Our Response to Coronavirus

While our in-person services have been canceled to protect the vulnerable in our community and lessen the spread of Covid-19, we will still gather together virtually for a simplified online worship service. We invite you to take part! Please join us at 10 am on Facebook as we take time to worship, pray, and be encouraged.

3/31/2020

Church at the Well’s Benevolence Fund is a limited financial fund, made available by application to people struggling financially due to unforeseen circumstances. The money is granted as a gift, and repayment is not expected. Scripture directs us to share what we have, and so we make a percentage of our budget available to help meet demonstrated need within the household of faith and beyond.

In order for us to understand your need and how we may help meet it, we ask that you fill out the form below completely, and we will contact you if further information is required. We will take time to carefully review your request and respond by phone or email. If your request is approved, it may take up to two weeks to receive funding. We do not offer assistance to individuals more than once in any given three months.

Many area resources are available for food assistance, emergency shelter, counseling, and other needs. Please see our Community Resources Page for details. If it is helpful, we may be able to refer you to various social services.

Apply for benevolence here.

3/18/2020

We want to know what life has been like for you since the coronavirus hit.
How have the disruptions affected your day-to-day life? What challenges are
you facing? How can we be praying for you?

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey by Friday, March 20th, so we can care
for you and your family during this time.  With questions or technical issues, email tasha@wellchurchvt.com.

We hope everyone will participate in this survey. We look forward to
hearing from you!

FILL OUT THE SURVEY HERE

 

Updated 3/13/2020 at 4:00PM ET We will also continue to provide updates via email, social media, and our website. In addition to our updates, we encourage everyone to visit and remain updated through the Vermont Department of Health Website

Dear Friends,

As a health precaution and in an attempt to help lessen the spread of COVID – 19, the leadership of Church at the Well has decided to cancel our Main Street Landing gatherings until further notice and hold our worship services online. Needless to say, we have also decided to postpone our 2020 Partnership Party, originally scheduled for the afternoon of March 22nd. We have not made this decision lightly, but with prayer and in alignment with numerous area institutions and faith communities that are holding off from public gathering. We are not aware of any infections within our church community, and there is no cause for alarm; we simply wish to be proactive in order that we might not have to be reactive.

There is something special about being in one place together as we lift up the name of Jesus—something that cannot be entirely replicated online, which is why we choose to gather in the first place! But we are still the body of Christ, even when we come together virtually, and our God is still able to meet with us. So we hope that you will join us online this Sunday at our usual gathering hour of 10:00am as we take time to worship, pray, and hear the message on Lamentations 3 that God has put on Adam’s heart to share.

We will have the link to a simplified worship service available on our website www.wellchurchvt.com and on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/wellchurchvt. We will also send out an additional email as a reminder prior to the service beginning. If you are unable to join us live, the service will be available online afterward. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

We hold each of you in our prayers, and we welcome you to be in touch with us about any needs you may have for prayer.

Grace and peace,

The Church at the Well Staff Team

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March 12, 2020 3pm

As new cases of the Coronavirus in the United States continue to be reported, Church At The Well is taking some measures to strengthen and communicate our commitment to a healthy church family. At this time the Vermont Department of Health is not recommending closure or cancellation of gatherings or large events, but we’d like to implement some temporary precautions to help avoid any spread and help you feel confident when attending church gatherings. This guidance is subject to change based on the evolving situation, but here are some measures we will temporarily implement:

1. Reminders to wash and sanitize your hands: We’re asking everyone in our congregation to wash their hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds as is recommended by the CDC. Because there is a current shortage of hand sanitizer in local stores and online stores, we will do our very best to acquire some and make it available at the connect table and children’s areas.

2. For our nursery & children’s church workers: We will continue to have the children wash their hands thoroughly after using the restroom. Kids and kid’s leaders with symptoms of sickness will be asked to not enter the classroom/nursery and we will cancel classes as needed. While these actions are already practiced, we are increasing our attention and diligence for the health of our children and families.

3. Reviewing possible changes to communion: For the time being, we will be offering Communion the same way we have. We are still processing various changes we can make if needed. In the meantime, we will leave it up to each congregant to receive or abstain from Communion without pressure or judgment.

4. Changes to greeting: For the time being, when it comes to greeting each other, we are encouraging our congregation to wave, greet each other will a smile, or give a first bump, peace sign or elbow greeting. This helps everyone to avoid the pressure of having to shake hands or hug. We want to make it clear that we all have the freedom to say something to the effect of, “I’m not shaking hands at the moment.” Please take no offense to this as it’s an appropriate response.

5. Changes to the prayer portion of our service: During prayer ministry, the prayer team may place their hands on shoulders as they pray for people. We will also provide adequate hand sanitizer as soon as it becomes available to us.

6. Offer option to stay at home: For those who are sick, have an immune deficiency, are elderly – or concerned that these steps are insufficient – we want you to feel the freedom to stay home. We will have the Sunday podcast available for you by mid-week.

7. Adhering to guidance from the Vermont Department of Health: We will be following the Vermont Department of Health recommendations and guidance by our local authorities. If it gets to the point where the city of Burlington or state of Vermont prohibit large gatherings, we will comply with those city and state regulations.

8. Encourage our congregation to remain calm and be respectful: It’s important that facts outweigh fear, and the reality is that, currently, the general risk remains low in Vermont. Additionally, we are aware of racist and discriminatory acts against people of Asian heritage and want to demonstrate the love of Jesus and reject any kind of xenophobia that often surfaces during times like these.

Let’s be in prayer for those affected around the world, and for the vulnerable among us. We believe that even in the midst of global challenges like this, God is present among us! Please contact our church administrator, Tasha Lehman (tasha@wellchurchvt.com), if you have any questions or concerns and she’ll make sure that one of our staff pastors will be in touch with you.

Isaiah 41:10 – Do not yield to fear, for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with my strength and help you in every situation.

Godspeed,

Adam & The Church at The Well Vision Team