GILBERT SCHOOLS OFFERING FOOD DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK CLOSURES

The Gilbert Public Schools District Says they will be offering free meals for children ages 18 and under during school closures. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY FROM AZFAMILY.COM) They said no registration or proof of income is needed. The meals will be served at these following locations:

Harris Elementary

1820 S. Harris Drive

Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 AM

Lunch 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Monday thru Friday

Meridian Elementary

3900 South Mountain Rd

Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 AM

Lunch 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Monday thru Friday

Mesquite Junior High

130 West Mesquite

Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 AM

Lunch 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Monday thru Friday

Greenfield Junior High

101 S. Greenfield Rd

Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 AM

Lunch 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Monday thru Friday

Highland Junior High

6915 E. Guadalupe Rd

Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 AM

Lunch 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Monday thru Friday

South Valley Junior High

2034 South Lindsay Road

Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 AM

Lunch 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Monday thru Friday


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FOOD PANTRY IS OPEN

Our food pantry is well stocked and open to the public this Tuesday, March 17, 10 am – 1 pm, and also from 6-7 pm. Although we don’t have toilet paper or hand sanitizer, our freezers and shelves are filled with perishable and non-perishable items. It’s all free, so if you could use a little help, please stop by this Tuesday during the food pantry hours.

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COVID-19 OUR RESPONSE

We want to take a moment and address the issue of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our approach as a church family. As you know, it’s a rapidly evolving situation and one we’re monitoring closely.
 

PERSPECTIVE

As a church we continue to hold to faith, hope and love, instead of being driven by fear. These are great times to be serving Jesus and a great opportunity for us to love well and be a beacon of hope for the rest of the world. Our aim is to continue to bring life to our community, disarming fear and praying for anyone who is sick, in pain, or discouraged.

WEEKEND SERVICES

At this time, we believe continuing to meet does not pose a serious health risk to our community, so we plan to continue gathering on Sundays for our worship services and our building will remain open during the week as regularly scheduled.

However, for older members of our church family or people with underlying conditions, you may wish to consider livestreaming our services until there is a return to normalcy. (See below for details about how to access the livestream).

We recognize there could come a day when canceling in-person services is an appropriate act of love and care to protect the most vulnerable in our community. As we continue to monitor the situation, and consider the guidance from state and local authorities we will inform you if there are any changes to our schedule.

 

PRACTICALS

As we hold onto a godly perspective, we also want to walk in wisdom so that our community knows they can experience a safe and clean environment when they walk into our services. Here are the things we are doing to ensure this:

Our facilities are cleaned regularly and all kid’s rooms & equipment is sanitized before each service.

We continue to hold to our sick-policy regarding our children’s classrooms. Children with symptoms of illness – (fever, coughing, runny nose, vomiting, etc) may not be checked into a Vineyard Kids classroom.

Here are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of spreading illnesses:

Wash your hands often.
Use hand sanitizer.
Wave or fist bump instead of shaking hands.
If you or someone in your family isn’t feeling well, stay home and participate in our services through livestream.

Again, should you need to stay home, we encourage you to join us online on Sundays. Each week, we post the worship and message to Facebook as well as our website’s streaming archive for those who are not able to attend service and still wish to be a part of our worship together.

Stream the message here: https://vineyardaz.com/live/

You can find an archive of our streamed services here: http://vineyardgilbert.yourstreamlive.com/

You can listen to the audio of sermons on our website’s media page (https://vineyardaz.com/media/) or via our podcast available on Apple Podcasts or Google Play.

Also, please continue to help us move forward in the mission God has given us by giving online, and praying for our church and community. These things will help us stay connected as we continue to create environments for people to encounter God, find their place in His family, and step into God’s purpose for their lives.

 

PRAYER

Rather than being fearful and alarmed in this season, we believe God is calling us to make a difference in our city and region by praying that God’s love would abolish fear. Our role as the church is to be light and life to a world in desperate need of it.

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