekend.

Blessings,
Brian

Update: Tuesday, March 17, 5:45 PM

Greetings,
On the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor Doug Ducey announced a ban on large gatherings over 50 people in order to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as a 15-day ban on gatherings of over 10 people, beginning on March 16.

As a result of that, we will be meeting together as a church family ONLINE for service this weekend. We will NOT be hosting any services on campus.

This is extremely unusual for all of us, so we are trying to keep some normality by streaming our services online at our regular service times of Saturday 5 PM and Sunday at 9:15 AM & 11:00 AM. The live stream will be on our website VineyardNorthPhoenix.com/live

I will be starting a new series this weekend called, “Dealing With Your Feelings During COVID-19.” I think this series will be really helpful for all of us.

At this point, all of our mid-week events and in-person Small Group gatherings will be cancelled for at least the next 15 days. However, the Food Bank will remain open with a drive-through service for those in need.

We will continue to post updated information on social media and our website.

There has never been a time like this in our history and there is a lot of fear. But, I want to remind you that God is still in control! God is still on the throne! God is still sovereign over all things! And, as followers of Jesus, we can put our ultimate hope in Jesus Christ!

I also want to ask you to pray! Pray for our government leaders that they would lead us wisely and well! Pray for those who are isolated or lonely! Pray for the sick and those who are at higher risk! Pray for our health care workers! Pray for the poor in our community, for those who are uninsured, for our homeless brothers and sisters! And pray for Vineyard Church of North Phoenix, that we might be a voice of hope, a community of action, and a people of peace in our city.

I look forward to meeting with you online this weekend!

Blessings,

Brian

P.S. Please use the following resources below for information about protecting yourself and others.

Update: Saturday, March 14, 9:35 AM

We are continuing to closely monitor the situation and follow recommendations from state and local governments. At this time, school closures are not recommended by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Governor has not implemented a large gathering ban.

This weekend we plan to continue with all services and events, and the Compassion Center will be open as regularly scheduled. For any event or scheduling changes, please check our website or follow us on our Facebook page.

We are taking a few extra precautionary steps:

  • We will not be offering communion this weekend

  • Water Baptisms scheduled for the weekend of March 21st have been postponed

  • We will not have any “shared” games (footballs, gaga ball, soccer, connect 4 etc.) or inflatables at Saturday Night @ VC this weekend

If you are not feeling well, please stay home. The best thing we can do for those in our church family who may be more vulnerable to illness is to limit possible exposure.

From: Brian T. Anderson, Senior Pastor / March 12, 2020

Greetings,

I wanted to reach out to you and provide an update on the actions that we are taking to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In many parts of the world as well as the US, many people are feeling afraid. But, the Bible reassures us that followers of Jesus must not succumb to fear. The Apostle Paul says in II Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us fearful, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 

At this time, we plan to continue our weekend services and events, and the Compassion Center will be open as regularly scheduled. We are monitoring the situation and following recommendations from state and local governments. For any event or scheduling changes, please check our website or follow us on our Facebook page.

Health and safety have always been a top priority for us here at the Vineyard, and we are committed to offering a safe environment to gather, worship, learn and grow together.

Because of this commitment, we already have a number of good hygiene practices in place:

  • Hand soap is available in all bathrooms throughout the campus
  • Hand sanitizers are available in all bathrooms, in the Information Center, and in the lobby
  • Communion is available self-serve as a “cup within a cup” to minimize contact
  • Vineyard Kids classrooms are deep-cleaned weekly and wiped down after every service


In addition, beginning this weekend, we will have:

  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in the Vineyard Kids lobby at check-in stations
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes at the entrances of all Vineyard Kids classrooms


You can help by:

  • Using good handwashing practices and hand sanitizer
  • Limiting physical contact with other people (give a wave hello or a fist bump instead of shaking hands)
  • Continuing to pray, to give generously to the work of the church, and to care for one another


Finally, if you are not feeling well, please stay home. The best thing we can do for those in our church family who may be more vulnerable to illness is to limit possible exposure. You can always watch our services online through our website, Facebook, or Youtube by Tuesday afternoon.

Blessings,

Brian

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