TIME TO RISE UP
We have moved all of our services, groups and activity online. We understand that things are going to be different and it may feel strange, but we want you to know that church is not cancelled. This is not the time for the people of God to shrink back or become lazy. Now is the time for the church to rise up and be agents of peace and hope in our families and our community. It is time to return to the spiritual disciplines of prayer, scripture, giving and evangelism.
It is also important that we not isolate, but fight to stay in community with each other. As our services and activities move to online platforms our prayer is that you would be active in reaching out to each other and staying connected.
WHERE TO GO
We will post information, links and resources here on our website so be sure to check back here often.
Aside from our website the majority of our online activity will take place on Central's social media platforms. Be sure to like, follow and subscribe to Central on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube to find our Sunday services as well as other information and content.
The same service will be streaming on both of these places at the same time. So which one should you choose? If possible - both! YouTube has the more stable video but lacks some of the interactive functions. Facebook's stream is more unreliable (you might encounter buffering or video issues) but there are really great interactive features that make it feel like an online community.
Our suggestion is that you play the video from YouTube on your TV or computer and then on a secondary device (or tab) play the service on Facebook but mute the sound and connect with people online.
Of course, you are welcome to use whatever methods work best for you. If you have any questions or needs assistance with watching our online services please call the church office or email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will help to make sure you are notified when our service starts and when we post any other helpful content.
PREPARE. ENGAGE. FOLLOW THROUGH
Take the time to get ready. Figure out where you are going to watch the service and what you are going to watch it on. Most laptops can connect to your TV with an HDMI cable which might be a better experience if you're watching with your family, but phones, computers and tablets work too. Another option is to download the Facebook Watch app to your TV and search for CentralRR to pull up the video and watch the service on your TV.
Sign in to Facebook and get to the Central page early. The service content will start at 11:00am but we will have pre-service video starting at 10:45 so that you have time to find it and make sure everything is working.
Turn off notifications for other apps and close out of your email. Silence your phone if you aren't using it to watch and maybe even put it in another room. If you are by yourself then using headphones can help to block out distractions.
Help the kids get situated and talk to them about what's about to happen. We have resources on our KIDS ONLINE page that may help to keep them engaged with the Bible during the sermon.
Grab some coffee, a Bible and pen and paper for taking notes.
Take a moment to pray for our church. Pray that God's presence would fill our homes, speak clearly to us and give us His peace.
Our prayer for this online gathering is that we would all be participants, not observers. Like, share, react and comment. Share what God is speaking to you and encourage each other.
Part of the reason that we decided to go with a pre-recorded service was so we as a staff would be freed up to be online with you and interact with you. If you have questions, prayer requests or need to talk to a Pastor, we will be there with you, ready and waiting.
We know that the worship portion of the service is going to be very different than normal and for some it could be awkward. But the purpose of this time is to focus our attention and our affection on God. Some may need to turn up your computer or TV loud and sing along. Some may need to meditate on the lyrics and what they mean. Some may need to just listen and let the worship team sing over you. We are all learning during this process so find out what works best for you.
When you are prompted to pray - actually pray. Engage with worship. Open your Bible and take notes during the sermon. Fight to be present.
Take action! Don't be passive. If God prompts you then don't ignore it.
Talk about what you learned with your family or connect virtually with your group or ABF. Check on each other, reach out to neighbors and find ways to stay connected.
Send us your prayer requests and let us know what needs you have.
Continue to give so that the ministry of Central can continue to care for people during this time.
You can GIVE ONLINE, mail in your offering or drop it off at the church office.
If you have kids then this is the time for you as a parent to be even more intentional with their spiritual growth. Our Kids Ministry team is providing resources like worship videos, lesson videos, Bible reading plans and activities to help you disciple your kids. You can find those resources on our KIDS ONLINE page.
Finally, stay connected with us and engage with us online throughout the week. We'll be posting quick devos, worship sessions, live interactions and anything else we can think of to help encourage you and push you toward Jesus during this time.
People are looking for hope during this time and we know the answer. IT'S TIME TO RISE UP CHURCH!
In case you don't like to read, here's a video that will walk you through the online Sunday service experience.
If you have any questions about Church Online or finding our service
please call the church office or email email@example.com.