A TVC Update: October 27, 2020
While we continue to eagerly look to the day we can safely meet again at both our Hillsboro Village and East Nashville Campuses, our Leadership Team has continued to actively seek wisdom and guidance from our Medical Advisory Team. This team includes Tim Jones (Chief Medical Officer for the State of TN), Mark Carr (Chief of Epidemiology at St. Thomas Hospital), Eric Sumner (Gastroenterologist at Williamson Medical Center) and Dr. David Alfrey (one of Nashville’s leading Anesthesiologists).
Pastor Jim held a virtual conference via Zoom with these medical professionals, all of whom call TVC home, on Saturday, October 24 to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically as it relates to Davidson County. Due to the recent spike in cases, especially in Davidson County, our Medical Advisory Team cautioned against reopening on a wider scale and instead recommended that we continue to hold services exclusively online. We also encourage small groups to meet online or in-person while social distancing and observing CDC guidelines in our effort to exercise prudence and care for those both in our congregation and community. Especially for watching the Sunday morning service. If you have appropriate space at your home, we encourage you to invite others to share in a house church experience.
During the month of October we conducted a few weeks of “test run” services with a small group of people. Our facilities have unique challenges with capacity per social distancing, ingress/egress and the ability to deliver proper air circulation per the CDC guidelines. We used these services as an opportunity to test out the logistics and plans we had prepared for re-opening our doors and fine tune our plans for Sunday morning in-person services for the future. The good news is that we are all set and prepared to open for 50 people by reservation once the recent spike levels out. Stay tuned for that exciting news – everything is different in this season, but then again, Jesus always comes and makes all things new!
We appreciate your prayers as we continue to seek to make decisions for the health and well-being of our congregation. Please continue checking thevillagechapel.com for updates in the coming days and weeks.
TVC Re-Opening Update
As Davidson County continues to remain in Phase 2 of re-opening, our Executive Leadership Team and Servant Leadership Council have decided for the health and safety of our congregation, we will continue to meet as a congregation online through the coming weeks. This decision was made through a great deal of prayer and seeking wisdom from some members of our medical advisory team. We ask that you continue to pray for the leadership of The Village Chapel through this season to make thoughtful and wise decisions for the good of our congregation and community. We invite you to continue checking thevillagechapel.com for the most up-to-date information.
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TVC Medical Team Update
While we eagerly anticipate worshipping together with you at our Hillsboro Village and East Nashville Campuses in the near future, we are prayerfully seeking wisdom and direction and continue to consult with our medical advisory team which includes some of the leading medical professionals in Middle Tennessee, all of whom also call TVC home.
Recently, Pastor Jim had a Zoom chat with a few members of the medical advisory team which included: Tim Jones (Chief Medical Officer for the State of TN), Mark Carr (Chief of Epidemiology at St. Thomas Hospital) and Eric Sumner (Gastroenterologist at Williamson Medical Center). The purpose of their meeting was to assess the current state of the Coronavirus in Nashville and discuss how and when to move forward with the health and safety of our congregation as our top priority.
Currently, we believe it is best to remain in a holding pattern until Metro/Davidson indicates more evidence the virus has receded or, more progress has been made in the areas of developing effective treatments and/or a vaccine.
As we continue to formulate and refine our re-opening strategy, our TVC Leadership Team will continue in conversation with these leading health experts, our Servant Leadership Council and Executive Leadership Team. We appreciate your prayers for discernment through this season.
Please continue checking thevillagechapel.com for updates in the coming days and weeks.
An Update From Pastor Jim & Kim Thomas
TVC Family –
We wanted to give you an update regarding our plans as we monitor developments for the phased re-opening of Nashville in response to COVID-19.
TVC staff and leadership are working on different options regarding Sunday services and weekly gatherings at both our Hillsboro Village and East Nashville campuses. Our goal is to prepare for several possibilities, and we are exercising an abundance of caution.
Although we do not have a firm date to open our campus doors, we are diligently following CDC recommendations, Mayor Cooper’s four-phased plan for Nashville’s reopening and Governor Lee’s guidance for houses of worship. We are also fortunate to have advice from the many TVCers who are trusted medical professionals. In all of this, we want to make appropriate decisions for the best care of and for our beloved TVC Family.
At this time, we will continue hosting Sunday worship services and weekly programming on our online platforms. This includes Sunday services as well as various Sunday Small Groups, Men’s and Women’s Groups, TVC Youth and TVC Kids.
We are prayerfully considering several ideas for when the CDC confidently allows groups to begin gathering. We are trying to remain flexible, adaptable and agile!
We are keenly aware that this difficult time provides an unprecedented opportunity for the Gospel to be shared and heard. So, by all means available to you, feel free to invite others to join us online, especially those who may be fearful in this season of uncertainty.
And finally, pray for TVC staff and leadership as we seek to remain faithful to God, to His Word, to His people, and to the hope we have in Christ.
Please continue checking thevillagechapel.com for the latest updates.
TVC Executive Leadership Team
We will not be gathering at our physical locations in Hillsboro Village or East Nashville. Rather, we will invite you to worship together with us exclusively online. You will still see me, Pastor Jim, we can still raise our voices to sing along with a small ensemble of TVC musicians, and we will still pray along with our Curate, Kim Thomas online from TVC – Hillsboro Village.
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We are adapting our events, programming and groups to virtual gatherings as much as possible. For now, there will be no on-site programming or events until further notice. Stay tuned to events.thevillagechapel.com for additional information.
WHAT WE CAN DO
Pray for those who are responding, for medical professionals, researchers, government officials, and those who are sick. This is also a wonderful opportunity to pray for revival as we all are reminded of our complete need for and trust in Christ.
Love your neighbor
Check on your neighbors and friends, and particularly the elderly. There may be practical ways to serve them, including grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and even technology guidance in how to watch the Livestream.
Watch the TVC website for updates, as well as the CDC for best practices.
It is a privilege to be able to gather together each week, and we have never been more aware of that than now. While gathering is a true expression of being the church, it is not the only expression. In the coming days, each of us as individuals, being the hands and feet of Christ, will be a visual and practical expression of the body of Christ.
The State of Tennessee Department of Health has a Public Information Line to answer specific questions and concerns about COVID-19. You can reach this line at 877-857-2945 (Available 10 am – 10 pm CST daily).
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The Refuge Center
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