Our staff continues to pray for our country, those serving in the medical community, our local and national leaders and each of our families during this crisis.
Here are a few updates to stay connected as we “Love our Neighbor” as we continue social distancing.
Join our online Evening Prayer time tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th at 7 PM. Spend a half-hour praying together, sharing requests and connecting with God.
At City Church, we believe that Jesus taught that relationships are the most important thing in life. In this season where authorities recommend social isolation and quarantines, technology gives us the opportunity to remain relationally driven while loving our neighbors through abundant precautions.
When you join a Facebook Group, it is as if you are entering the living room for a conversation. We want to provide you with every opportunity to remain relationally driven, so we have created a City Church Facebook Groupfor this purpose. We encourage you to join our Group and engage as you feel led.
Post an encouraging scripture, local updates, service opportunities, needs you may have, or anything else that is on your heart! As always, let’s intentionally “Love our Neighbors” and be quick to hear and give grace! Our prayer is that this group will be a blessing to you as we obey scripture’s wisdom of “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” while walking in wisdom and caution in this season.
“HOME” Card – Be on the lookout for a card we are mailing to your home.
Radically Loving and Practically Serving
1 – Pray for your neighbors, all of them, by name if you can, by a street number if you don’t know them at this time.
2 – Check-in on your neighbors via Facebook, phone or a letter to let them know you are thinking of them.
3 – If you are willing and able, offer to get groceries and other essentials for older neighbors.
4 – If you know of a neighbor in need, please text the Pastoral Helpline at (434) 260-1053.
Pastor Chris would love to see the card or picture your child(ren) are making for a friend or neighbor. He’d love to see a video of them reciting their memory verse (John 16:33b) or washing your hands while saying the Lord’s Prayer. Take a picture or video and send it to Pastor Chris. Make sure to include your name!
Communion – This Sunday we will take communion together during our online service. Even though we are not together in one place, we can remember what Jesus did for us on the cross as we worship together in our own homes. We wanted to let you know so you can be ready with some type of bread and juice (liquid) so that you can take part in this time during the service.
The City Church Leadership Team
With much prayer and consideration from the recommendations of those in authority, medical professionals from our church, and the leadership team at City Church, we have decided to cancel all services and church events through Saturday, March 28th. We believe this is a way we can help mitigate health risks and support our local medical facilities.
For the next two Sundays, you can join us for an online worship service at 10:30 AM. This service will include worship, announcements, and a sermon.
As we prepare for the possible long-term implications, we will continue to send updates about services and events through City Church’s Facebook account, website, and email. Our offices will remain open, and our staff is available to support you.
If you have a prayer request or a need during this time, we have set up a City Church Help Line that you can utilize to let our team know your needs. Text us at 434-260-1053, and we will respond as promptly as we can.
As well, during this upcoming time of uncertainty, many of our families will face additional difficulties: homes financially affected by layoffs/hourly work, single-parent households, the elderly, those with compromised immunities, etc. If you find yourself or know someone in this category, please text the City Church Help Line at 434-260-1053.
We are aware of an immediate need for volunteers and food donations on Monday, March 16th. This effort is to provide brown bag lunches to children who receive breakfast and lunch while the schools are not meeting from Charlottesville City Schools.
They are requesting community members to donate items, help prepare bags for distribution, and assist with delivery.
Bags of oranges and apples, grapes, granola bars (nut-free), bottled water, chips, baby carrots, raisins, goldfish, cheese sticks, small sandwich bags, and brown lunch bags.
Please bring donations to City Church Central on Saturday, March 14th, from 10 AM to 2 PM and Sunday, March 15th from, Noon to 2 PM.
Brown Bag Prep Volunteers can volunteer on Monday at PB&J (204 East Market Street), starting at 9:30 AM.
Delivery Driver Volunteers can arrive at PB&J at 11:30 AM.
Distribution Volunteers can arrive at the preferred site at 11:30 AM.
If you have questions, please contact CHS Supervisor of Equity and Inclusion Denise Johnson.
To support this effort, our church family, and the community at large, please consider giving online, through the Church APP or mail your donation to the church office as we will not be meeting in person.
If you are willing and able to help as various needs in our church and community come to our attention, please contact Amy in our office.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with the hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans15:13
While this is a fluid situation, God is in control. He has empowered us through the Holy Spirit so that each of us, as the church, can reflect the light of Christ in this present crisis. Let us continue to pray confidently to our Good Father, believe firmly in His Word through scripture, love our church deeply, and support our community that needs hope and peace.
1 – For the weaker among us to be protected from the Coronavirus by God’s strength and for those among us who are stronger to love those most vulnerable as we alter our daily routines for their health.
2 – That those who follow Jesus to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that we have.
3 – For our church and other local churches to be a light in our community.
4 – For college students returning from trips, spring break, and their transition to virtual students.
5 – For our elected leaders to make wise decisions and for wisdom and faith to lead competently and confidently.
The City Church Leadership Team