Coronavirus Response

Outdoor Service and Live Online Sundays at 9 AM! 

Join us LIVE on our YouTube channel at 9 AM or watch any time after that. See below for more info.

Last Updated: August 18th, 2020.

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

TOGETHER AGAIN
Outdoor Service & Live Online
Sundays 9 AM

 

WHY GATHER TOGETHER AGAIN?

 
As we prepare to gather together again, some people have asked me why. Why not just continue online until the pandemic is over?
 
 
While the blessing of technology has given us the gift of broadcasting services and gathering digitally through zoom, nothing beats presence. Knowing the pandemic is not over, we believe gathering is important enough to do whatever it takes to make it work in ways that are responsible, respectful and reasonable.  Here are four reasons we are gathering together again.
 
 

1. YOU NEED PEOPLE

 
You were made for relationships. Created in the image of a relational God, humans need other humans. In the midst of all the goodness of creation and the presence of God that the first human enjoyed, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” It’s still not good. Yes, we need solitude. But we were made for community. Marriage, family, church, city; we are better together as interconnected parts of a body.
 
 

2. GOD SHOWS UP

 
Jesus said that where two or more are gathered, he is there in our midst. It’s not that he isn’t already present by his Spirit in the individuals and that God is not by nature omni-present. God is. But still . . . there is a special way in which God inhabits the praises of his people, speaks through the public reading and preaching of his word and becomes specially present in the sacraments. Note, it doesn’t take a large group. Two or three is enough. But God shows up in the midst of his people.
 
 

3. PEOPLE NEED YOU

 
You have gifts to offer that we need. Perspectives, encouragement, testimonies, and a way of representing God as his hands and feet. The church is missing out on you when we are not together. Sure, some of us can broadcast messages and songs. Of course, you can be present online and engage with others. But there are a lot of “one another” commands in the Bible that are hard to do when we are far apart.
 
 

4. CHURCH IS A SIGN

 
When the body of Christ gathers, it is a sign that the kingdom is coming. The restoration of everything starts with us. Your healing is a sign that one day sickness will be no more. My deliverance is a picture of what is coming for the whole creation. Their restored relationship is a sign of all things being made new by Jesus. More than ever, the world needs this hope.
 
 

So let’s come together again.

 
 
We will do whatever it takes to make sure we can gather in a way that is responsible, respectful and reasonable. We are all in this together and will each do our part in keeping the unity and responsibly following safety guidelines such as social distancing, wearing face coverings when distancing isn’t possible, and ensuring a clean and safe environment for everyone. We will all be mindful and respectful of each other’s space and differences of opinion, and reasonable in our attitudes and willingness to accommodate each other. We can get together again. And it will be good. Very good!
 
Though many will not be ready or able to return at this time, we will continue to offer online services on YouTube and online groups through Zoom.

Here's What You Can Expect On Sundays

We want to do whatever it takes in this season to share the gospel and be the church! We’ll be gathering outdoors on Sundays at 9 AM in our MVC church parking lot for a family-style service. 

 

We will do our best to respect the needs of each person, whether you will join us online or in person,  we’re committed to providing quality ways for people to receive biblical teaching, worship, participate in groups, and receive pastoral prayer and care.

 

We will be doing our part to keep everyone healthy and safe. Here’s what you can expect:

 

  • We will be ensuring a clean, safe, and sanitized facility.
  • We will be encouraging families to stay together and social distance from others, keeping 6 feet of distance. 
  • We are encouraging people to wear a face covering if unable to ensure a safe distance.
  • We ask that those are feel sick, have symptoms, or a known exposure stay home and suspend any in-person gatherings or events.
  • Services will be shorter in length and family-friendly.
  • We ask that you bring your own blanket or chairs to sit on.
  • We recommend those that are high risk or vulnerable to join us online or in their cars.

 

We understand that it may be hard for some children to sit still for the entire service and may occasionally find social distancing challenging— we will give them love and grace!

 

If you are not quite ready or able to attend in person, we invite you to join us online or in your car. We will have dedicated parking spaces for those that wish to stay and remain in their cars (space is limited, please email pam@mvc.life to reserve). 

 

Our team has been working hard behind-the-scenes praying, researching, and considering all data provided to protect our community and keep everyone safe. 

 

We will do whatever is takes to move forward together in our mission to worship together and bring the hope of Jesus to the world. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us at care@mvc.life and someone will reach out to you! 

MVC Care Team

Email the care team if you need help or want to join us in helping others!

HELPFUL RESOURCES

The Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona is hosting spiritual practices via zoom at 9am each day M-F for the weeks to come. Lectio Divina, Contemplative Prayer, etc. join by clicking this link on weekdays at 9am.

 

Guide to help church members pray through the Lord’s Prayer. Redemption Tempe is asking their church to use this to pray together at the same time each day and made one without their logo in case it’s helpful to other churches.

 

Mindful Mondays – Help, hope, and practical guidance from mental health professionals, spiritual directors, health professionals, and Christian coaches. Starting April 13th on Mountain View Church’s  YouTube Channel.

 

Combatting depression: Workbook full of practical interventions based on neuroscience

 

Breaking the negative news cycle

 

National Association of Mental Illness

 

Beyond Disaster – American Bible Society has developed this trauma informed free resource as spiritual first aid for those who have survived natural or human caused disasters.

 

Podcast with Disaster Psychologist Jamie Aten

 

YKI Coaching – Christian Coaching

 

March 26/27 sponsored by HDI (Humanitarian Disaster Institute and NAE)

MVC KIDS – Weekly videos, activities, and resources for families and kids.

7-day Jesus-centered Family Devotions

 

3 weeks of free charter school-approved curriculum

 

Tiny Theologians – They have incredible discipleship cards for kids that are 30% off right now!

 

Kids Read Truth – They have preteen Bible studies, art journals, and fun books!

 

Parent Cue App – Parent Cue helps connect you with practical things to read, do or say to help you engage with the heart of your child each week.

 

The Bible App for Kids (1st grade & under) – Best Kids App! Download for free! | Animated storybook app for smartphones and tablets | Android, iPhone, iPad, Android tablets

 

Scripture Coloring Pages 

 

Talking with Your Kids about Spiritual Warfare

 

Educationally Focused Kids at Home Toolkit

MVC Weekly Services and Small Groups for Teens.

Contact Matt@mvc.life for High School and Hannah@mvc.life for Middle School

MVC HIGHLANDS Weekly Services and Groups for Young Adults.

Contact Talee@mvc.life

What about other gatherings such as Small Groups, Summit, Worship Nights, etc?

Many groups have been moved online and some are able to meet in small gatherings. 

Check in with your small group leader for specific information regarding your group.

Youth: weekly small groups and events – check with your leader

BSF: Cancelled (they will be virtual for the reminder of this session and be back in the fall)

MVC Fit: Available online

Summit: Weekly Zoom Call

Al-Anon: Not meeting at this time,  celebrate recovery is offering virtual meetings in the meantime
Prayer Nights: The third Monday each month outdoors at MVC 7 P.M.

FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THESE WEBSITES

https://www.cdph.ca.gov

https://www.cdc.gov