At Parkway we are real people walking with Christ, inviting others, and serving together to reach our neighbors and the nations for Jesus Christ. Even in times of crises like a pandemic, we are committed to continued prayer, the ministry of the Word, and sharing the hope of Christ. Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring the current Coronavirus situation with the CDC. As information changes, this page will be the most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
Until a time where we can safely gather together again in person, we will meet, pray and worship together virtually.
On Sunday mornings we will stream our service live at 9:00am. Though it will be available to rewatch at any time, we encourage you and your family to make every effort to worship together with us at 9:00am. You can join our live stream any of several ways: Via our website, Facebook, YouTube and the Church app for Android or for iOS. Our worship services will continue to proclaim Jesus through a time of musical worship, giving to the Lord, a message from the Word of God, and a time of response.
Your faithful giving can be done securely at any time online or via mail. Visit parkwayfamily.org/give for more information on the different ways to make your tithes and offerings during this time.
Our Adult and Student Small Groups will continue to convene via Google Meet. Later this week your Small Group leaders will pass on additional information about how this will look for your particular group. Do not forsake the life-on-life importance of your small group during this time!
Wednesday Night gatherings will also be live streamed at 6:30pm. This is a family-friendly, interactive time for the body to unite together in prayer and in community. You can access this live stream the same way you would do on Sunday morning.
In addition, our Pastors will be sharing a daily word of encouragement on our social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Follow us there for the latest updates, and share your stories of how God has moved in the midst of this pandemic. (Studentz, you can also find Student-specific updates and information on Facebook and Instagram.)
At this time, our Parkway Family Anniversary Dinner and Spring Carnival have also been cancelled.
HOW DO I HAVE HOPE DURING THIS PANDEMIC?
- Worship the Lord - We encourage you to worship as a family during this important time, whether that be with the greater Parkway family in person, or online at home, worshipping in song and the Word will help you remember the grace and sovereignty of God. Spend time daily praying with your family and reading the Word together, especially in the coming weeks.
- Fear not and trust God - As new information (and sometimes conflicting information) comes across your screens, remember the promises of God that nothing catches God by surprise. Ask yourself, “Am I more familiar with the latest Coronavirus updates or the promises of God?” Remind yourself, worry leads to panic and prayer leads to peace.
- Show care while being careful - Social distancing and an increase in protection is not an increase in isolation. Stay connected with people in yShow care while being carefuour small group. Small group members are encouraged to reach out to everyone in your groups and find creative ways to stay connected. Philippians 2:4 says, Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Pray for others -
- Pray for the churches and church plants that meet in schools that need our prayer during this time.
- Pray for the businesses that are already being impacted by slowed travel.
- Pray for people and families as they handle changing schedules and school closures.
- Pray that God shows you opportunities to love your neighbor during this pandemic.
HOW DO WE MAKE SENSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS (OR ANY OTHER SICKNESS)?
In situations like this, it’s very easy to lose faith and to live in fear of the headlines and the unknowns. We must remember and live with the confidence that Jesus has all knowledge and all authority over the natural and supernatural forces of this world. He knows exactly where the virus started, and where it’s going next. He has complete power to restrain it or not. And that’s what’s happening. Neither sin, nor Satan, nor sickness, nor sabotage is stronger than Jesus. He’s never backed into a corner; he is never forced to tolerate what he does not will. “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:11). We recommend you listen to this short 16 minute podcast from Desiring God Ministries on how to think Biblically and respond with compassion to our neighbors and the nations regarding this global health concern.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE?
Naturally, we value worshipping with you, however, during this time the best way to worship with the Parkway Family is with our live stream at 9am or 10:30am. You can access our sermons from our website, Facebook, YouTube or the Church by MinistryOne app for Android or for iOS.
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 or someone in your family is sick;
- Covering your cough or sneeze;
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
WHAT PRECAUTION IS PARKWAY TAKING?
Parkway is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time, including wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, stair railings, etc.) throughout the week with a certified disinfectant, and placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
For Adult and Studentz small groups that meet at Grange Hall, Chesterfield County Schools have cancelled all weekend usage of their facilities until further notice.
In all of our KidzWay (preschool and elementary) classrooms, our leaders sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our current standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to any KidzWay class. NO PRESCHOOL OR ELEMENTARY CLASSES WILL MEET ON SUNDAY MARCH 15.
During our worship gatherings, we continue to share in a weekly greeting, but encourage replacing handshakes with fist or elbow bumps. Additional precautions will be taken as necessary for the observation of ordinances like Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
WHAT ABOUT OUR MISSIONS TRIPS?
Due to the impacts on travel, countries shutting their borders, and the amount of people being detained or quarantined, Parkway is pausing all short-term group international missions travel effective March 9 through June 30, 2020. All Mid-term and long-term individuals and families who are traveling are able to proceed as scheduled with proper training and monitoring of their travel plans.
We trust the Lord and His timing in all of this. Pausing short-term travel is in no way a retreat of being on mission with God nor a fear of a virus or a fear of man's reaction to the threat of a virus. We are trusting God's sovereignty and ask that you pray for people who have been impacted by the virus, missionaries who live in countries where they have been confined to their homes, and people who are afraid that they would trust the living God who is the Great Healer and Divine Planner. This is not the time to retreat in our missions praying and giving, but a time to increase our praying and our giving, so that when restrictions are lifted, we will be ready to be carriers of the gospel and encouragers in person. In the meantime, we will be carriers of the gospel in prayer and encouragers in other mediums.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
The coronavirus is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus Christ. If you need prayer or would like someone to share more with you, please call the church office (804-639-2236), email email@example.com, or message us on social media.
If you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share the hope and peace of Jesus with others. Find practical ways to help serve and care for those in need, and continue to pray.
- Pray to the Sovereign God, Creator and Sustainer of all things. Trust in Him above all else. Pray for His name to be glorified and lifted high among all nations as He alone is the author of life and death.
- Pray mercy and healing for those who have taken ill, and their affected families.
- Pray protection over those who are easily susceptible to sickness.
- Pray for first responders and medical professionals fighting to contain and curtail the spread of COVID-19.
- Pray wisdom for federal, state and local officials.
- Stay connected with the Parkway Family by gathering in small groups, if you are able.
- Continue to give faithfully your tithes and offerings no matter where you are. Visit parkwayfamily.org/give to set up a one-time or recurring gift, and for a full list of ways you can give. You can also text "GIVE" to 804-376-8508.
- Access sermons from Facebook, YouTube or the Church by MinistryOne app for Android or for iOS.
- More information on the Coronavirus can be found through the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control.
- Read Statements from the IMB and SBCV on their posture and response.
As we continue to monitor further developments, you can find updates here, on this page, and on our social media accounts.