A message from Pastor Mike
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I know that all of you are following the news about the corona virus and the impact it is having and will have upon all of our lives. Already, in our country, we are seeing major impacts such as whole areas being isolated, the NBA suspending their season, and the NCAA not allowing fans to attend their tournament. What is hard right now for all of us is separating the panic from what is prudent.
With that in mind, I want to share with you what we are doing here at John Wesley in terms of our response to this issue.
First of all, as of right now, we are not planning to suspend our activities. We are planning to still have our worship services on Sunday and all other regular activities. This may change in the future. If it does, we will let you know by email.
We are going to put a few changes in place that we hope will help protect us.
- As I announced last Sunday, please refrain from touching. I know that this will be hard but it would be wise for us to refrain from handshakes, hugs, and even kisses.
- We also have decided that it would be prudent to not pass the offering plates as they, too, could be a source of contamination. Instead, we will have an offering plate set up in the front at the altar rail and one in the back at the Narthex. During the Offertory Anthem you are invited to come place your offering in one of those plates or you may drop it in one of those plates as you leave the sanctuary. Of course, you can use electronic giving if you wish.
- We also have made the decision to suspend the service of communion for the time being.
Second, if you feel uncomfortable being in a crowd of people right now, if you feel unsafe, or if you feel unsure, please feel free to stay at home. We understand. What’s most important now is your safety and your health. If you wish, while you are home, to follow our worship services, you can stream it on Face Book Live.
Third, let me encourage all of you to call upon and check on those whom you know to be shut in or isolated. We want to make sure that everyone who may be in need is taken care of.
Finally, let me encourage all of you to pray. Let us pray for God’s mercy, God’s protection, and God’s healing as we all journey through this crisis together.
Grace and Peace,
P.S. We’ve heard word that MUSC is offering free Corona Virus Screening through their virtual care site. Use the promo code COVID19. It is a drive-thru testing site in W. Ashley, but you must be referred through their virtual care website