We are facing an unprecedented time of uncertainty and fear in light of the worldwide Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Communities across the globe are being affected and because contagion can spread before symptoms even appear, there is a need for common sense and caution. In times like these when perhaps we feel powerless in the situation, information and good practices are the best antidote to panic. Our Church has developed this simple answer guide to some of our most commonly heard questions:
Where can I find the latest official information about what is happening right now in our town?
The Town of Greenwich has set up a comprehensive website to communicate the most up-to-date, official information in a “one-stop shopping” style. Here you can find the latest news on the virus as it pertains to our town directly from our First Selectman’s office, a list of town offices and public services along with their current operational schedules, and a list of multiple phone numbers which you can call to actually speak with someone from the Town. We encourage you to check the website frequently: https://www.greenwichct.gov/1621/Coronavirus-COVID-19
What resources are available in Greenwich for vulnerable populations or those who rely on meal programs and food pantries?
In early March, the Greenwich Senior Center announced that it would cease operation in light of the epidemic. However,they continue to serve their clients amidst the closure. The Greenwich Commission on Aging has put together an online resource guide with information for seniors on grocery shopping services, meal and medical prescription delivery services, transportation services, important telephone numbers, as well as information about how to stay connected and engaged while staying socially isolated in our homes. The resource guide can be found at the following link via the Town of Greenwich’s website - https://www.greenwichct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14633/COVID-19-FAQs
Additionally, the town’s Department of Human Services can provide support to residents experiencing challenges with food, finances, living arrangements, and difficult domestic situations. To contact them, call 203-622-3800.
YWCA Domestic Abuse Services 24/7 hotline: 203-622-0003.
Kids in Crisis: 203-327-KIDS or 203-661-1911
Mobile Crisis Intervention Services Hotline- 2-1-1
What spiritual resources is Round Hill Community Church offering the community right now?
Despite our physical doors being closed, the staff and clergy at Round Hill Community Church continue to be available to our members and neighbors at this time, just like always. We have established virtual channels of communication via digital platforms and social media outlets like Zoom, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Weekly, we are sending out communications that are designed to nourish your spirit during these difficult times. We offer a virtual Sunday Worship service, weekly meditations and Lenten devotionals delivered to your inbox, Children’s Worship materials and videos on our website for at-home instruction, and virtual meetings for our Youth Group.
Additionally, we realize that there is never anything quite as impactful and positive as the human connection we all share. Subsequently, our Pastors along with the Board of Trustees have rolled out a deliberate and thoughtful Pastoral Care Program whereby we anticipate that every single family in our congregation will, within the next several weeks, receive a personal phone call from us. We want to know how you’re doing, help keep your spirits up, provide a little humor, share in your worries and fears, and just remind you that you are loved. If there is any way that we can assist you, please just ask. Alternately, should you wish to reach out to any of us, here are our phone numbers:
Senior Pastor, Ed Horstmann: 860/997-0579
Although the Church may be physically closed right now, our work continues and we look forward to a time when we can all gather together again in the peace and beauty of our Sanctuary.
What are our contingency plans in the event that key church leaders become ill?
The staff and clergy at Round Hill Community Church are taking every precaution necessary to ensure continuity of leadership in the event that one of us falls ill with the Coronavirus. In compliance with state mandates to limit social interaction, we have closed the entire Church campus and access to all our buildings at this time. However, we continue to find innovative digital platforms which allow us to continue working, communicating, and planning for a time when we can all be together again. All of us are being careful to thoroughly document our ideas, actions, and plans should the need arise for someone else to ensure their implementation.
Does Round Hill Community Church still need my offering since it is no longer physically open?
The church never stops being the church and your financial support in the midst of challenging times makes it possible for us to nurture our children, stand alongside those in need of encouragement, make music, and worship God. During this time when we are using online platforms to carry on the work of the church you can offer your financial support for the ministries of Round Hill Community Church by clicking HERE. If you would prefer to mail your contributions to the church please send them to:
Round Hill Community Church
Attn: Lynda Kinney
395 Round Hill Road
Greenwich, CT 06831