Large Group Worship Gathering
is Reorganized for Online Streaming UNTIL

OTHERWISE DETERMINED

You can join us via live-stream here

WCC family, 


As you imagine we have been monitoring the national and local pandemic very closely. We remain in contact with local and national field experts and doctors. We also stay close to the CDCWHOVDOH, and JCC websites, which we encourage. We are consistently communicating to over 50 other church leaders in order to consult one another for the greater good of God’s people and our city. The ongoing developments of the pandemic locally added an additional layer to our preparedness strategy and the precautionary measures to be enacted. Finally, our WCC Pandemic Discernment Community will actively work to discern and assess needs within WCC to ensure we care for one another well so together we can care for our neighbors throughout our city, especially those most vulnerable.

It seems to us that the two most unhelpful responses to this pandemic are to panic on the one hand (panic-purchases toilet paper, never leaving the house, etc.), and to minimize (tell people it's "no big deal," change nothing about how you live, and tease those who are afraid). Instead we want to take courage, remembering that having courage doesn't mean we are fearless, but that we will choose to not let fear control our lives and push us away from our neighbor who reflects the image of our God. We want to be motivated by love, not fear or self-protection—love of one another and love of neighbors, especially the most vulnerable.


There is a significant difference between the Church and other entities, such as colleges, businesses, and others who have already taken drastic measures due to the virus: the Church needs to continue meeting in some form. It is essential for people’s spiritual, emotional, and in the deepest sense bodily health, especially in times of anxiety and fear. Worship is essential for human flourishing and reorienting our identity to the One who loves and liberated us from all things. Together we are empowered by the Spirit to cultivate a non-anxious presence of self-giving love and faithful witness to the One who is Lord and Liberator, our Resurrection and Life, our God and Redeeming King. With that in mind, we feel it is wise to reorganize how we gather. We are also offering a Schedule of Virtual Gatherings and Connections (scroll to the bottom for details). 


Finally, in an attempt to keep communication relevant and helpful (rather than always virus-centric), we are offering a host of resources below. 


Below are some resources we highly recommend for our WCC family:

QUICK LINK TO ALL WCC WEEKLY GATHERINGS

Download this PDF and click the hyper link.


WCC TEACHINGS:

03-29-20: WCC Teaching on Darkness and the Hiddenness of Christ from Sunday March 29 HERE (teaching only--no liturgy is recorded).


03-22-20: WCC Teaching on The Tyranny of Wounds and Freedom of Love from Sunday March 22 HERE

Specifically, the teaching begins at 12:25 and ends at 37:18. All the other time around the recording centers on other aspects of our liturgy (we could not keep the music portion due to copyright issues).


03-15-20: WCC Teaching on The Tyranny of Fear and Freedom of Love from Sunday March 15 HERE.
Specifically, the teaching begins at 9:13 and ends at 37:30. All the other time around the recording centers on other aspects of our liturgy (we could not keep the music portion due to copyright issues).


Download the Family Ministry Packet for the week of March 22.


PODCASTS:

From The God With Us Podcast, by Geoff and Cyd Holsclaw entitled, "What to do with our FEAR amid COVID-19 (S1:E7)" Note: they say very little about the Pandemic and focus on Fear, what do with it and how we can control

HELPFUL BLOGS:

A well-written piece on loving in a time of the CoronaVirus
https://inthecoracle.org/2020/03/christian-love-in-a-time-of-coronavirus/  


ANXIETY, STRESS or TRAUMA:

A list of helpful resources from the Counseling Center at William & Mary: COVID-19: Coping & Other Resources 

https://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/counselingcenter/covid19resources/index.php


A guide on how to talk to your children about COVID-19 from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/parent-caregiver-guide-to-helping-families-cope-with-the-coronavirus-disease-2019


A video on Coping with the Coronavirus

https://vimeo.com/400448203

 

A video Coping with Oppression-Based Trauma from COVID-19 related Xenophobia and Racism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=113&v=keRUh9GU1Uk&feature=emb_logo


A list of helpful resources on COVID-19 for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/get-updates-information-covid-19/


SPECIFIC TO THE PANDEMIC:

WY Daily's report of the latest update from the Governor (March 23) Click here.


James City County

https://jamescitycountyva.gov/3753/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19


City of Williamsburg

https://city-of-williamsburg-coronavirus-response-williamsburg.hub.arcgis.com


Virginia Department of Health (VDH)

www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus

Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3


Virginia CommonHelp - This is the application portal for those in Virginia needing help with food, child care, heating and cooling bills, health care and cash assistance. - You can also Call 211 if you need help with resources for Virginia statewide.

https://commonhelp.virginia.gov


The Center for Disease Control (CDC)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html


The World Health Organization (WHO)

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


A helpful and accurate infographic

https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/covid-19-coronavirus-infographic-datapack/


A great chart from FARE (and includes advice for those with asthma)

https://community.aafa.org/blog/coronavirus-2019-ncov-flu-what-people-with-asthma-need-to-know?fbclid=IwAR3oFDk6mRjslEkDBwUZqah2-U9id7y6MBTTBXQQVecUEk5omBYV20XvP_Y


WCC MASS COMMUNICATIONS SENT THROUGH REALM PERTINENT TO THE PANDEMIC

Initial Communication Letter March 13 (UPDATED March 14) 

Email Sent March 17

Email Sent March 18


SPECIFIC INITIATIVES FOR THE PANDEMIC

About the WCC Pandemic Discernment Community (PDC)

About the WCC Care Teams

Sign up to serve in WCC Pen Pals

Schedule of Virtual Gatherings & Connections


  • Sunday Morning online Streaming at 11am 

    You can join us on Vimeo at 11am

  • Sunday Evening Study 6:00-7:15pm

    on zoom

    Join us as we continue our study on the Intersection of Stress, Trauma, and Spiritual Warfare on ZOOM. 

  • Monday at 12-12:30pm

    On ZOOM

    Connect with us to share an excerpt from your favorite book or devotional on ZOOM.

  • Wednesday Devotional & Prayer  8-8:15am ON ZOOM

    Gather with us to think about our faith and pray.

  • Thursday Evening Study 6:30-7:30pm

    on zoom

    Connect with us as we study and discuss how we can find joy and rest in the life of our Triune God.

  • In Case you Missed It

    on vimeo

    Connect to our recorded videos for Big Idea (ages 4-5th grade) and The Anthem (middle-high school) on Vimeo.

  • Spiritual Formation & Activities for the family

    A packet will be released each week via REALM and posted HERE for families to download. It will include spiritual formation practices and activities, fun and games, and helpful tools to develop healthy rhythms at home while honor social distancing.

  • STudent Ministry (6th-12th grades) Gatherings on zoom

    Middle School Gathering will happen at 12pm on Wednesdays on Zoom

    High School Gathering will happen at 12pm on Thursdays on Zoom