The following message was sent on January 5th, 2022.
Dear New Journeyers,
When we started regathering at Stone Middle School, offering both a zoom and in-person option, we made a commitment to continually review the data available to us so that we can make the most informed decisions on meeting together. As I am sure you are aware, Omicron has once again caused a spike in Covid cases.
New Journey’s leadership team has discussed the current environment and has prayerfully made the decision to go back to online gatherings only, beginning this Sunday, January 9th. We will meet via zoom using the link that has been available on our site at https://newjourney.cc/home/this-weeks-gathering.
Our current plan is to meet virtually through February 27th. It is our hope that new covid cases will decrease to levels where we will be comfortable again with going back to in-person gatherings in March. However, that decision will be made in mid-to-late February. Fairfax County Public Schools confirmed that the school will definitely be available to us when we are ready to return and long-term use will not be given to any other group.
I know that for many of us, this feels like a let down because we love seeing one another in person on Sundays. Trust me, it wasn’t an easy decision. However, one thing that I say often is that when we do not know what to do, we should do the most loving thing we know to do and let God take care of the rest. Speaking on behalf of the pastoral leadership of the church, we believe the most loving thing to do is stop public gatherings at this time of high covid transmission so we do not create spaces where people may become ill. No, it isn’t about living in fear, it is about living in love.
Please know that we will continue to look at ways that we can connect with one another during the next couple of months, be it virtually or in some distanced and masked fashion outdoors. The church is not a building, it is the people and we will stay connected one to another.
If you have any questions, concerns, or need to chat further about this, please email me at PK@newjourney.cc.
Thank you for bringing the gift of yourself to our community life and please keep safe.
We will see you online this Sunday at 10 a.m.
You are loved,
PK Hamilton, Lead Pastor
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