KSC and COVID-19

March 13, 2020 | Uncategorized

Return to this page for any updates regarding our response to the coronavirus infection. 

UPDATE:  Wednesday, May 27:  King Street Church is excited to move to the Yellow Phase along with the rest of Franklin County on Friday, May 29.  We are excited to open our facilities to groups of 25 or less.  See the full list of guidelines and a registration form:  YELLOW PHASE

UPDATE:  Thursday, April 9:  After much discussion and prayer, today we launch an initiative to support our local medical professionals at the Chambersburg hospital.  Once a week for five weeks we will pay for the hospital staff to receive free meals through the Micro Market.  $15,000 grand total has been committed to this important project. This is one way that we can engage and bless our community – those on the front lives who are working hard to save lives. This act of love is an outgrowth of the Gospel’s work in our lives, to do good deeds, just as the Lord commanded us at the Last Supper in John 13:34, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

UPDATE:  Wednesday, April 1:  A variety of “virtual” Easter events have been planned, so that we can worship the Lord and experience His resurrection in a deep way even while we are staying at home.  During Holy Week, the church family will be encouraged to read specific chapters out of Matthew and Psalms.  We will hold an online Maundy Thursday service on Thursday, April 9. with Pastor Jody and his wife Caryn.  We will share communion in our own homes, but still together.  On Friday, April 10, we will offer “Stations of the Cross” through Transforming Center.  The church body will be invited to download a PDF guide written by Ruth Haley Barton with Scripture and prayers for each Station of the Cross; there will also be a link to a podcast with profound insights.  Of course, an Easter celebration on Sunday, April 12, will bring Holy Week to a triumphant close.

UPDATE:  Saturday, March 21, at 6:00 pm:  Families can receive materials for their children on SUNDAY morning by clicking a link that will be posted on our Crosswalk Kids Facebook page:  Crosswalk Facebook   (This link will only be active on Sunday.)  Middle school and high school students are encouraged to connect with @thestreetsm on FB https://www.facebook.com/thestreetsm/ or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thestreetsm/ We are also hosting live online gatherings every Wednesday night from 7-8 pm for students in 6-12 grades.

UPDATE:  Thursday, March 19, at 10:00 am:  King Street Church has closed both the church building and administrative office to cooperate with Governor Wolf’s mandate directed at all “non-life-sustaining businesses.” Be assured — we are excited to worship with you *online* this Sunday morning (and every Sunday) at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am. We believe that the work of the Church was never been more crucial, and staff members will be working remotely to ensure that we can continue to support our church family in our collective mission. We plan to be creative in using social media, our website, and other digital venues to connect, offer service opportunities, and help each other through this challenging season. WE ARE THE CHURCH! Let’s meet back right *here* on Sunday morning to worship God together and to pray for our country.

UPDATE:  Monday, March 16, at 1:00 pm:  After significant prayer and discussion, we have made the difficult decision to suspend our in-person worship services on Sunday, March 22.  This includes Sunday school classes and programs for children and students. We will be holding ALL of our services online: traditional at 8:00 am, and contemporary at 9:30 and 11:00 am. We hope that our church family will make plans to worship with us LIVE at one of these services.

We want to respect and abide by the CDC’s national recommendation restricting gatherings of 50 or more people. With this in mind, we will not be holding any *other* gatherings of 50 or more this week, including Celebrate Recovery, the Orphan Care & Adoption meeting, GriefShare, and programs for children and students.

LIVESTREAM Worship Services

Should you choose to stay home, there are many ways to watch KSC worship services. We have our own channels on Apple TV and Roku. You can also watch live on Facebook, or right here on our site:  WATCH LIVE

Finding our Confidence in Him!

A problem like the coronavirus/COVID-19 can be scary, but even as we employ wise practices, we also hold fast to the truth of Scripture, that our God is in control of our lives and we can put our trust in Him! Pastor Don Baker has asked that we meditate on this passage from Jeremiah 17:7-8:

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Pastor Don further offers, “Keep praying for the Lord to stay this virus – for healing for those infected, for comfort for the mourners, for followers of Jesus to minister grace and compassion, for God to glorify Himself through all of this.”