COVID-19 is creating huge societal disruption, and the church is not exempt. Your health and safety are our first priority in a situation like this. This webpage will have regular updates to keep you well informed.
LATEST UPDATE: Friday, May 22
Detailed Report from Pastor Brian Rice
Click below for a more detailed report from Pastor Brian Rice on resuming in-person services.
Wednesday, May 20 • National Survey
Here is a recent national survey that gives insights on how many Americans are feeling about gathering in-person. We find surveys like this one to be helpful as we navigate LWCC’s next steps toward in-person meetings.
Tuesday, May 5 • Early May Update
Wednesday, April 8 • Health Updates from PA and the CDC
Check out the daily update from Pennsylvania at:
The Centers for Disease Control guidance on face masks:
Wednesday, March 25 • Online Resources from LWCC
Friday, March 20 • Expanding Resources
Expanding These Resources for You
We are expanding the resources on our website for you and your family during this time of disruption due to COVID-19. You’ll now find a navigation bar across the top of this page (blue bar beneath the header), which can take you to:
- Resources for Your Spiritual & Emotional Health
- Next Gen Resources During COVID-19
- Online Communities for Adults
- COVID-19 Outreach
Our Sunday Services are Online Only
Our online community meets at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, & 6:00 pm
We also invite you to tune in on WRTC White Rose Channel 16 at 9:30 am.
More updates are coming online to keep you connected, informed, and flourishing. Check back again soon!
CLICK ON THE DATES BELOW TO EXPAND AND READ OUR PREVIOUS UPDATES.
Wednesday, March 18 • New Series Starting Soon
Sunday, March 15 • UPDATE ON ALL PROGRAMMING AT LWCC
SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICES
We have relocated to entirely online services until you hear otherwise. We will be live-streaming at 9:30 and 11:00 am at LWCCyork.live.
We may add an additional Sunday evening service. Stay tuned for more information.
All mid-size communities are on pause until the situation changes. Expect communication from the staff person in charge of your community.
SMALL GROUPS THAT MEET AT LIVING WORD
Communicate with Ned Keene as to whether you can continue meeting on site.
SMALL GROUPS THAT MEET IN HOMES
Ned Keene will speak with small group leadership teams regarding best practices and decision making. Each group will have some freedom to make decisions for their group. Expect additional communication from Ned.
THE LIVING WORD BUILDING
The building continues to be open during regular hours. One-on-one appointments will continue with best social distancing practices.
THE COUNSELING CENTER
The Counseling Center remains open for appointments, using best social distancing practices.
SOUTH SIDE CAFE
The South Side Cafe will remain closed until further notice.
The pastors, directors, and staff of Living Word are available. Contact us as you would normally.
Friday, March 13 • Part II
Special Message from Pastor Brian
How would you have responded on February 1 if someone would have told you that very soon international flights to Europe were canceled, universities were sending students home, York County schools would be closed, the NBA season postponed, the NCAA March madness canceled, the entertainment industry on hold, and baseball spring training cancelled? (Well, maybe the last one would not have surprised you.)
How would you have responded if they also said that large churches everywhere are canceling on-site church services, and going to online services entirely?
Yes, me too. I would have laughed.
So here we are today. Six weeks later! And that has all happened.
Above is a “pastoral video” where I share my thoughts as a pastor about COVID-19 and how the church will respond to this disruptive experience.
I love you guys very much. We have a unique season through which we are now walking. We are in this together. God’s grace is with us. His Holy Spirit is filling us. And we all know, that God brings good out of all things.
Friday, March 13 • Part I
NIGHT OF WORSHIP IS CANCELED FOR THIS EVENING.
SUNDAY SERVICES ONLINE ONLY
In consideration of the very real public health concerns related to COVID-19, we will not be hosting services on site at Living Word for several Sundays. Instead, the Sunday morning service shifts to Living Word Online.
It is particularly important for you to join us online this Sunday. In addition to our regular programming as we finish our series on Character with the theme of Ruthless Trust (and how appropriate to finish our series with this theme), we will also update you with our plans for how we will continue to minister to you and your family during this season.
- First, we aren’t closing our doors out of fear. We are simply adjusting how we will do faithful ministry in a time when large gatherings can be part of spreading the virus.
- Second, this is how we love our community. Love takes responsibility to do what is right, even if what is right in inconvenient and disruptive.
- Third, through the history of the church, during times of disease, the church and individual Christians were at the forefront of being a caring presence for those who suffer and who are fearful. Today, we have incredible medical resources to care for our bodies. But we invite you to be one of God’s first responders for prayer, encouragement, love, and service.
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Thursday, March 12
Our Response & This Weekend’s Events
Hi everyone. WOW… has our world ever changed rapidly in a short time. COVID-19 is creating huge societal disruption and there is more to come. The church is not exempt from that disruption.
Living Word is one of the biggest gatherings of people in York County. Your health and safety are our first priority in a situation like this. We are in close contact with the medical expertise and recommendations of WellSpan.
We monitor what the PA Government is recommending for organizations. We pay attention to others of the most reliable expertise about the status of COVID-19 and how to have wise preventive practices and appropriate caution.
As of Thursday evening, there are no reported cases of the virus in York. South Central Pennsylvania is okay, but if you go a little to the east, it quickly gets worse. The medical community believes this will spread, and spread pretty quickly.
Our staff worked most of the day brainstorming and discerning the next best steps to take. On Friday the 13th, I will have a “pastoral letter” on our BLOG. I will give you a good deal more information in that letter, so you are better able to make good choices about being a part of church life in the season ahead.
For this weekend, we had three big events going on:
- Friday night we had scheduled our Night of Worship. That has been canceled and we won’t reschedule it since we have another one already on the calendar in the late spring. The decision to cancel this event will help us focus our resources on Saturday and Sunday.
- Saturday we have a large Celebration of Life service for a local and well loved business person. We also have a wedding that same day. The building will get a very good “scrub and clean” on Saturday.
- On Sunday, we are having our regularly scheduled church services. We finish our character series, and “coincidentally” it is on the theme of trust, perseverance, endurance, faith, and hope. These are much needed virtues and mindsets for right now.
We will also take time to share with the congregation our anticipated plans for the weeks leading up to Good Friday and Easter. We will tell you about the best practices of what is called “social distance” and how you can protect yourself and others as this virus is running its course.
This webpage, COVID-19: Latest Updates and Responses at Living Word will have almost daily updates to keep you well informed about our best practices and up-to-date program decisions.
Again, check back tomorrow for a fuller explanation of the decisions we are making at Living Word about COVID-19.
This is a good time to pray for health, spiritual strength, and also to be available to help out those in need.
Sunday, March 8
Blog Post: Letter from Pastor Brian