How Jeff Hoenshell and Fairfax Bible Church in the D.C. Area Are Reacting to the COVID-19 Situation

In the Washington, D.C. area Fairfax Public Schools canceled group meetings and activities in their public schools. This is affecting Fairfax Bible Church which was formerly Harvest Bible Chapel Fairfax. This post looks at how Jeff Hoenshell is responding to this medical situation.  

“When you’re dealing with new and emerging diseases, you have no idea and you can’t predict in advance what would happen.”

Margaret Chan

Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to [a]the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.

Acts 8:4-8 NKJV

Jeff Hoenshell on the stage of former Harvest Bible Chapel Fairfax, now Fairfax Bible Church. 

In the Washington, D.C. area Fairfax Public Schools canceled all public use of school facilities until April 12, 2020.  That affected Fairfax Bible Church. You can watch Jeff Hoenshell discuss this in the video up above. On March 13, the update below was given to Fairfax Bible Church.

Fairfax Bible Church Family,

We will not be meeting at Lanier on Sunday for worship, but we will send you a link through email to watch our service online at 10:00am. Let me encourage you to do a few things:

1. Set time apart to worship Christ on Sunday. You may choose to watch our service at home, by yourself, with some friends, or even with your small group, and we’d encourage you to exercise discernment and love in that. Maybe you can sing praises to the Lord with worship music, but we will be finishing our study of Exodus through video and spending time in prayer.

2. Use our “Next Steps” page for prayer requests and giving. We still want to hear how we can be praying for you specifically, so we’d love for you to submit a prayer request on Next Steps. And please continue to give to the Lord online as an act of worship and investment into His Kingdom.

3. Lean into your small group community. This is why we have small groups. We want to love and care for one another well, so use the technology that God has given us to reach out to those in your group and make sure they’re doing okay. See if there are any needs you can help meet or just be an encouragement. We need the body of Christ during times like this to pray together and speak the truth of God’s Word to one another so that we LOVE CHRIST and continue to grow in Him.

4. Reach out and love your community. One way that we can love our neighbors well right now is to be cautious and avoid contact to help contain the spread of this virus. But we can also be creative in using this moment for the mission of Christ. Text/call your coworkers, neighbors, and friends. See how they’re doing, assure them that you’re thinking and praying for them, offer the hope of Christ, find ways to help meet their needs and make sure they have all the preparations they need. Many are scared and lonely, and Jesus may use you to demonstrate His love for them.

I am really going to miss seeing you this weekend, but know that I love you, I’m praying for you, and I’m so thankful to be on mission with you for the glory of Christ!

Pastor Jeff

In the absence of not meeting together the sermon will be streamed through Facebook. People can email in prayer requests and give electronically. You can read more here. This blog hopes that the people there remain safe in this medical situation that is both trying and psychologically stressful.