November 13th: Update

Sept. 2nd: Fall Service Schedule Opportunities

 

As fall is approaching, City Church is excited to offer an additional Sunday service and some new opportunities in our community.

August 2nd: New Outdoor Service

June 28th: In-Person Services & Updated Schedule

Please listen to this Video Announcement from Pastor Pete about our upcoming schedule for services.

 

We are excited to be TOGETHER and worship both online as well as in person!

 

Please note, beginning June 28th in-person services will be at 9 AM and 11 AM. Our online service will move from 10:30 AM to 11 AM.  Please note the updated scheduling for Preschool Time & Kidspace Live. Preschool Times will move to 9:30 AM, and Kidspace Live will move to 10:15 AM.

 

Online Worship Services – As we continue to offer our online service option, we are continually looking for ways to improve. Check out the New Online Viewing Platform for our services.

 

From this link, you can select the Sunday Worship Service or any other service/event that you’d like to view.

 

Here are just a few things we love about this new platform:
  • We can continue to connect as we worship together via the chat function relationally
  • Easy Sign-Up Options for Growth Track, Youth Events and more
  • Send in prayer needs or request a phone call from the prayer team or a pastor
  • Access to all the upcoming online scheduled events or services
  • Easily give online
  • Ad-free!!
  • Chat during Pre-School Time and Kidspace Live
  • Bible App provides the opportunity to look up verses during services
We have been testing this platform and have learned a few things:

 

This platform is available on any mobile device that has an up to date browser. At this time, it will not stream directly to your TV, unless you use a cable.

 

We will continue to catalog our services on YouTube. If you miss the actual service time, go to City’s Youtube page, and you can view everything there.

 

In-Person Worship Services –

 

We have been preparing City Church Central (1010 East Rio Road) for those ready to return. There are 50 seats available for each service in City Church’s Phase 2. Each individual or family will have three empty chairs or 6 feet, separating the next individual or family to be seated. Please reserve a seat for yourself or your family for June 28th. In this City Church Phase, we are only hosting adults and students in 6th grade and older. We will monitor how the reservations go for future services.

 

Because of social distancing, we are asking you to reserve a seat ahead of time.

 

Reserve your seat here: Together to Worship: June 28th

 

After you submit your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email. For those meeting together at CCC, please arrive by 8:45 AM or 10:45 AM. Check-in with our Welcome Team, who will be outside, and they will be happy to assist you in the next steps to get to your seat. Restrooms will be available.

 

CITY CHURCH SAFETY GUIDELINES:

 

City Church will continue to follow the health guidelines in place by government authorities. Social guidelines for those attending City Church services at City Church Central will be the following:
  • Wearing a face mask is currently mandatory in public in Virginia, so we ask you to wear a mask unless you are exempt.
  • Provide COVID-19 protection: masks, gloves, and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building at the entrances and exits.
  • Social Distancing: The standard for appropriate social distancing is 6 feet. We ask that you adhere to social distancing while attending. All staff and those serving will also abide by the social distancing guidelines.
  • Doors will be open to avoid touching handles.
  • There will be a limit of 50 people per each service, and the arranged seating will comply with social distancing.
  • A “Cleaning Team” will be cleaning and sanitizing before and after each service.
  • Handouts and Bibles will not be available or distributed.
  • Communion distribution will be on each seat before service in City Church Phase 2.
  • Meet and greet time is discontinued.
  • Tithes and giving can be received in an offering box or given online.
  • A coordinated exit strategy will follow the service to comply with safety guidelines.
  • Food and drinks will not be available.
  • At this time, we will not have Kidspace or Reach Youth services.

 

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

 

Serving Opportunities:

 

If you are interested in serving on City Church’s Welcome Team, Production Team, Cleaning Team, or Outside Maintenance, please contact Pastor Chris.

 

We are excited to continue to worship TOGETHER!
The Pastoral Team at City Church

COVID-19 Update: June 6th

 

Since the middle of March, City Church stopped meeting together with in-person services and went entirely to providing services on our online church platform. Due to restrictions in using the Performing Arts Center and Charlottesville High School, City Church online Sunday Services, Prayer and Worship Evenings, and Sunday Vigils are at City Church Central on Rio Road. 

 

Charlottesville moved into Phase 1 on May 15th, 2020, and Phase 2 of re-opening on June 5th, 2020, with Gov. Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia plan. The first and second phases included the easing of restrictions on businesses and religious bodies. Phase 3 reduces additional restrictions when it will go into effect. Thus, we want to publicly discuss the gradual, responsible, and safety-conscious re-opening of our worship services. In addition to following the government and CDC guidelines, the City Church Pastoral Team is receiving information from local health professionals, and the Task Force is reviewing general best practices for “Re-Opening the Church” in this season.

 

City Church will use the terminology of “City Church Phases” going forward for our guidelines for opening the church. The Gov. and the state will use the term “Phases.” City Church has individually decided to use a different timeline as we believe that having a conservative re-opening approach is wise for our church and community. Our schedule differs from the state timeline due to some limitations that exist at City Church Central. City Church will follow all the guidelines provided by the state of VA and the CDC. Our summary and City Church Phases are below.

 

Summary: 

 

City Church Pastoral Leadership, The City Church Board, and the Re-Opening Task Force are committed to seeking the Lord for His direction as we move forward. As there will be guidelines as we move into the City Church Phases, we have these guidelines in place as we love our neighbors. These guidelines are not in place out of fear, but rather as a way to respect and care for those around us as we “Follow Jesus and Serve Others” in our community. 

 

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

 

In addition to seeking God’s wisdom, we will look at holding services through the lens of these three key elements: 

    1. Safety
    2. Flexibility
    3. Productivity

 

The situation is fluid and dynamic, so we know we will have to adjust these three measures as we continue forward and monitor how things are going as we move into the different City Church Phases. Our prayer is that we remain in unity together.

 

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1 Corinthians 1:10

 

City Church is committed to continually providing services online as we enter this new hybrid worship service season within our church. This hybrid season begins as everyone is attending online services. Over time, we will move towards in-person services, and our online services will level to a new norm of attendance in the future.

 

Although we desire to worship in service together, we are committed to holding services safely and responsibly. We wish we knew all the answers and dates, but the City Church Phases will help set expectations for what will be coming in the future. Deciding how to move forward responsibly is complicated, but we will continually seek the Lord. 

 

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom. Though it cost all you have,[b] get understanding. “Proverbs 4:5-7

 

City Church: Best Practices for Health While Worshiping Together

 

We will employ the following best practices to serve our church, our community, those who serve, and our staff.

 

Medical professionals: We continue to interact with local medical professionals and review the best health practices to further the City Church guidelines (listed below) that we will adhere to and embrace as we return to worshiping together.

 

General Guidance: Each person has a responsibility to look out for the welfare of others. From the CDC – symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19: 

  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Or at least two of these symptoms: 
    • Fever 
    • Chills 
    • Repeated shaking with chills 
    • Muscle pain 
    • Headache 
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell 

 

City Church Safety Guidelines: 

 

City Church will continue to follow the health guidelines in place by government authorities. Social guidelines for those attending City Church services at City Church Central will be the following:

    •  Handouts and Bibles will not be available or distributed. 
    •  Communion distribution will be on each seat before service in City Church Phase 2.
    •  Provide COVID-19 protection: Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building at the entrances and exits. Wearing a face mask is currently mandatory in public in Virginia, so we ask you to wear a mask unless you are exempt.
    •  Tithes and giving can be received in an offering box or given online.
    •  Doors will be open to avoid touching handles.
    •  Meet and greet time will be discontinued. 
    •  Social Distancing: The standard for appropriate social distancing is 6 feet. We will utilize that standard in calculating the distance between the arranged seating in the auditorium. All staff and those serving will also abide by the social distancing guidelines.
    •  There will be limited people per each service, and the arranged seating will comply with social distancing.
    • A coordinated exit strategy will follow the service to comply with safety guidelines.
    • An overflow room may be available for those with health risks.
    •  Food and drinks will not be available.
    •  A “Cleaning Team” will be sanitizing before, during, and after services.
    •  In the beginning phases of re-opening services at City Church Central, there will be no separate Kidspace or Reach Youth services as well as children under 12 allowed in the facility. Please note, we will continue to provide online venues appropriate for children and youth.

 

Worship Services:

 

We expect to offer several worship services as we begin.  We will provide pre-registration for in-person worship services with a limit to attendees. These limits meet the Governor’s guidelines and our capacity to meet the social distancing measures in place.

 

Life Groups, Events and Ministry Training at City Church Central:

 

Due to the unique space challenges, life groups, events, and ministry training will be limited only due to the restricted areas to meet.

Tuesday, March 17th Update

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.

 

City Church Wednesday Evening Prayer 

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.

 

City Church Community Group on Facebook

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.

 

Loving Our Neighbors Through the Coronavirus

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.

 

Kidspace

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!

 

Sunday Service

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.

Blessings,
The City Church Leadership Team

City Church: Important Update (Friday)

Coronavirus Update: Friday, March 13th

 

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.

 

Communication and City Church Help Line

 

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.

 

“Love Our Neighbor”

 

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.

 

 

Here is a list of requested items:

 

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.

 

 

Additionally, there is a need for volunteers:

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.

 

“God is in Control”

 

“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.

 

“Weekly Prayer Focus”

 

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