The Moody Church Online
In light the COVID-19 guidelines, we’ve adapted by moving all of our services and gatherings online. We know that this can be a confusing time for many, so below you’ll find the latest information on how our church is continuing to serve our congregation and our city with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will seek to keep the congregation updated throughout this process and as things change.
This summer, our Elders began developing a four-phase reopening plan. Phase 1 planned for small group studies. Phase 2 allows some of our Communities to meet at the church. Phase 3 will open our worship services in line with capacity limits. Phase 4 will be a complete reopening and return to normalcy. In July we began to implement Phase 2, while continually evaluating our safety protocols and the city’s guidelines for capacity.
Recently, our Elders made the difficult decision that we will not have in-person worship services through the rest of 2020. However, as part of Phase 2, we have new initiatives rolling out this fall which we hope will help our large congregation stay connected.
Please see the Elders’ September 1 letter to the congregation for details on their decision and this fall’s activities.
Although we can’t be together physically, we can still worship the Lord together remotely.
- Live Q&A following the morning service is available at 11:30am on our Live Stream page and on Facebook Live. These sessions are archived in a Facebook playlist for playback.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting (6PM) is held virtually. To participate, connect using a method below:
- Zoom Meeting: visit our Prayer Meeting webpage to pre-register for the access link.
- Audio only: Dial 312.626.6799 at 6pm; use webinar ID #978-8309-4684
- Audio & video: go to our YouTube channel at 6pm to find the live video
- Email prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: for those without internet/computer access, we offer a dial-in audio option during our Sunday morning service. To connect, dial 312.626.6799 and use webinar ID #998-7407-5287.
Many of our Ministries, Communities (adult Sunday Schools), and Youth Groups have transitioned to an online environment throughout the week.
Need guidance? Our church pastors are available by appointment for online and dial-in counseling sessions throughout the week. You can schedule a session by calling the church office or by emailing the pastor directly. We have also set aside an hour each day when no appointment is needed (Monday at 4pm, Tuesday – Friday at 2pm).
To speak to the Pastor of the Day during that hour, please call the church office at 312-327-8600.
If you’d prefer to contact us by email, please fill out the Connect Card by clicking here.
As we move our worship services and ministries to an online environment, many have asked how they can continue to give during this time. There are a few options:
- Give Online: Go to our Giving page to give a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift.
- Text-to-Give: text MOODY $XXX (desired amount) to 73256 and then follow the instructions.
- Mail: send your offering by mail to 1635 N LaSalle Blvd, Chicago IL, 60614.
Thank you in advance for your generosity! It’s because of your giving that we’re able to serve our congregation and our city during this time.
This fund assists our church family with emergency housing, food, clothing, and medical needs. Give to the fund on Communion Sundays and/or designate “fellowship fund” on your offering. Help-worthy situations may be brought to the Fellowship Committee via Pastor Larry McCarthy. Please call the church office at 312-327-8600 or fill out the Connect Card by clicking here.
At this time, the Elders believe the appropriate response of our church is to continue to abide by the governing authorities’ directives regarding not meeting together physically in our church building. However, we will continue to monitor these and all revised directives in the future and respond to them as we believe is biblically appropriate.
- Sundays: the church is closed to the general congregation except for essential staff required to produce the worship services.
- Weekdays: the church office is open 8:30am to 5pm, but all ministry programming is held online and not in the building. A small staff is onsite to maintain operations. A pastor is onsite each day to handle counseling; all other pastors are available electronically. Non-essential staff are working remotely.
- Saturdays: the church is closed.
2020 Fall Ministry Plan
Gathering together each Sunday as God’s people is one of the highlights of our week. It is something we value as we recognize the importance of corporate worship, fellowship, and service. It is also something we treasure because of the love we have for one another and the joy we experience when worshipping and serving together.
For the past few months, we have been prayerfully considering reopening our worship services. Throughout this process, five biblical values continue to guide our decision making:
- Gathering in Worship (Hebrews 10:25)
- Loving our Neighbors (Mark 12:31)
- Submitting to Authorities (Romans 13:1-7)
- Maintaining our Witness (Colossians 4:5-6)
- Shepherding our People (Acts 20:28)
Given the health guidelines for COVID-19 (specifically restricting indoor gatherings to less than 50 participants), the Elders believe it is wise and necessary for us to not gather in person for our worship services through the remainder of 2020. Of course, we are open to redirection from the Lord at any time, but planning this way allows us to focus our efforts on the best ways to serve our church family and community.
Throughout the summer as we gathered for worship online, we’ve been encouraging our small groups and our Communities to meet in person when and where possible. This fall, we’re excited about enhancing and increasing our opportunities to gather in smaller venues through three brand-new initiatives:
Gathering | Live: On the afternoon of September 20, we’re coming together for an outdoor music service in our North & LaSalle parking lot. Be sure to register for a time slot, and then come and see your church family in person as we worship together and hear from Pastor Philip Miller. For more information and registration, visit moodychurch.org/fall.
Gathering | Home: We will also be establishing a new Sunday morning worship routine around smaller Home Gatherings. To do that, we are encouraging smaller groups of people to meet in homes for worship around the city beginning September 27. We’ll be studying the book of John together, and each sermon will have practical questions home groups can use to apply the message together. For more information and registration, go to moodychurch.org/home-gatherings.
Gathering | Christmas: Finally, we plan to leverage our Home Gatherings throughout the city to be a key component of our Christmas season outreach. Our annual Christmas Concert and Candlelight Service will be virtual experiences this year that are designed to be shared with family and friends.
We know this is difficult to hear. As a church, we all long for corporate worship in our Sanctuary. But let us not forget that the church isn’t ultimately a building; it’s a group of believers committed to Christ and to one another. We are confident that we will continue to thrive as a church family under these circumstances and to keep our large congregation connected to each another.
We are reminded of the words of Paul in Philippians 4:1, “Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.” That is the love we have for our church family, and which we know you have for one another. Let us use this unique and challenging time to serve the Lord together with greater passion and conviction than ever before. Our God does great things—let us continue to be available for Him to do them in and through us.
To God be the glory,
The Elder Council
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