CORVID-19 UPDATE

We are thinking about you and about all of our neighborhoods as we proactively respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to take every precaution to keep our church family healthy and safe when you are with us. This page is the most up-to-date place to receive answers to commonly asked questions.

We are praying for those who have been impacted by this illness, as well as those who are working around the clock to provide health care and find effective treatments. Let’s choose to respond with hope and faith, not fear.

 

Will Westside be holding services?

As of a couple of days ago, we knew there was a possibility that the Governor would put a restriction on the size of gatherings to 100 and above. That mandate came through late this afternoon which means for the immediate future, we will not be gathering for worship at Westside. Instead, we will live stream the service each week @ 10am until this restriction is lifted. I know this is not the ideal, but it does give us a chance to be the church in our homes and neighborhoods. I’ll share more on this tomorrow during our live stream as well as this coming week.

Again, I know this is a tough time for everyone that’s why I felt led to change what I was preaching on and focus on the topic... “Dealing with Adversity”.

Also, here is a link to our online giving portal from our website: http://giving.westside.cc/

 

Is Westside canceling any activities or events?

We have canceled the Pancakes & PJ’s All Church Hang Out that was scheduled for this Sunday night, March 15th.

 

How is Westside keeping our campus healthy and safe?

• Minimizing skin-to-skin contact by asking all of our greeters to refrain from shaking hands with people as they enter our services; elbow bumps and smiles.

• Enhancing sanitization of high-touch areas in addition to the routine cleaning and sanitizing we do on a regular basis.

• Sanitizing toys and furniture in our Kid’s Ministry.

• Ensuring that people preparing communion thoroughly wash their hands and wear gloves as well as we have changed how we will serve communion.

• Not providing food for Take 5.

• Limiting our Take 5 time to a couple minutes.

• Elevating availability and visibility of hand sanitizer.

 

What can I do to help keep Westside healthy and safe?

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:

• Staying home and watching online if you are showing any symptoms.

• Frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.

• Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

• Covering your cough or sneeze.

• Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.

 

How should we respond spiritually to COVID-19?

We want to take the impact of this pandemic on our world seriously. We want to be wise by implementing the recommendations of our local, state, and national health organizations. We know that we live in a fallen and broken world that is daily impacted by sickness and death, but we have hope because of Jesus. We want to share that hope with those who need peace during this time. We also want to be diligent in prayer. Pray for those who are sick and their families, for those who are living in fear and anxiousness, for the professionals who are providing medical care, for those working on treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, and for our leaders to act with wisdom and courage as they make vital decisions that impact each of our lives. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)