Dear Higher Way Church Family,
Jesus told Peter that “tending my sheep” is the most important thing the church of Jesus Christ can do for God’s people. I have made the very difficult decision to suspend all in-person worship services at Jones Memorial until further notice. There are many unknowns that come with this decision, but I know in my heart that we must do all we can do to keep our members and community safe.
Just days ago, I shared with you that our plan was to continue our regular schedule of ministry and that we were prepared to take measures to adapt and adjust as circumstances dictated. Shortly afterward, I and members of our leadership team were on a phone call facilitated by our Bishop, Scott Jones. We heard from the CEO of Methodist Hospital and the Methodist Hospital Medical Director of Infectious Diseases about the rampant escalation of COVID-19 in our city. We learned of its infection and mortality rate which both outstrip influenza.
When we inquired about what churches could do to help lessen the risk of transmission, the answer was to reduce the times that large groups meet together, to practice social distance, and to use good hand hygiene with no hugging or shaking hands. The one thing that would do the most good was to reduce large gatherings until the health care community can catch up to the virus. We have decided to do our part.
You will be able to worship online each Sunday at 11:00 a.m on Youtube & Facebook. We will help you learn how to worship attend worship online over the coming week. We will also have Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening Bible Study on line at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively.
Please reach out to me with any questions you may have and know that we will keep you informed as we move forward. Remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and Like our Facebook Page for important updates.
May God Bless Us All,