Northpoint’s Response to the COVID-19 Virus – 3.13.2020
Dear Northpoint Family,
We are writing to give you an update on gatherings here at the church and to provide biblical encouragement with respect to the COVID-19 virus. The potential spread and danger of this virus have led state officials to prohibit gatherings of 250 or more people and to discourage gatherings of 10 or more people over the age of 60.
Concerning these guidelines, and out of an abundance of caution, the Leadership Team has decided that our congregation should not meet in person for worship services during the next two Sundays (March 15 and March 22). Also, we are canceling all church events scheduled on-site for the next two weeks (March 15-March 28). Growth Groups that are scheduled to meet off-site will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
We are not making this decision out of fear but prudence with regard to doing what we can to protect members and friends of Northpoint. We do not want the illness to spread, even if inadvertently, to those in our church body who are at risk for serious illness.
We will, however, make our worship services available online so that you can participate from home. The service will go up on the website (northpointcorona.org/media/sermon-archive/) no later than 11:00 a.m. on both Sundays. Audio CDs will be available at a later date to those who request them. Our hope is that the online service will strengthen your faith and help you to process these challenging times with a biblical frame of mind. We will also include instructions for online giving.
Several churches in our area have canceled services and events for a longer duration than two weeks. However, we will continue to monitor events and communicate weekly about moving forward. It is our intention to meet as a body again as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so.
It pains us not to meet as a church family, but we trust our time apart will make our future gatherings much sweeter and more precious. In the meantime, may you be encouraged by the following:
- Our God is sovereign. Though the world seems to be shutting down, God neither sleeps nor slumbers. He is in full control. He has promised that all things work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
- Our prayers are effective. If there were ever a time to be anxious for nothing and to pray about everything (Philippians 4:5), surely this is it. Let us pray that God will restrain the virus, that He will heal the sick, and that He will comfort the fearful.
- We are still here for you. If you become sick or if you need help in any way, please let us know by contacting the Church Office at 951.734.1335. We especially want to know if you are sick or if you feel alone or scared or need help.
In addition to praying that the Lord would stop the spread of the virus, please click HERE to learn what else you can do.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together through this unprecedented situation.
The Leadership Team