This blog post is preserving how Fairfax Community Church is responding to the the COVID-19 pandemic. In this post you will see what the church is communicating to people in its congregation here in the Washington, D.C. area.
“Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases“
28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Colossians 1:29-29 NIV
This post is preserving how Rod Stafford’s Fairfax Community Church is reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is more to write about Fairfax in the days to come. This is what Fairfax is communicating to the Washington, D.C. area.
Online-Only Weekend Services
UPDATED MARCH 17
As most of you are already aware, the entire country is being asked to limit gatherings to 10 or less through March 31 and to remain in our homes as much as possible. This is all in an effort to “flatten the curve” of the Coronavirus spread and to help assure that our medical facilities and medical personnel are not overwhelmed. In light of this, we will extend our current gathering protocol (online-only weekend services, online-only small group gatherings and closure of our building) through March 31.
We will live stream all three of our weekend services (Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 9:30 & 11:15am). Our hope is be able to gather onsite after that. But, in the meantime, we encourage you to join us online as we learn and grow together. And you can still invite your friends!
To watch the livestream on our website, just click here. To watch the service on our Facebook page, go to Facebook.com/fairfaxcc. Consider inviting someone to join you by sending them one of these links.
Online Resources for Fairfax Kids
As we gather online, our desire is to keep your kids engaged and provide ways for them to grow spiritually. We’ve curated online resources for your kids, which we highly encourage you to utilize. You can head to the Fairfax Kids Facebook page to check it out. We are encouraging our parents to watch with their children and are providing questions parents can ask that encourage intentional engagement. Our Fairfax Kids staff will follow up with more specific instructions concerning resources that are available.
Online Engagement with Students
During the next two weeks, the Hangar and the Hub will be doing a live broadcast on Instagram at 4:30 and 6:30pm on Sunday. They will also be having virtual small groups for Middle School and High School students. Starting on Monday, our Student Ministry will be live on Instagram every day at 2:00pm. Our Student Ministry staff will follow up with additional information about all live broadcasts and virtual small groups.
Online Transit and Neighborhood Groups
We are asking ALL of our groups (those meeting in homes and those meeting at the church building) to move to meeting online instead of face-to-face gatherings. Our Community Life staff and Transit staff has provided additional information to all of our groups about creative ways to stay connected and nurture spiritual growth during this time. We still believe that being in a group is the best way to build community and stay connected at Fairfax Church.
Closing the Church Building
The church building will be closed for the next two weeks as we do a complete deep cleaning of the entire facility using EPA Registered Disinfectant. This will be a comprehensive, section-by-section cleaning that will provide a safe environment for kids, students and adults when we reopen the facility.
Serving the Church and the Community
We realize that the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) goes beyond the physical. There is a spiritual, emotional and financial impact as well. If you need to talk to someone about something you are dealing with during this challenging season, please contact us at email@example.com. In addition to serving our congregation, we want to respond to needs we are seeing in our community.
On March 13, we delivered over one thousand cans of soup to a local Title 1 Elementary School. This Fairfax County school has the highest population of students receiving reduce-priced meals. With school closings, food insecurity is a significant problem for these families. Additional cans of soup are being provided for the Lamb Center in Fairfax City. This drop-in day shelter cares for those experiencing homelessness in our area and will continue to provide meals through this crisis.
Even though we are not gathering in-person for the next two weeks, you still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by giving your tithes and offerings to support the ongoing mission of our church. In many ways, our commitments both locally and globally are even greater during this time. You can give online here. Thank you!
It is important to emphasize that none of these decisions are fear-based decisions. Rather, they are decisions rooted in faith-filled wisdom. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a broken, fallen world where people deal with sickness, suffering, and death on a daily basis. But, even though the circumstances surrounding this pandemic are rapidly changing, the power of God has not changed. The hope of the gospel has not changed. And our mission as a church has not changed. God is still in control and our hope is found in Him alone!