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Charlotte, NC 28270
704.366.1854

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Covid-19 Response Updates

05/19/2020 Update

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth with rules to govern creation, turning chaos into order. In the same way, God gave rules for the humans in creation to follow in order that we might live as a healthy community. The Law of God in the Old Testament is designed to promote love for God and for one another. Many of those rules are about Public Health. Some of the particular rules in the ancient Public Health code don’t really address our contemporary context. Still, behind all of them, we find the great truth that decisions we make should express our love for God by valuing all life and ensuring good spiritual, emotional, and physical health for all God’s children. In the New Testament, Jesus even broke the ancient understanding of “Keeping the Sabbath” in order to heal someone. Rules change with context. Until very recently, the primary act of “Keeping the Sabbath” for Christians was showing up in person for worship on Sundays.

We find ourselves in a context calling for some new rules to ensure the protection of the ancient truths of faith, love, and health. You may not know that Sardis Presbyterian has a Safety Task Force that has been operating as a sub-committee of the Administration Ministry for several years. They have been considering and acting upon all sorts of potential threats to health on campus, including things like fire, child and vulnerable adult safety, and communicable disease. We are blessed to have had them in place already with a head start on thoughts about rules during a pandemic. They have been particularly busy learning and thinking lately!

North Carolina could be moving into its Phase 2 plan for reopening very soon. However, Sardis will take a very cautious approach to reopen campus activities out of concern for the health of our members and community. The Safety Task Force is working on a flexible and adaptable phased reopening plan for Session to consider and will communicate that to you in the future.

While state and local government guidelines are important in our plan to reopen, the Task Force has also consulted several medical professionals within the Sardis community and an infectious disease physician here in Charlotte, as well as other churches in our community and cleaning supply vendors.

With these conversations in mind, the Session has unanimously approved a recommendation from the Safety Task Force to continue the church campus closure through at least June 30 with exceptions for outdoor “transient” activities (such as drop-off food drives), worship recording activities, and essential activities by the staff. This closure extends to at least July 31 for all on-campus children and youth activities. Our online worship will continue as well as virtual ways to praise, learn, love, serve, share, and witness.

We wanted to communicate with you the following changes to some preschool and children’s summer programming:

  • VBS will move to a virtual format this summer. Families of elementary and preschool-aged children will receive information from Sarah Dianne Jones about the exciting way VBS will happen this year.
  • Sardis Weekday School Summer Camp will not open for this summer. SWS preschool families will receive communication from the school very soon.
  • Information regarding SMASH will be headed your way in the days ahead, so be on the lookout for a message from Kaitlyn Davros.
  • Sardis Weekday School statement regarding summer camp can be viewed by clicking here.

Your health matters to God. Your neighbors’ health matters to God. God’s rules are designed as expressions of such love. These decisions made by the Session of Sardis Presbyterian Church are designed as expressions of our love for one another, too. I pray that such expressions may be made in person soon. But even for now, Sardis Presbyterian Church is not closed! The buildings may be closed, but Church is not a building. It is a community of people following Christ in faith and faithful activity. We are still Exploring Faith. Changing Lives.

Peace, Health, Hope,
The Rev. Dr. Joe B. Martin

 

March 2020 Update

"The church is not just a building" has been running through our minds during this time as, after much thought, prayer, and discernment, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend all church activities until further notice. Ministry continues at Sardis Presbyteian, it just looks a little different in our new virtual reality. Please note some of these updates:

  • Sardis Presbyterian Church has moved to online worship on Sundays at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Facebook. You do not need an account to watch the live videos. If you do not have an account, you will be promted to create one, just click on the blue link that says "Not Now" and you will be able to see our content. 

  • We would love to connect with you! Please fill out our virtual connect card each Sunday to let us know you are worshipping with us!
  • The Church Office is currently closed to help do our part against the spread of COVID-19. The church staff will be working remotely. Should you need to speak with someone on staff, you may send us a general email at info@sardis.org. Individual staff email addresses may be found here. You may also call the church office at 704.366.1854 and leave a message. We are actively monitoring voicemail messages. Mail will also be collected daily. Peace be with you as we find new ways to praise, learn, love, serve, share, and witness together.

  • The church has suspended all in-person gatherings. Your small groups are encouraged to meet through virtual means such as Zoom. Check out these tips on how to use Zoom.
    • Preschool Chapel will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Email Sarah Dianne to get the meeting code to join.
    • Elementary Story Exploration will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Email Sarah Dianne to get the meeting code to join.
    • Lenten Bible Study will be held via Zoom on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. email Katie Harrington for an updated Zoom link or check out the weekly email each Wednesday.

  • Assistance for at-risk adults is available! Please refer to our weekly emails for more information on how to receive help or on how you can volunteer.  

  • Are you receiving our weekly emails? The Sardis Weekly is sent on Wednesday mornings and contains important updates and information on how to connect. Our Sunday Bulletin email is sent Sunday mornings and contains information on how to join us for online worship, a link to download the bulletin, and church announcements. To receive our weekly emails, please email Nikki Bolton.

  • Stay connected on social media! Now more than ever is a time to connect with each other and our faith community. 
  • You can still uphold the ministry of Sardis Presbyterian with your gifts, as you are able in your own circumstance. 
    • TEXT Sardis+amount to 73256
    • ONLINE from your computer or smart phone, you can give here
    • CHURCH LIFE APP on your smat phone. Download the app
    • MAIL in your gift to 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270

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