IMPORTANT UPDATE- JUNE 26, 2020
KEYSTONE REGATHERING INFORMATION
Montgomeryville and Skippack Campuses
Although we have seen God move in wonderful ways during the quarantine, we are excited to worship together again in person!
In addition to Church Online at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30AM each week, the Montgomeryville and Skippack locations* will begin regathering in our campus buildings on Sunday, July 19. There will be 60-minute services at 8:30 and 10:30AM at each campus.
To facilitate good social distancing practices, locations will be limited to 30% capacity, so if you’re planning to join us at either campus, please register to reserve a seat (registration for the July 19th service begins July 1).
Please keep the following information in mind as you prepare to join us at a Keystone location:
There will be no Kids Ministry available for infants – Grade 5 (2020-2021 school year)
- We will provide Kids handouts for those who come to the Worship Services
- Our live Facebook Kids experience and weekday online opportunities will continue
Student Ministry options
- Middle School will meet during the 10:30AM Sunday services only
- Middle School and High School will offer in-person Sunday Summer Nights – a mix of house party and outdoor events.
- A weekly video will be provided for all middle school and high school students not attending in person as well as continued social media interactive opportunities
In consideration of others
- Please do not come if you have a fever, have symptoms of illness, or have had close contact with someone who had COVID-19 within the last 14 days
- Masks will be encouraged (we will have masks on-hand if you forget yours)
- We will be observing social distancing of 6’ before, during, and after each service. We will enter the buildings through the front doors and exit through the back/side doors.
- Hand Sanitizer is available throughout our facilities and our facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before each service
Community Groups are continuing to meet and now have the option of indoor or outdoor gatherings, along with Zoom meetings for those who cannot yet attend
We encourage you to stay connected and keep engaging with Keystone…online and in person. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at 215-362-8413 or email@example.com.
*The South Jersey campus will not yet meet for Worship Services until their school facility opens back up – but will continue to meet in outdoor Prayer Gatherings each Sunday morning.
IMPORTANT UPDATE- MAY 29, 2020
This update is in response to Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s next steps in relaxing the Coronavirus restrictions.
Since this pandemic began Keystone has been committed to seeking God’s heart and following his guidance every step of the way. Our leadership teams have worked hard to provide quality on-line opportunities for us to gather for worship, teaching, Community Groups, Kids and Student’s ministry/connection, prayer, and sharing the gospel. We have seen amazing attendance numbers, even seeing people from great distances away participate and pray to receive Christ!
New Jersey (now) and Pennsylvania (beginning June 5) will now be able to meet in groups of 25 or less, and we are excited to say that this next new phase will greatly benefit our Keystone Community Groups!
CGs have done a wonderful job staying connected electronically during this time, and some groups may decide to continue doing that for a while longer. However, if your group is ready to meet in person (or a combination of Zoom & in-person), we encourage you to begin meeting outdoors while maintaining proper social distancing. We are also recommending that you be mindful of CDC Guidelines on the best and safest ways to get together.
Our High School Community Groups are going to remain online right now, but we are actively working on a plan to bring them back together soon.
This is a wonderful time to join a Community Group. We have all been in some form of isolation for months, and this new phase gives you the opportunity to get together with others in your community.
WEEKEND WORSHIP SERVICES
Our Executive Leadership Team along with our Keystone Directional Team have prayerfully decided that Keystone will remain online for our weekend Worship Services for the foreseeable future.
Although we are all eagerly anticipating meeting in person again, there are many variables that our team is working through, such as:
- We want to survey and hear from our Keystone people
- To enable correct social distancing, we will need to limit attendance to a small number of people allowed in the room at one time, and this will probably include registration for each service
- We need a determination on masks
- We need to assure we have enough ushers, greeters, and other workers able and available to come and serve
- We need an indoor traffic flow plan which allows social distancing
- We need a plan to deep clean our facilities between each service
- There will be no in-person Kids Ministry (preschool or elementary) ministry available
This is just the short list! So, as you can see, in-person Worship Services will look very different from what we are used to. But our COVID Response Task Force and staff team is working hard to assure that when we do re-gather, it will be the very best experience possible for everyone.
PRAYER SERVICES COMING JUNE 14
There’s nothing more important than prayer, and we are excited to hold in-person prayer gatherings at each of the campuses beginning Sunday, June 14TH. We will have registration in order to limit the number of people to 25 and follow safety guidelines, but this is a great first step toward meeting in-person on the weekend. Watch for further communication from us by email and social media in regard to details and registration.
Will you join with us in praying for Keystone? Even though we aren’t currently meeting in person for Sunday services right now, we believe God still has a special work He wants to do in our church body during this time. It’s more important than ever for you to stay connected through our online services, social media, and ministry opportunities.
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IMPORTANT UPDATE- MARCH 18, 2020
FAQ’S RELATED TO COVID-19 & KEYSTONE FELLOWSHIP
Keystone is committed to doing whatever we can to provide a safe environment for you, your family, and our broader communities. While God has not given us a spirit of fear, He has called us to love our neighbors and to contribute to the welfare of our community. An abundance of caution is not merely wise, but is a tangible way of expressing love toward others! In light of this, and the recommendations of our governing officials, our leadership team has developed the following information to answer your questions regarding Keystone’s response to this pandemic.
1. Will Keystone continue to have Worship Services on Sunday mornings?
Yes – thank God for technology! For the foreseeable future, we have moved our weekend gatherings online. On Sundays, we encourage you to get together with your family around your screens at home where we will be streaming our full worship services each week including worship music with our Keystone Worship team, prayer, and messages from our pastoral team.
2. How do I connect to the Worship Services online?
Connect to your Worship Service at 8:30AM, 10:00AM, or 11:30AM one of three ways:
- keystone.online.church – we have created this new site for broadcasting during this season. It is the simplest and most reliable way to watch the service, submit prayer requests, engage, and give.
- Your Keystone campus’ Facebook page (also available through the remainder of the day on Sunday).
- Click here to watch on YouTube (also available on demand after 12:30PM on Sundays).
Also, through the rest of the week (beginning Sunday at 12:30PM), you can access the services through keystone.online under “LATEST MESSAGES”.
3. If I am having trouble viewing the online messages, what should I do?
If technology is not cooperating with you on one platform, try another of the ways listed above. We have also set up a troubleshooting page on the website. Here is the link for that page –http://keystonefellowship.
4. How do I give when we aren’t having physical Worship Services?
It is so important to continue faithfulness in giving during this time – ministry has not stopped! Please take advantage of online giving through keystone.online, or you may send your offering to our offices at KEYSTONE FELLOWSHIP, 307 E. Broad Street, Souderton, PA 18964.
5. Will there be anything available for my kids?
Yes! Our Keystone Kids and Keystone Students leadership are regularly posting resources, activity ideas, scriptures, links to kid’s messages, interactive games, videos, etc. on our Keystone Fellowship Kids Facebook page, our Keystone Fellowship Students Facebook page, and on Keystone Students Instagram as well.
6. How can I invite my friends and family to join me for a Worship Service?
If you will be watching on keystone.online.church, copy this link (https://keystone.online.
7. How long will we not be physically meeting together on Sunday mornings?
We are monitoring the situation closely and will return to meeting together on our campuses as soon as possible.
8. How are we going to stay connected with Keystone during this time?
We will communicate with you regularly by email, social media, and keystone.online. Stay connected with us on social media or email – we will have people ready to pray with you or answer your questions.
Our campus pastors will also be sending out a mid-week email and post featuring an encouraging video along with information and updates.
*You may text “keystone” to (215) 883-8030 to receive general Keystone updates by text.
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9. Are all events and activities cancelled?
Yes, all events scheduled for the next 30 days are either cancelled or postponed. Our July NYC and Kentucky Mission trips are not cancelled. We will continue to evaluate these trips in light of the virus situation. We are waiving the initial registration fee for those signing up for these trips. Other ministry-specific event updates (Student Camp, Kids Camp, etc.) will be communicated through those ministries in the coming days and weeks.
10. What about Community Groups?
We are encouraging CGs to stay in contact for prayer and encouragement for each other by phone, email, etc. There are also a number of electronic tools to use for our CGs to meet online – Google Hangouts Meet, GroupMe, What’sApp, Zoom, etc. Let’s be the church and continue to support each other like family online! If you are not in a Community Group and would like to join one, go to keystone.online under “NEXT STEPS” and then “I’M INTERESTED IN JOINING A COMMUNITY GROUP”.
11. Are Keystone offices closed?
Our offices remain open at this time with limited staffing. We will continue to monitor the situation daily to assure the safety and health of all our employees. Our staff members are practicing social distancing and working from home whenever possible.
12. How do we serve and show love to our community during this pandemic?
This is an awesome opportunity for Keystone to serve our community! In addition to helping those in your immediate circles, we recommend partnering with local ministries and organizations that are leading the way in coordinating efforts to care for those currently in the greatest need—children, the poor, the homeless, and other vulnerable populations.
13. What if I am worried about the pandemic?
In uncertain times, we continue to look to Jesus and draw confidence from our loving Abba Father who is sovereign over all things. While we do not know what will happen as this situation changes, we do know that we can, and must, pray. As we look to the days and weeks ahead, we are implementing opportunities for you to join prayer groups. You may also submit your prayer requests as well as talk to someone about your concerns by calling our church office at (215) 362-8413. Never forget: God is in control.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
IMPORTANT UPDATE- MARCH 13, 2020
Keystone family and friends,
As concerns increase this week surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), Keystone is committed to doing whatever we can to provide a safe environment for you, your family, and our broader communities. While God has not given us a spirit of fear, He has called us to love our neighbors and to contribute to the welfare of our community. An abundance of caution is not merely wise, but is a tangible way of expressing love toward others!
In light of this, and the recommendations of our governing officials, our Keystone Fellowship leadership team has made the following decisions:
For the foreseeable future, we will move our weekend gatherings online. Thank God for technology! This Sunday, we encourage you to get together with your family around your screens at home. Our campus pastors will be sharing a brief encouraging video message along with further details and updates in regard to Keystone’s response to the COVID-19 situation.
We invite you to watch this video this Sunday morning beginning at 10:00AM by 1 of 3 ways…
1) Your Keystone campuses’ Facebook page from 10:00 AM and through the remainder of the day on Sunday.
2) Keystone.online… under “LATEST MESSAGES”
3) Keystonefellowship.com … under “RESOURCES” and then “SERMONS”
Going forward, beginning next Sunday, March 22nd, we will be streaming our full worship services each week. You will receive more details about that in an upcoming email.
As a reminder, Keystone’s ministry continues during this time. Please take advantage of online giving through keystone.online as well – or you may send your offering to our offices at 307 E. Broad Street, Souderton, PA 18964
OTHER CLASSES, AND EVENTS
Until further notice, we will not hold Keystone classes or events. Currently, this includes but is not limited to Fortify Weekend and Financial Peace University. We will be evaluating the situation to determine which of these and other events will be postponed to a later date or canceled altogether. Keep a close watch on social media and keystone.online for more details to come.
Community Groups will continue to meet at the discretion of each group. Our small groups are a great way for us to continue to be the church to one another and to the community. Leaders should consider what is best for their family and members and coordinate directly with their campus leadership on any necessary guidance.
COMMUNICATION AND PRAYER
We are actively discussing the best ways to love both our community and our people in this time. We recognize that this is a dynamic situation with constant new information and updates. If we have to communicate any last-minute decisions or changes, we will provide updates on social media, via email, at keystone.online, and our website.
While we do not know what will happen as this situation changes, we do know that we can, and must, pray. As we look to the days and weeks ahead, would you join us in prayer?
-Ask God, in his mercy, to stem the tide of this growing pandemic, not only in our communities, but in cities around the world. (Isaiah 59:1-2)
-Pray that those who are called to address this crisis (particularly medical professionals and those in positions of governmental authority) would be equipped to handle new cases with wisdom and compassion. (Romans 13:1-4)
-Pray that local churches would lead the way in exhibiting a spirit of trust in God and love for others. (Psalm 90:12)
-Pray for God to protect our missionaries and their families around the world, that they would continue to offer the hope of the gospel to those around them. (Mark 16:15)
May God be glorified! Our hope, peace, and rest is in Him.