Important announcement regarding in-person worship | 11.18.20
St. Andrew has decided to continue with online worship only for the next few weeks and resume live in-person worship, God-willing, on Thursday and Sunday, December 17 & 20. This was not an easy decision, just one that had to be made. It comes after much prayer, discussion with members, and analysis of the current COVID situation. A few, but not all factors include:
- Rising hospitalizations and positive test rates in Dane County demonstrate the serious nature of this threat.
- Executive Order #10 by Public Health Madison and Dane County places new restrictions on gatherings. Churches are still allowed to gather under the order, but the sentiment of the Order restricts gatherings until December 16.
- We want to do our part to protect our neighbors’ health, including “frontline” workers who serve Jesus in healthcare, first-responders, and the called workers and volunteers who have roles in worship services.
- We want to do all we can so that as soon as possible we can fulfill Jesus’ desire that we gather together.
- We will use the next three weeks to evaluate and determine changes, if any, to our practices when we again gather. Gathering for worship here, to our knowledge, has not resulted in any spread of the disease. We pray for that to continue and will take steps toward it.
- We do this with the prayer that we will be better prepared to gather for in-person worship by Christmas.
- When we gather again for worship, we encourage those who are at risk, test positive, or suspect exposure to forego the blessing of fellowship in worship and make use of our online services.
- This decision is about worship services and in-person Growth Groups, not about Westside Christian School. WCS has its own mitigation plan that follows state and local guidelines with provisions too numerous to list here.
Pray for the gospel ministry of your church, including those who will labor to provide online services. Pray for the Spirit to move his people to receive the message with joy at home for now and enter his courts with praise when possible. Pray that the God of peace give us peace in uncertain times.
UPDATE March 26
Coronavirus support resources
Many of you have found the online worship services, and a number of you are participating in virtual Growth Groups. We’ve put together an additional resource page in coordination with a few other churches that lists activities, regional resources we’ve been made aware of, and activities for you and your family. Go to st-andrew-online.org/
UPDATE March 14
Out of love for one another, St. Andrew will only deliver worship services online and not live for the next 2 weeks. This means no worship in our building until Sunday, March 29. Plugged Into Jesus will not meet this Sunday, March 15, or next Sunday, March 22.
Worship isn’t canceled, only gathering for worship in our building has been temporarily suspended. To help you worship in your home, our musicians, pastors, and tech servants will be creating videos for you to use. Services will be posted to St-Andrew-online.org/onlineworship which will be available tomorrow morning.
If you’re elderly or have a compromised immune system, your risk is greater if you contract COVID-19. Let us help you stay out of risky environments. Can we help you by delivering food, going the store for you, or some other need? If you’d like to discuss such a need or if you’d like to help provide such care, contact our Pastor for Service and Outreach at 608-620-7102 or at [email protected].
Westside Christian School is following the mandate to not have classes in the building until April 6. Principal Pucci and the teachers are making plans to provide online learning after spring break.
We take our mission seriously. That’s why we’re making these temporary adjustments to both deliver the gospel and to love God’s people.
Panic? Naah. We believe medicine is a gift from God and we believe our God can work however he chooses to protect his people. So . . . wash your hands, follow the CDC guidelines, and then go about your business as best you can. He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all . . . has this. And you. We’ll get through this; let’s make it our goal that as we do, God gets glory in this.