Dear Providence Road Church Family,
In response to growing concerns over Coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Roy Cooper gave an Executive Order indefinitely banning any gathering of more than 100 people. The CDC later issued a similar statement, limiting groups to 50. March 16, the Mecklenburg County Health Director banned groups of more than 50, and later in the day, a presidential order recommended group sizes be no larger than 10. A state-wide Stay at Home order was issued by Gov. Cooper effective until at least April 29.
This is all in the desire to “flatten the curve” so our health care infrastructure isn’t overwhelmed. In the interest of public safety, and as a display of loving our neighbor well, the PR leadership is making the following decisions and recommendations:
1. A Small Groups Hiatus
In light of the recent presidential recommendation and state directives to limit groups to no more than 10 people, LifeGroups, D-Groups and any other small groups should refrain from meeting in person until further notice.
Zoom is a great way to stay connected visually and audibly with your small group. You can get a free Zoom account at zoom.us (meetings are limited to 40 minutes). If you need the ability to meet longer, please contact Lee Thrasher at email@example.com and he can help with that.
2. NO Gatherings Until the Lifting of the Executive Order
We will not meet for worship nor Bible study on Sundays Until we communicate otherwise, you should assume that we are not meeting at the building for Sunday worship nor any Bible class gatherings.
However, for as long as the Executive Order is in effect, we will continue to hold a time of live worship and Bible teaching on Sundays at 10am, streaming live at www.facebook.com/prcoc and at www.vimeo.com/prcoc. We will post an English version and Spanish translation of the sermon on Vimeo as well.
All other PR events scheduled between today and the lifting of the governor’s Executive Order, whether on campus or off, will not be held. No outside groups will be meeting in our building. We will assess, in due time, whether we can reschedule these events.
3. Serving Opportunities
We as followers of Jesus are not called to run from suffering and tragedy, but to run toward it. While we will continue to take wise precautions (as mentioned above, canceling our gatherings), we also recognize that we have a responsibility to be the hands and feet of Christ, caring for the sick and the vulnerable in times of great need.
In addition to helping those in your immediate circles and neighborhoods, our Community Care Council is working to serve those in our community who are most in need. We are gathering donated items and food at the building on Tuesdays from 9:30am - Noon, Wednesdays from 2:30 - 5:00pm, and Sundays from 2:00 - 4:00pm.
We are confident God will provide what we need to continue fulfilling His mission throughout this crisis. If you normally give by dropping a check or cash in the basket on Sundays, please consider giving online or by texting. You can even setup your gifts on a recurring schedule through PR Connect so you don’t have to worry about forgetting nor making up your contributions when you are unable to attend. Thank you for your generosity!
5. Further Communication
We recognize that this is a dynamic situation with constant new information and updates. While we do not know when we will begin operating according to a normal schedule, we will continue to communicate updates on social media, via email, and on our website.
Know we are praying for you and your loved ones during this time.