An Update from Our Elders Regarding the Pandemic.

Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19),
we want to let you know how Calvary Bible is responding.

Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation.
As information evolves, e-mails like this one 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.


IS CBC GATHERING ON SUNDAYS?
Since we are now in Green Phase, we are meeting on-site (with masks and social-distancing) and online via live-streaming.  

Here’s how you can gather and participate online with us for worship this Sunday...
Church Website - click here
Facebook LIVE - click here (make sure to “like” our page)
Online Giving - click here

IS THE CBC BUILDING OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?
We are currently keeping access to the CBC building limited, since it is cleaned even more deeply for each week's gathering.; In the meantime, for more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact your ministry leader.

Samantha and Pastor Rob will both be working remotely, for the most part.  However - phone calls, voicemails, texts, e-mails, direct messages, and social media posts will be monitored and responded to in a timely fashion.

If, for any reason, those who have access to the locked building need to be there, use good judgement on frequency and overall usage.


SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO CBC IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?
We are emphatically asking anyone who is feeling sick or running a fever to stay home (and away from small or large group gatherings) and let someone in the church know that you are not feeling well. We want to care for you well in every way we can as your church family without unnecessarily exposing others to potential sickness. Particularly if you are elderly or more physically at risk in light of the coronavirus COVID-19, we exhort you to minimize social interactions during these days while still staying connected to your church family through other means. Specifically, we invite everyone who is unable to come to a physical gathering for any reason to worship online with the church family.


WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO CBC BUILDING?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses....

Including:
Use face-covering/masks when in public gatherings.
Wear gloves when possible.
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 are sick;
Covering your cough or sneeze;
Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.


WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS CBC TAKING TO MAKE THE CBC BUILDING AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
CBC is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time.

This includes:
Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) weekly with an EPA certified disinfectant.
Placing hand sanitizers (with 70% or higher strength active ingredients) in common areas throughout the building.
Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.
*These deep cleans may involve closing the CBC building on certain weekdays, and we will include all information about scheduled closures on this webpage.
(see above under, “Is the CBC building open on weekdays?”)

Specifically for KidsINC
Our volunteers need to sterilize various surfaces used by our children.
We are 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 KidsINC.
We are limiting the weekly in-person number to 15 children.
We will continue to provide Activity Bins for those kids in the adult gathering.
*You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.


HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs.

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still evolving. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.


HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) 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. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So, let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.

In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others,
here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator 
and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.

Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors,
insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.

Look for opportunities to love and care for others,
whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.

Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism.
 In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see
a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community.
*So just as we do in any circumstance, 
guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.

Even if we are unable to gather at certain times,
stay closely connected to the church family.

Gather with smaller groups as appropriate 
and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.

Continue to faithfully give financial offerings in-person, online HERE,
or by mail (Calvary Bible Church, 110 Valley Park Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460), 
so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.

Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, 
and the beauty of the gospel.