How Bridge Church Is Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As we relayed in our previous Coronavirus update, as state and city policy changes, we will also make the appropriate adjustments to our response to the coronavirus. Governor Andrew Coumo announced this afternoon that churches like ours in the state of New York would be reduced to 50% of their legal capacity. Due to this and the guidance to social distancing, we have decided as a church to make significant changes to our Sunday worship services.
For Sunday March 15 & Sunday March 22, we will have one, online worship service at 4pm, instead of our usual in-person 4pm and 6pm worship services. This worship service will be closed to the public.
To recap, on Sunday March 15 & Sunday March 22:
1) We will feature a 4pm service with worship & preaching that will be available online
2) Our worship service will be closed to the public. Only essential personnel will be present
3) The 4pm Service will be available on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/BridgeChurchNYC
In addition to these Sunday modifications:
We will monitor the situation moving forward.
City Groups are cancelled until Tuesday, April 14 & Wednesday, April 15.
What can you do?
Please share the word to invite others to experience our Bridge Church online worship experience.
Note: Bridge Church Pastors have consulted with the City of New York and have insured our policies are in accordance with their guidelines which are also informed by the Center for Disease Control. For more information, you can visit nyc.gov/coronavirus and cdc.gov. You can also text COVID to 692692 for more up-to-date information (and to ward off rumors). Additionally, you can call 311 if you need medical or other support.
God is still on the throne. He is still good, and our lives are still in the best possible care. COVID-19 did not catch God by surprise. He is a solid rock even in these uncertain times. We encourage you to stay inspired and informed. We are reminded in God’s word:
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18. We recognize that beyond every crisis there’s the Christ who has promised that he will always be with us (Matt. 28:20). We can cast our anxieties on him for he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). And let us care for each other.
We encourage you to leverage this time that you may have to deepen the bonds of fellowship through video conferencing and phone calls with others, especially with the Bridge Church family. If you would like to reach out to church leadership, email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to follow the key guidelines outlined in our first update.
– Bridge Church Pastors