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 guidleines from health and local authorities. 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.
Please find the latest information on our Re-Launch Plan below:
September 25, 2020
Parkway Launch Stage Blue General Guide Starting October 1
YOU are the greatest resource on our campus with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Your smile (even behind a mask) is VITAL during this time.
Please, extend GRACE upon GRACE to one another during this time. There is plenty of grace in the kingdom of God for where each person is in their comfort, fear, and response to the COVID pandemic.
Campus Gathering Expectations
- Please, do not attend any on-campus gathering if you are sick or have recently been sick.
- We ask that you register you and your family for every service you plan to attend.
- Childcare (Infant-5yo) will be offered at 11:00am service only. Registration is required. Temperature will be taken upon arrival.
- When you arrive, tune your radio to 101.3 FM for up to date instructions.
- We will have one entrance through our main doors and a clearly marked flow for entering and exiting our worship gatherings.
- Doors will open 10 minutes before each service. We ask that you proceed directly to your seat, filling from front to back, in order to avoid crowding in the lobby.
- Out of respect and love for all, we strongly encourage the use of facemasks/face coverings (see 1 Peter 2:13-17) unless there are mitigating health or personal circumstances.
- There are hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus and plenty of soap in the restrooms.
- All trash-receptacles have had their covers removed for a touchless disposal of garbage.
- Bathroom doors will be propped open in order to limit the number of touched surfaces.
- There is plenty of WiFi and LTE strength on our campus so you can find our bulletin and sermon notes in your weekly E-Letter or on our website. We will not be printing and passing a physical bulletin in this phase. Coloring pages and pre-wrapped crayons will be provided for families.
- Please greet each other verbally during Launch Stage Blue (avoid handshakes, hugs, and high-fives during this time to show one another honor).
- Our seating is set up for adequate social distancing. Services will only be filled to 25% capacity.
- Offering plates will not be passed. Contributions can be made in secure top-slot boxes near service exit doors, or at any time by app, online, or by texting "GIVE" to 804-376-8508.
- There are tables with chairs along the perimeter of our facility for families with children who may need one. (You can register for a table when you register for service).
- Our services will be no longer than 55 minutes and will start and end on time.
- After the service, we ask that you exit the building promptly. As you fellowship with others, we ask that you do that outside at our hospitality tent, as not to block the doors for the next service. Hospitality Tents are available to the left of the buildings for refreshment and fellowship.
- Small Groups are continuing to meet, both in person and virtually, at varying times and locations throughout the week. Visit parkwayfamily.org/small-groups to learn more about our different groups.
- We encourage in person and outdoor small group activities and our pavilion and tents are open to your group. Please contact Wendy to make sure the space is available.
As we have attempted to contact all church members over the last few weeks, we have found many incorrect phone numbers and out of date email addresses. Please update your information and gain access to our new Elexio app.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON WHAT TO EXPECT
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, if you are not ready to return to campus 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 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, 2020. All Mid-term and long-term individuals and families are also suspended at this time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.