The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it.  Most of us have now been ordered to stay at home— to“shelter in place”—and our worlds have become just a bit smaller these days.  Our bishop and governor have also extended the call for “social distancing” and the closure of our building until at least May 1st.  So—we are in for at least four more weeks of this “new normal.”  I encourage you to join me in making the best of it!

We are not discouraged and we see God moving in remarkable ways.   God is changing the way we DO LIFE on purpose—we’re being forced to evaluate what is ESSENTIAL—CHANGE our PRIORITIES—and LIVE MORE SIMPLY.  We’re stripping away all the distractions that compete for our time and attention—so we can FOCUS on what’s most IMPORTANT.  We would never have chosen to walk this path—it had to be thrust upon us—but since we’re here—God will NOT waste it.  God does some of his BEST WORK in the times we have the LEAST CONTROL.

We will continue to send daily e-mails or video messages during this season with the intent of inspiring us to not BE AFRAID and LEAN into our FAITH.—and to provide the most current information we have. To sign up for our daily email list please CLICK HERE.  You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the most current information we have to share.

Just know that the Reynoldsburg UMC family loves you and is praying for you daily. We know that this is our time to be the church and offer FAITH and HOPE. Do not be AFRAID as God’s got this and is working hard during this season of life.

*Video updated as of April 3, 2020.

Coronavirus F.A.Q.s

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, today announced that Ohio will be under a “Stay at Home” order.

The order will go into effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified.  CLICK HERE to see the full order, under Section 12 it states that Religious Entities are essential business.  The good news is that because of that we will be able to continue our Reynoldsburg UMC At Home worship celebration, Pastor’s Bible Study, and other virtual ministry opportunities we have created for you.  Please visit our RESOURCES page to see all we are offering during this season.

We understand that some people think this situation is not as critical as the media wants us to believe.  The top infectious disease experts have said that the mortality rate is 10x that of the regular flu. This is not to be taken lightly.  While we don’t need to live in fear as Christ-followers, we do believe that wisdom is appropriate to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Although the symptoms of this virus are sometimes mild, the impact of this contagion can have dire consequences. People that are immunocompromised and the elderly are at higher risk for severe complications. The primary goal of limiting mass gatherings is to slow the spread of the virus to a rate that our health care system can handle. This chart from the CDC shows the goal of these extreme measures

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Here are a few things we can all do the help during this outbreak:

  1. The most important thing we can do right now is pray! Let’s collectively pray for those currently infected, places around the world in a far worse situation than we are in and for the quick containment of this virus.
  2. Don’t add to the the hysteria.  Refrain from sharing anything on social media that isn’t from credible sources and helpful information to prevent the spread.  This is a serious situation and we need to use wisdom.  Let’s also live like we know that God is in control of our future.
  3. Educate yourself on the coronavirus.  Here are few credible sites to find the most up-to-date information on the virus.
    1. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/
    2. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
    3. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  4. Wash your hands a lot.  Information was released that hand sanitizer isn’t that effective in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The best thing we are told to prevent the spread is to wash your hands often.
  5. Continue to support your church family.  Though we may not be able to meet in corporate gatherings right now, please continue giving online to the work of the church.  We want to be able to minister to our community however is needed in the weeks to come.  You can give online at reynoldsburgumc.com/give. or give via text to 614.996.6651.

We understand that this situation is very concerning to many people.  In moments that are out of our control, the best thing we can do is trust that God is in control. While it’s easy to tell someone to just relax, the real path to peace is going to require faith and action.  Here are a few things you can do to help you maintain the Six Habits of a Fully-Devoted Follower of Christ.

Weekly Worship

CLICK HERE to join us online Sunday at 9:15 & 11:00am to worship, pray, and hear a message about The LIGHT ELIMINATES our EXCUSES.

Weekly Small Groups

If you are currently in a group, participate by speaker phone, conference call or video call. If you do not have a group, CLICK HERE  to find a group.

Daily Devotional Practice

You can use your regular devotional guides (like the Upper Room or Daily Bread) and listen to archived Pastor’s Bible Studies or sermons on the church website.  CLICK HERE to access Right Now Media for free access to Bible studies, videos and devotions.

Regular Serving

Look for ways that you can help your neighbors if they are in need of assistance or share supplies.

Regular Giving

Continue to give to the ministries and missions of Reynoldsburg UMC by giving online here reynoldsburgumc.com/give/.

Faith Sharing

Talk to your family, neighbors and co-workers via phone, social media, etc. and share your faith and your trust in Jesus during difficult times.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Even though we aren’t meeting in the building this Sunday, we still want to provide an engaging learning opportunity for you and your family.

Enjoy and even share with others who might be looking for alternative ways to worship and grow during this time!

We are and want to be here to help and keep you informed.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us through one of the links below.  Our goal is to keep you up-to-date on all that is going on with COVID-19 as well as what we as a church family are doing, please check back regularly on this resource page for the most accurate information we have.

Or call the church office (614) 866-5864.

Please note we will have limited staff coverage in the office during this time but will be returning any voice messages left as soon as we can.