March 18, 2020
As concerns increase this week surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to doing whatever we can to provide a safe environment for you and your family.
To that end, our leaders are monitoring this situation constantly to assess the current public health news and policy updates issued by the CDC and other appropriate agencies, applying their recommendations to our current situation.
While God has not given us a spirit of fear, he has called us to love our neighbors and to contribute to the welfare of our community. Exercising caution is not merely wise, but is a tangible way of expressing love toward others.
In light of the recommendations of our governing officials, Providence is making the following decisions and recommendations:
For the next three weeks we will not be gathering as a church on Sundays or Wednesdays, but rather streaming our services on our YouTube channel.
How to Watch
Click here to watch our service on YouTube beginning anytime after 8 a.m. on Sunday. Remember to subscribe to our channel.
Canceling these services and activities was a very difficult decision for us, but we have been guided by two principles: (1) honoring our governing officials, who have urged extreme caution, and (2) loving our neighbors, many of whom, like the elderly or those with prior medical conditions, are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
**LifeWay is offering a free at-home supplement for churches impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information.
Your giving to Providence helps us support our local partners who are leading the way in coordinating efforts to care for those currently in the greatest need—children, the poor, the homeless, and other vulnerable populations.
Discipleship Groups will continue to meet at the discretion of each group. In light of the recent presidential recommendation to limit groups to no more than 10 people, leaders of other groups should refrain from meeting until further notice.
Communication & Prayer
We are actively discussing the best ways to love both our community and our people in this time. We recognize that this is a dynamic situation with constant new information and updates. If we have to communicate any last-minute decisions or changes, we will provide updates on social media, via email, and here on our website.
While we do not know what will happen as this situation changes, we do know that we can, and must, pray. As we look to the days and weeks ahead, would you join us in prayer?
Ask God, in his mercy, to stem the tide of this growing pandemic, not only in our communities, but in cities around the world (Isaiah 59:1–2).
Pray that those who are called to address this crisis (particularly medical professionals and those in positions of authority) would be equipped to handle new cases with wisdom and compassion (Romans 13:1–4).
Pray that local churches would lead the way in exhibiting a spirit of trust in God and love for others (Matthew 22:37–39).
Pray for our overseas missionaries, that they would act as God’s ambassadors, continuing to offer the hope of the gospel (Mark 16:15).
As believers, we are called to run toward tragedy and not away from it. Faithful Christians have done this throughout many generations. Let's be faithful in this moment to be the hands and feet of Christ caring for the sick and pointing people to ultimate hope in him.
If you want more information about what to do if you think you might have coronavirus, see this helpful article.
While most of what we’re recommending here concerns the practical, we want you to be equipped to handle this situation spiritually, too. Here is a helpful article answering the question, “Should Christians Be Anxious About the Coronavirus?” which applies truths about God’s sovereignty, wisdom, and love specifically to this situation.
Please join us in praying for the church, both here in the United States and around the world, that we would be a powerful testimony to the gospel in the midst of this present challenge.
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