UPDATE: We are monitoring closely and in constant prayer to stay in step with the SPIRIT as we continue to move forward in these times. The church is NOT a social club - we are a living, breathing, moving body! Our ministries are still functioning - just differently than before, as we LOVE every neighbor. We encourage you to stay connected!
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to postpone all gatherings at Broadview Wesleyan church after much prayer, much listening and discussions with church leadership and in following guidelines provided by the CDC, as the best way to model our core value that has always been to love our community deeply. We decided that to err on the side of caution and love for the vulnerable among us, was the appropriate response in times like these.
We developed a Re-Gathering Plan that has many adaptable phases and we have been diligently working through these during this time. Our Local Board of Administration meets every month to re-assess and decide on how to best move forward month by month.
We have adapted our ministries to continue during these times in several ways:
1- Online: We provide Online Worship Services EVERY WEEK along with midweek Bible Studies through Zoom Meetings as well as Links from our Event Calendar to student ministry experiences.
2- Drive Thru: We have provided Drive Thru Communion and Prayer every month as well as monthly The Place Youth Center Hangouts TO-GO for students and families.
3- Outdoor Worship Services: We began Re-Gathering in outdoor Worship Services once a month through the summer and fall.
4- In-Person Worship Services: We began with once a month In-Person Worship Services and continue to increase the frequency of our In-Person Services as we follow the guidelines and safety protocols that extend love and care for the well being for all participants and our community.
We will continue to move forward through the phases of our Re-Gathering Plan while continuing with Online options. For all Re-Gathering times (Indoor or Outdoor) we continue to follow guidelines of masking, spacing, sanitizing and cleaning of used spaces/items to promote the well-being and health of all participants and our community. For the most up-to-date schedule of services and ministries, be sure to check our Event Calendar often.
We encourage each of you to be diligent in taking in the Word of God more than any news report for your overall health & well-being. Check in on any neighbors in need and be available to support, love and bring peace to anyone who needs it. Refrain from spreading mis-information from unknown sources and update yourself and others with CDC current information. The church has opportunity to be a source of peace and love over fear. Use this time to praise, pray, and grow with Jesus as we continue moving forward, growing together.
God is our source of comfort, strength, hope and peace. It is for such times as these that we, the body of Christ, have the opportunity and responsibility to be bringers of God's unshakable peace, to be the presence of love and support to those suffering anxiety and to dispel all fear and panic as we embrace God's Holy Spirit of power, love and self-control. Our faith is not moved by these uncertain times, our faith is our source, as God's HOPE anchors our souls.
We are a body, and while we move differently during this time - we are still moving, we are still growing, we are still connected.
Pastor Lexa & Pastor Mike