CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

June 21, 2020

We’re REOPENING!
 
 
July 5th will be the first day that we reopen our campus, and we are so excited! We have waited for a long time to get back together, and it’s almost here! Our top priority is keeping you safe, so here’s what you need to know! *Watch Pastor Kevin’s interview below for more information.
 
We are opening in a limited capacity, and are using a ticketing system so that we can make sure we can maintain social distancing. To get your FREE ticket, you need to have the Ginger Creek App so you can reserve your space. The ticket will be available on June 28. When you get on campus, we will have an awesome team of volunteers to make sure everyone stays safe.
 
Our volunteers will hand sanitizer available if you need it. We do ask that you maintain social distancing. There will be signs to help you navigate seating and social distancing.
 
We will not be providing GC Kids Church until further notice. Please plan accordingly.
 
We are so excited to worship with you on July 5th! Make sure you download the app so you can get your ticket!
 
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If you plan to stay at home, we got you covered! Online services will still be available at 9 & 10:30 AM. Watch on the App, Website, Facebook, or YouTube.
 
 
Join us in the Virtual Lobby every Sunday morning, 15 minutes before each service.
 
Watch the latest messages and interviews here.

March 14, 2020

Friends,

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
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.

OFFERING
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.

COMMUNION
We will not pass Communion trays when we observe the ordinance at weekend services. We will provide prepacked, individually wrapped Communion elements.

DOORS
To minimize your need to touch door handles, our volunteer teams will hold exterior doors open to greet you.

GREETING
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.

Cleaning
We are committed to wiping down hard surfaces frequently with disinfectant wipes. We are also making hand sanitizer more readily available throughout our building.

Gingercreek.org
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.

Prevention
We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the CDC recommendations here.

Updates
We will provide necessary updates to you via email, post them on our website, and notify you through the Ginger Creek app.

Please be prayerful for our world and community, specifically for those who are directly impacted by this virus.