STATEMENT ON CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19)
We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will be posting frequent updates here.
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A NOTE FROM PASTOR MATT / MAY 24TH, 2020
After more than 2 months of uncertainty, praying, waiting, adapting, praying and waiting some more; WE ARE SO EXCITED TO SHARE THAT WE HAVE AN ANSWER!!!
Our plan to relaunch kicks off next Sunday, May 31st at 9AM and 11AM!
I believe that the Lord has used this time to refine us, to bring us more inline with who God is and His deep love for us. He has helped all of us shift our thinking on what the church really is and isn’t. It isn’t brick and mortar…walls and glass. It’s people…you and I…the body of Christ; a living, breathing spirit-filled body of believers that expands far beyond anything made with human hands. And I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your prayers and support over the past 11 weeks. I am so proud to pastor such an amazing congregation!
Check out this video explaining what our plan to re-open will look.
Though our gatherings will start next Sunday, May 31st again, things may look a bit different for the first few weeks. Please take a look at the steps below to get an idea of the changes and what to expect.
Step 1: Starting May 31st through June 14th
We'll have 1 hour services at 9am and 11am. Our Spanish Campus will meet at 1:30pm. These services will be all-inclusive, meaning that City Kids won't have services and childcare will not be available. Families and friends that visit together will all sit together in the main auditorium. Both balcony sections of the auditorium will be available so you can spread out and sit where you feel comfortable. At the end of the service, we'll dismiss by section and social distancing will be encouraged as you leave.
We'll have several sanitation stations available in the lobby with hand sanitizer and masks, if you'd like one. For your safety, our coffee stations will not be available.
Also during Step 1, our 180KC Student Ministry will begin to meet on Wed, June 3rd holding two services. JHI will meet at 7pm and High School will meet at 8pm. These meetings are subject to change so be on the lookout for regular communication from Pastor Cody.
Step 2: Full Reopen on June 21st (Father's Day)
On this day, we'll kick back into gear with our nurseries, City Kids services, and JHI Sunday services.
Step 3: One BIG Service and Celebration Sunday (July 5th)
Save the date for this big combined service on July 5th at 10:30am with a BBQ and Party on the Lawn following service. We'll have inflatables and games and lot's of fun together as a family.
I believe that it's time to gather again. To come together and worship as a family in person. Please know that I also understand that this re-opening may not be comfortable for everyone right now. There is no condemnation, anger or frustration towards you if you choose to delay your physical return to our Sunday or midweek gatherings. We love you and we want God's best for you. If you need to wait longer, I get it. That being said, our online community will continue to meet. We have every intention of continuing our online programs and developing new ways to engage with those connecting virtually.
For those that are able to gather, we can't wait to see you this coming Sunday, May 31st at 9AM and/or 11AM.
A NOTE FROM PASTOR MATT / MAY 18, 2020
Wow! We've been meeting entirely online for the past 9 weeks! What a time it's been! I'm so proud of being part of a church that knows what it means to be THE CHURCH! During this time of quarantine, you've proven that the church is not a building but an organism. The Church is ALIVE and THRIVING!
While this has been a learning experience for us all, I'm sure you're ready to get back to gathering in person and put into practice so much of what we've learned these past couple of months. So that being said, when are we going to start meeting and what is it going to look like?
We've put much thought and prayer into making the best decisions we can with your safety and health in mind while following the state and county guidelines.
In the next couple weeks, be on the lookout for announcements as we confirm start dates for the following steps to reopen.
Step 1: We encourage you to meet in small groups
In this step, groups of 30 or less will be able to meet in homes around the city to watch the service together, worship, discuss the sermon, fellowship, and enjoy some food together! We encourage your group to use this time to gather as a family. If you are not in an online group yet, text the word GROUPS to 913-701-3889 to join today.
Step 2: Gatherings of 90 or less in the 180 Auditorium.
In this step we'll have the opportunity to meet in person for services in the 180 Auditorium. Since we'll have to keep the services limited to 90 people or less, you'll need to reserve your seat for one of these. Kids and teenagers will also meet in the 180 auditorium with the adults. More information will be released soon as we get closer to this step.
During this step, our youth ministry (grades 6-12) will be meeting on Wednesday nights for two services as well. More details to follow.
Step 3: Full Reopen
BACK IN THE MAIN AUDITORIUM! We'll also have a church-wide BBQ and games in the lawn to fellowship and catch up!
If you'd prefer to stay home during this season- don't worry, we will continue to stream and connect online with you.
If you haven't already, text the word UPDATE to 913-701-3889 to get the most current information on these steps as we release it. You can also follow our social media to stay up to date.
COVID-19 EXPOSURE / MARCH 20, 2020
We want to inform our City Center Church family and the community that on Friday, March 20th, we were informed that a person who had attended City Center Church’s 11am service on March 15th has tested positive for COVID-19.
The service the individual attended had an attendance of fewer than 600 people. The individual was non-symptomatic at the time. On that date, there were no restrictions for religious organizations on meeting size in Johnson County and other churches in the area were still meeting as well.
All those in attendance on the 15th are encouraged, like everyone else, to monitor for symptoms and self-quarantine if those symptoms develop.
We are continuing to reach out and provide support for our City Center family and those in our community who have been impacted by the coronavirus. We love you, and we are praying and standing with you!
God bless you all,
The City Center Church Leadership Team
GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING GATHERINGS OF 50 OR MORE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY / MARCH 16, 2020
Dear City Center Family,
Today (Monday, 3-16-20), Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order to immediately ban gatherings of 50 or more people in Kansas churches, restaurants, concerts, recreational facilities and other venues for eight weeks to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.
We as a leadership team have spent much time in prayer and preparation for various possibilities that this pandemic may cause. Proverbs 11:14 says that “…in the abundance of counsel there is wisdom.” We have sought counsel from other pastors and leaders across the country and we have come together as a team to seek the Lord’s wisdom and guidance on what is best for our church family.
In light of the growing national concerns and precautions many organizations are taking as they pertain to the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19) and in response to Governor Kelly’s executive order stated above; the leadership of City Center Church has decided not to hold public services until further notice.
Instead, we will hold our midweek and weekend services online only.
This is a great opportunity to gather in your home with your family and worship together as you watch online.
You can join us live at:
You can also watched archived services and sermons on our Youtube page at www.youtube.com/citycenterchurch
Since health professionals are canceling all essential meetings, we are canceling all other City Center events and services that take place at our campus until further notice. For small groups currently meeting on-site, any of those gatherings that fall within the guidelines provided by the state of Kansas will be allowed to meet. Any questions pertaining to this can be answered by your group leader.
For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Yet we are grateful that the Bible tells us, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). We pray that you would sense God’s peace in the midst of these difficult circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary but rather walk in wisdom as we serve the Lord and our community in a way that demonstrates our trust in God and our love for people.
For important updates on COVID-19, please continue to visit this page. You can also text the word "UPDATE" to 913-701-3889 to receive any update as we get it. Lastly, if you are not on social media, please consider signing up for our email newsletter to stay connected with the pastors, CCC staff, and our loving community.
We love you and are praying for you and your families' continued safety and well-being and for all those who have been affected by this virus.
Pastors Matt and Jeannie Purkey and the City Center Leadership Team
JOHNSON COUNTY, KS DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY / MARCH 14, 2020
Chairman Ed Eilert of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency for Johnson County, KS.
"The declaration allows the chairman to establish measures intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. It also allows Johnson County Government access to resources, such as personal protective equipment for first responders and health care personnel, that is either in short supply or not available on the open market.
“Our intent is to position Johnson County Government in the best position to help mitigate the community impact of COVID-19,” Eilert said.
Specifically, the declaration prohibits public gatherings in Johnson County with 250 or more people.
Exceptions include governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities, private business
operations, religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals."
We will comply with whatever the state, county, or city requires of us and as of now, "religious and faith-based activities..." are exempted from their requirement so we will continue to gather for services until further notice. Our online services will still be available as well. If you are sick, please stay home and join in the worship experience online.
CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE / MARCH 12, 2020
Dear City Center Church Family and Guests:
With the heightened awareness and public concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as the ongoing seasonal flu virus and common cold, we want to assure you that public health and safety concerns are our highest priority. At both our campus and fitness center, we are very intentional about providing clean, sanitary, and safe environments for people to meet and worship God or take part in physical fitness.
We have enhanced our already-thorough cleaning procedures. This includes a comprehensive daily cleaning of all restrooms and various contact points (doorknobs, handles, water faucets, handrails, etc). In addition, our facilities staff continually cleans throughout and between each service. The children’s classrooms will be used in rotation as to avoid cross contamination from 1st to 2nd service guests and toys are disinfected after each service by the City Kids staff and volunteers.
While we realize no public environment is 100% safe, we take every precaution and safety measure possible in regard to proper cleaning standards and sanitation.
We encourage you to wash your hands frequently and to refrain from simple actions such as shaking hands. As you may have seen last weekend, we will again have hand sanitizer available at all of our main campus entrances. Please use it generously as you enter and exit the building. Also, if you or your children are ill, please stay home and watch our services online on facebook at facebook.com/citycenterkc or at citycenterchurch.churchonline.org
Finally, 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.” Ask the Lord for his wisdom and guidance as you take on each day. How can we bless others during this season? Knowing that this virus has a greater affect on the elderly, check on them. Call and ask how they are feeling. Listen if they choose to be vulnerable with their fears and concerns. Pray for them. Offer to pick up groceries etc. We have an amazing opportunity to bring comfort and peace to a world that is being heavily inundated by a spirit of fear.
Praise God for his protection and grace during this time.
City Center Church Leadership Team