What McLean Bible Church Loudoun County Communicated to its Congregation About COVID-19

This blog which writes about McLean Bible is documenting how McLean Bible is reacting to the COVID-19 crisis. On March 13, 2020 McLean Bible Church Loudoun County communicated that it was not meeting in person and moving online. 

“The secret of crisis management is not good vs. bad, it’s preventing the bad from getting worse.

Andy Gilman 

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:3-6 NIV

The other day I wrote about how McLean Bible Montgomery County reacted to Maryland declaring a state of emergency over the COVID-19 virus. You can read that in, “How Mike Kelsey of McLean Bible Montgomery County Reacted to Maryland Declaring a State of Emergency Over COVID-19. Plus How Will Evangelicals React to the Coronavirus? Did Members From McLean Lead the Way in Rioting Over Toilet Paper?” This is a brief post that is documenting how McLean Bible Loudoun County responded to the COVID-19 situation with an email to the congregation on March 13, 2020 at 9:55 p.m.

Hello MBC-Loudoun family,
In light of the ever-changing news and updates related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), 
I wanted to make sure that we did everything possible to communicate well about what’s going on at church. Over the last 24 hours I’ve received a good number of questions from our congregation related to the potential cancellation of various church activities, and whether or not we will be having church gatherings this weekend at Loudoun. In response to those questions, I want to make sure that each of you saw the statement that MBC posted on social media and the church website several hours ago. I hope it answers any questions you might have.
As always, we are grateful for you, our Loudoun family, and we are praying that you stay healthy.

– Patrick Downing, Executive Pastor

Out of an abundance of caution for the members of our church and community, as of Sunday, March 15, all MBC worship gatherings will be moved online until further notice. Please plan to worship online this Sunday at mcleanbible.org at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, or 5 pm, and invite others to join us, as well. We will sing together, pray together, and hear what God’s Word says about freedom from fear, peace over anxiety, joy amidst sickness, and life that conquers death. In addition, we will share important information about countless opportunities we have as a church to make God’s love known in our city and around the world during these days. Needless to say, you don’t want to miss this Sunday!
In addition, all MBC buildings (at all of our campuses) are closed until further notice. The only exceptions to this are for staff and/or volunteers whose work necessitates being at the building, including those who are working on key initiatives across our city during this time (more information to come on Sunday!). All other groups which normally meet on Sundays and during the week are encouraged to explore alternate means of staying closely connected with one another. For more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact your ministry leader.
For more information on how MBC is responding to the Coronavirus, visit mcleanbible.org/coronavirus
While this blog is critical of McLean Bible among other things I also hope that people stay safe in this current pandemic situation.