Yesterday, Governor Kate Brown announced an executive order prohibiting all gatherings of 25 or more people for at least the next four weeks. It's additionally recommended that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more. These restrictions are intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout our communities.
As a result, the Oregon Conference Administrative Committee has made the decision to suspend all in-person worship services at Oregon Conference Churches until April 14. This also includes any gatherings of the church which will result in more than 10 people attending.
This decision was not made lightly. The corporate worship experience is a meaningful cornerstone of church life. And it’s in times of uncertainty and unrest that we need the presence of God and of His people in our lives more than ever. In these moments, our communities need an experience with the Prince of Peace who is our rock in times of storm.
That’s why we believe that even though the buildings may close, the church of God can still flourish in rich community. That’s why it’s as important as ever that churches find ways to experience worship together with the use of technology. While groups are prohibited from meeting for the sake of public safety, the spiritual community we experience together is irreplaceable. Please continue to find ways to creatively cultivate spiritual community.
While we wish that buildings were not closed to the public, we eagerly anticipate hearing the stories of how God’s people will be used by His Spirit to enrich community, serve those in need, and lift up the name of Jesus. Don’t know what to do?
- Host a Bible Study over FaceTime or Skype.
- If you’re healthy and low-risk, make time to volunteer at a food bank.
- Phone a friend to check in.
- Pray for families who are facing the COVID-19 disease head on.
- Encourage someone else on social media.
- Create something you’ve been too busy to work on until now.
- Liberally use Facebook, Instagram, phone calls, texting, letter writing, or anything else to stay connected to your spiritual family.
We’re in this together! Let’s stay connected!