COVID-19 CONTAINMENT & CALVARY CHAPEL BLYTHE

Info and Our New Schedule

(updated 04/02/2020)

Some General Information About The COVID-19 Virus

“Coronavirus” is the name of a type, or class, of “zoonotic” virus (i.e., almost always found strictly within animals).  Our current experience is the third crossover in the last two decades of an animal coronavirus to humans resulting in a major epidemic.  It was originally referred to as  SARS-CoV-2,  but then renamed “COVID-19” by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.)  This new strain has caused a recent outbreak of respiratory illness that began in Wuhan, China in December 2019.  


The virus spread rapidly in China with cases now (stats as of 3/27/20) numbering 81,000 with 3,300 deaths.  It has now spread to over 100 countries with the infected now totaling over 590,000 with nearly 27,000 deaths, and nearly 133,000 fully recovered.  Cases in the U.S. (as of 3/27/20) number right at 100,000 infected with 1,500 deaths, with most cases centered around the international hubs of Washington, New York, and California (SF & LA areas).  

The virus is not spread by simple contact or generally in the air, but is said to be spread exclusively by upper respiratory secretions, including airborne droplets after coughing or sneezing.  These droplets are relatively short -lived in the air, but can live longer as they land on surfaces and then can be spread by touching.  The virus causes symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath.  In rare cases, COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death.

Theoretically, yes.  However most who are exposed to the virus will have degrees of flu-like symptoms, including cough, fever, and shortness of breath ... and then recover.  The elderly and those will compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk.  While a great number of infected do indeed recover, in rare cases, COVID-19 can also lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death.

CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) stress that two things are the most effective:  FIRST, by personal sanitation and right choices.  That is, frequent hand washing, and eliminating touching the mouth, eyes, and face.  And if you are displaying any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or even the cold or flu, please bunker up at home until you're better.  Any viral infection will attack any of our immune systems.  Let's try to avoid that too.


SECOND, by implementing the practice of social distancing for a period of weeks.  Essentially, this means avoiding all non-essential social contact and gatherings, especially when you don't know the people, where they may have been, or what they have potentially been exposed to.  


After several days of encouragement by CDC, WHO, and County Health Offices to limit one's exposure to groups, first of more that 250, then more than 50, and now (as of 3/27/2020) more than 10.  The plan seeks to massively reduce the spread of the virus by extreme limiting of social contact situations and thus exposure ... including the gathering of churches.  

The short answer, to be in compliance with (in our case) the "Order of the Health Officer of the County of Riverside", is "yes, for a period of time."  To see a copy of the order, click here.  But we're not really shutting it down, we're just changing the format temporarily in a way that minimizes our potential exposure to a spreading health crisis.


In certain times and in certain places, a response of "civil disobedience" is appropriate.  Please understand that this is far from a "cease and desist" order for churches, and thus IS NOT one of those times.  The church, though certainly affected and having to get creative in how it can reach out to it's community of faith, has not been directly targeted by the orders.  Rather, the preserving or regaining of the overall health of the communities is the target.  That's the goal.  The order is temporary., and thankfully our "social distancing" will be temporary as well.


The what-and-when of "civil disobedience" will be addressed if we ever get to the point where the church is treated unequally.  We hope things won't get to that point ... but if they do, we will have to identify and respond reasonably and respectively. 

03 Update: A Time To Reopen - 0526-2020

02 Update:  A Time To Watch & Wait - 0502-2020

01 Update: A Time To Refrain - 0317-2020

COVID-19 "SHUT DOWN" & REOPEN SUMMARY

3/17/2020 - 5/30/2020

 

On 3/17/2020, our in-person gatherings were discontinued in compliance with the Health Dept. orders and in compassion for our community and the perceived risks of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through this time, our church family has sought to keep well connected during this time of via web-based services, studies, etc.  


As things have begun to open again, we officially reopened our ministry on 5/31/2020 - "Pentecost Sunday"!   We now have in-person service Sunday Mornings for a somewhat abbreviated service and Kid's Ministry, on Wednesdays for a Ladies AM study and Pastor's PM End-Times Prophecy Study.  (see below)


Sunday service is at 9:45 AM in the Chapel.  Kid's begin with their parents in either the spread-out sanctuary, or in the Manna Cabana where the live video feed of the service is - wherever the parent is - and then are led into the Kid's Chapel after the initial songs of worship.  There they enjoy a modified Kid's Ministry time with a pre-packaged snack and watch a 30-40 minute video.  Currently they're watching a series on Modern-day Heroes - animated stories of various missionaries. This is for Kids who are 4 yrs. thru 6th grade.


Weekly Studies will be held in the Manna Cabana allowing for attenders to spread out. We will also continue Facebook Live Streaming of Sunday Services, Daily Devo's, and some of our weekly Bible Studies. 

 

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Our Revised Ministry Schedule 

Via Facebook Live

WEEKDAY (M-F) MORNINGS
09:30 - 09:40 AM
Morning Devo's on FACEBOOK LIVE
Daily devotional with one of our Ministry Team
sunday mornings
09:45 - 10:35 AM
Worship & Teaching in the Chapel
A slightly abbreviated service of Worship and Study of God's Word.  We will also post podcasts & videos of our Sunday Morning messages on our App & our YouTube Channel (click here to go to our YT Channel)
10:00 - 10:35 AM
Kid's Chapel in the Kid's Chapel (4yrs. - 6th grade)
With our Kid's Ministry Director and Team.  Kids 4 yrs. thru 6th grade will be led to Kid's Chapel after the worship time of the main service.  Kids younger than 4 yrs will stay with their parent in either the Manna Cabana or the Toddler/Nursery rooms (as space allows).
WEDNESDAYS 
9:00 - 10:15 AM
Ladies' Bible Study in the Manna Cabana 
An informal time of study and sharing together
6:00 - 6:30 PM
"End-Times Prophecy" Study in the Manna Cabana
A look at coming events predicted in the Bible with Pastor Mick.  Studies will also be streamed on Facebook Live, and available on our website and Youtube Channel.
thursday evenings
6:30 - 7:30 PM
"Recovery" Bible Study in the Manna Cabana
Principles of Recovery with Pastor Jason
Friday evenings
6:00 - 6:30 PM
"Young In Christ" Bible Study - on FACEBOOK LIVE
Christianity and Discipleship Basics for younger folks of any age with Pastor Jason
LADIES dAILY STUDY-BLOG 
Daily Interactive Remote Devotional Groups are being formed.  Contact the office, 760-922-9675 and leave a message for JAN if you'd like to be included as a part of it.
what about special services, eVENTS retreats, etc.?
Postponed until further notice
 

Thank you for your continued support of Calvary Chapel Blythe as we wade through and keep ministering through these new uncharted waters.  While you're not "coming to church", don't stop being the church.  You are needed to be the salt and light of the world now more than ever!