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Redeemer West Side Updates for COVID-19

Redeemer West Side is continuing to monitor NYC Health and CDC Guidelines, and will
adapt to new guidelines as soon as they are announced. All updates will be posted here.

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What's the latest information?

March 25, 2020

Resources are available for the public as well as freelance artists and musicians.

March 20, 2020

W83 Ministry Center will remain closed until we are allowed by the city and/or state to re-open for gatherings.

We have launched a Disaster Relief Fund. You may support others financially by donating to the relief fund or practically by joining the Crisis Care Team. If you are part of the Redeemer West Side community and in need of financial help because of COVID-19 please let us know.

On Monday, March 23 we will be starting Noonday Prayer from 12 to 12:30 p.m., let by one of your church leaders. You can find the information on our Stay Connected page.

You may now opt-in for weekly care from members of our staff via phone, text or email. You can do this here.

This Sunday, March 22, we will have Sunday worship available at 9:30 a.m.

Families are invited to join the West Side Children Facebook group or follow us on Instagram @wschildren

March 17, 2020

Friday night Youth Ministry will be meeting virtually.

West Side Children will be sending out "Wednesday Wonders" to families on Wednesday mornings as mini lessons to do with their children each Wednesday morning.

March 13, 2020

Classes
Classes through March have been canceled. We are looking into possible options of classes being offered online.

Programs
Social Discussions has been canceled.

Community Groups
We are asking that Community Groups no longer meet in person until further notice. Try to stay connected through FaceTime or other communication options.

W83 Ministry Center
Currently closed through March 21. Will continue to follow NYC Health and CDC guidelines to determine if that deadline needs to be extended.

March 12, 2020

Update from David to the congregation

Sunday worship
Worship services have been canceled. We will let you know immediately if we hear a confident recommendation to reopen at some point in the future, but for now the decision to cancel activities is indefinite.

However, we would still love to provide an opportunity for us to gather as the body of Christ this Sunday, even if it is a format that looks differently than we are used to. We are preparing a short video with worship songs and a reflection on Scripture, with the hopes of encouraging and strengthening us during this season. That video link will be sent to active members and congregants who have subscribed to one of our mailing lists on Sunday morning around 8 a.m. (we will also provide a link on our home page) and it’s our hope that you’ll take time yourself (or with your family or roommates) to worship with us through song and Scripture.

Programming and events
We are currently suspending all classes, programming and events for the remainder of March. At this time, classes will resume in April. You will receive an email if there are any additional updates.

The Gotham Info Session has been canceled. We will provide information as it becomes available.

Children's Ministry
While we may not be able to meet every Sunday we can still have community. Parents, please interact with and follow us on Instagram: @wschildren

Community Groups
West Side Women, Moms' Groups, West Side Dads, West Side Men, OWLS, Youth Fridays and KCG are canceled for the foreseeable future.

We are asking Community Groups to take a hiatus from meeting in person until further notice. Please contact your Community Group leader if you have questions about your group.

W83 Ministry Center
W83 will be closed March 14 through March 21. We will continue to monitor and assess next week to see what our next steps will be.

Questioning Christianity
We will not be meeting in person but in order to keep the conversation going with our friends we will be livestreaming this month. We still encourage you to invite your friends into the conversation! Register to receive the livestreaming link.

Partner ministry events
If you registered for an event or to volunteer with a partner ministry, you should be receiving emails from them with updates about volunteering and attending events at this time. We can confirm that the HFNY Homelessness Summit has been canceled indefinitely.

March 11, 2020

Update to CG Leaders regarding meetings

Update from Joe Moon to Middle School families

Update from Shirley Hyun to High School families

March 10, 2020

Update from Laura Einhorn to parents about 5 p.m. worship service

Update from Laura Einhorn to parents about KCG

March 5, 2020

Update from David Bisgrove to the congregation


Gathering as a church family

We are committed to developing ways for us as a congregation to remain connected, equipped to be salt and light in our city, for such a time as this. Plans are being worked on for how we will conduct Sunday worship, pastoral care, and other ministry opportunities over the coming weeks. We’ll be in touch with follow up items soon.


Pastoral Care and Prayer

Join us as we pray for those who are impacted by or confronting the virus — patients, families, healthcare workers, authorities — and for God's protection and wisdom.

If any member needs help beyond prayer/spiritual support, consider filling out the Diaconate Care Request Form.


Giving

Your generosity does not have to end with the cancelation of services. Continue to give online or set up a recurring gift.


Resources

Staying up-to-date with the facts is an important part of being prepared as the situation is evolving. Here are some helpful links:


Healthy Guidelines

According to the CDC, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the best precautions you can take to prevent the spread of the virus. When hand washing is not possible, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a recommended alternative.

Follow these guidelines for keeping yourself and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
  • Eat healthy and drink lots of fluids
  • Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick