* Newest Updates 5/2/2020 *
As you know, Governor Kemp has lifted certain Covid-19 restrictions with strict social distancing guidelines. Although our governor is allowing churches to hold in-person services, we plan to take a very cautious approach out of concern for those in our congregation and community who are most at-risk. We originally hoped to host in-person services on our Main Campus and our Senoia Campus on Sunday, May 10. We would only do this, of course, if we could offer the safest possible environments for our church family.
Unfortunately, we have been met with several barriers which prevent us from re-opening and, in the interest of protecting our congregation, we've made the prayerful decision to remain online for the rest of the month of May.
However, we are working on a plan to invite a different small group to the Main Campus Auditorium each Sunday at 9:30 AM, beginning May 10. We will have strict social distancing and sanitizing procedures in place and will only invite the number of people that our supplies can handle. Pastor Butch will organize a schedule and send invitations for groups to attend during the coming weeks. As a safety precaution, we ask that you not come to the campus unless your group is invited by Pastor Butch.
I know it may be disappointing to hear that we cannot resume meeting on-campus at this time, but I hope you understand that our decisions are made with the safety of you and your family foremost in our minds.
* Previous Updates *
Please keep in mind that changes to the Covid-19 status or state mandates from Governor Kemp could affect our tentative plans. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the campus, but we urge you to stay home and enjoy our online services if:
- You are more comfortable worshiping from the comfort and safety of your own home right now.
- You are sick.
- You have been exposed to someone who is sick.
- You are in the at-risk category as outlined by Governor Kemp. Medically fragile and elderly Georgians have been asked by Governor Kemp to shelter in place until May 13.
Please take a few moments to read through the guidelines that we will work hard to implement when we are able to return to campus:
- On-campus Sunday morning Children's Ministry is currently suspended. Online activities will continue.
- On-campus Sunday morning Student Ministry is currently suspended. Online activities will continue.
- On-campus Small Groups are currently suspended. Online groups will continue.
- Our Holy Grounds Coffee Bar service is currently suspended.
- We will gather only in the Auditorium on the Main Campus.
- We ask everyone to wear a mask to campus. We will have masks on hand for those who don't have their own.
- Our restrooms will not be available for use, unless there is an emergency.
- Our Red Carpet Team and our staff will be offering non-contact greetings (a wave and a smile). We ask our church family to do the same.
- Our campus will be clean and safe.
- We will offer social distance seating.
- We will dismiss in an orderly way to ensure social distancing.
- We will not pass the offering plate, but there are several alternative ways to give:
1. Drop your tithe in the offering containers in the Auditorium.
2. Give online: https://communitybible.church/giving
3. Text "give" to 678-498-7688.
4. Mail your tithe to 2001 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge, GA, 30281.
5. Drop your tithes off at the outdoor church drop box anytime. The small, black, secure box is located right beside the church office door.
- Celebrate Recovery will not meet on campus at this time.
Please know it is our goal to keep you as informed as possible during this ever-changing public health crisis and as we make adjustments to our plans referenced above. Thank you for your understanding and patience. We are excited about seeing you and worshiping with you again soon!
With the health and well-being of our church family and our community as our top priority, and in compliance with the recommendations of the CDC regarding COVID-19, all services at our Stockbridge and Senoia campuses are moved online until further notice.
This music, discussion, and format resonated with so many folks and we are looking forward to continuing this as well as adding even more creative elements in the coming weeks.
During the week, interact with us on social media
and stay in touch with your small group, your friends, and your family. We may not be meeting in person but we can encourage and check on each other through phone calls, Facetime, text, and social media (see more info below about how to keep meeting with your small group). If you see a need, try to meet that need.
Thankfully the church is not a building; it's us! If we use the technology God has blessed us with, we can remain unified, focused on Jesus, and in tune with God's call on our lives and church family.
In case you haven't joined an online service in a while, here are some reminders for you:
- Our Online Campus Team will interact with you throughout the services and will be there to answer questions.
- You may submit prayer requests through our Online Campus on Sunday or here at any time.
- We encourage you to send questions during the message. We may not be able to get to all of them, but we will try our best.
- There are many ways to worship the Lord through giving online.
We care about you and your family and in an effort to stay connected and understand the needs of our church family, our Pastors and Elders are preparing to make care and wellness calls to check in with all members.
Our staff continues to be available and we are operating as usual during the weekdays. You may reach out to us by emailing staff members using this format: (email@example.com).
Finally, please pray like never before. As you know, entire industries, businesses, and churches are facing serious challenges. At Community, we are continuing to reach out and meet needs during this time, but we do need prayer. It is such a comfort and a blessing to be part of the Community family always, but especially in times like these!
Watch Community's online service from last Sunday:
Ways to show love to our local and global community through this crisis:
PRAY : Please pray like never before. As you know, families, entire industries, businesses, and churches are facing serious challenges. We are praying together daily at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM, and we invite you to join us via teleconference. Call 712-432-3900 and use the Access Code: 4740121#.
Pray for our community, our state, our country, and our world, especially those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for healthcare workers, first responders, truck drivers, grocery store employees, churches, small businesses, and our government. Pray for parents who are working from home and home-schooling their children. Pray for teachers who are working harder than ever as they guide their students through this challenging time in education. Pray for those who have lost their jobs. Pray for those who are taking major financial hits. Pray for people who are sick and for those fighting for their lives. Pray for compassion, and unity, and healing. Pray for people who are living in worry and fear. Pray for those in recovery as weekly Celebrate Recovery meetings have been suspended. Pray for those who need Jesus.
MEET NEEDS : If you see a need, try to meet that need. Check in on neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family who may be in need of:
- Grocery shopping
- Childcare, when possible, for those still required to work
- Tutoring for their children through Facetime or a phone call
- A friendly conversation
- A job. Be on the lookout for job postings and share with friends who are out of work
- Sew Masks: We are in need of people to help make masks for our healthcare workers. If you would like to help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
(We strongly encourage everyone to pay attention to and follow instructions and guidance from the CDC and government officials. See links provided below to these sites.)
GIVE : The Community family is an incredibly generous group people, always looking for ways to help.
- Give non-perishable foods, baby supplies, and toiletries to the Community Out Team. Drop off your donation any time on the Out Team Modular 3 covered porch.
- Continue giving. There are many ways to continue worshiping the Lord through your tithes and offerings. Give online or check out additional ways to give here. Your generosity allows us to continue serving our community, both locally and globally, during this crisis.
It is so important for each of us to stay connected to our small groups, especially during this time of social distancing. I'm so grateful we have the technology to remain unified, focused on Jesus, and in regular touch with each other.
The New Testament Church, found in the Book of Acts, was built on home churches. It is the reason why the Church has survived crisis after crisis and has remained a force in the world for more than 2,000 years. With this in mind, we are challenging each of our small groups to meet virtually each week to encourage each other, study God's word, share what's going on in your lives, and pray for each other.
Here's how to stay connected:
- Check out our list of small groups that are currently meeting online here.
- Find the group that suits your schedule and email us at email@example.com TODAY. Our team will help you get plugged into that group.
- If you don't see a group that meets your needs, email us and we will help you start a group!
- If you already have a small group, meet virtually with them.
"And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." Hebrews 10:2
This is how we are going to get through this difficult season: TOGETHER!
Resources to Stay Connected
Right Now Media: Right Now Media is an awesome resource for people of all ages, even children! It's like a Netflix of bible studies. There are bible studies for men, women, students, couples, and tons of shows for kids. Right Now Media is our FREE gift to every person who becomes a member of Community. If you are not a member of Community and would like to be, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and say "I want to be a member of Community!" Then, we will send you an invite to Right NowMedia and you will have hundreds of bible studies and resources for your children right at your fingertips.
Previous Sermons: If you've missed a sermon, catch up on our YouTube channel.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The leading national public health institute of the United States.
Georgia Department of Public Health
The lead agency in Georgia for preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing.
World Health Organization (WHO)
A specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with world public health.
Uncertainty and confusion can have a harmful effect on your mental health. This article from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention gives you five ways to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.
The Community Worship Team is putting together weekly playlists of hopeful worship songs on our Spotify® profile
. Listen and be reminded of the hope that God provides every day.