Friday, July 24, 2020
Earlier this month, we wrote you that our tentative target date for reopening SCC’s physical campus was August 2. After much prayer and discussion, we are convicted and convinced that we should not gather in person, beginning August 2.
Why? Like many of you, we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to learn as much as we can about the best ways to gather together safely. We’ve also been considering how our Southview experiences of being together in the past compare to what they would be during this season, based on current safety recommendations.
A member of our team said, “We’ll be alone together. It won’t be the Southview experience from earlier this year.”
We didn’t make this decision in a vacuum. Information from public health officials, other churches in our area, and your input on when you might feel comfortable returning to our physical campus reinforced this hard call. We also regularly refer to the 59 “one another” verses in the New Testament that we believe allow us to love and serve together in God’s name.
Let us make no mistake: We ARE loving and serving together! Every week, we hear stories about the ways you continue to BE the church. Our online attendance continues to grow, reaching far more people far from God than our physical campus ever has. Your faithfulness in giving has allowed us to invest in additional equipment to enhance the online experience. The production and worship teams are focusing all of their energy on making the online services better each week. Since March, we’ve offered eight community outreach opportunities―more than we’ve ever offered in a year, and we’re not done yet. Small groups are connecting, albeit in different ways. And, we continue to focus on our family ministries with frequent outreach to parents and fun videos to engage our youngest attenders.
As conditions change, we’re able to react quickly, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers who have spent countless hours preparing the physical campus for our eventual reopening. The Elder Team continues to meet weekly and connect almost daily. The staff is working harder than ever before to creatively offer ways we can all serve God and one another.
As always, the Elder team is available to you by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we welcome phone calls. Please join us in our ongoing prayers for God’s guidance, wisdom, and discernment.
In His love,
The Southview Elders
Bradley, Brian, Cheryl, Dianne, and William
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
This timeline represents our current plan to move our physical campus back into normal operations following the COVID-19 pandemic. The stages are based on guidelines from the White House, CDC, and Virginia Health Department. This plan is flexible, and we remain ready to adapt as necessary. We hope to return to the new normal sooner than expected, but our commitment to a safe and clean environment is paramount. There's no prize for being first to reopen. Our environments matter, particularly for our next generation and family ministries, which are core pillars in our ministry model.
The timeline to reopen our physical campus is available here.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
We may not be able to meet at our physical location but that isn't going to stop us from praising God and sharing His word. Share the link below with a friend and join us as we go live on Facebook and our website Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 10AM.
Southivew Services Online and Offices Closed
I wanted to share an update with you on what's happening with Southview in the midst of this very unusual environment we are in. The pandemic COVID-19 Coronavirus spread continues, and while we do not live according to a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7-8), we are to steward our leadership well. Our Elders have met this week and been in discussions today given the latest developments concerning the Coronavirus, and we are taking the steps below, effective immediately.
The Southview offices are closed as of Friday, March 13, 2020.
We will not be meeting for worship at our physical location for the next two Sundays March 15, 2020 and March 22, 2020.
We will be doing a live stream on Southview Facebook page this Sunday, March 15, 2020.
On Sunday, March 22, 2020 live steaming will officially be available via the Southview app.
All small groups are advised to move to virtual platforms (Zoom, Skype, Facetime, etc.) for group meetings
The Southview campus will undergo a deep cleaning to ensure a clean and safe environment for our return.
Please help stop the spread of the virus in the following ways:
Stay home when you or a family member are sick.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm.
Get in the habit of NOT touching your face so often.
Substitute shaking hands or hugs for a wave, friendly smile, or elbow bump.
While asymptomatic travelers from China aren’t mandated to observe a 14-day quarantine, we urge you to consider refraining from attending church events, classes, and services until the 14-day timeframe has been observed. We also ask that anyone returning from a high-alert area (currently South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan) consider doing the same.
If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved, and take any necessary precautions here at Southview.
In the midst of the turmoil and temptations to fear, remember 1 Peter 5:7 - "Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you."
Praying with you and for you, that God would be glorified even through this,