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Coronavirus Response

Latest Update: 6.26.2020

6.3.2020

"This afternoon, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order implementing Phase 2 of the relaxation of restrictions.  The Order is effective Friday, May 22nd, and expires on Friday, June 26th.

The Order primarily impacts restaurants and other businesses, and will not result in significant changes to the way we're approaching ministry at Southbrook.  Our approach was outlined by Shane in his video earlier this week.

Our team will continue to plan towards our eventual reopening with reference to the Order and the Department of Health and Human Services' Interim Guidance for Places of Worship and Religious Services.  We will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available and decisions are made.

Thank you for your support, patience and grace as we navigate through these times while continuing to make a big deal of Jesus!  We're in a marathon not a sprint, but we're also confident in - and so grateful for - God's sustaining power through it all!"

Please take a couple minutes to answer 4 questions on our Pulse Check Survey as we continue to prepare for our eventual reopening. http://www.southbrookchurch.com/survey

A Stay at Home Order announced by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on March 27, 2020, is now in effect.  Southbrook Church will fully comply with the requirements of the Order and urges our congregation and community to do the same.  
We are grateful that Governor Cooper made express provision in the Order for individuals to leave their residence in order to visit places of worship and volunteer, and for organizations that provide charitable and social services and religious entities to continue operations. Based on these provisions, we will continue to:

  • Provide live stream and online programming from our campus.
  • Serve as a drop-off location for Heart for Monroe's Rapid Response Team Food & Supply Drive.
  • Encourage those in our congregation who feel comfortable to participate in pandemic response-related volunteer opportunities.

Although Southbrook's campus is located in Union County, our congregation is spread throughout the region.  This includes Mecklenburg County, which became subject to a 21-day stay-at-home order on March 26th, and other jurisdictions that are strongly encouraging residents to stay home as much as possible.  We have therefore asked that no Discipleship Groups of any kind meet in person until further notice, encouraging them to move to a virtual format if they haven't already done so.  

Earlier today, President Trump announced new guidelines from the coronavirus task force, including a recommendation that we not gather in groups of more than ten people for the next fifteen days.

Although these recommendations carry significant implications for our already-disrupted lives, we strongly encourage you to comply with them in order to curtail the spread of the virus.  This is also our appropriate response as Christ-followers charged with honoring the authorities that God has placed over us.

We know that the recommendations will particularly impact Discipleship Groups, which are a critically-important part of our ministry.  However, there are various ways in which community can be maintained; by meeting as smaller subgroups, for example, or using virtual meeting tools, such as FaceTime, Google HangoutsSkype, and/or Zoom.

We will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.  In the meantime, be encouraged by the words of Psalm 115 verse 3: "Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases."  In other words: He's still on the throne, and He's still in control!

We continue to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic closely and remain committed to following the guidance of federal, state, and local authorities.

Our primary goal is to protect the health and safety of our community, while continuing to fulfill our mission to glorify God by making disciples who make a big deal of Jesus where we LIVE, WORK, and PLAY.

As announced during our live streamed service this morning, we are temporarily suspending all on-campus ministry activity.  This includes Celebrate Recovery, all discipleship groups, and operation of our preschool, in addition to use of our facility by other ministries such as Bible Study Fellowship and Legacy Sports.

At this time, we are not advising against gathering as small groups in homes and at other off-campus locations.  However, we urge you to carefully follow the guidance for those who are sick, vulnerable or have traveled, which can be found in the General Information section of the Coronavirus Response page on our web site.

Although our staff is continuing to work on many aspects of our ministry, some are doing so from home and we are therefore not currently operating regular office hours.  If you have a need of any kind, please call the church at (704) 821-8600 or email a member of our team via the staff page on our website, and we will ensure you receive a prompt response.

Over the coming days, our team will be exploring ways we can remain connected as a body of believers and ensure that needs continue to be met.  We are also mindful of the significant opportunity be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community during this time and will be making plans around that as well.

As we continue to navigate these challenging times, let's together remain confident in God's sovereignty and reliant on His wisdom.

We take our responsibility to our guests, members, volunteers and staff extremely seriously, and are monitoring developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic closely.  We have already made a number of changes, and will modify our approach as needed based on further guidance from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Sate and Local governments. 

This afternoon, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper requested the cancellation of gatherings of more than 100 people, including church services. We will therefore suspend worship services and student activities on our campus effective this Sunday, March 15th.

Our team is currently assessing the impact of Governor Cooper’s request on other areas of our ministry and we will provide additional information as it becomes available.

We are committed to fulfilling our mission to glorify God by making disciples who make a big deal of Jesus where we LIVE, WORK, and PLAY, even in these unprecedented times, and invite you to join us in praying for God’s guidance as we discern how best to accomplish this.


Actions We’ve Already Taken…

  • Enhanced cleaning procedures by both contracted service and in-house staff, including the use of stronger disinfectant products.

  • Increased disinfection frequency on door handles, frames, breaker bars and other contact surfaces.

  • Placed additional hand sanitizer stations throughout our facility.

  • Moved services to an online platform.

  • The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America -- 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19
  • People at higher risk: Older adults (65+) and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or those with weakened immune systems stay home and away from people.
  • People who are sick: If you or a member of your family is feeling sick or showing signs of a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, stay at home.
  • People who have traveled: If you have recently traveled to any country with a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice, stay home and monitor your health for a minimum of 14 days after returning.
  • As you take steps to protect yourself and others:
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
    • Greet others with a smile instead of a hand shake or hug (remember they may feel vulnerable even if you don’t).
    • Extend grace and understanding as we navigate this together. Be aware. Be Flexible.  
  • Follow us on our media platforms (Facebook, website, app, etc.) for changes that may impact you and your family. If you do not have our app, consider downloading it and accepting push notifications for urgent updates.

Other Resources:

For additional information, please review the various online resources:

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Please send your email to jbareham@southbrookchurch.com and we will be glad to help.