How Starkville Community Church is Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
UPDATED on January 14, 2022
Because of the continuing health situation in our community, our elders, leadership team, and staff want to share with you how we are responding to the COVID-19 crisis and keep you updated on future decisions we think are necessary for us as a church.
This page will be continually updated and serve as a 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 our community.
WILL SCC BE HAVING SERVICES THIS SUNDAY?
We will gather IN-PERSON this Sunday at 9:30AM & 11AM!
You can also join us online THIS Sunday and EVERY Sunday at the links below.
Below you will find some FAQs about HOW our services look starting January 16, 2022!
WHAT TIME WILL SERVICES START @ SCC?
We will again have two worship services at 9:30AM & 11:00AM every Sunday morning beginning on January 16, 2022.
WILL I BE ASKED TO WEAR A MASK?
MASKS WILL BE ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED! Our community of faith has been wonderful about taking appropriate measures to protect others when needed during this pandemic. As a result, we do not feel a need to require masks again, however, we are encouraging masking for the next few weeks while the Omicron variant works its way through our area.
We still believe that those who are unvaccinated; immuno-compromised; OR at elevated risk from Covid-19 should certainly continue to wear masks (especially during the music). We also request that you continue to practice consideration for others and if you are not feeling well, then please join us online until you are better.
HOW LONG WILL THE SERVICES BE?
The services will be approximately 60 minutes long.
WHERE WILL WE SIT?
We will have socially distanced seating areas waiting for you in the Worship Center!
We will also have overflow spaces available for anyone who would rather not be in the Worship Center OR if we run out of seating in the sanctuary.
WHAT ABOUT NURSERY & CHILDCARE DURING THE SERVICE?
We WILL offer nursery care and childcare for children age 5 and under.
We will continue to clean all toys and surfaces between services and we ask parents to self-screen their children before dropping them off.
CAN I STILL STREAM SCC’S SERVICE ONLINE?
YES! You will be able to find our service online EVERY Sunday at the links below.
WHAT ABOUT SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY?
Our small groups meet throughout the week at SCC. If you’d like to sign up for a group you can CLICK HERE!
We would LOVE to help you connect with a group that fits your life stage AND comfort level.
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY?
Our Children’s Ministry meets on Wednesday nights from 6PM-7PM.
Preschool and Elementary students dive into The Gospel Project curriculum which will teach them how to see BIG STORY of the Bible. Parents small groups on Wednesdays will study the same topic/passage of Scripture and parents will be given some “take-home” resources to help them reinforce & apply the lesson with their children throughout the week.
WHAT ABOUT STUDENTS IN 6th – 12th GRADE?
Our Student Ministry meets on Wednesday nights at 6:o0PM each week for large group discipleship and service.
Contact Tyler Brown for more information!
WHAT IS SCC DOING TO ENSURE THAT IT IS SAFE TO MEET INDOORS?
While it is impossible to eliminate all risk of infection, our church has taken numerous steps to make meeting indoors as safe as possible.
- First, our building is being deep cleaned every weekend BEFORE our Sunday services.
- We have also installed a UVC Based Air Filtration System on EVERY air handler in our building.
- These systems will ensure that the air in every room of our church is being replaced AND purified between 4.5-5.5 times each hour.
- You can find links to information about these purification systems below:
REME-HALO Study Booklet:
Finally, we are striving to maximize spacing and minimize exposure times as much as possible while still fulfilling our mission of making disciples. If you have any further questions about safety at SCC, please contact Pastor Joe.
Below are some additional questions that you may have
about how our church is navigating this unprecedented time.
HOW IS THE CHURCH MAKING IMPORTANT DECISIONS DURING THIS TIME?
Our elders, leadership team, and staff are meeting together regularly (by videoconference) in order to discuss and decide on the best path forward for our fellowship. They are also working with our Finance Team to ensure that any decisions are financially responsible during this crisis.
These elected men and women represent every ministry area and demographic group in our church and serve as a proxy for our church body as a whole.
WHAT IS SCC DOING ABOUT SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS?
We are once again beginning to fulfill our goal of taking the Gospel to the unreached. We have begun sending domestic mission teams and look forward to being able to send international teams in 2022.
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 a 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.
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 the Gospel with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the current crisis:
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend. Remind yourself of how He has taken care of you in the past.
- 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.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail 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.