As of 3/27/2020

We are extending our cancellation of all activities at our McLean and Fairfax sites through April 30 to continue to prioritize the safety of our congregation and our staff.While we cannot be at our church, we are still focused on being the church!

Worship will continue to take place every Sunday at 9am online. Our church staff continue to work remotely, so please do not hesitate to call us at 703.821.0800 or e-mail us if we can support you and care for you.

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As of 3/19/2020

In this unprecedented season, our ministries are committed to carrying out our mission in creative ways. We’ve compiled a variety of resources for you and your family to use throughout the week.

On Sundays, join us online for worship at 9am, Adult Education at 10:45am, and Sunday school for students at 10:45am.


As of 3/16/2020

After significant deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to ask all of our staff to telework until March 31. Our physical office and McLean church building will be closed.

Our ministry work will not stop. Our staff will still be available via phone or e-mail (contact information is listed here on our website). Phone calls will be answered; calls are being routed to one of our staff members, and we will be checking voicemails regularly.

We have also made provisions for all of our operations to continue apace, including financial operations. We encourage you to give online at this time; you are also welcome to mail your gifts and they will be held by USPS and processed weekly by our financial department. Our Deacons Fund is ready and able to meet needs during this time, as well. We are grateful for the dedication of our elected leaders and staff as they keep the trains running in this usual season.

We are continuing to monitor local, state, and CDC guidance and will keep you informed of any adjustments.


As of 3/13/2020

We are canceling all activities at our McLean and Fairfax sites through March 31. Worship will take place via Livestream. After much prayer, and careful consideration of the latest guidance from the state and county, we feel that this is the best way to love our community and keep everyone as safe as we can. Community Groups can still meet if they feel comfortable doing so and everyone is healthy.

This Sunday’s service will be at 9a.m. on Livestream and can be replayed at any time throughout the day.

You can find a list of FAQs below, as well as a message from our Senior Pastor. 

We are also working on discipleship resources that you can use during this time — we want to lean in to what worship, community and missions look like in this season. Canceling activities AT the church does not mean we stop BEING the church! God knew this was going to happen. Now we get to participate in kingdom work in new and creative ways. Stay tuned for more on that front. In the meantime, if your Community Group is comfortable with meeting and is healthy, continue to meet with one another and find ways to be Jesus in your community.

FAQs

When will ministry activities resume and when will we start worshiping in person again?
We hope to resume ministry activities on April 1, 2020 and resume worshiping in person on Palm Sunday, April 5. As this is an ever-evolving situation, please keep your eye on this webpage for updates.

How do I access the service online?
Visit mcleanpres.org/live or fairfaxpres.org/live. If you would like to view the worship guide while you worship, open another tab or window, or stream the service to your TV and view the worship guide on your device.

Can my Community Group meet during this time?
Yes, if you and your members are comfortable with meeting, you may continue to meet. As always we recommend you follow official guidance, practice good hygiene, and do not come to any gathering if you are exhibiting any symptoms. 

If my ministry is small (under 250 people), can we meet at the church?
Unfortunately, no. Out of abundance of caution we will not be hosting any ministry activities, gatherings, or events in our church building until April 1.

Are there ministries that can be hosted online?
We are actively pursuing options for some ministry activities to continue online. Stay tuned! We’ll provide updates here on our website.

Will things that are canceled be rescheduled?
Events will be rescheduled to occur after March 31 on a case by case basis. Continue to watch our website for details on upcoming events.

Is Fairfax worship cancelled?
Yes, we are one church and we have made this decision together as we follow county guidelines.

Is the church building closed?
Our church office remains open for the time being; however, the building is closed for all gatherings. Call our office at 703.821.0800 if you need anything or we can support and care for you during this time.

Are pastors and staff available?
Yes! Please reach out via phone or e-mail. In-person visits may be curtailed at this time, but our staff and pastors are working and are available. 

Will our missions trips be leaving as scheduled?
Our missions committee is continuing to review all upcoming missions trips in tandem with our denomination’s mission arm (MTW). We hope to have further guidance on this soon.

Do we expect April events to go on as scheduled?
Our hope and prayer is that life in our church can continue after March 31, but this is a rapidly-evolving situation so we cannot make any guarantees. We will continue to keep you updated through this web page.

How can we love and serve our community in this time?
While you endeavor to stay healthy, be proactive! Gather for house worship (if you are healthy and feel comfortable doing so!) and invite your neighbors, offer to do a grocery run and/or pick up prescriptions for the elderly/at risk in your life, send cards to those who may be self-quarantined, refer neighbors and coworkers to our Deacons’ Fund. Continue to give so that our church and other Christian ministries can continue their gospel work. And, above all: pray. Pray that we can trust in our good God and that he will protect and heal.


As of 3/12/2020

Our leadership has been closely monitoring this developing situation, ensuring we are prudent and wise in our decisions. We have been in conversations with Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) and are keeping in step with (and even going beyond) recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can see a list of measures we’ve already taken below this update.

We will make a decision on canceling Sunday services and other ministries by 5pm this Friday. If cancellations become necessary, we’ll announce them on our website and meet for worship via livestream. As this is an ever-evolving situation, keep an eye on this web page to stay up to date.

In the meantime, we’re implementing the following measures:

  • No handshaking. Our greeters will welcome you with a smile, and we’ll do the same during the giving of the peace.
  • We will not reuse worship guides between services, and we will not pass the offering plate or Keeping Connected pads. Please continue to give online.
  • We’ve temporarily suspended our coffee and snack tables.
  • We are regularly cleaning and disinfecting our facility and have increased the frequency in targeted spaces like our children’s rooms.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the church. Please cover coughs and wash your hands frequently.
  • If you or someone in your household is sick, or have traveled to “Level 1 – Level 3” countries (currently China, Iran, S. Korea, Italy, Japan, or Hong Kong) in the last 14 days, please stay home and worship via livestream.
  • We also encourage our senior saints to stay home and worship online. (We’ll be reaching out to you separately to check in and see if there’s anything we can get for you – groceries, prescriptions, etc.)

Our leadership will continue to monitor the situation and will e-mail our church and post to this page when we have an update.


As of 3/11/2020

We are still planning on holding worship services at all locations on Sunday. The only ministries that are temporarily paused are our senior saints ministries and our ACTS (Nursing Home) ministry.

At this time, the Fairfax County Health Department has stated that we do not need to modify our services or ministries. Out of an abundance of caution, and in line with many private companies, we are advising individuals who have traveled to certain countries (Level 1- 3 risk assessment, as noted by the CDC) or who live with someone who has traveled to one of these countries, to stay home and worship with us via Livestream.

To best love and protect our senior saints, who are specifically noted as one of the most at-risk populations, we are putting the following ministries on pause for the month of march: senior saints gatherings, ACTS (Nursing Home) ministry, ESOL (the majority of volunteers are senior saints).

Other steps we are taking include removing shared food from our coffee tables and serving boxed meals when possible. We are continuing to regularly disinfect a large number of surfaces and will continue to refrain from shaking hands on Sunday.

Finally, if you or someone in your household is sick, we ask that you stay home and worship with us via Livestream.

Our senior and elected leaders are creating contingency plans and continually monitoring the situation. Our goal is to be the church during this season – providing the care and gospel love that our community needs, while making prudent, wise decisions that adequately respond to the risks. We want to encourage our members to approach this situation in the same way: acting with wisdom and prudence, following best practices to prevent the spread of germs (staying home when sick, covering coughs, frequent hand washing), and checking in on family members, neighbors and friends who may be at risk, endeavoring to help when prudent and possible.

Join us in praying that COVID-19 would diminish, that people around the world would be restored to full health, for protection and health – particularly for those who are most at risk, and the ability to show gospel love and care for our neighbors in the midst of fear.


As of 3/8/2020

While the risk to the general population is low, we are actively monitoring this situation. We have made contact with the Fairfax County Health Department for guidance on best practices and have asked to receive regular updates should conditions and recommendations change. In addition, we are following the CDC’s best practices for how to prepare and respond.

Out of an abundance of caution, we will refrain from shaking hands during the Passing of the Peace in our services, and our greeters will refrain from shaking hands.

Currently, we are focusing on the following CDC recommendations:

  • Providing supplies like disinfectants, sanitizers and tissues throughout our sites
  • Rigorously adhering to our regular cleaning and disinfecting approaches and extending those efforts to a broader range of surfaces
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning/disinfecting in our children’s rooms and ensuring frequent hand washing

And, of course, we encourage any member, attendee, or staff person to stay at home if they are exhibiting symptoms. Parents, please refer to our nursery’s sick policy for when your children are under the weather.

For missions trips, we are working with Mission to the World (our denomination’s missions sending agency) regarding best practices and our Missions Committee will continue to review the situation and provide guidance as to how we should proceed with this year’s trips.

Finally, we are developing a plan so that we are prepared in the case of a community outbreak. This includes significantly modifying our service or cancelling events or services all-together. The CDC notes that these moves are only necessary in severe situations. We are prepared to clearly communicate cancellations and if a service needs to be cancelled, we will look for alternate ways to provide teaching, such as video-taping the sermon.

 

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Contact

Natalie Burchfiel
Director of Ministry Support
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