Greetings from your friends & family at WCC!

The vision of our church — the reason WHY we exist — is to Follow Jesus Together. Well, on Sunday, March 15 that sure did start to look a little bit different! As the world was forced to respond to COVID-19, we were encouraged to find new, but temporary, ways to gather as a church.

Thank God for technology and His providential will because we were able to immediately launch an online campus and it’s here to stay! We’ve had people from all over our great community, country, and even the world, join us for Sunday morning worship services as we celebrate and learn together. We’ve learned a lot of great lessons in the last few months, but we’re ready to take a shot at getting back here to our physical location for Sunday morning worship services.

So, are you ready for this…?

We will begin regathering on Sunday, June 28 for all three of our physical worship services right here at 8145 North High Street! And because of the generosity of our church, our awesome staff and amazing volunteers, we’re also able to keep our Online Campus going.

We’re beyond excited to return to our physical regathering on Sunday, June 28 and you’re probably wondering what that will look like. Don’t worry, we’ve created a FAQ that will answer some of you basic questions. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

As our leadership team prayed diligently through this and sought council from some of the wisest people in the medical field serving in our great city, we came to realize that there really was no perfect Sunday to initiate our regathering. Regardless of what Sunday we were led to regather, some would think it was too slow and some would think it was too fast. And that’s okay — different strokes for different folks! But we’ve been led to begin our physical regathering on Sunday, June 28 and to begin with all three services running with a Worship Center capacity limited to 300 people per service. All services will be the same, as we Follow Jesus Together, but the service times will be 8:30, 9:45, and 11:11 AM. The only change in our service times will be the 11:11 time. This will space things out for us a little bit. Details and a FAQ will accompany this announcement and further announcements in the weeks to come.

I’m reminded of the words Paul wrote in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead we press on…”

We would like to continue our community impact in two very important ways. First, we have a goal to bless the Worthington Resource Pantry with 10,000 pounds of food through this pandemic. We’re at about 7,000 pounds. Our goal is to have given over 10,000 pounds of food by Sunday, June 28. Please continue to drop off resources in the blue bins you see behind me located right here on the church’s front porch.

Also, this is our LAST WEEK to sign up to host a backyard VBS! Who is your one? Who is the one person you so deeply desire would come to know the amazing love of Jesus? Perhaps they have a kid that would come to your backyard VBS!

We cannot wait to be together again on Sunday, June 28, but before then, and if you’re not quite comfortable yet, do continue to join us on our Online Campus EVERY Sunday as we Follow Jesus Together.

We sure do love and miss you all. Glory to God and Honor to People!

See ya this Sunday via our online campus!

Dr. Jay Scott
(June 10, 2020)

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Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!

Good morning, good afternoon or good night! Whenever you find yourself watching our weekly update we first and foremost want to say how much we love and miss you all. We miss being together physically, but are thankful that over the last several months we’ve still been able to be together via our new and very effective online campus. We haven’t looked upon this time as an inconvenience, but rather a very unique time of opportunity!

The vision of our church and why we exist is simple — Follow Jesus Together. As you know, a few months ago we had to adjust that a little bit as our national and local government strongly encouraged us to maintain social distance. As local businesses are starting to re-open in hopes to revive our economy, we know that many of us are wondering when we’ll be able to meet back at our physical location of 8145 N. High St. for Life GroupsBible StudiesCommunity Outreach and Sunday morning worship.

The quick answer to that question is we’re still not sure when that will happen just yet. Our leadership has been very prayerful regarding this big question and we’ve been led by three very important words through this time of prayer and discernment — Safe, Slow and Unified.

First and foremost, we must be safe. Safe for our families, safe for those who are more vulnerable to the coronavirus, and safe for our community. We feel that placing high value on the safety of church gatherings is one of the best ways we can love our neighbors during this time.

Next, we are going to be slow. We all are anxious to get back to meeting together, but we are not going to rush it. We are NOT going to compromise safety and we ARE going to listen to the experts. Our church is functioning well in our current online format and we continue to Follow Jesus Together. The Gospel is being communicated and lived out, and we are learning the benefits of an online campus. The reach of Worthington Christian Church has never been wider, and it has never been easier to invite a friend.

Finally, we want to be unified in our decision making. Being unified requires discussion, it requires research, and it requires listening. We believe the best decisions are made when we leverage the wisdom of the entire team.

These guiding principles — safe, slow, and unified — have resulted in a three-phased approach for moving forward.

PHASE ONE

Launch of our online campus, which we have already done. We are so encouraged by the influence it’s had in the last couple of months. Please know this, we’ve never stopped meeting as a church. In Hebrews 10 we’re encouraged to persevere and to encourage one another through community. That’s exactly what we’re doing! And yes we cannot wait to be back together as our leadership continues to seek God’s wisdom in this.

PHASE TWO

Relaunch of our smaller gatherings for example our Life Groups, Community Groups, Bible Study Groups, Care Groups, and so on. Groups that our typically smaller than 50 people. We anticipate that this will happen sooner rather than later, but we are looking for direction from Governor DeWine concerning those size gatherings.

PHASE THREE

Reopening of full campus life. For years, our approach to church has been extremely family friendly and inter-generational. We need to be very mindful of our community and those most vulnerable. We’re called by Jesus to be the best extension of His love we can possibly be!

While Romans 13 and Hebrews 10 give us insight during this unique time. Colossians 4:5-6 has been our guiding scripture: “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

As decisions are made and we see future dates for physical gatherings to take place, you will be the first to know, as we exist to FOLLOW JESUS TOGETHER.

Please check out explorevbs.com to learn more about our upcoming Vacation Bible School and visit the church website to learn more about us and get connected to an online community. Please pray for your church leadership as we continue to pray for you.

See you all Sunday on our online campus!

Dr. Jay Scott
(May 20, 2020)

 

 

 

Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!

We are still in deep discussion and prayer about when, and how, we will return to meeting together in person again. We hope to have a more detailed update about when we can expect to return to worshiping together at church within the next few weeks.

Until then, we will continue to worship together online. We feel that in many ways, our ministries and outreach efforts have thrived in this new online environment. That doesn’t mean that we don’t long to be together in person again — it just simply means that we are still living out our vision — FOLLOW JESUS TOGETHER.

In case you missed it last week, the VBS team has gotten creative about how they want to do Vacation Bible School this year. Below is a statement from Mr. Tom on the subject:

During the week of July 12-18, Worthington Christian Church will provide video and print resources for you to have a 3-day VBS experience with your family in your own home. Or you may choose to hold a small group VBS in your backyard with your friends. All the fun resources you will need to make this happen will be available at our VBS website.

There is no need to register for this awesome experience if you are holding a family VBS in your own home. Simply go to exploreVBS.com during the week of July 12-18 and download the video/print resources.

If you’re interested in holding VBS in your backyard with a few friends (per the Governor’s guidelines) you can register as a host family at exploreVBS.com and we will provide you more details. Registration to be a host family will be open from May 31 through June 15.

Parents, is your High School student graduating this year? If so, the WCCYouth Ministry would like to honor them during our special Graduation Recognition Sunday on Sunday, June 7. We know the ‘Stay Safe Ohio’ order has put a major dent in everyone’s graduation plans and celebrations. For that reason, we wanted to recognize our High School graduates on Sunday, June 7 with a special slideshow and blessing.

Details about the High School Graduation Recognition is available on our website. If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Wiley.

As always, we look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 AM at our online campus. We’d love to hear from you so be sure to say ‘hello’ in chat or fill out an online Connect Card. Also, if you want to get caught up on past sermons, be sure to check out our sermon archive.

See you Sunday!

Dr. Jay Scott
(May 13, 2020)

Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!

As Gov. DeWine begins to lift the stay-at-home restrictions for the state of Ohio, we have been in deep prayer and discussion on when Worthington Christian Church will begin meeting together in person again. The ‘Stay Safe Ohio’ mandate only deals with groups of 10 or less and we’re much larger than that. So far, his announcements haven’t really helped us in knowing when we can meet together again safely. Which means we will continue to worship together online. In the meantime, our leadership approach to getting back together in person is being guided by three primary goals: we want to be safe, we want to go slow, we want to be unified. As soon as we feel we meet all three of those criteria, you can be sure we’ll be back in the Worship Center on Sunday morning!

On that note, we have been thinking a lot about Vacation Bible School and what that will look like. The VBS team has gotten creative this year and have outlined their plan for how we can still do Vacation Bible School, but in a way that is safe for children, parents and volunteers. Below are the details straight from Mr. Tom himself!

During the week of July 12-18, Worthington Christian Church will provide video and print resources for you to have a 3-day VBS experience with your family in your own home. Or you may choose to hold a small group VBS in your backyard with your friends. All the fun resources you will need to make this happen will be available at our VBS website.

There is no need to register for this awesome experience if you are holding a family VBS in your own home. Simply go to exploreVBS.com during the week of July 12-18 and download the video/print resources.

If you’re interested in holding VBS in your backyard with a few friends (per the Governor’s guidelines) you can register as a host family at exploreVBS.com and we will provide you more details. Registration to be a host family will be open from May 31 through June 15.

Thursday is the National Day of Prayer and Mr. Tom and Ms. Carolyn have a great lesson for kids in theire weekly Children’s Ministry Update! This 20 minute video will offer a guided prayer time focusing on six specific areas: personal, family, church, school, government and media. There are also a couple of great resources available for parents to share with their kids. The update can be viewed on the church website (and you’ll find the links there, too).

Mother’s Day is coming up and we will have a special slideshow on Sunday, May 10 to celebrate! If your son or daughter is two-years-old or younger and has never participated in a baby dedication before, we would appreciate it if your family would participate. We’re looking for family photos (mom, dad, baby & siblings) to feature in our Baby Dedication slideshow. Please submit your photo to Dropbox or email them to Cheryl LaFaber.

Also, be sure to check out the WCCYouth Update message from Clay Wood for this week. Be sure to give that a watch!

As always, we look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 AM at our online campus. We’d love to hear from you so be sure to say ‘hello’ in chat or fill out an online Connect Card. Also, if you want to get caught up on past sermons, be sure to check out our sermon archive.

See you Sunday!

Dr. Jay Scott
(May 6, 2020)

Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!

Mother’s Day is coming up and we will have a special slideshow on Sunday, May 10 to celebrate! If your son or daughter is two-years-old or younger and has never participated in a baby dedication before, we would appreciate it if your family would participate. We’re looking for family photos (mom, dad, baby & siblings) to feature in our Baby Dedication slideshow. Please submit your photo to Dropbox or email them to Cheryl LaFaber.

We have a Blood Drive coming up on Monday, May 11 from 2:00-7:00 PM in the Family Life Center. And guess what?! All appointments have been filled!! That’s awesome! Thank you so much for supporting the Red Cross during this time by making this life-saving donation. If you would like to give blood, you can still do so. Just go to the Red Cross website and search for a donation center near you.

The weekly Children’s Ministry Update has been posted! It’s available on the church website along with a new episode of Professor Pockets. Mr. Tom has a new video update every Wednesday and this week he discusses how love is a lot like a battery. Sounds strange, but it’s true! Check out Mr. Tom’s update for details.

Also, be sure to check out the WCCYouth Update message from Jack Bryan for this week. Students, don’t forget that the WCCYouth is planning a special pizza party for this Sunday at 4:00 PM under the overhang in the back parking lot. Yes, we’ll be doing it from a safe, social distance. Please contact Carrie Wiley for details!

As always, we look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 AM at our online campus. We’d love to hear from you so be sure to say ‘hello’ in chat or fill out an online Connect Card.

See you Sunday!

Dr. Jay Scott
(April 29, 2020)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!

Now is a great time to read a good book. Jay has three book recommendations:

  • Live in Grace, Walk in Love (by Bob Goff)
  • Following Jesus (by Henri J. M. Nouwen)
  • Core 52 (by Mark E. Moore)

Gov. DeWine has announced that Phase One of returning to ‘normal’ will begin on May 1, but since our services are quite large we know that we won’t be meeting that first Sunday. We are paying close attention to the daily press briefings with Gov. DeWine and Dr. Acton and praying for guidance on when to return to regular Sunday services. We will announce that date as soon as it becomes available.

We have a Blood Drive coming up on Monday, May 11 from 2:00-7:00 PM in the Family Life Center. The Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of blood donations and they need a large building, like ours, where they can collect blood AND adhere to social distancing rules. The Red Cross has adjusted their donation process to help keep you safe and they will be taking your temperature at the door and handing out gloves and masks to all volunteers and donors. Make your appointment today!

Mother’s Day is coming up and we will have a special slideshow on Sunday, May 10 to celebrate! If your son or daughter is two-years-old or younger and has never participated in a baby dedication before, we would appreciate it if your family would participate. We’re looking for family photos (mom, dad, baby & siblings) to feature in our Baby Dedication slideshow. Please submit your photo to Dropbox or email them to Cheryl LaFaber.

The weekly Children’s Ministry Update has been posted! It’s available on the church website along with a new episode of Professor Pockets. Mr. Tom has a new video update every Wednesday and this week he encourages kids to be a source of ‘light’ in someone’s life.

Be sure to check out the One Minute Update from WCCYouth. They’re also hosting a Zoom Game Night this Sunday at 6:00 PM. Please contact Carrie Wiley for details.

As always, we look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 AM at our online campus. We’d love to hear from you so be sure to say ‘hello’ in chat or fill out an online Connect Card.

See you Sunday!

Dr. Jay Scott
(April 22, 2020)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!

We hope this week finds you full of peace and your faith in Jesus stronger and deeper than ever before. We hope you had the opportunity to participate in worship with us online on Easter Sunday. Perhaps you spent some time reflecting on Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection and just what that incredible gift means to you personally and to those you know and love.

No doubt your Easter celebration was a little different than last year. Well, maybe a lot different. I know it was different at our house, but we still managed to have a “socially distant” Egg Hunt.

Many of us still had the chance to be close, or at least semi-close to family, but for others… Easter was hard. No family, no interaction with people… and honestly, Easter emphasized the fact that you’re alone, unable to be close to those you love.

Isolation can be lonely.

But, please know that although these days can feel lonely, God is still near. Listen to this promise in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified… for the Lord God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Be assured that God is by your side, always, even with all the noise and chaos of our crazy world. I think we could take some advice from what an old Catholic priest, Henri Nouwen, once wrote in this prayer:

Dear Lord, Speak gently in my silence,
When the loud outer noises of my surroundings and the loud inner noises of my fears keep pulling me away from you.
Help me to trust that you are still there even when I am unable to hear you.
Give me ears to listen to your small, soft voice saying: “Come to me, you who are overburdened, and I will give you rest…for I am gentle and humble of heart.”
God, let that loving voice be my guide.

Before the beginning of time, God has had a plan to be in relationship with people. Through Jesus, he has revealed that plan through his grace and mercy. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17 ESV).

God’s grace is good news to our broken world. By placing our confidence in Jesus, who is alive and well, we can experience lasting peace.

Hey, teens, don’t forget that Will has a One Minute Message for you each Wednesday that you can find on YouTubeFacebook or Instagram. And don’t forget about your Faith Conversations!

And kids, Mr. Tom and Ms. Carolyn have a special message for you, too, each Wednesday that you can find on Facebook, our weekly eView or on our church website.

Join us this Sunday at our online campus at 8:30, 9:45 or 11:00 AM as Jay continues to teach from the ‘Resurrected’ series. We’ll be studying Luke 24 where a couple of Jesus’ disciples traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus encounter the risen Christ. Can you imagine the surprise and joy they experienced as they discover that the Jesus they witnessed crucified on a cross is alive again? We look forward to seeing you online this Sunday!

Our prayer for you this week is that you will find an opportunity to share your joy and hope with someone else. That you will have the courage to open up your life to wherever Jesus takes you. That although we are limited in our movement, we can still use this time of isolation to be kind, to be generous and draw closer to our God.

We are so blessed to be with you as we Follow Jesus Together!

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Lee Cox
(April 15, 2020)

Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!

I think it is safe to say that for every one of us the past few weeks has tested our faith, and I’m sure that the weeks to come will continue to stretch us even more. Life is unpredictable, but what I’m hearing from you is not typical. It’s not words of fear that I hear, but words of faith — confidence that God will not leave us or forsake us, He is an ever present help in times of trouble.

Why would you treat this season of uncertainty with such peace?

We believe it’s because of your faith.

Our faith and hope is based on more than the uncertainty of changing circumstances. Our faith is based on an event — the event we plan to celebrate this weekend. Out of all other weeks of the year, this week has more hope than any other. This is the week we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Years after this event, Peter, one of Jesus’ followers, wrote these words, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Peter 1:3-6).

As followers of Jesus, our faith is based on this historical event: the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. So this weekend, we’re going to take some time to celebrate as we Follow Jesus Together. Join us this Friday at our online campus — live.worthingtoncc.org for our Good Friday service. We will be broadcasting our service every hour from Noon until 11:00 PM. This will be a time of reflection and contemplation as we consider the price Jesus paid for our salvation.

Then join us this Sunday at our online campus for our Easter celebration at 8:30, 9:45, or 11:00. We will celebrate Jesus overcoming death and giving us the hope of eternal life.

For our teen students and families, Will Ellis, our Student Minster, and his team, have prepared a resource for you to have a meal together, read scripture, have a short conversation, and have a chance to win a FREE dinner for your whole family. Will wants you to look at the week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection and have a conversation that is connected to our current events and days leading up to Easter.

You can find all this on our website at the Kids & Students page or on the weekly WCCYouth Minute Message. Parents, Will and Carrie will be emailing you info as well as posting info on our WCC Youth Social Media channels.

The Children’s Ministry is posting an Easter Sunday mini-lesson along with worship songs on this week’s e-view, Facebook and church website. We are encouraging kids to spread the Easter joy by doing two things:

  • Creating a special Easter sign to post on their door or an Easter chalk drawing  on their sidewalk to share with those in your neighborhood.
  • Making and sending a card to our friends at the Worthington Christian Village (165 Highbluffs Blvd Columbus Ohio 43235). The goal is to give our children the opportunity to celebrate and share their Easter joy with others.

As we close out our weekly update know that our prayer for you this week is that you will know that Jesus loves you, that he died to save you and he rose to give you new life. That’s worth celebrating as we Follow Jesus Together!

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Lee Cox
(April 8, 2020)

Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!

Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening! Or whenever you find yourself watching our weekly update we pray that you are well. We pray that you are safe. That you are healthy and that you have found ways to experience God’s Blessings in this unusual time. We wanted to take a minute and share a few updates with you as we Follow Jesus Together from a safe social distance.

Perhaps you find yourself starting to wear down a bit, thinking to yourself, “Goodness gracious how much longer are we going to have to live like this?!” While our social isolation has only been a few weeks, it sure is starting to feel like months.

I was reminded of the wisdom of King Solomon the other day when he said in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun…” Well, King Solomon, I’m ready to get back to the normal activities of life! But Solomon goes on to say in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that “God has made everything beautiful in its time…” I find myself thankful that even though I often want to be in control, I’m not. God is in control and the last time I checked it seems to work out a lot better when I simply allow Him to be in control. As Tom Hanks said after his recovery from the coronavirus, “This, too, shall pass.”

A few things we would like to share with you as we Follow Jesus Together:

First, allow me to say THANK YOU! We have been amazed at how awesome our church has responded in these times of social distancing. The incredible people that make up our family of faith never cease to amaze us! Thank you for being committed. Thank you for being invested. Thank you for being generous, and most importantly thank you for being faithful, as we know that Jesus is far more faithful than we could ever fully comprehend. Speaking of faithfulness…

On Sunday, April 12 we will be celebrating Easter online. We’d love for you to join us and we’d love for you to invite someone else to celebrate Easter with us online. We have been so excited to see people from all over our city, state, country, and even all over the world join us on our online campus. Invite your ONE to celebrate Easter with us! It’ll be a great day of celebration as we look at what “The Gospel Message” is really all about!

We will also be having a Good Friday service online. We’ll stream our Good Friday service every hour beginning at Noon on Friday, April 10. Just go to live.worthingtoncc.org to access a time of reflection and worship as we ‘Remember Jesus Together.’ Feel free to invite friends and family to join us on Good Friday as well.

Several people have called or emailed the church asking when we will be able to physically be back together on Sundays. The quick answer to that question is, “We don’t know.” We continue to receive guidance from Ohio Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton. We trust their judgment and believe the best way we can Follow Jesus Together is to honor those that God has placed in authority over our great community and to live a life that’s above reproach by caring for those in our community.

We are very eager to be back together, but we have also been so blessed to be able to explore the incredible blessings of our online campus. Speaking of, we look forward to being together this Sunday at 8:30, 9:45, or 11:00 AM as we Follow Jesus Together. For more information and updates, please go to worthingtoncc.org.

You can also find the weekly Children’s Ministry video updates on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages. And be sure to visit the WCCYouth Ministry social media sites for regular updates (Facebook and Instagram) – including a weekly LIVE YouTube stream.

Have a blessed day as we Follow Jesus Together!

Dr. Jay Scott
(April 1, 2020)

Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!

The last couple weeks have been a real challenge for all of us as we’ve tried to adjust to the daily changes in our world, our community and even our households. And with the adjustments there have been some sacrifices.

Some of us are discovering for the very first time what it’s like to work from home. Our kids are realizing that their schoolwork is 100% homework. Some of you may have been laid off from your job and others may be concerned that your job may be next. All the while we are encouraged to keep our social distance — six feet at least.

I don’t know about you but this new way of life is a bit stressful. It’s hard to know how long this will last or what the government will require of us next. Even this church is rethinking what it means to Follow Jesus Together from a distance.

I recently read that there are the choices we have when we experience hardships. We choose to let the hardship:

  • Define us
  • Destroy us
  • Or strengthen us

Psalm 46 points us toward the later. Psalm 46:1-3 says, “God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

We believe that in the midst of the storm, in the midst of the trouble, when the world seems to be coming apart at the seams we refuse to fear because God is our refuge and our strength.

As a result, great things are happening as we Follow Jesus Together. As you enjoy worshiping with us online each week, please invite a friend or neighbor to worship, too, at 8:30, 9:45 or 11:00 AM. If you have a prayer concern or just want to say ‘hi’ feel free to join in the chat. We have several chat hosts that are there to answer questions or pray with you.

Many of our Life Groups continue to meet together each week not in the same room but through FaceTime and Zoom. Our Youth Ministry continues to meet on Sunday evenings in a big group on YouTube and then breakout in Life groups through Zoom or FaceTime. We are encouraged to find our Generous Bins full each day as you are donating canned goods, soups and canned tomato products for the Worthington Resource Pantry. Giving continues to be strong and we just want to say thank you for your generosity!

We are a part of a strong church but through this crisis we are proving to be even stronger than we were before. God is our refuge and our strength an ever present help in times of trouble. He will help us endure, and we will be stronger.

Believe it or not, but Easter is just a few weeks away. This year we will be worshiping online so make it a high priority to invite your friends and family to worship with us. We will have our Good Friday service posted online Friday afternoon (April 10) before Easter.

Our prayer for you this week is that you will know that God loves you. He is with you. He will strengthen you. Have a great week and we hope to see you online this Sunday as we Follow Jesus Together!

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Lee Cox
(March 25, 2020)

Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!

Our vision is to ‘Follow Jesus Together’ and despite the uncertainty that is affecting our lives, our community and the entire world, never have I been more thankful than to be a follower of Jesus and to be a part of such an awesome family called “the Church.”

I have been reminded of so many encouraging promises from God’s word over the last few days, but one of the most powerful is the one spoken by Jesus in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Did you know that we have been told over 365 times in the word of God to not be afraid? That’s one time for every day of the year.

We wanted to share with our friends and family a few updates:

  1. We will offer a weekly video update every Wednesday until we are able to gather together in person again. This will give us an opportunity to share with you how the church is still being the church in our local community. Look for these updates on our website, eView and Facebook.
  2. We want to invite you and anyone you know who may need encouragement to our online worship experience. We estimate that we had over 4,000 people join us for worship this past Sunday and it was incredible. It is easy, now more than ever, to invite someone to join you for worship. Just stop by the church website and click the blue “Watch the Sermon” button to go to our online campus. From there, you can click the ‘Invite’ button on the specific time you want to invite a friend.
  3. We are partnering with Worthington Resource Pantry (who is also one of our Impact partners) to help restock their pantry for those in need in our community. They have specifically requested three things: canned soup (especially tomato based), macaroni & cheese and granola bars. You can drop these items off in the big blue bins located on the front porch anytime Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

A.W. Tozer said, “A frightened world needs a fearless church.” We want to be that fearless church and we are doing all we can to contact the high-risk members of our church to see if they are in need of anything during this time and to pray with them.

Please be in prayer – not just for our country and our community, but for our church to be the salt of the earth during this pandemic. We are also offering encouragement each day via our Facebook page and we encourage you to stop by and follow us.

All that having been said, I want to encourage all of us to do three things:

  • Let’s pray first
  • Let’s simplify
  • Let’s stay positive

We have the hope of Jesus and we love you all. We’re praying for you and we can’t wait to worship with you again this Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 AM.

Let’s Follow Jesus Together.

Dr. Jay Scott
(March 18, 2020)

As We Follow Jesus Together…

The Apostle Paul provides us with this timely encouragement, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).

As you are already aware, we spent a lot of time in prayer and careful consideration and the leadership of Worthington Christian Church has decided to suspend all gatherings, including our Sunday worship services and all ministry activities including life groups, Men and Women’s Ministry, Bible studies, and all next generation ministries, effective immediately–until further notice. While we have found this to be a difficult decision, we are deeply committed to the instruction of God’s Word, which encourages us to be above reproach in matters that affect our community.

As shared by Governor Mike DeWine, we have been advised to not gather as a large group until further notice. However, we are blessed to have an online option available. Until further notice, we will offer a simulated live stream of our full worship services at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 AM on Sunday. The worship service will also be available on the church website for you to watch at any time next week.

This Sunday we will NOT begin our new series ‘Minor Prophets: Major Message,’ but will instead roll out a fresh-off-the-press, and when we say fresh, we mean really fresh, like yesterday fresh, series called ‘FAITH > fear.’ This Sunday we will take a look at Mark 4:35-41 when Jesus Calms the Storm. We are not quite sure what will take place concerning the threat of the Coronavirus, but we can be assured of this. “Nothing will separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:28).

We would also like to be a blessing to others at this time. We have set out large blue bins on the front porch of the church for donations of paper products and canned goods for those who may be under resourced and also for those who are home bound. These blue bins will be located on the main front porch of the church from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM until further notice. Please join us as we pray for people everywhere affected by the threat of the Coronavirus.

Blessed to Follow Jesus Together,

Dr. Jay Scott
(March 13, 2020)

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