March 12, 2020
Dear The Rock community,
By now you’re hearing from businesses, schools, and, of course, the 24-hour news cycle about quarantines, cancellations, and precautions in our area.
It can be pretty unnerving. We start asking questions like, ‘Do I have an underlying condition that makes me vulnerable?’ ‘Will my age effect my immune system response?’ ‘Is it safe to go out of my house?’
It’s hard sometimes to separate the truth from the hysteria (after all, news media outlets are competing with each other for your viewing time). But, we do agree that it’s a time to be cautious, particularly for the sake of our most vulnerable worshipers. In that effort, we want to inform you of the steps The Rock is taking in order to protect our church community as best we can.
With all this being said, please know we definitely feel we need to remember Jesus’ words: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).
So, armed with our faith, we have put the following sensible protocols in place:
- We have implemented a management plan to take precautions and plan for contingencies as the coronavirus situation evolves. Our number 1 goal is the safety and well-being of our church community.
- We are actively monitoring notices from the CDC, the New York State Department of Health, and the Chautauqua County Health Department.
- We are following best cleaning practices. All hard surfaces (e.g. counters, doorknobs, railings, gates, nursery chairs, tables and toys) in common areas and party rooms are cleaned each Sunday morning before the general public arrives. All seats have been disinfected in theaters as well.
- We have placed hand sanitizer in all group spaces.
- We will continue to have Communion, using pre-packaged Communion kits to ensure maximum safety.
Should there be any cancellations, it is important that you do the following to make sure you receive the most up-to-date info from The Rock:
- Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@therockcc.church)
- Download our new app which is available at the bottom of this page, making sure you allow for push notifications.
- Sign up for our Weekly Update by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, informing us that you would like to receive it.
- Visit this website.
While we have no current plans to close our Sunday morning gatherings to the public, in the event that it is mandated or we feel it is in the best interest of the community to do so, we plan to broadcast a 10am service online! You can join us live either on Facebook Live or by clicking HERE Sundays at 10AM.
Basically, we ask our Rock community to use personal hygiene guidelines provided by the CDC:
Frequent hand-washing with soap for 20 seconds, using sanitizer when possible, and covering your mouth/nose when sneezing or coughing – then throwing the tissue in the trash. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Bottom line: If you are sick, have flu-like symptoms, or have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus, or if you’ve traveled to a high-risk area (or have been exposed to someone who has), please stay home.
Remember, you can view our services in their entirety online here:
Also, you can still give and contribute to the ministry of The Rock here: https://www.kindridgiving.com/app/giving/therockchurchjamestown
We want you to know that, to date, we have not received any communication from the Department of Health that Chautauqua County is directly affected in any way. All scheduled activities and services are still continuing as usual.
We will continue to monitor our protocols in connection with recommendations from the CDC, state and local health authorities, and will update our response as needed.
Let’s keep living our lives! (And maybe take a break from the news cycle for a few minutes.)
May God Bless you and your family,
Lead Pastor @ The Rock