and Loca With growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and confirmed cases in Prince William County and surrounding areas in Northern Virginia, we want to let you know how Hope Hill is responding.
Our leadership is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information develops, this page will serve as the primary, most up-to-date place for you to get answers to commonly asked questions. Please know, we are committed to doing everything we can to create a safe environment for our church family and the surrounding community.
We will update this page weekly or as new information comes available to keep our everyone in the loop.
Is Hope Hill Church Gathering for Worship this Sunday?
No, Hope Hill Church will not physically gather for worship this Sunday.
Instead, we invite everyone to join us online this Sunday at 11:00AM on Facebook LIVE to worship via a special online gathering.
Based on guidance from Federal, State and Local Officials we will not gather as a large group worship for the coming weeks.
We do not cancel services lightly. We believe that our God moves in power through the gathering of His people as they worship together and hear the preaching of His Word. However, we believe that in this season, this is the wisest and kindest path for our church.
Will mid-week Community Groups continue to meet?
After much prayer and discussion, we have decided to shift all our Community Groups to online platforms.
Would encourage groups to use an online platform, such as zoom, to meet virtually to continue to study, pray and support one another during this season. Please contact your community group leader for details.
What precautions can people take to protect themselves?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home if you are sick;
- Covering your cough or sneeze;
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly. (The CDCl currently recommends cleaning your phone once a day.)
How can I better understand the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness – an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It’s part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to many other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While most people recover from the virus without needing special treatment, older people and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
Like many viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website. For more information, please refer to the World Health Organization website.
How should I respond spiritually to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Trust God: Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others. To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
Pray: We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
Love Others: Look for opportunities to love and care for others with the love that Christ has shown to us. A core calling for Christians is to care for the sick and dying (Matt. 10:8), at times at the risk of our own lives (John 15:13). This is the epitome of love. Even if a virus outbreak prevents us from gathering as congregations to worship, we still support one another in our caregiving. This can happen through prayer, through verbal encouragement, and through coming alongside others to provide help in a crisis.
Stay Connected: Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
Reflect Christ: Finally, in these anxious days, the church can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience, and prudence, demonstrating for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
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