With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) having been declared a worldwide pandemic and being on everyone’s minds, we wanted to reach out and let you know it’s on our mind too! Like you, we’ve been tracking all the news and information about the Coronavirus and its impact locally in the state of Washington and around the world.
At Summit, we want to be as proactive and considerate as possible when it comes to your health and the health of your family. That’s why this Sunday we will not be gathering at any of our three locations (South, U-District, and Cheney). Instead, we’re going to have church online. If you are symptom-free, this is a great opportunity to host a small gathering in your home, have breakfast, worship together, enjoy service and pray for one another. Let’s use this as an opportunity to increase our local community rather than distance us in any way. This week’s service will be available starting Sunday at 9 am on our Youtube channel or our website. Should it be necessary, in the weeks to come we will have a live feed available and will email and post more details regarding times and where to find our live feed.
We often talk about being ‘in the city for the city’ and although this was an incredibly difficult decision to make, we believe that one of the best ways we can love our city is by taking proactive steps to slow the potential spread of germs. All larger mid-week gatherings including Alpha, Young Adults, and Summit Students will also be postponed. Decisions around our weekend services and mid-week gatherings will be made on a weekly basis moving forward as we continue to keep our eyes on the situation. We are committed to listening to officials and taking the necessary and recommended precautions to keep everyone healthy!
As Jesus-followers, we don’t live in or lead out of fear. As a matter of fact, the phrase “fear not” is one of the most repeated commands in the Bible. Let’s make sure we are wise and discerning, but not fearful in this next season as we pray for containment and quick recovery of those affected by COVID-19. In this season, our city needs the Church to rise up and be people of faith. We get to be the hands and feet of Jesus and be a voice of hope in this time.
Just because we aren’t going to physically be together this Sunday, doesn’t mean we can’t still have Church. We’re going to worship, we’re going to pray, we’re going to give generously, we’re going to continue in our teaching series ‘Counterfeit gods’ and we are expectant that God is going to meet you wherever you are this Sunday.
In the meantime, here are ways that you can help:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you’re not feeling well plan to stay home.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm or elbow when coughing and sneezing.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- To stay informed or for more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website and avoid falling into the trap of believing everything you read online or on social media.
Please join us in praying for wisdom for our leaders and those in our state, the Pacific Northwest and around the world who have been affected by COVID-19. We will continue to keep you updated on our website and social media channels with any details or additional opportunities to help or serve our city.
We will see you online this Sunday for an amazing weekend worshiping and learning together.
Summit Church Team