NOVEL CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 | INFORMATION & UPDATES
UPDATE: 3/17/2020 | 7 PM
We had a tremendous turnout Sunday morning for our online live-streaming service. It felt good to worship “with” you – even though we were in separate locations. Our whole staff continues to pray for your health and wellbeing, for our nurses, doctors, first responders, teachers, scientists, decision-makers and everyone impacted by the changes made at all levels of our community.
BCA will continue streaming our services online through at least April, with additional services added to our weekly lineup (see below). Like many churches and organizations across our nation, we will continue to monitor the directives of our local, state and national leaders as we determine how best to continue serving the needs of our BCA family and our community at large.
As you’ll see below, we’ve added additional opportunities to worship together and connect remotely through live-streaming and pre-recorded events. We will have opportunities for kids, youth, adults and families to “gather” several times a week. And if you haven’t already seen it, our pastoral team is doing a video blog (vlog) devotional each weekday morning. Grab a cup of coffee and join us for encouragement and inspiration from God’s Word.
We are trying to be creative and find ways to connect with you each day while we are apart.
The prohibition of gatherings will impact our Easter services and events. This is one of the most important times on the calendar for the body of Christ. Our teams are working through the details to bring opportunities to celebrate together (remotely) during this important season. Watch for more information in the coming days about a virtual event for our kids and youth, as well as live-streaming services over Easter weekend.
This week we will be getting out a list of opportunities to serve the people in our community through the Bethany Compassion Center. There are many needs all around us. We are working through the details of ways to practice good personal hygiene and social distancing while meeting the tangible needs of those around us. Whether it’s volunteering, purchasing the most needed items or giving securely online, the needs are many and we appreciate your faithfulness and willingness to give.
UPDATE: 3/14/2020 | 9 AM
During times of crisis can flow seasons of compassion. The Bethany Compassion Center was born for such times. I want to ask the entire Bethany family – and others reading this – to prayerfully consider two things:
- Senior adults in need. If you are a senior who would like assistance with shopping or need food or other items, please call the BCA office at 425-339-3303 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to help serve the needs of our seniors, please contact us using the same avenues. We will route your need/availability to the BCC.
- Food backpacks for children in need. When school closures were announced, the schools we support contacted us wondering if we would still be able to help families in need of food. Our answer was, “OF COURSE!” In order to do this, we need your help. If you can help with the food collection and boxing process, please contact us via the above methods. You can also give securely online at bcachurch.com/give.
If you are in need of food or assistance, please contact us! We will be practicing social distancing and excellent hygiene measures in all we do.
We are here to serve and show God’s love in practical ways. Let’s find opportunities to be God’s heart and hand extended.
REMEMBER that we have moved to an online service format for our weekend services. We will be live-streaming our service Sunday mornings at 10 AM for the remainder of March. Be sure to log on and join the BCA family as we watch together from our homes. Click here for our online campus link.
I’m praying for you. I’m praying for us. I’m praying for our community, country, and world. We may not be able to change everything, but we can all do something. Lean in, folks!
UPDATE: 3/11/2020 | 7 PM
With great care for all attendees, volunteers and staff, and in response to Gov. Inslee’s emergency order, Bethany Christian Assembly will suspend all activities and weekend gatherings beginning Wednesday, March 11. This includes all adult, youth, and children’s classes, programs and gatherings. At this time, we anticipate that BCA will need to continue this altered approach to ministry throughout March and perhaps into April.
There are several options available for you to continue to engage with the BCA community during this time. Weekend gatherings will continue to be broadcast LIVE, but at a new time. Our BCA community will gather for one live weekend service, Sundays at 10:00 AM. Join us at live.bcachurch.com.
Your pastoral staff is preparing a daily devotional that will be available online and through our social media channels. Keep an eye out for more details on this. In this environment of high stress and concern, we want to carve out a few minutes each day to join together in encouragement and scriptural truth.
We have said many times that BCA is a large church made up of small groups. The next several weeks will provide a crucial opportunity to connect with your LifeGroups for encouragement and ministry. If you are not currently connected with a LifeGroup, we encourage you to visit bcachurch.com/groups to find a way to get plugged in.
As we continue to adapt to this temporary approach to ministry together, please bookmark this page and check back frequently. This page will be updated as news breaks and things change and will be a great source for up-to-date information from our leadership team.
While it is never true that we can control the environment around us, it is always true that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46.1). Take courage that God will continue to build His church and care for His people – through all circumstances.
UPDATE: 3/11/2020 | 12 PM
With great care for all attendees, volunteers and staff, and in response to Gov. Inslee’s emergency order, Bethany Christian Assembly will suspend all activities scheduled to take place on our main campus and at the BCC Wednesday, March 11 – Friday, March 13. This includes all adults, youth and children’s programming and classes.
Communication about this weekend’s services and upcoming weekly activities will be posted on our website and social media channels by 7 PM today.
Greetings, BCA Family –
As we’re sure you are aware, Snohomish County has been at the center of the national conversation around the novel coronavirus, clinically known as COVID-19. While there have been documented cases around our community, we want to reassure you that there have been no positive cases at BCA.
We are being vigilant and proactive around our facility and among our staff and volunteers. We are praying for the health and safety of all our attendees, volunteers and staff, and we are taking steps to make our gatherings safe. That said, we want to encourage you in the following:
- ALL BCA SERVICES, MISSIONS TRIPS, CAMPS AND ACTIVITIES ARE MEETING/TAKING PLACE AS SCHEDULED. Your health and safety are important to us. We are aligning our activities with the recommendations of our community health officials and the CDC. Please visit the Snohomish Health District website and/or the CDC website for additional information and recommendations.
- STAY HOME IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FLU OR ALLERGY SYMPTOMS. We know that not all flu symptoms are related to COVID-19; it’s cold and flu season as well as allergy season. However, if you are experiencing flu or allergy symptoms, please stay home. It is generally recommended that children and adults should self-quarantine if you are sneezing, coughing, wheezing, have cold and flu-like symptoms, have a fever, even a slight one, or come into contact with anyone exhibiting these symptoms. Staff, volunteers and attendees should avoid attendance at church and gatherings seven days after the onset of getting sick, or until you have been fever-free for 72 hours, whichever is longer. Out of courtesy to all our attendees, volunteers and staff, please exercise caution and recover at home.
- PRACTICE GOOD PERSONAL HEALTH HYGIENE. Wash your hands often with warm soap and water, cover your sneeze and/or cough with a tissue, and throw tissues away after each use. It’s generally recommended that you wash your hands for 20-30 seconds for maximum effectiveness. You may find it helpful to sing a tune while you’re washing your hands. We’ve heard it said that you should sing Happy Birthday twice, Take Me Out to the Ballgame or something similar. Around here, as we gear up for Easter, we’re washing our hands to the Doxology. We may as well give God the glory, even during flu season! (Here’s a great version, if you’re not familiar with it.)
- WATCH BCA ONLINE. If you find yourself needing to self-quarantine or staying home out of an abundance of caution, join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 & 11 AM for our live-streamed services. You can join us for worship, watch the full message and even give online. It’s a great option during this time – or anytime you can’t be with us in person! Click here for the link to our live-stream.
- AVOID SHAKING HANDS. Whether you greet one another with a holy elbow bump, a foot-shake or wave, many people are avoiding any unnecessary contact. Please be sensitive to this with those around you. We will be encouraging no-contact greetings in all our services during this season.
Rest assured that BCA has a top-notch facilities team that regularly cleans and sanitizes our facility. We are continuing our regular and rigorous facility cleaning process throughout this period of concern and have increased cleaning and sanitizing of the high-touch, high-traffic areas around our campus. You will also notice an increase in hand sanitizing stations around our campus going forward. Please use these as often as you would like.
If we find it necessary to cancel services or activities, we will post notifications here on our website, on our social media channels (click here for our Facebook page and here for our Instagram page), through our BCA app, and through our weekly eNews (click here to sign up if you don’t already receive it). If you haven’t yet done so, now would be a great time to download our new app. Be sure to enable notifications so we can keep you up to speed on any changes and important information.
We pray for you regularly and will continue to pray for your health, safety and well-being during this time of concern. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our office at email@example.com or 425-339-3303.