*Revised March 29, 2020 at 9:00 am
RESOURCES FOR YOUR FAMILY
Thank you for staying connected with your church through Livestream this week. These unfamiliar times are giving us the opportunity to be creative when it comes to meeting together for encouragement as we are called to do in Hebrews 10:25. We hope you will utilize the resources below for your family to remain spiritually engaged through this season. These will change weekly, so make sure you check back each week for new content.
AMIDST CONCERNS SURROUNDING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW HOW CROSS CHURCH IS RESPONDING.
Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICAL STEPS I CAN TAKE TO SPIRITUALLY RESPOND TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Continue to faithfully obey the Lord in your financial offerings by giving online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
- Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.
IS CROSS CHURCH GATHERING AT ALL OF OUR CAMPUSES THIS SUNDAY?
No. We have made a very difficult decision to not meet together for services, but only stream our services online for the next few Sundays. We want to encourage you to join us online for worship in the coming weeks at crosschurch.com/live or on Facebook Live at 9:30 and 10:55 a.m.
ARE ALL CROSS CHURCH WEEKDAY MINISTRIES AND ACTIVITIES CONTINUING AS USUAL?
No. We are cancelling any weekly activities and Sunday services through Saturday, April 4th. This is because of the large nature of our gatherings. In relation to Shiloh Christian School, at this time we will be temporarily closed until Friday, March 27. You can go to shilohsaints.org/health for updates.
WHAT ABOUT CROSS CHURCH SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS AND OTHER CHURCH TRIPS?
Our Missions staff is continually consulting various sources of information including our ministry partners in other countries, the State Department, and organizations like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization. Based upon this information, we are making determinations concerning any needs to adjust, postpone, or cancel trips. At the same time, we are encouraging individuals involved in trips to prayerfully consider any decision to travel through consultation with medical professionals, as appropriate. The same consideration is being given with all other Cross Church trips, such as senior adult trips and the coming church trip to Israel. For ministry specific trips, participants will be contacted directly regarding changes.
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
We know that kids have such limited experiences, often in times like these they process things differently and come to conclusions that are inaccurate. We want to provide resources for parents to have conversations with their kids about all that is going on in our world today. Below you will find links to parent conversation guides for each stage of life for your kids.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
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