Covid-19-FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

In the midst of all the information being circulated regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want you to know that it’s our priority to make Woodside a safe, comfortable place for you and your family. If you’d like to learn more about our response to the coronavirus, you’ve come to the right place. Our goal is to provide answers to some frequently asked questions and keep you in the loop as we adjust our ministry activities and policies. 
 
If you have a question that isn’t addressed below, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or join our email list. We’ll do our best to provide responses in a timely manner and appreciate knowing how we can pray for you specifically.
With a heart for the health and safety of our church family, and with respect for the decisions of our civic leaders, we will be suspending our in-person gatherings this weekend. 
 
This season reminds us that the Church is not a building or an event – it is a people. When our Woodside family isn’t able to gather in person, we are thankful for the opportunity to worship together online. 
 
This Sunday, worship with us at woodsidebible.org/watch at 10 or 11:30am or on Facebook at 10am.
We believe God created us for community, a truth that becomes even more important during seasons of difficulty. Based on the recommendations of medical experts and government officials, our Groups are permitted to gather in huddles of 10 or less as long as no one in attendance is displaying symptoms. 
 
With that said, we recognize the importance of each Group following health guidelines for the safety of its members. Below we’ve outlined recommendations for our Groups:
 
· Break your Group into huddles of 10 people or less or meet virtually via Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, WebEx, or other resources
· Stay home from Group if you are showing any signs of sickness or if someone in your home is symptomatic 
· Disinfect door handles, tables, and other surfaces before and after the Group meets
· Wash your hands when you arrive, before eating, and when you get home
· Suspend the serving of food – if you decide to offer food and beverages, it should only be served by people who do not show any signs of sickness and who wash their hands immediately before preparing or serving food

Please be encouraged by the truth God gives us in his Word – that he holds our world in his hands.

For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. (Psalm 95:3-7)

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. (Psalm 24:1)

Find peace in knowing that God is the creator and sustainer of our world. In seasons of uncertainty, remember that He is your refuge and strength, your ever-present help in times of need (Psalm 46).

Furthermore, remember to pray for those who are affected by this illness, whether as a patient or a caregiver. Pray strength and insight over the many doctors, healthcare workers, and researchers devoting themselves to better understanding and treating COVID-19. May God cover us with peace and strength, and may the hope of Christ shine in our community

You can find clear, current information about the coronavirus from sources such as the CDC and state government