Updated: Church Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

1210 N. Highland St. Suite A - Arlington, VA - 22201

Update Regarding the Church at Clarendon’s Response to COVID-19 
(March 28, 2020)
 
Dear Church at Clarendon Family, Friends, and Community:

Until further notice, we will hold our worship service virtually instead of in-person. You can see the message on our Facebook page and the video will also be uploaded to our church YouTube page.  

During this time, please make sure you read our weekly e-newsletter that goes out on Thursdays. If you are not currently on our Church e-news list, sign-up for it here: https://www.1bc.org/about-us/contact-us/ 

Effective Sunday March 22nd we will meet for worship service VIRTUALLY instead of in-person in our Sanctuary. This will be the case through at least the end of March. Yes, I do realize that this situation will take longer than two weeks to resolve. But, given how rapidly things are changing, I only feel comfortable looking out a couple weeks at a time right now.

Even though not being together physically on Sunday and Wednesday will be difficult, I do think that this is a perfect time for us to continue to BE the church. During these weeks, we will seek to maintain our connections and keep fulfilling our church theme of Becoming. Better. Together. In fact, it will be very important that we not allow our distance to break our togetherness by becoming more creative and intentional in all that we do.

So, how we will do that?

Below, I have listed the four pillars of our church – Worship, Serve, Grow, Connect – and under each I suggest ways that we will continue to BE who Jehovah has called us to be at this time and in our various communities. Remember, God is at work all around us. Our focus should be on hearing and seeing God daily and then becoming involved with God and with the work that God is already doing.

Worship:

Virtual Worship – Follow our Facebook and YouTube pages to stay connected to us and see live stream and replays of our services. Find us at: The Church at Clarendon.

Sermons – Hear all past and future sermons at: www.1bc.org/sermons

Giving – Keep our church strong during this time by continuing your generous giving. You can give on-line or see the address of where to mail your offering checks here: https://www.1bc.org/giving/

Serve

Food Delivery: I need someone to help me deliver Meals-on-Wheels in Arlington on this coming Wednesday, March 25th at 11am. Email me ([email protected]), if you are willing and able.

Check-Ins: Please check in on the seniors and those who are disabled in our church family and your own family and neighborhoods. How can you help them, while practicing social distancing?

Think of creative ways to support your local first responders: hospital workers, police, fire, and EMTs.

Also, check out Volunteer Arlington’s website to see the many ways that you can help in our community – https://volunteer.leadercenter.org/

Grow

Our Experiencing God (EG) small groups will continue to meet via video and phone conference during this time. Individual small groups should coordinate how best to do this. I will reach out to you individually in the coming days, but if you need help, just let us know at: [email protected]

If you are not in an EG small group, you are encouraged to find a devotional or Christian book that you can read individual or with a virtual group in order to keep your mind and faith engaged. The You-Version Bible App has hundreds of reading plans on various topics. Start there: https://www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/

Connect

Call, text, and Email: Reach out to your friends, family, and church family during this time. In the coming days, we will be setting up Clarendon Connection Circles as a way for our membership to stay connected to the staff and leadership of our church, as well as to one another. If you have the contact info of any member of our church, reach out to them!

Daily Prayer: Take the time to pray for our church, community, country, and world each day at 7am, 2pm, and 8pm. Do this individually or set up a prayer group.

Prayer walks: Be with God in nature. While you are walking around in your neighborhood, pause and pray. You do not have to be obvious about it. Stay alert to how God may lead you to follow up beyond your prayers. Not walking?…Still take the time to pray!

This is a fluid situation, so please remain prayerful and patient. You will hear from me regularly as we get organized and determine new and better ways to stay connected and support one another throughout this time. For now, please do not hesitate to reach out to us in the church office – [email protected] or 703. 525.6116. If you have a need of any kind, please let us know. If you know those who attend our church but are not connected via social media or our e-news list, go ahead and share this information with them. You are the link!

We are praying for you daily and trusting God to take care of us, even as we seek to take care of one another. Believe it or not, we can still fulfil our mission – inviting others to discover Christ and live a life of purpose and passion – even during this time. God is with us!

Loving and praying for you,

Pastor Danielle Bridgeforth