OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE

On this page, we will keep you informed of the church’s ongoing response to this crisis.

 

Church Family Updates

 

What if I need help?

 

How can I help?

 

How can I grow?

 

Where Can I Learn More About COVID-19?

 

How Can I Stay Emotionally Healthy?

 

Not Getting Updates? Contact Us!

 

Updated: September 1, 2020

 

 


Church Family Updates


Return to Sunday Morning Worship is underway!

“I rejoiced when they said to me let us go to the house of the Lord” Psalm 122:1

Service times

Two services in the Sanctuary - 9:00am and 11:00am.

Current worship format (pastors seated, limited singing, 45-ish minutes).

Live streaming of 9:00am service

Additional elements

Advance registration via email each week

(see below on how to register)

Limited seating at each service (approx. 60-70)

Simple check-in procedure 15 minutes before services

No nursery/childcare or Children’s SS class

Safety measures

Masks required while indoors (available at check-in)

Safe seating areas

6 ft. distancing for non-family

Sanitizing before and between services

HOW TO REGISTER FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP

Seating IS limited so we are asking you to please

register before attending Sunday services each week

1.  Register via Email:   register@greenwichpres.org

2.  Your name and names of family members attending with you

3.  Which service you plan to attend:  9:00 or 11:00

4.  That’s it!  You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hrs

(Registration open Monday through Friday 5:00pm)


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What If I Need Help?

 

As we follow the government and healthcare provider recommendations in the coming days, some in the church family may find themselves in need of necessities such as food, supplies, and medication. Or you may just find that you feel isolated and need someone to talk to! We have a number of volunteers from our church community who are available to run errands and assist those in need in the community. If you need anything in the coming weeks, please contact us.

 

Church Office: office@greenwichpres.org or 703.754.7933
 

In case of pastoral emergency contact:   

Pastor Don Meeks, dmeeks@greenwichpres.org or 703.402.7724

Associate Pastor Eric Beckman, ebeckman@greenwichpres.org or 703.209-7125

Lucille Marciano, Director of Congregational Care, lmarciano@greenwichpres.org or 704.453.9221

 

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How Can I Grow?

 

One of the unexpected blessings of the coming weeks may be time. The unsettling of our daily lives and routines can be an opportunity to create new habits and make some investments in our spiritual growth. We want to begin by challenging you to read your Bible every day.  If you do not already have a Bible reading routine, we want to encourage you to start in one of two places:

The Gospel of John in the New Testament: John is organized around a series of encounters that Jesus has with people. He instructs. He heals. He encourages. He challenges. And He forgives.

The Psalms in the Old Testament: This book of prayers is both encouraging, honest, and teaches us how to pray with wisdom, integrity, and faithfulness. Don Meeks has also recorded a helpful Bible study on Praying the Psalms.

 

RightNow Media: If you would like to begin a Bible study for yourself or your family, a great resource is RightNow Media, a library of video-based Bible courses at no cost to you. Visit our Online Resource Page to create an account or login to RightNow.

 

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Where Can I Learn More About COVID-19 & What Should I Do?

 

A good starting point for information & what to do is the National Centers for Disease Control

 

Follow Government Mandates: As Christians, we are called to “submit ourselves to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1). Therefore, the leadership of Greenwich encourages you to follow the recommendations of local, state, and national authorities for how to stay healthy and keep others healthy during this crisis.

 

Prince William County

 

Fauquier County

 

Commonwealth of Virginia

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How Can I Stay Emotionally Healthy?

 

Adapted from a blogpost in Psychology Today by Margot Starbuck (former Greenwich Women’s Retreat Speaker circa 2009!)

 

Pay Attention to Your Body and Your Emotions: It’s natural to experience stress and anxiety in the face of a threat we cannot control. Because every person reacts differently, notice what your body and emotions are telling you:

• Listen to your emotions, noticing any anxiety, sadness, anger, or detachment;

• Listen to your body, noticing any change in appetite, new aches and pains, or feeling particularly hot or cool; and,

• When you notice troubling symptoms, pause to care for your body and mind. If you become unable to manage or function well, seek the assistance of a professional.

Access Reliable Resources: You can choose how you will receive and consume information about the outbreak. If you rely on panicked phone calls from your anxious loved ones, you’re likely to suffer more than if you choose to rely on credible sources. Two reliable sources for health news include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization. Also, if you become consumed by breaking news about the spread of COVID-19, you can also choose to step away from media reports for a time.

Share Reliable Information: Another way to care for yourself is to care for others by sharing the best information you’ve discovered. When you find a reputable resource that’s particularly helpful, share it with a loved one. When you learn about practices that keep people safe, let a relative who is vulnerable to illness know. In a culture where people are feeling anxious, you can be a gift to others.

Practice Self-Care: In the midst of a stressful season or situation, many self-care practices are the same ones that prove helpful in everyday living:

• Maintain your normal routines.

• Connect with family and friends.

• Eat well.

• Stay active.

• Get adequate rest.

• Do enjoyable activities.

• Employ coping skills that nurture your spirit, like mindfulness exercises or prayer.

Support Each Other: We aren’t created to go through extreme stress alone, so this is also a time as part of God’s family to care for each other. Here are two questions to keep asking yourself:

• What opportunities do I have to help others?

• What is overwhelming right now that I should ask someone for help with?

While it feels like there is a lot we can’t control amidst concerns over COVID-19, every one of us can make choices to stay emotionally healthy.


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