We at the Village Church Hampden fully acknowledge God’s control over all things, and we believe that the gospel empowers us to have victory over debilitating fear and anxiety. At the same time, we want to do our part to respond well to public health risks like COVID-19 (learn about the virus here).
What Our Church Is Doing
During this season of instability and uncertainty, let us continue to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). Although our physical interactions may be limited, let’s try our best not to be isolated from one another. There are still different ways to get involved in what’s going on in our church.
For the time being, we will be livestreaming Sunday serves every Sunday at 10am. We are requesting that you please stay at home and watch via our livestream via Facebook at www.villagehampden.com/live unless you are part of the worship service.
Midweek Prayer Meeting
We are hosting weekly church-wide 30-minute prayer meetings over the Zoom app. These meetings will include a short devotional, followed by a time for people to pray together—whether silently or out loud. Tune in with the details below on Wednesdays 7pm. We look forward to praying with you all there!
Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/266013651
Meeting ID: 266-013-651
Many of our community groups are going virtual! If you haven’t been in the habit of regularly attending a community group, maybe this is the time to hop right in. See our current listing here, find a time that works for you, and email the corresponding email contact to get instructions on how to connect online.
What You Can Be Doing
We often say, “The church is not a building. The church is it an event. The church is the people of God.” Therefore, what’s more important than what the institutional church is doing is what the organic church is doing. So what can we as the people of God do during this time of uncertainty? Here are some recommendations.
Don’t Isolate, Serve Others
While we should certainly limit our physical contact with others, it doesn’t mean that we need to be alone. Technology allows us to stay in touch with one another, so try to be creative in making sure you are still relationally connected. In particular, we encourage you to reach out to those who may be suffering the most during this time—people who are elderly, people who have preexisting conditions, people whose kids cannot go to school, etc. Take the time to ask them if they need assistance and look for practical ways to serve them during this trying time.
Don’t Hoard, Show Compassion
Make sure you have basic necessities, but don’t over-stockpile. Also, while you are buying things at the store, ask your neighbor if you would like to pick up an extra hand sanitizer or canned green beans for him or her. We want to make sure that those who are perhaps more vulnerable than we are can easily obtain the items they need.
Don’t Criticize, Love One Another
Some Christians are responding to the coronavirus with debilitating fear, and other Christians are responding with dismissive skepticism. Many in the first camp have been criticizing those in the second camp for their lack of wisdom, and many in the second camp have been criticizing those in the first camp for their lack of faith. Regardless of which camp you naturally lean toward, please do not attack, mock, or joke about those who have different convictions. We the church must be united by our love for one another.
It is appropriate for you to be experiencing some level of fear right now. But instead of being ruled by our fears, let us collectively ask how God is challenging us and growing us during this time. Let us not bunker down in isolation, but let us love God, one another, and our neighbors. If you have any questions or needs, please let us know.