DUE TO THE GROWING CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND CONFIRMED CASES IN THE AUSTIN AREA, WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW HOW THE WELL IS RESPONDING.
HOW CAN I REQUEST HELP IF I'M IN NEED OR OFFER HELP TO OTHERS IN NEED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
We don’t find community, we fight for community, and now more than ever we want to be a community together, not just relationally in a season that could be lonely for many, but practically and functionally, in a season that may be difficult for some.
If you would like to request support or offer help, whether that be relational, spiritual, physical, or financial, during this time of great need due to the Coronavirus pandemic, please click the button below to fill out our response form.
Our Staff and Elders are continually monitoring this situation and developing plans of action. As information and updates emerge, this page will serve as the main place with the most up-to-date information for you. Please know, we recognize our calling as your shepherds to care for you wisely and effectively for the good of your spiritual, emotional, and even physical health. We want to assure you that the health, safety, and well-being of you and those in our community are our highest priority.
IS THE WELL GATHERING ON SUNDAYS?
NO. THE WELL WILL NOT GATHER IN PERSON UNTIL THE CITYWIDE BAN ON LARGE GATHERINGS IS LIFTED AND AISD REOPENS THEIR FACILITY TO BE USED BY US.
We are canceling our Sunday gatherings at Martin Middle School until the citywide ban on large gatherings is lifted (likely around early May) and AISD reopens their facility for use. We do not take this decision lightly and recognize the spiritual and emotional importance of gathering together as the body of Christ. However, we believe that for the time being, this is the most loving we can be to our neighbors and the most honoring we can be to government authorities.
While we are not gathering together in person, let’s continue to encourage one another in the faith and remember the gospel. We want to encourage you that times like this are when the church should most look like the church! Should things get worse, it is our opportunity to serve like Christ, and show others the love and light of Christ, focusing our hope and other’s eyes on eternity. Should things quickly reverse for the better, we should, throughout this scare, have held a posture of care, concern, love, but not fear or dread, for we know Whom we serve and trust in His sovereignty.
To aid you in this, we will make available online resources to lead you in worship through reflection, Bible study, and preaching. Our Guided Gatherings videos will be available on Sunday mornings on the Sermons page of our website and all other downloads can be found in our Resources section under the Exalt, Disciple, and Send.
You can also see the section below titled “Where can I access online resources for the canceled gatherings?” for all resources and links.
To help you stay connected, we are working to provide a number of different resources for you to use as you’d like. These include:
— Weekly Devotional videos to help give you some spiritual guidance on how to navigate through this difficult time.
— Weekly Living Sent videos to help give you some practical guidance on how to live missionally-minded.
WHY HAVE GATHERINGS AT THE WELL BEEN CANCELLED?
There are two primary reasons The Well Elders have come to this decision:
First, we are wanting to honor our government officials (Romans 13:1-7) who have urged us to use extreme caution during this time.
Second, we believe that following these bans is an act of loving our neighbors. There are many vulnerable people in our city who may be put at great risk if this virus spreads. As Christians, we are called to care for and defend the vulnerable. By obeying the authorities who are guiding us through this situation, we can actively aid in slowing down the spread of the virus as well as give health professionals more time to prepare and care for those who are most at risk from the virus.
During the weeks we are not gathering together, our Staff and Elders will continue to seek guidance from health officials, the city of Austin, and AISD to determine a plan of action moving forward.
WHAT ABOUT COMMUNITY GROUPS?
For the time being, and in accordance with authorities in the city of Austin, our Community Groups (CGs) are not meeting in person but are still meeting virtually. Many of our CG Shepherds have turned to online platforms in an effort to be creative and still fight for community. Reach out to your CG Shepherd to find out more about what your group is doing and how you can stay connected.
If you are looking to get connected with a CG or with The Well in general, please fill out our Connect Form through the link below:
HOW CAN I CONTINUE TO GIVE TO THE WELL WHILE WE ARE NOT GATHERING IN PERSON?
While we do not want anyone to feel obligated during this sensitive time, we also want to encourage you that your regular giving continues to be an important act of worship. You can give financially online, through text, or by mail so that the ministry of The Well can continue all the more in the midst of these difficulties.
To give online, click the button below.
TO GIVE THROUGH TEXT:
Text any amount to 84321
TO GIVE BY MAIL, YOU CAN:
Make checks payable to “The Well Community Church”
The Well Church ATTN: Finance Department 4600 Mueller Blvd., Ste #1003 Austin, TX 78723
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (CORVID-19)?
There are two primary reasons The Well Elders have come to this decision:
Information in this section is from the World Health Organization. For more detailed information, please refer to their website.
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness – an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It’s part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to many other countries. The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While most people recover from the virus without needing special treatment, older people and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
Like many viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website. For more information, please refer to the World Health Organization website.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world. At The Well, we believe that the local church is God’s means of redeeming the world. Both the local church and the world around us are made up of people who are longing for connection. We will miss gathering together because we are created to be connected. Just as the Coronavirus is cutting us off from each other, so sin likewise cuts us off from God. However, because of Jesus, and his payment for us on the cross, sin is overcome and we’re reconnected to God. The same is true of something like COVID-19. Because of Jesus, one day there will be no more suffering, no more pain, no more separation. We long for perfection. But until that day comes, we get to bring the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. So let us remember and preach the truth of the gospel to one another.
WHILE YOU'RE TRUSTING JESUS IN THIS SITUATION, HERE ARE SOME OTHERS WAYS YOU CAN RESPOND TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19):
— Pray for how God will work in us and through us during this time. Pray for your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and our government officials.
— See this as an opportunity to be the church and not an obstacle keeping you from church. Especially as a sending church, this is part of The Well’s DNA — let’s be sent people in our own little communities!! Here is a great article on how saints of the past like Charles Spurgeon responded to similar health crises.
— Look for opportunities to love and care for others with the love that Christ has shown to us.
— Even if we’re unable to gather at certain times or as a full church body, stay connected to the church family. Use technology such as GroupMe, Google Meet, Zoom, and Facetime to stay connected with each other! Call or text! Pray for and encourage one another without ceasing.