Prayer, Care, and Outreach during COVID-19
Church-wide Coronavirus Update
Dear Riverstone Family,
After closely and carefully monitoring the dynamic and rapidly changing situation with the COVID-19 (coronavirus), the leadership of Riverstone Church has decided to cancel worship services, ministries, events and small groups (whether in homes or in the church facility) through and including Sunday April 6, 2020. In the coming weeks we will continue monitoring the situation to determine if the date needs to be extended. We believe this decision provides the greatest gospel witness to our community and helps protect the health and safety of our people and our community.
Our national, state and local authorities are enacting efforts to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “Social isolation” has been determined by experts to be one of the primary means of lessening the impact and spread of a virus like COVID-19. Therefore, after much prayer, and in accordance with the biblical directive of honoring our government authorities and out of compassionate concern for the health and safety of our local communities, we made this decision.
Sunday services will continue to be available on our website on our Sermons and Teaching page.
Let’s remember Riverstone Church is not a building, but a family of Christ-followers devoted to Christ and to one another. Stay connected to your small group and church family by phone, texting and social media. Fellowship with and support one another through this time. Let’s also be the hands and feet of Jesus to our community. Be a voice of comfort to those around you and continually share the hope of the gospel.
In a time when it is tempting to be driven and controlled by fear, be reminded that God is our source of strength and courage. Isaiah 41:10 is a great reminder,
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.
We will continue to update and engage with you through our News & Updates emails, our website and on Facebook and Instagram. If you have a need whether that be health related, physical, financial or emotional, please contact us. Our pastors, elders, directors and small group leaders are available. You can reach us at the church office # of 215-321-3326, or at the following email addresses:
- Church office: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pastor Bob: email@example.com
- Pastor Tom: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pastor John: email@example.com
- Pastor Austin: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pastor Jeremy: email@example.com
- Benjamin Harding: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Janet Miller: email@example.com
- Kim Rhoades: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jeff Eubank: email@example.com
For recommended resources to grow in your faith, visit our Adult Resources page.
For recommended learning and growth opportunities for families, children and youth, visit our Family Resources page.
Serving Christ together,
Office Closing Information
The church office will be closed until further notice. All staff are working from home and can be reached by phone or email. Even though we are working remotely, the church office phone (215) 321-3326 will be answered by staff members as usual. Voicemails can be left for staff members and we will be responding to emails as usual. We are doing all we can to assist our community, state and nation reduce the impact of the coronavirus.
The church is the body of Christ, and we can certainly minister to one another and continue the fellowship of Riverstone Church despite these temporary limitations. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance or have any questions.
Recommended for the Topic of Coronavirus
The Gospel Coalition has several helpful articles about the coronoavirus and Christians that are worth reading:
- “The FAQs: Coronavirus Explained by an Infectious Disease Expert and Pastor” by Miguel Nunez
- “8 Things the Coronavirus Should Teach Us” by Mark Oden
- “How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus” by Cameron Cole
- “All things from His Fatherly Hand” by Kevin DeYoung
- Further coronavirus resources from the Gospel Coalition
9Marks has a few helpful podcasts on the coronavirus: