UPDATE: May 24
With the Governor’s order allowing groups of 25 to meet outside, we are going to have our Sunday evening prayer gathering on the church lawn at 6 PM. Please bring your own chair and wear a face mask. If more than 25 people come, we will split into two groups. In the event it rains, the meeting will be canceled. Our AM service and kids activities will continue to be online for the time being.
UPDATE: March 28
This week we pre-recorded our message. You can find it on our homepage and our Facebook page. I will host a watch party through Facebook on Sunday morning at 11 AM. We will also stream the audio over Mixlr. Please join us!
UPDATE: March 21
Dear Church family,
I am planning on broadcasting over Facebook live tomorrow morning at 11AM. You don’t need a Facebook account to join us, just go to our page: https://www.facebook.com/POPCMantuaNJ
We’re also planning on sending the audio through Mixlr here on our website.
You can find the service order and announcements for tomorrow along with the children’s outlines here: https://providenceopc.org/order-of-worship/
Our plan for next Sunday is to broadcast over Facebook again. We’ll do our best to keep you updated.
You can send prayer requests to me directly, or send them to email@example.com
I’m praying for you all, keep strong in the Lord!
UPDATE: March 15
Dear Church family,
The session met before our worship service this morning to discuss our immediate plans. There will be no evening worship tonight, March 15th, and we have decided to cancel our in-person gatherings for the next two weeks, March 22nd and 29th.
Please pray for us as we determine how to move our services online, and pray for those who are immediately affected by the virus.
Our hope is we will be able to gather again as God’s people soon. We will do our best to keep you up to date.
For the session,
Dear Church Family,
The session is closely monitoring the developments with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Right now it seems like our exposure in New Jersey is low, but we think it is wise to take a few precautions.
Starting on Sunday, we will be experimenting with broadcasting our service over Facebook Live. If you go to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/POPCMantuaNJ) around 11 AM on Sunday, you should be able to see the video. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. There will be a link to the Facebook page on our website (https://providenceopc.org) and you will still be able listen to the service directly from our website. The bulletin and sermon outlines will also be posted and available (https://providenceopc.org/order-of-worship/).
We have bottles of hand sanitizer in the Narthex and on the coffee table downstairs. Please wash your hands as you enter and leave the building. The best way to wash your hands is with soap and water. There are bathrooms available in the Narthex, the Fellowship Hall, and the Library. I’ve attached our latest safety insert, it gives instructions on proper hand washing, and how to prevent the spread of viruses and infections.(Wash your hands!)
One of the most important ways to combat the spread of the virus is through social distancing. While the outbreak is happening, please refrain from shaking hands or hugging at church. We know this will be harder for some of you than others!
If you or anyone in your house are not feeling well, it’s important that you temporarily stay home. Please watch or listen to the service online, and make sure to let us know so we can be praying for you. If you or someone in your home is at a high risk for this virus (elderly, reduced lung capacity, immunocompromised) it may be wise to consider staying home until the outbreak passes. Again, please let us know so we can be praying for you and can check in.
In the event the governor requests us not to have meetings of our size, our current plan is to move the service completely online. We will communicate that through email, a message on our answering machine, on our Facebook page, and on our website. This is a changing situation, so please be patient with us as we try to figure out the wisest course. Please also remember that this is a temporary situation. We believe God’s people are commanded to gather together to worship him (Heb 10:25). We’re looking forward to the time when it is safe and prudent for all of us to do so.
We know that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” (Ps 46:1-3). Please pray for wisdom for us and for our state and national leaders. Pray for the doctors and nurses and others involved in treating the sick, and for those affected by the virus. Most of all, pray that God is glorified, and the light of Jesus continues to shine out from his people. If you would like to talk, please feel free to call me or one of the elders.
I’m looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
For the Session,