Our continued response to Coronavirus/COVID-19

Updated Friday, July 3

Dear Jerome Church Congregation,
 
This Sunday, July 5, is a milestone for Jerome Church as we welcome Pastor Bruce Dickerson as the new Lead Pastor at Jerome Church. Through this season of transition we have continued to gather, but in a new way, with this Sunday marking our 17th Sunday worshiping together online only.
 
We have an ever-present responsibility to be careful and loving shepherds to this flock called Jerome Church. We remain reassured that the decision to “stay at home” has saved lives, and is an expression of our commitment to love people. We are glad to report that to date, we have no reported cases of COVID-19 among our staff or congregation.
 
We continue to receive many questions about when we will all return together to worship in the church building, and know that many of you, like us, are anxious to be together again in person. Our goal remains to return as soon as possible, and when we do return to the building for worship, we want to have a safe and significant worship experience which will include a continued online expression of worship.
 
Many hours continue to be dedicated by staff and volunteers in preparation for adhering to the ever-changing CDC and state health guidelines for worship. It is also of the utmost importance as we continue our mission to make disciples, that we maintain a high quality online worship experience to serve those who are not able or ready to worship in the building. This preparation requires creating new ways for new days, as well as acquiring both physical and human resources to make this new way possible. We are watching the guidelines being established as other local churches return to worship, and are also paying close attention to the outcomes of these gatherings.
 
As we continue to be reminded in new ways during this pandemic-crisis, the church is the people, and the business of the church isn’t done within the building, it is done within the world. It is important to keep our focus on the mission at hand to love God and love people, and to share the Good News with all that we meet. We continue to be in awe of the work of the people of Jerome Church, continuing the work of loving God and loving people through COVID-19. You have found new and creative ways to connect, to serve, and to grow. We are blessed to live in a time where technology allows us to do this beyond our wildest dreams.
 
So at this time, while finalize our plans and resources needed to reopen safely and effectively, we will continue to hold online worship only through at least Sunday, August 2. We intend to share updates later in July with additional details about opportunities to gather in-person, and some of the guidelines that will be in place when we do.
In closing, we want to say thank you to all of the people of Jerome Church! You are continuing to engage in and support the missions and ministries of Jerome Church. Do not grow weary! Although it is not how we might have planned it, this crisis has given us a unique opportunity to reach new people in new and fantastic ways. Church, be excited for the potential of spreading the Gospel in new ways to new people in a church that is growing and evolving to love God and love people into the future.
Committed to proclaim the Good News of Jesus,
 
Pastor Bruce and the Staff
 
Online Worship Opportunities
During this time of online worship and the uncertainty of meeting together in person, we will continue to provide engaging and meaningful worship into your homes each week. You can currently connect with us in worship on Sundays at 10:30 am via Facebook YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, and on our website.
 
Family Ministry
Our Family Ministry team has been engaging online with your family, children and students to connect. Each Sunday, there are zoom gatherings available for our kids and students. For more information about family ministry opportunities, contact us at kids@jeromechurch.org.
 
Office and building
Until further notice, the Jerome Church building will be closed to the public and groups of any size, unless they have permission from the church office. This is for the safety of our staff and volunteers, and so that we can maintain the safety of the building. All staff and ministry teams are advised to continue to work remotely, as possible, and should be wearing a mask or face covering when in the church building with others. If you need access to the building during this closure, please contact Michelle Blackburn (michelle.blackburn@jeromechurch.org). Please communicate directly with your ministry leader or staff supervisor if you have any questions about this policy.
 
Online Giving
Jerome Church and its ministries, missions, and staff depend on the extraordinary generosity of our givers. We are providing the following ways for you to continue to support Jerome Church financially, even as you are not present during this time of crisis.
 
Give online through Tithely
  • Text “GIVE” to 614-541-3301
      • Visit jeromechurch.org, and click on the Tithely link at the bottom of the homepage to give electronically; alternately, click the Tithely link at the bottom of this email
  • Electronic payments (ACH)
      • ACH payments can be set up to “draw” from your checking or savings account on the 1st and/or 15th of each month (following business day). To set up ACH giving, email to melissa.white@jeromechurch.org.
  • By check
      • Mail your check to Jerome Church:
          • 10531 Jerome Rd., Plain City, OH 43064
            Use the bill payment feature of your financial institution to schedule a check