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Chinese Bible Church of Greater Boston

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CBCGB COVID-19 Response

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 

As you are aware, the world is facing a period of history unlike any other that we have experienced in our lifetimes. These are uncertain times, but we serve a certain God who is faithful and true to all his promises and who has called us to “love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). As the COVID-19 situation has escalated in Massachusetts, church leadership has decided to move our church gatherings to be online-only effective immediately through at least April 12. At a high level, what this means is that all church activities will be moved online through video-streaming and video-conferencing technology where possible and cancelled otherwise.

 

The leadership of CBCGB has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Last month, a church task force made up of medical professionals and experts was formed. They have been advising our church as we journey through these uncharted waters. We have spent numerous hours in prayer and in discussion with one another as we have sought to discern the wisest course of action. We will continue to monitor developments and reassess our church’s response as the situation progresses.

 

This is not a decision we are making lightly. We understand that our faith is not just an individual faith but that we are called to be in corporate community with one another. We recognize that this community is most obviously manifested in the physical gathering of believers for worship. However, in moving to an online-only model, we are seeking to love, serve, and protect vulnerable populations both within and outside of our church community. We believe that the church has a responsibility to help slow the spread of COVID-19 as an act of love to our surrounding communities.

 

As a result of this decision, the following changes will be made starting this weekend:

  • Sunday Worship: All church worship services will be online-only, streamed from our church sanctuary. Unless notified otherwise, everyone is requested to view the worship service online. We encourage fellowship coordinators and ministry leaders to assist those with limited internet access. Details regarding how to access the streams will be announced soon.

  • Adult Sunday School: Classes will be moved online via video-conferencing. For this Sunday (March 15), some classes will be held at the discretion of individual class teachers, but most will be canceled while we work out logistics. A further announcement about Sunday School will also be made soon.

  • Adult Fellowship Groups: Fellowship groups are requested to move online via video-conferencing (if they have not already done so). While church leadership works to identify a uniform solution for video-conferencing, fellowship leaders are requested to use any platform with which they feel comfortable. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Yuegang (CM), Minister Jeff (CB), or Minister Juan (COM).

  • Friday Night ALIVE Youth Group: Friday night youth group will also move online via video-conferencing. Please contact Pastor Jen, Minister Taylor, or your youth counselor for more details.

  • All Children’s Ministry activities including Friday night AWANA and Sunday Children’s Worship are cancelled for this weekend. However, we care strongly about the spiritual well-being of our children. Children’s and Family Ministry co-workers and leaders are meeting over the next few days to identify a strategy for how our church can effectively disciple our children in creative ways.

  • Adult Prayer Meetings: We are exploring different strategies for prayer meeting. We encourage all members to be praying continuously. Please stay posted for updates!

  • All other large-group activities through mid-April have been cancelled or moved online:

    • All church leadership meetings will be held online.

    • The March 20-22 Cross Bridge Charis Retreat has been cancelled.

    • The March 27-29 Chinese Ministry Mandarin Gospel Meeting has been cancelled.

    • The April 5 Church-wide Information Meeting will be moved online.

    • Good Friday and Easter Sunday services likewise will be conducted through online streaming.

    • Additionally, the April 24-25 Stephen Ministries workshop has also been cancelled.

 

This is a completely new paradigm for our church. We are still working out some of the details for how our church can continue being the church of God though we will not be physically together. Circumstances are fluid, and church leadership will continue to regularly assess the situation and make changes as needed over the following weeks. We ask for your prayers both for wisdom in decision-making and for love and grace towards one another during these uncertain times.

 

May we remember who we are as the people of God and who our God is. While we ought to be cautious, we are still called to have faith in the One who is sovereign over all things and who is the Great Healer. During this time of uncertainty, let us heed the call to “humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God… casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7). And even though we are temporarily moving online, “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near,” (Hebrews 10:24-25) even if our meeting together is virtual.

 

As the restrictions being implemented by schools, companies, and organizations create and expose many physical, mental, and spiritual needs, let us continue to seek to care for the community and pray for those who are suffering. If you yourselves are in need of prayer or are dealing with an emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our pastors, elders, or deacons.

 

In Christ,

The CBCGB Board of Elders

Updated March 13, 2020 at 11:16 am EST