Updated 3/13/2020 @ 3:30 PM
Dear Chapelstreet Church Family,
We have been praying for wisdom to lead God’s people at Chapelstreet lovingly and decisively, without being reactionary, in a situation that is escalating and changing rapidly. And we are so thankful for the presence of Jesus during these uncertain times. Rest assured that we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in light of Governor Pritzker’s current guidelines for mass gatherings in order to slow the spread of the virus.
After much prayer and consultation from a variety of sources, including medical professionals, community & school officials, and other local church leaders, and out of an abundance of care for our communities, we are temporarily moving to a live, online-only worship experience beginning this weekend and continuing for the next three weeks (Mar. 14/15, 21/22, 28/29). We are also suspending ALL on-site ministry programs and activities until further notice. This was a very difficult decision, but we did so to honor our governing officials who have urged extreme caution, to love our neighbors well, many of whom are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and to continue to be a chapel on our street—meeting people where they are.
Just to be clear: This means that we will not gather in person at any of our locations this weekend. We look forward to worshiping with you online at chapelstreet.church/live starting this Sunday, March 15 at 9:15 a.m. The service will be available to watch throughout the day. The most updated information will be available via our church website and the Chapelstreet Church app.
Look for more creative online programming options to come your way in the coming days!
As your pastor, I want to encourage you to fix your eyes on Jesus, to remain faithful in prayer, and to stay engaged with your church.
Here are four ways to stay engaged:
- Stay faithful in prayer – We believe that prayer changes things, so we will pray for medical professionals, government leaders, those who are currently sick, those who are at risk, and those who are in fear. We also pray that the church would be unified and shine the light of Christ during this difficult time.
- Stay faithful in service & witness – Throughout history, this has always been one of the defining characteristics of Jesus’ people. Whether it was caring for the sick during plagues, establishing the first hospitals, or caring for orphans, Jesus’ followers have always led with service.
- Stay faithful in generosity – When fear and anxiety rule, we tend to turn inward and have a “me first” mentality. However, our calling as a church is to be generous in all things. If you have not already done so, please consider setting up your recurring giving online.
- Stay faithful in hope – In Romans 12:12, Paul instructs us to “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” Our hope is not rooted in our ever-changing circumstances, but in the never-changing character of our sovereign God.
There is always a Kingdom of God opportunity in every crisis. I look forward to seeing how God will use us to be the Church where we live, work, and play.
Prayerfully & Hopefully,