With growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and confirmed cases around the Kansas City Metro area, we want to let you know how Briarcliff Church is responding.
Our leadership is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information develops, this page will serve as the primary, most up-to-date place for you to get answers to commonly asked questions. Please know our priorities:
- We are committed to doing everything we can to create a safe environment for our church family and the surrounding community.
- We are committed to finding ways to continue to pursue Jesus together, whatever format that may take.
Is Briarcliff Church gathering for worship this Sunday?
We will continue to gather online. Join us this Sunday at 10:45 AM at www.briarcliff.church/live.
Where can I access worship services on demand?
Why have events at Briarcliff Church been canceled?
Our goal in moving our weekly services is to serve our congregation and community with wisdom and love. We encourage you to join us online as families and smaller groups when you may do so safely.
Are the church offices/building open?
Our offices and building, including events within, will remain closed until further notice.
How will this affect other Briarcliff Church events?
Due to the most current CDC and local guidelines, several events are impacted. Our annual Easter Event has been cancelled. Our Parenting: A Study class will be rescheduled. City Union Mission and Lansing Prison Ministries have been suspended until further notice.
Will the hospital ministry continue to make visits?
In-person visitation is currently suspended. We will continue to connect and pray with those in the hospital by phone.
How can I submit a prayer request or ask questions?
Please stay in consistent communication! Let us know your prayer requests, praises and questions you may have by submitting an Online Communication Card.
Question not answered?
Click below to submit a Coronavirus Update question.
We believe we can come out of this situation better than when it began. But, it will take intentionality. It takes about six weeks to develop a habit – good or bad. The best guess is we will have about eight weeks of this new normal. I encourage you all to take ahold of this opportunity. A mandated reduction of our speed of life gives us a window into much of what Jesus commands us to do anyway. Practices of silence, solitude and prayerful reflection are fundamental to following Jesus. What a great opportunity!
A great way to begin your virtual interaction is digging into making a Personal Discipleship Plan. Take a next step in encountering God and engaging with your small group by developing your own Personal Discipleship Plan now.
For most of us, continuing to gather, even in smaller groups, may not be feasible or safe. Please look into tools like Zoom or Face Time. These tools are free and easy to use with multiple people. Regardless of the content you cover, you will find great encouragement from continued engagement with others. Please resist the urge to become complacent.
As information and circumstances are changing rapidly we wanted to connect with you on our plan for continuing Briarcliff Kids content. Content related to our weekly Gospel Project curriculum will be posted weekly each Friday on our Briarcliff KIDS Online web page. You will also find our Sermon Notes For Kids page that you can print for your kids to take notes on as you watch the service as a family.
Our hope is that you will be able to take time as a family and do the lessons together. We encourage you to do the weekly lessons on Sunday mornings at 9:45, an hour before our service live stream. We will only have the content available one week at a time.
To give you some context, we use a curriculum called Gospel Project for kids, which is created by Lifeway. It takes us through the Bible in 3 years and points every story to Jesus. We have finished the Old Testament and are currently learning about the life of Jesus.
An additional way to interact with the content is through the LifeWay Kids app. Once downloaded look for the Gospel Project section and select Volume 7 (Spring 2020). There is a Llte version that is free and there is an option to pay $0.99 for the whole volume that takes us through the end of May.
Our AWANA year has not progressed as we expected, however, that doesn't change our overall goal: for kids to know and love God's word. Although we have to do the program a little different, please know we will eventually celebrate the AWANA year and the children's success.
Each AWANA group will be sending out their own instructions for memorizing verses and completing books. Directors will send out schedules via email.
In our effort to partner with parents to make disciples, we will be encouraging students to join their families in watching the online cast of our weekly worship service. Although we are not gathering physically, this is a time we can worship the Lord and study the scriptures all within smaller communities in our homes. Please click on the link “Join us live” to stay CONNECTED and join in this virtual experience.
We are excited to announce a new way to engage with students during this unique time and opportunity we have. We will be hosting a live, digital gathering to promote community, engage with scripture, and have a lot of fun. This will require a digital device to use a program called Zoom, and an email address in order to send the invitation. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay CONNECTED!
Thank you for your faithfulness in giving during the times we do not assemble for worship at Briarcliff. Your giving continues to be an important act of worship. You can give online by clicking the link below. It is safe, secure and convenient. This would also be a good time to set-up “reoccurring donation” if you have not already done so.
Until we can meet, here are steps we encourage you to take:
We have a prayer guide prepared for you to follow. Click here to access the guide.
- Stay in Communication
Your small group may/may not choose to meet. Either way, stay in touch with one another. Online media tools allow us to bring our worship services into your home. Consider sharing this opportunity with those who may be far from God.
We will continue to post information, content and schedules at www.briarcliff.church. This is your best source to stay updated.
- Live in the hope we have
It’s tempting to get caught up by the constant stream of news and concerns. Prayerfully resist this urge by remembering the hope we have, now and ultimately, in Jesus Christ. Look for ways to worship in everyday events, serve your neighbor and proclaim the gospel in all we do and say.
If you would like to learn more about meeting this unique challenge with the unique hope of the church, we recommend Andy Crouch’s article, “Love in the Time of Coronavirus,” as an excellent resource.