ROCK HILLS CHURCH UPDATE

Dear Rock Hills Church,

As many of you are aware, on March 19, Governor Beshear asked that all gatherings of people be cancelled. This along with the Center for Disease Control and President Trump’s recommendation that we avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people for the next 15 days we have decided to cancel all gathering at Rock Hills for the time being. We want to follow the direction of professionals and government officials who are working diligently to protect our communities. The pastors and staff at Rock Hills Church have been working on a way to support you in following Jesus while helping our communities to slow the spread of the virus. Here is the plan for now:

Services and Small Groups

1. We will not be meeting for Sunday services (including Easter) until further notice.

2. We will be recording Sunday morning teachings and temporarily making them available to those who attend Rock Hills Church on our website by 10 am each Sunday.

3. For the next two weeks, Small Groups will not be meeting. Some may decide to “meet” electronically through apps like Zoom, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime. While gatherings are limited to 10 or less, we will play it safe and not have official gatherings. It will be more challenging to stay connected, but we live in good days with great technology to help us!

4. We encourage you to take time on Sunday mornings to listen to the teachings with your family or a few friends, and to pray for one another. In some cases, a few people from a small group may get together to listen, while the group is not officially meeting together. We will leave those decisions up to each group leader and the group members. If you are unable or feel unsafe gathering, please feel free to listen from home, we trust your personal discernment in making this decision.

5. Depending on how things unfold, after the 15 day recommendation to limit gatherings to 10 people, we may be able to have some form of gatherings that are 50 people or less. Again, if no new recommendations are given, Small Groups will resume normal gathering the week of March 30th. We will communicate how we will proceed with this more in the coming two weeks.

Giving

1. Almost all of the ongoing expenses for Rock Hills Church will continue. If Rock Hills Church is your church home, please be faithful and consistent in your tithes and offerings so that we are able to continue in the things Jesus has asked of us and, when this disruption is over, we are still able to move forward effectively.

2. Because we don’t have regular Sunday morning gatherings as a place to give tithes and offerings, you can continue giving your tithes and offerings by using your own bank’s Online Bill Pay option, the online giving option on Rock Hills’s website, or while the office is open Monday and Thursday, you may drop it off. You can also mail your giving to Rock Hills Church, 2425 Scottsville Rd, Ste 106, Bowling Green, KY 42104

Caring for each other

1. It is an important time to care for and encourage each other! The uncertainty puts all of us a little bit on edge, but we have great reason to trust Jesus and go forward with confidence. Praying together, talking on FaceTime, and texting are all ways for us to stay connected and give each other courage.

2. When friends from your small group are sick, figure out how to help them. Prepare a meal and leave it outside their door. Take them flowers. Buy them toilet paper (if you can find it ;-). Anything to encourage and build up their faith and confidence that Jesus is with them.

Jesus’ church is not fragile! Let’s do our best to not be afraid, to give one another courage, and to trust him as we walk this out. His promise “I am with your always, to the end of the age” in Matthew 28:20 is still true. And Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose,” encourages us that God is at work for our good even through difficult times. We believe that Rock Hills Church will come out the other side of this stronger and full of faith and confidence in Jesus. He has given us a mission to help people know Jesus. Let us live out our faith and be a strength to those around us during this time.

One more thing…PRAY. Pray for each other, pray for our city, our country, and our world. The work he has given us is carried out through prayer. And prayer keeps us close to Jesus and keeps us from being anxious or afraid. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).

We'll keep up to date and inform you of any changes as they come.

Hope to see you soon.

Steve and the Rock Hills Church staff

Helpful Links:

CDC COVID-19 Summary Page

People at higher risk (CDC)

Prevention and treatment (CDC)