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COVID-19 LATEST UPDATE

by on March 19, 2020

COVID-19 LATEST UPDATE

We have all likely heard in the news recently the phrases staying ahead of the curve or flattening the curve when it comes to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Taking appropriate measures to fulfill these two phrases minimizes the spread and impact of COVID-19. That is why, as a church, we are again adjusting our approach to our weekend services and ministry events, all in an effort to honor our local and national government officials. And we want to continue to diligently protect your health and safety.

So, here are changes we are making for the foreseeable future:

We will NOT be gathering at either Beltway campus for our weekend services:

  • We will still offer our weekend services ONLINE ONLY on Thursdays @ 6:30pm, Sundays @ 9:00am and 10:45am, and Mondays @ 6:30pm. You can join us live for these services at live.beltway.org, or watch past messages at beltway.org/messages.
  • These services online will include all the normal elements such as live worship, important announcements, a timely message, and an opportunity to receive prayer.
  • We will continue to have, at the end of our services, key prayer points from our prayer partners and pastoral staff (that they feel strongly God has highlighted to them). If you’d like to receive prayer for one of these prayer points, or for anything in your life, you can call the church during our service times.  We’ll have pastors available to visit with you on the phone and to pray with you. We’ll also have online hosts that can chat with you privately and pray for you via that chat.
  • Though we won’t be able to receive our regular tithes and offerings, you can still give online. Visit beltway.org/give to see all of the options.
  • We will also be offering a live Beltway Kids service Sundays @ 5:00pm at live.beltway.org with replay options available on the Beltway Kids social media platforms.

We will NOT be gathering in small groups at our church facilities:

  • You can see a detailed list of all the changes to our groups and ministry events by visiting beltway.org/blog.
  • But now, more than ever, we are leaning into the small groups of Beltway Park to provide connection, encouragement, and hope. That is why we want to strongly encourage you to stay engaged as a group with each other.
  • If possible, get together with no more than 10 in your group (with wisdom, caution, and common sense) to continue to build relationships, to encourage one another, to pray for and minister to each other; possibly create a rotation for your group. We are also encouraging online tools to help your groups stay connected.
  • If you are not part of a small group at Beltway Park but would like to be, visit beltway.org/groups to complete an online form. One of our groups pastors will then reach out to you and help you connect with a group.
  • Create a sense of togetherness and connection by doing the following:
    • Regularly (if not daily) text or message each other within the group, just to check in and to write out words of prayer and encouragement to each other; the GroupMe app is a great tool for this kind of communication.
    • Actually call each other to visit and to have at least verbal interaction; hearing another person’s voice is powerful.
    • Use and leverage technology (e.g. Jitsi, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype) to get everyone together in one place online. You can find more info on how to use some of these platforms HERE. Group leaders will be hearing from our groups pastoral team to help out as well.
  • Beltway Park will be posting daily communication, teachings, encouragements, declarations, etc. on our ministry social media accounts. Use the posts to help you maintain God-centered, Spirit-led perspective on all that is happening currently.

You can still help us be proactive and wise (we cannot reiterate these enough).  Please continue to be mindful of the recommendations from the CDC:

  • If you or someone in your family is sick, please stay home (except to get medical care) and avoid exposing that sickness to others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If you have traveled to a high-risk area, please observe the recommended 14-day self-quarantine and refrain from attending church events, groups, and services until the 14-day time-frame has been observed. 

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and make appropriate decisions concerning our services, ministries, and church events as needed.  Please be sure to frequently visit our website at beltway.org, follow us on social media, and/or have an updated email address associated with your profile in Park Central (our church-wide management software) in case we need to communicate any significant changes or updates quickly.

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