March 14, 2020
When we wrote to you just a few days ago, we indicated that we would be monitoring the guidance of local, state and national authorities with respect to the spread of COVID-19. Perhaps the most significant development since then was Governor Pritzker’s order yesterday to close all schools in the state beginning this coming Tuesday. This new directive adds to precautions previously in place that included a request for gatherings of 250 or more to cancel or postpone their events. Therefore, out of respect for these directives and from an abundance of concern for the more vulnerable among us, we have decided to close the Ginger Creek campus until further notice. But remember, the church goes on.
Keep these three things in mind as we make this adjustment. First, continue to gather for worship! We will Livestream both services
tomorrow at the usual times of 9 and 10:30am, complete with live music and a live message. Pastor Kevin will be continuing the Rock-Bottom series. We encourage you all to join us from the comfort of your own homes (wear your PJs!) and grab your computer or smartphone as we all gather online instead of in person. Click here to visit the church homepage, from which you can join the livestream with a single click.
Second, continue to group up. It has never been more important to connect with other Christ followers than now. We form groups that are devoted to the gospel, each other, prayer, and sharing meals (in the pattern of the early church, Acts 2:42). Gather to encourage one another through fellowship, prayer, meals and the gospel. It’s part of God’s plan for your personal spiritual breakthrough. We all need to do this so let’s make sure we continue it, especially during this unusual time. (Click here to test drive a group if you don’t have one)
Third, continue to give. We are all called to do our part in our family, community and church. Remember during this time when many are thinking about storing things up, we are called to give (and thereby store up treasures in Heaven, Matthew 6:19-21). Most of us will give our family anything we can, but remember those around you in your community and look for ways to give to them as well. This may be the greatest door for ministry God has opened between you and your neighbors. Go through it. Remember your church and look for ways to give. Keep in mind that we give through the church, not to the church. Your giving goes through this gospel-centered church to support God’s mission in Aurora and around the world. One of the things we can’t do virtually is “pass the bags” to receive our tithes and offerings, so we encourage you to do so online. If you haven’t tried our new online giving platform, it’s so much easier than before! You don’t even need to create an account!
Our mission is to help people experience God, Breakthrough and Calling. When we gather together for worship, people experience God. When we group together, we experience breakthrough. And when we give together we experience our calling. Remember, God will bring us through this together.
We expect the campus to be closed for several weeks and we will provide updates as we continue to respond to the rapidly changing
situation. At the very least, we very much hope to gather together for our three Easter Sunday services at 8, 9:30 and 11am on April 12. Please make plans to invite someone to come with you on Easter!
March 11, 2020
Ginger Creek Friends,
We’ve been closely monitoring the news about the coronavirus (COVID-19). As you’re likely aware, the first case of the virus in Kane county was confirmed on March 10. While we know this virus is primarily spread through close contact, we want to take precautionary measures to create a safe and healthy environment for us all to gather and worship.
We are following updates from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Kane County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on their information, we are implementing a multiphase pandemic response plan. This plan will change and adjust based on the updates we receive, but as of March 11, 2020, here are the precautions we are taking to increase health measures and mitigate the spread of germs.
Baptism is a sacred part of our faith journey, and we will hold Baptism this weekend. We are taking precautions to ensure the highest possible water quality in our baptismal pool to create the safest possible experience for all participants and helpers.
We recommend that you give your tithe and offering online. We will not pass offering bags during the service but will have giving stations available on the way out of the worship center.
We will not pass Communion trays when we observe the ordinance at weekend services. We will provide prepacked, individually wrapped Communion elements.
To minimize your need to touch door handles, our volunteer teams will hold exterior doors open to greet you.
We will suspend our customary time of greeting during services, and we recommend you greet each other in the lobby with smiles and waves instead of handshakes.
We are committed to wiping down hard surfaces frequently with disinfectant wipes. We are also making hand sanitizer more readily available throughout our building.
If you find yourself feeling sick, we encourage you to join us digitally on gingercreek.org. We stream live at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM on Sundays.
We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the CDC recommendations here.
Please be prayerful for our world and community, specifically for those who are directly impacted by this virus.