March 17, 2020 Update

March 17, 2020

Journey Family, 

In light of recent developments, we believe the best way to express love and care for our community is to postpone all gatherings at Journey Community Church indefinitely

Our next communication with the city leaders will be Wednesday, March 18, at 10:00am. While Allen has not prohibited gatherings under 250 (as of Monday, March 16), the recommendations by the CDC and other officials indicate the best course of action would be to not gather in groups larger than 10 for the next 8 weeks. This is certainly not how we thought 2020 would play out just 2 weeks ago! But the health and well being of the most vulnerable in our culture is at risk. As one person said, "We may never know if we did too much in response to this pandemic but we will certainly know if we did too little!" We are working quickly to switch over to a streaming service for this coming Sunday along with some resources for you to use with your kids.

March 13, 2020

Hey Journey Family,

David & I (Cecil) were involved in a conference call earlier today, hosted by the city of Allen, to update everyone on the COVID-19 situation. We will continue to participate in those conversations and will update you as needed in the days to come.

One of the things we embrace at Journey is that life is messy!

The Bible carries numerous commands encouraging followers of Jesus to not live in fear in this life. At the same time, it will speak of preparedness and caution. Somewhere in those exhortations is the messy truth. One of my favorite leadership gurus made this observation earlier today...

                     "I need to remind myself that the early church
                      wasn’t known for stockpiling ample food and
                      supplies for themselves and spreading fear
                      on social media."
 -Carey Nieuwhof

With that in mind, we wanted to let you know the actions we are taking at Journey to keep you and your family safe in the days to come.

  1. We do not plan to cancel any services at this time, but we will do our part to keep you and your family safe. We sanitize our building weekly when it is cleaned. Our next goal is to make small changes over the next few weeks to keep families healthy while you are worshiping with us. The city is working closely with churches should they determine a break in public meetings would be beneficial for the general population. We will notify you should anything change.
  2. Greeting each other: People comment continually about how loving Journey is as a church. I love how everyone is so friendly and encouraging. We are a hand-shaking and hugging church. For the next few weeks, let's find non-contact ways to greet each other. Head nods, air high fives, bigger smiles would be a great start. Get creative and start something of your own we can all begin to use! 
  3. Basic Sanitary Practices: Common sense says the more we can all wash our hands the better. It will not hurt to carry and use your own bottle of hand sanitizer. We are going to place a bottle of hand sanitizer at the "Welcome Home" center - along with the mounted dispensers in all of the kids classrooms. 
  4. Coffee Service: Plan on bringing your own coffee/water for the next few weeks. The danger of our current self serve system is the number of hands that touch the air pots along with the creamers and sweeteners. 
  5. Journey Kids: We all love our kids and families around here! Because the long-term health of all of our families matters to us, we need your help. If you or your kids exhibit any symptoms or illness, we would kindly ask that you stay home. Get rest and help protect yourself and others. Our kids rooms are sanitized weekly and have gel sanitizer at the door of each classroom.

We hope these precautions make all of you feel safe to worship with us at Journey. There is something special when our church family is all together. Hopefully these changes will be temporary and we can bring the hugs and hand shakes back soon!

Love you all-