Update – 5/31/20
 
We love people and want to take care of you!
 
We’re enjoying worship together in the sanctuary, in our cars and online! 
 
~ New ~ Campfire Church (see details below)
 
Sermon Link – A video link of this Sunday’s sermon is available by clicking on the underlined date: Sunday, May 31, 2020. The audio version will be available mid/late Sunday afternoon on the ‘sermon’ page. (Click on menu). Previous sermons are listed below.
 
1. Sanctuary Worship – We are currently holding an 8:30 am Worship Hour and a 10:00 am Worship Hour. (Note: These times could change in the weeks to come.) For now, we can house 50% of our capacity which is approximately 125 individuals per service. The Arthur Pilgrim classroom (across from the nursery) can serve another 15 or so people, as an overflow seating area, with a live-stream video presentation.
 
Note: As of May 29, face masks became mandatory in public buildings (including churches) by order of our Governor. We also encourage the 6-foot rule to show kindness to others. For the coming weeks, there will be no Sunday School, Nursery or Children’s Church taking place until restrictions ease and our society gets healthier.  We hope that you will feel comfortable coming into the sanctuary, but if not, we have another option for you.
 
2. Car Church –  If you’re not ready to attend church inside of the sanctuary (or you do not have a face mask with you), you can now choose to participate by listening to the worship service through the FM radio in your vehicle. How will this work? A short-range FM signal will be accessible in the church parking lots. As you enter the church area, volunteers will tell you where to tune your FM dial, and you may then participate in our live broadcast services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am while safely keeping a distance in your vehicle. This will enable you to participate without having a close presence with other individuals.
 
3. Online Sermons – We will continue to make sermons available online as well. See notes above for the current sermon and below for other recent sermons.
 
Previous Sunday Sermons – Video links for sermons are available by clicking on the corresponding date:
Sunday (static issues) – May 24, 2020
Sunday – May 17, 2020
Sunday – May 10, 2020
Sunday – May 3, 2020
Sunday – April 26, 2020
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
 
What’s New?
 
1. Campfire Church – On Wednesday, June 10, we’ll host an outdoor evening of food, fellowship and faith at the back of the church property. Hot dogs will be provided (self-serve) from 6:00-6:30 p.m. BYOB – as in Bring Your Own Beverage / Bring Your Own Bible! After supper, we’ll have a Bible lesson together which will conclude by 7:15 pm. Then, we’ll enjoy some more fellowship time with a plan to put the fire out at 8:00 pm. Bring a lawn chair, your drink, your Bible and other things to keep you comfortable and safe. (The ‘phone tree’ will be used to cancel the service in the case of inclement or threatening weather.) 
 
2. Keeping Up-to-Date – Schedules and social-distancing practices will be modified and fluid for the time being as the process of reopening our state takes place. (See note about mandatory face masks above.) Since mid-March, we have been communicating each week by the “phone tree” with a 90-second message. It is important for you to listen to those updated messages! These phone calls, and the church website, give weekly updates.
 
3. Bible Reading Schedule – We have posted the Daily Bible Reading Schedule on our website (see tab above). If, however, you would like a printed copy mailed to your home, please contact the church office. We’d be happy to get you a copy to enjoy in the days ahead.
 
4. Share A Testimony – Pastor Denny has invited the church family to submit 90-second video clips giving testimony to how God has provided for you during the corona virus pandemic or sharing what God has taught you during this time. All submissions will be considered for use in the future. Simply email your video clip to jchapel@cfw.com and include the words ‘video testimony’ in the subject line.
 
5. Chris Wimer Interview – Recently, UB Global did a Facebook Live interview with Chris from his home in Quito, Equador. In this video, Chris shares about his current living conditions during COVID19, how he continues to teach his students, upcoming changes in his life and some current prayer requests. To “see” Chris and hear about what is going on in his life, click on this underlined link. Chris, also, sent an updated letter to us the week of May 17th which is available in print form on a table in the church foyer.
 
Our ‘New Normal’
 
1. Prayers & PraisesWhile we continue to adjust to an ever-changing and new way of doing things, we invite you to share any prayer requests or praises with us through the church office voicemail. The pastors and others in the church would like to lift up your needs before the Lord.
 
2. Staying ConnectedA ‘phone tree’ was set up the week of March 15 to make a way for Pastor Denny to share timely messages with our whole church family as needed. We hope that this recorded message has provided you with a simple format to stay informed and encouraged. If you have not been receiving a weekly call, please let the church office know, and we’ll get you added to the list.
 
3. OfferingFor those not attending worship services at the church yet, you  may still share your tithes and offerings now or later. Gifts may be mailed to the church office (314 Chapel Rd), and they will be forwarded to our financial secretary in a timely manner. Or, you can hold onto your gifts until you feel comfortable joining us for worship at the church.
 
4. Activities Other Than Worship – Our schedule changes have been made to comply with the CDC restrictions regarding COVID19, and in conjunction with federal and state guidelines. Therefore, all church activities will continue in a cancelled/postponed status until further notice. However, if you’re feeling a need to connect with other believers, give a fellow believer a call and make an arrangement to connect. The church can make available a room for you to gather in – with a timely reservation (maximum of 10 people). Simply call the church office and someone will get back with you as soon as possible.
 
We are not alone in this. So, remember that even though we are still separated in distance – at least in part – we can still Be the Church in our own homes and community. Share a prayer, send a card, make a call. Reach out with God’s love to bless and encourage others. 
 
For our High Risk Population – 
Here’s an excerpt from a statement given by Bishop Todd Fetters: “We know the coronavirus is especially deadly for elderly people, and for people with compromised immune systems. You know who those people are in your church. Be proactive. Tell them, “I know you want to be in church and that you’re not afraid of catching this virus. But we don’t want anything to happen to you. We encourage you to skip church on Sunday morning, just until this blows over.”
 
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We Welcome You to Jerusalem Chapel!
 
Typical Sunday Worship Schedule
 
8:30 AM Early Worship Hour*
 
9:45 AM  Sunday School for all ages (and including nursery)
 
11:00 AM  Late Worship Hour*
 
*Children’s Church is typically available on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. During the summer months, that schedule may change. See the Opportunities Tab/Children for more details.
 
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We are located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley – near Staunton, Virginia. For over 160 years, Jerusalem Chapel has faithfully shared the message of hope and Christ’s love in our community and beyond. We would love to have you come and visit us some time for a worship service or other event.
 
If you would like to learn more about the ministry opportunities that are available, we invite you to take a few moments to explore our website and see what we are about, where we are headed and how you might like to get involved. Check out the drop down menus above. Each will guide you to a variety of topics and opportunities that are happening here at Jerusalem Chapel. We look forward to meeting you!