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COVID-19 Service Updates

Update June 20, 2020:

The mayor and city council have mandated that people age 6 and older wear masks in public places where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained. Our worship services have public access and the Bible clearly says we are to support and obey those in government (Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13), so for now the deacons and I ask you to wear a mask when attending church. If you don’t have one, we have purchased a few and will provide them for you in the church courtyard. Please put the mask on when entering the courtyard and keep it on until you are seated. Then, when you get our of your chair to leave, please put the mask on again.

There has been a huge upsurge in COVID-19 cases since the lock-down was lifted–in fact, I believe our zip code 85122 has has a 40% increase in cases in 5 days this week. So, this is a small thing that we can do for the greater good. And it is biblical and Christlike that we obey the government everywhere we can.

We will still have our church service at 10:30am Sunday. If you have any symptoms, please stay home and watch our service on Facebook live. I hope to see you–with your mask on.

God bless you guys.

–Pastor Terry Green

 

For the time being, each Sunday we will have one Sunday service at 10:30am at Victory.

If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home and watch the service online. We will live-stream the service on our Facebook page, and a replay will be available in the afternoon on our YouTube channel.

 

TEMPORARY CHANGES:

  • No Sunday Bible classes or Sunday evening service
  • No Children’s Church – we have crayons or pencils and a sermon activity page or notebook for children of that age group
  • No Nursery – the nursery room has been sanitized and is available if a mom wants to watch her own infant or toddler in the nursery and listen to the service through the speaker
  • No handshaking during the service
  • The inside drinking fountain will not be available for use (you may want to bring a water bottle)
  • Chairs are spread out in the sanctuary so that people aren’t sitting close together in rows, with designated seating for regular attendees and guest seating (email meagan@victoryarizona.org with questions)
  • Doors to the bathrooms will remain open so that no one has to touch them
  • No fellowship group activities at church

The state and city both recommend wearing masks when out in public, so you are welcome to wear a mask if you choose to, but it is not required for attendance. We won’t pass around offering plates; but will instead have a box in which you can drop your gift (or you may continue to give online or mail checks to the church). We will have hand sanitizer in the foyer available for your use.

You may not agree with the decisions of others or their concerns about the coronavirus, but please be gracious in all that you say and do, especially online.  Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt,” and in Romans 14:4-5, Paul challenged the believers not to judge one another, but to encourage one another in the Lord.  Please be considerate of those in our church family who are at-risk or are concerned about the virus. Please don’t try to shake hands or hug people who don’t want that right now. Please don’t be unkind to those who choose to stay home at present. Please be compassionate, be gracious, be loving, as Jesus is. As Paul wrote to the Philippians, “fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:2-5, NKJV).

We love you all, and we look forward to seeing you!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.