COVID-19 News & Updates

 

Why are all church services and activities suspended?
 
On March 13, 2020 Bishop Sharma Lewis shared the following announcement, “In monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the state of emergency announced by Governor Northam yesterday (March 12,2020), all Virginia Conference churches are to cancel worship service for Sunday, March 15 and Sunday, March 22. I also strongly urge that any large gatherings at your church be postponed. Public health officials have shared that with an abundance of caution we can help slow the spread of disease by practicing social distancing.”
 
Since this announcement was made the suspension of worship and church activities has been extended through the month of April.
 

What is COVID-19 and why we should take it seriously?

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. A newly identified type has caused a recent outbreak of respiratory illness now called COVID-19.
 
Some have wrongly said that COVID-19, is “no worse than the flu!” This simply is not true! Mortality rates are roughly 2% of those who contract it—which is around 20 times higher than the flu’s 0.001% mortality rate.
 
By following the protocols put into place (quarantining and practicing social distancing), we are helping to “flatten the curve” and slow the progression of the disease and reduce the “peak” number of sick individuals. This helps to reduce the overwhelming of hospitals.

Who is at Risk? According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. These people who may be at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious underlying medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease
For more information about COVID-19 in Virginia please visit: www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/
 
For the most up-to-date information from the Virginia Annual Conference please visit:
https://vaumc.org/Coronavirus2020

What are we doing as a church?

We recognize that not being able to physically gather together for worship, prayer, fellowship, and Bible study is upsetting, disappointing, and challenging. However, our church is continuing in its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The weekly Sunday sermons will be posted to our church Youtube and Facebook pages and we have created several Zoom classes for all ages and stages scheduled to take place. For more information please contact our church office: office@sccumc.org
 
Bishop Sharma Lewis welcomes everyone to join in praying the following prayer each day at 12 PM:
Almighty God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit,We thank you for your blessings, past, present and future.You are our rock and the source of our hope in all things and at all times. As Jehovah Jireh, our provider God, we ask you this day to stretch out your mighty hand and eradicate from the face of the earth forever this virus called COVID19 (coronavirus) that is spreading rapidly from continent to continent.We also pray that you, Jehovah Rapha, our healing God, would place your hand upon all of those who have been stricken by this virus and restore them to full health. Be with those who have lost loved ones and are grieving. Protect all who are caring for those with this virus and keep them from contracting it themselves. Calm our fears and provide us with your peace that surpasses all understanding.Strengthen us with the joy of the Lord and help us to hold firmly to the hope that only you can provide.Unify us that we,the Virginia Annual Conference,may be able to experience anew the promise of your presence in and through the unity of our faith, hope and trust in you in the days ahead and forever. We offer this prayer in the mighty name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. AMEN
 
We are also doing what we can to provide assistance to the most vulnerable and at-risk persons both in our church and our community by coordinating an outreach ministry in which we bring household necessities, groceries, and basic provisions to those persons in need. In order to learn more about this ministry, please contact Judy at djsandbridge@cox.net