How are we responding to COVID-19?
Below is a timeline of communications regarding how we’re responding to COVID-19. We will continue to update this page as well as our Facebook page
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April 5, 2020 | 1:00pm
Dear Church Family,
In these difficult times, the Scripture that continues to run through my mind is from 2 Timothy 1;7 "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." We belong to the all-powerful, sovereign Creator of the Universe. We can trust Him to do what is best for His glory and our good in this pandemic. I so wish I could see you all but I am confident our reunion when this time of isolation ends will be so sweet!
Good Friday Service
This year we will Livestream our annual Good Friday service. Please join us on Friday, April 10, at 6:30pm as we observe this important day in the Christian year by worshiping and honoring our Lord. Join us on our Facebook page
or go to www.covenantpalmbay.org/live
Prayer and Fasting
Our Elders are calling for us as a church family to observe Good Friday as a day of prayer and fasting. We will join Christians across the nation who are members of the Presbyterian Church in America, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church or the Anglican Church of North America in a day of unified prayer and fasting. We will send a separate email this week with instructions on how to observe this day of prayer and fasting.
Consider sending the above link to a friend to join you online. In general, we encourage you pray for your lost friends and to use this opportunity to leverage online technology to reach out to them and include them in redemptive conversations as much as you can.
Let's continue to pray for people who have lost jobs or who have lost income due to this crisis. There are several people in our own church who have already been severely affected. If you or someone you know needs some financial support for groceries, utilities, or similar ongoing expenses, consider using the Mercy Fund. Have them send an email to email@example.com
to initiate the request for help. If you are in a position to help others financially, consider giving a little extra to the Mercy Fund (covenantpalmbay.org/give
Updates from Pastor Jonathan
Church Office Hours: Although our church offices are closed at this time, you can still call our main office number at 321-727-2661 during normal business hours (Mon-Thurs, 8:30-2:00pm). Your call will be forwarded to a church cell phone that an administrative staff person will have with them.
Email: As always, you can also reach our church staff by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving: If you would like to set up online giving, go to www.covenantpalmbay.org/give. If you would rather give by check, you can still mail it to our address at 720 Emerson Dr NE, Palm Bay, FL 32907. We have essential staff handling all incoming mail and gifts.
Brothers and Sisters, be strong and courageous in the Lord in these days. Let's stay connected through virtual technology and, most importantly, support one another through conversation and prayer in the days ahead.
March 27, 2020 | 8:00am
Church Office staff is working remotely with limited hours in the office. Please call (321-727-2661) if you need to come into the office to make sure someone will be there. We are happy to help you!
Coffee & Kiddos - scheduled for Apr 2 is canceled.
Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Picnic - scheduled for Apr 3 is canceled. (Candy-filled Easter eggs are no longer needed. We apologize for the inconvenience)
March 20, 2020 | 7:00pm
As we head into the weekend, we wanted to update you on a few things. In an effort to keep you and your family safe and healthy, we are continuing to provide our Sunday Worship Service online only. We want to encourage you to worship with us online this Sunday at 10:30am. Please use the links below to join us as Pastor Jerry brings a message on Romans 9:14-29. For your convenience, our Worship Resource includes all song lyrics as well as Bible readings you can use throughout the upcoming week. If you join us via Facebook Live, let us know you're there with a "good morning", "hi", or just your favorite emoji. Despite not being face to face, it has been encouraging to see your comments on our livestream.
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Parents, we know for many of you, your lives have changed over the past week. We are praying for added levels of patience and grace as you do your best to juggle all of the new responsibilities and define your new family rhythms. Our Family Ministry Team has provided the Sunday morning Covenant Cove and Sonrise Island resources for you. We hope that these will help you keep your kids engaged in deepening their relationship with Jesus.
Sunday Parent Resources
Since we are not meeting in person, some of the normal elements of our service, such as prayer requests and tithes & offerings are available online. Submitting online prayer requests is a convenient way to continue to feel connected, knowing your church leaders are praying for you during this time. Online Giving is the easiest way to continue to give your tithes and offerings. If you've never given online, it's easy - just click below.
Online Prayer Request
We look forward to online worshiping with you on Sunday at 10:30!
March 17, 2020 | 7:15pm
We want to thank all of you that joined us online on Sunday. It was wonderful to read all the comments and see you engaging with one another! If you were unable to watch the service live, you can still view the entire service by clicking here.
We have received questions asking about how to give your tithes and offerings. There are two ways that you can give. The easiest way you can continue is to give online by clicking here. You may also mail in contributions to Covenant Church, 720 Emerson Dr NE, Palm Bay, FL 32907.
Our leadership would love to be praying for you during this time. If you have a specific need or prayer request, please click here.
Thank you again for your continued patience. Our team is dedicated to providing regular communication updates to you through church emails, this webpage or on our Facebook page. If you don't already follow us on Facebook, it might be a great time to do that and stay connected to our church family! Sign up for church emails by clicking here.
Event Canceled: Best Yet Set is canceling their Luncheon which was scheduled for Saturday, March 21
March 16, 2020 | 4:45pm Email
Dear Covenant Church Family,
First, we want to thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through this challenging time as a church and as a nation. Our team is dedicated to providing you with up-to-date communication regarding all of our events and ministry meetings here on campus. Our priority is to keep you and your family healthy and safe.
At this time, we want to make you aware of some changes to our regularly scheduled events.
Sunday Mornings Worship Services:
At this time, we will be holding Sunday worship services via livestream for the next two Sundays, March 22 & 29, at 10:30am. You can watch during that time on our website
or through our Facebook page
. If you missed yesterday's sermon, you can click here
to view it.
Family Ministry Groups & Programs Canceled:
Sunday night EDGE and Plugged In (grades 9-12) are due to resume on April 5, unless you hear otherwise. Wednesday night Middle School ministries, Voyagers (grade 1-4) and Small Group Child Care are due to resume on April 1, unless you hear otherwise.
Larger Event Postponements & Cancellations:
We are saddened to let you know that a few of our events that were to take place here in the next month have also been canceled or postponed. These events include: Space Coast CityFest (rescheduled for 2021), Spring Picnic & Easter Egg Hunt (canceled on Apr 3), Praying Life Seminar (to be rescheduled).
Adult small groups are free to meet at their discretion. Although, childcare will not be provided until normal Wednesday night programs resume. Small groups that are planning CityServe projects are free to serve as planned, or postpone to another date.
At this moment, we do not have plans to cancel any of our Easter weekend services. However, as new information becomes available, we will continue to keep you updated.
Other helpful information:
Giving: Since we are not meeting in person, online giving may be the most convenient for you. If you do not currently give online, we would encourage you to continue your giving during this time by giving online. Give online here.
Prayer: Our leadership considers it a privilege to pray for the needs of our church. Please let us know how we can be praying for you - click here to submit your prayer request online.
Worship Resource: For your convenience, you can find all song lyrics and additional daily Bible readings on the Worship Resource which is usually inside your printed bulletin.
We will continue to keep you updated should any changes occur. Please continually look at your inbox, check this webpage or follow our Facebook page
for more information.
March 14, 2020 | 9:00pm Email
We wanted to remind you about our plans for our Worship Service this Sunday! In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, any large gatherings are being canceled. While we will miss gathering together with you all tomorrow, our leadership has decided that in the best interest of our congregation and the city, therefore, our worship service will be available solely via Livestream tomorrow morning.
Tune in at 10:30 to watch our service live. Please use the buttons above to watch on your preferred platform.
During the service, we will take a moment for our tithes and our offerings. If you do not currently give online, we would encourage you to continue your giving during this time by giving online. Give online here.
If you would like to submit any prayer requests, so that our leadership could be praying for you, click here to submit your requests online.
For your convenience, you can find all song lyrics and additional daily readings on the Worship Resource which is usually inside your printed bulletin.
We will continue to monitor the situation daily and will keep you informed of any changes to our schedule. Please continue to check our website or our Facebook page for any updates.
March 13, 2020 | 11:45pm Email
Since Governor DeSantis has requested that groups of 250 or more cancel their meetings, the Elders have decided we will not conduct public services this Sunday. Instead of in-person services, we will plan to conduct only livestream services through the rest of March unless events improve.
We encourage you to join us through our Livestream on our church Facebook page
or on our website at www.covenantpalmbay.org/live
See you virtually on Sunday at 10:30am!
March 12, 2020 | 4:00pm Email
Dear Covenant Family,
Given all that is taking place with the coronavirus, we want to let you know the preventative measures Covenant is taking to reduce the spread of the virus. We are monitoring the situation, and we are consulting with other churches and organizations to follow best practices in taking precaution. At this moment, we currently do not have any plans to change or cancel any of our discipleship activities or events on campus.
As we continue to monitor the situation carefully, we will keep you updated.
Currently, we are taking the following steps to protect our church body:
We are increasing disinfecting measures through our custodial team. In addition to the normal cleaning routines, before and after Sunday worship and Wednesday night discipleship activities, our custodial team is spraying common surfaces with special chemicals to provide a safer environment. Throughout the school day, janitors are consistently wiping common surfaces such as doorknobs and counter tops with disinfectant.
We seek to have hand sanitizer available throughout our buildings and as supplies become available we will put them in place. Please use it before and after the event you attend.
We are modifying certain communal activities such as the offering and the Lords Supper.
For the foreseeable future the offering plates will not be passed. Instead, we will have ushers at the foyer doors with plates so you can drop-off your offering and communication cards on your way home. If you are not already doing so, this is a good time to establish online giving by going to www.covenantpalmbay.org/give.
We are changing our Lords Supper procedures. We will purchase pre-sealed elements and establish serving stations rather than pass the elements down the aisle.
If the spread of the virus continues to escalate in Florida, we will take additional steps as necessary.
For the time being, when it comes to greeting each other in and out of service, we are encouraging our congregation to wave, elbow bump, share your best 70's style peace sign, or embrace the aloha spirit and sport the "hang loose". This will help remove the pressure of having to shake hands and continue to promote healthy hygiene. Please feel comfortable to reject a handshake, hug, high five, etc. And please, respond to one another's personal feelings on the matter and accept their rejection with gentleness and respect.
If you contract the coronavirus, will you please contact the Covenant leadership to let us know? We promise to keep your case confidential. We simply want to be able to support you and minister to you in your time of difficulty, and to be aware overall of how the coronavirus is affecting our church in particular.
We also want our Covenant family to know what you can do to decrease the likelihood that you will be exposed to or spread the coronavirus. Please follow these guidelines to help increase the safety of our church:
For more information on the coronavirus, see:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease outbreak
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Healthcare workers and international travelers are at a higher risk of exposure. If you fall into either category, please exercise precaution ahead of participating in Covenant worship services and mid-week events.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick and worship with us online at www.covenantpalmbay.org/live . We would also encourage our most “at-risk” members, our elderly and immuno-compromised brothers and sisters, to take advantage of our online worship.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask:
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Times like this remind us that sin has affected this world, and that we truly do need the salvation only offered in Christ. It helps us to look forward to a recreated and redeemed world where pain, death, and sickness are no more (Rev. 21:4). These are also times of great opportunity to show the world our confidence in God’s sovereignty. Historically, Christians have not given-in to hysteria and fear but stepped up their service to others being affected by plague and disease. Let us use this season as an opportunity to share this good news of Jesus as we talk about these current events with family and friends and serve those in need.
Finally, let’s be in prayer for those who have been affected by the coronavirus. May God comfort them, and may he soon bring the spread of this illness to an end.
We will continue to update you on this page and our Facebook page
as updates develop.