May 9, 2020 Update
Reopening The Church’s Building
After much discussion and consultation with our medical professionals, the elders have set a tentative date of Sunday, June 7 to resume meeting at the church’s building on a very limited basis. In keeping with government recommendations, face coverings are encouraged and physical distancing is to be observed.
Everyone 65 years and older, people with disabilities, people with serious respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, people who are immunocompromised, and others who may be at higher risk for infection should not gather in person until a later time. Families with children under 14 years of age are also encouraged to remain at home during this time. We encourage those who cannot attend to join our assemblies and classes via Live Streaming/Facebook Live/YouTube Live/Zoom.
Other items to be noted: the nursery will be closed, water fountains will not be available, communion items will be available as the prepackaged sets which we have been using recently. More information will be provided as additional details are worked out.
Please review the recommendations from Governor Lee and the CDC.
We look forward to a time when we can all meet with fewer restrictions.
Elders, Central Church of Christ
March 17, 2020 Update
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
After much consideration, consultation, and prayer, the elders of the Central Church of Christ have decided to cancel all public worship and Bible study assemblies at our building until the end of March. As more information comes to light, they will decide what our course of action will be from that point forward.
This is admittedly a drastic measure, but one that is necessary for the good of our community. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is highly contagious, and limiting our exposure (social distancing) is the best method to prevent overwhelming our medical system. Though its presence is barely realized in Northeast Tennessee, it is almost certain to make its way throughout the U.S., just as it has in China, Italy, Iran, and other nations. (73 cases have now been confirmed in Tennessee at the time of this update.)
Steve Ingram stated it well when he said, “The church building will be closed, but the church will remain open.” We are blessed to have technology that will enable the vast majority of the congregation to stay connected. Click here for the class and worship schedule along with information on the technologies that will help us stay connected. You can also connect using the Central app for your smartphone or tablet.
There will be other ways we will seek to stay connected as a family in Christ during this time, and we’ll be sharing that information with you in the days ahead. Check your email daily to find out how we propose to do that.
We continue to stress the importance of physical presence at church assemblies. For the present time, however, that physical presence could be dangerous to the health of those among us who are vulnerable, and it could facilitate the more rapid spread of this virus. That’s why we’re asking you to be patient, stay connected, and pray for God’s help as we navigate these unfamiliar waters.