Corona virus + Church

UPDATED 3/14/20: 

As you know, we’re in a situation none of us have been in before and things are changing day by day, even hour by hour. In light of the concerns in our community and around the world about the COVID-19 virus, in conversation with our local community health organizations and the Apple Tree Learning Center team, Vertical Church has decided to move our worship experience online for March 15, 2020. 


Some organizations have chosen to close. Others are staying open. Both are understandable options. We will be evaluating future worship experiences as new information is available. As those decisions are made, they will be posted here and on all our social media accounts.


How do I watch online?

You will be able to watch our online service on Sunday morning at 10am. It will be available on both our YouTube and Facebook accounts. Also, an email will be sent out with the LIVE link. This is an unexpected opportunity to share our church with your friends and family. Who knows what God will do through this? Maybe they'll attend an in-person experience with you soon!


I'm going to miss seeing my Vertical Church family!

We know, and we'll miss seeing everyone in person too. Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Show up for the LIVE online serve and engage in the comments as it streams. Chat with one another. Let us know how you're doing. Shout "Amen!" or drop an occasional 🔥 🙌 👍.
  • Stay connected on our social media accounts. Speaking of which...
  • Join our brand-new Vertical Church Friends and Family Facebook group! It's a great place to share, connect, and discuss.


What if I need prayer?

Let us know! If you're comfortable, you can post it in the new Friends and Family Facebook group. If you would rather keep it private, let us know by filling out an online Prayer Card. If you would like to pray with someone, let us know in your request and a member of our pastoral team will call you and pray with you over the phone.


I'm feeling really worried and anxious about all of this! What do I do?

That's understandable. We know this can be scary, but we believe in faith over fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” As Christians, we do not react out of fear, but we will respond with wisdom. We can pray in faith (not fear) for peace, healing, containment of the virus and wisdom for those who are working on solutions. 


We want to serve and love others in Hampton Roads! Let's keep showing love in practical ways to those who need it most. If you have an idea for how to be the hands and feet of Jesus, post it in the Friends and Family Facebook group. Check on your extended family, neighbors, and co-workers. As A.W. Tozer once said, "A scared world needs a fearless church." 


Let's go!