Dear Members and Friends of Wyoming Church,As promised, I am reaching out to share the decisions that the Wyoming Church session has made to meet the challenge of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. We will be refraining from public worship, meetings, ministries, and programs in our church building for the next two weeks. This is effective immediately and will include the next two Sundays, March 15th and March 22nd. The session will make a decision about resuming public worship during the week of March 22nd and share accordingly.
This decision was made prayerfully, in consultation with the leadership of the Presbytery of Newark, as well as considering the recommendations of our local governments and school systems. During this time, our goal is to do all that we can to support the spiritual and emotional needs of our Wyoming Church family and greater community, while also mindfully protecting everyone’s physical health.
This doesn’t mean that we will cease “being church.” In many ways, we need each other even more during times of crisis. Our session has put together the following plan, so that we can continue to worship and support each other as a community:
- Worship: We will livestream our worship service on Sundays at 10 am on FacebookLIVE. Simply “like” us at Wyoming Presbyterian Church Facebook page and join us at our regularly scheduled time.
- Spiritual Care: The Deacons and I will be responding to any special needs of our parishioners during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally or through the office; we will be checking messages regularly.
- Education: Our Lenten Adult Education forum will continue via online video conference. We also will be exploring sharing children’s ministry resources that can be done at home.
- Team Meetings and Ministries: Our Mission Team will continue to provide support to our community partners. The Session, Staff, and other teams will continue to meet regularly virtually.
- Task Force: The session has appointed a Task Force to monitor the quickly evolving news regarding COVID-19 and to make decisions accordingly.
We will be communicating regularly through our Facebook page, our website, as well as providing opportunities for virtual worship and community. If you haven’t done so already, join us by “liking” our page. Friends, this surely is a time of high anxiety. As we look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, we hear him urging us to receive his peace.
Blessings, Pastor Caroline
Pastorcaroline.firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-376-3066
“Peace I leave you; my peace I give to you…
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”