For the past several days our team has been monitoring the current situation with regard to the coronavirus. Today we have received guidance from the state and county public health departments that due to the ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, we should postpone or cancel gatherings. Our desire is to always provide a safe environment for all who join us each weekend, so we have decided that we will suspend physical gatherings and move our service online!
This weekend both our Torrance and Manhattan Beach campuses will remain closed to the congregation and we invite you to join an online service at 8am, 9:30am, 11am or 6pm. Our worship team will lead us in singing and prayer and I will be sharing a special message of hope and comfort in this unique time. You can view the service, interact with others and give online by visiting our live stream at the link below.
I was doing some Bible reading this week and ran across the New Testament Greek word for ‘church.’ The word is ‘ekklesia’ and what’s interesting is that it doesn't mean ‘building’ or ‘location’ or ‘worship center.’ It literally means ‘the called out ones.’ Church is not a place, it’s a people. It’s us wherever we are! So I'm excited for the opportunity we have to be the church online together and staying on mission to ‘help people far from God find and follow Jesus.’ In fact, I’m praying that participation in our services this weekend will increase!
Make sure you join us online and use this as an opportunity to invite some friends that may be looking for some hope and comfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is church cancelled?
A: Not at all! We are simply moving our services online this weekend so everyone can worship from the comfort of home. Services will also be available on demand during the week as well.
Q: How long will services be online only?
A: At the moment we are only planning for this weekend and we are awaiting further guidance from the federal, state and county officials.
Q: Why are we taking these measures?
A: We are adhering to the guidance provided by the California State Department of Health and the LA County Department of Health. We are taking this action in concert with other churches and venues throughout the county in an effort to slow the rate of infection and to protect the most vulnerable populations.
Q: What other ministries are impacted?
A: We have decided to postpone our Volunteer Summit originally planned for this Saturday. We have decided to cancel the Easter Family Fun Fest out of an abundance of caution based on how unpredictable this current situation is. Our team is continuing to monitor the guidance for ministry events on campus next week and while we are not ready to cancel or postpone additional events at this time, we anticipate there will be additional ministry impacts and we will continue to communicate with you as we know more. Keep checking the website, social media or reach out to your ministry leader for more information.
Q: What about the Preschool?
A: At this time the guidance from the public health officials is not recommending a school closure, but we will monitor their guidance and respond as needed.
Q: What about Life Groups and other off-campus gatherings?
A: We would encourage the church to continue to connect where possible. Everyone needs to practice wisdom. If you are high-risk based on age or underlying medical condition, minimize social interaction in person. But for the majority, we need to be with each other. Consider small gatherings for Life Groups, families, and others. Families and groups might want to gather together to experience the online worship service and share a meal.
Q: What if I need Pastoral Care?
A: Our care teams are available to support you in your time of need with both spiritual direction and practical support. For more information on our care ministry click here or call the Care Hotline at (424) 350-8300.
Q: How can I give during this time?
A: Online giving is available at journeyoffaith.com/give. This provides you a secure and safe way to contribute to the ongoing ministry of Journey of Faith. If you prefer to give by check you can mail it to the church office or stop by during office hours. We are grateful for your faithful and generous giving as we all walk through this time of uncertainty but while our meeting location may be online, our mission to reach people remains the same.
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