April 1, 2020

TCC Family -

It's really disappointing for me to have to inform you that we will not be able to have Easter services together at the church building this year. As you probably know by now, Governor Pritzker has extended the Stay at Home order until the end of April, which means that our services at the building will be canceled for all of April. While this may sadden us, the health and safety of our members, attenders, and guests is of utmost importance during this time, and we want to discourage the spread of the virus. These cancellations, of course, include Easter. It is a special day for us as a community of faith, just as it is for many families, and I long to worship in the same room with all of you and with our guests on Easter. This year, that's not going to happen. That's the bad news.

The good news is that whether or not we all gather in a building at 1124 North Webster Street or not, Jesus was still raised from the dead over two thousand years ago, and we can celebrate that event wherever we are. And we will! We are planning a special service on Easter Sunday, April 12, to worship God for his great gift of eternal life which is offered to us through Jesus' resurrection. So, let me encourage you to join us on Easter Sunday at 10:25am at tayl.info/facebook to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ together.

This time is difficult on many levels, but we will worship together as a body again. The experience of this pandemic is discouraging to many people, and it is a time when many are experiencing some isolation and loneliness. But we are a people of hope! God is still at work, and he still has work to do in us. I'm looking forward to doing that work together with you. Please know that you are welcome to call the church office or email a staff member if you need us. We will get back to you.

I'm praying for you!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor James

march 29, 2020

While we couldn't be together at the church building this morning, it was still good to have an opportunity to worship together! I continue to look forward to the Sunday that we can all come together and worship as a family. Until then, know that I am praying for you, your family, and your health during this crisis. Let me remind you of a few things as we continue to move through this experience together:

  • If you missed part of the worship service this morning, you can access the service on the TCC website at tayl.info/worshiponline, or you can listen to the audio of the message at tayl.info/sermons.
  • We want to follow the governor's instructions to limit the spread of coronavirus so our regular worship services are canceled for next Sunday, April 5. You will be able to worship online with the live stream at tayl.info/facebook. Pastor Zach will continue our Road Signs series.
  • As I mentioned in the service this morning in the service, we want to show appreciation to those on the front lines of the crisis in our community. First responders and health professionals are risking their health each day as people come to them for treatment. As a sign of appreciation, we're planning to deliver cookies and meals to them on occasion during the crisis. We're using local vendors to provide these items, which they are willing to deliver for us. If you'd like to participate in this, you may donate online at tayl.info/give. We're suggesting $10 as a great donation for this cause. We will let you know how this is going and what the future needs are.
  • Keep checking in on each other. Since we can't be together physically, phone calls and texts can be so important to those who are alone during this time.

It's great to be part of the church at this time. We're learning some important lessons about what it means to be the church outside a building, which will make us a stronger and better church when this crisis ends!

march 24, 2020

We are making continual adjustments to our life together as a church. We'd like to outline how you can continue to engage with the church (the people, not the building!) in the midst of this crisis. 

Our life together:

  • Worship gatherings are canceled through April 5, but we will have a live stream of the service on Sunday mornings at 10:30. You can access that live stream at tayl.info/facebook. The service is also available in its entirety on facebook after the live stream ends.
  • As always, you can access the audio of each Sunday's lesson on the TCC website at tayl.info/sermons. The video of the service will also be available at tayl.info/worshiponline.
  • To communicate prayer requests to the staff and prayer team, go to tayl.info/prayer.
  • We will continue to communicate about services and other web events by email and facebook.
  • Though the church office is closed, we are monitoring voicemail and email, and we will get back to you as quickly as possible if you have a need. You are also free to email individual staff members as well.
  • The ministry of Taylorville Christian Church continues in our community and the world, and all of this is completely dependent on the generosity of our members and attenders. You can send in you offering to the address below or give at tayl.info/give.

Our ministry to students:

  • Our junior high and high school students are reading a devotional together in the YouVersion app. You can find a link to these devotionals by visiting the Student Ministry Instagram account or by emailing zach.crowley@taylorvillechristian.com.
  • The weekly junior high video lesson and the at-home parent guide are available on Facebook.
  • High school students are participating in a weekly video chat on the Zoom app. Email zach.crowley@taylorvillechristian.com for more information.
  • We are extending the MIX and MOVE registration deadline from March 27 to April 27. If our trips are canceled for any reason, you will receive a full refund.

Our ministry to kids:

  • Kid's Ministry Bible lesson videos, Parent Guides which help you discuss the lesson, and God Time Cards for Elementary will be available each Sunday morning at 9:00 am. Look for the links on Facebook. It's a great way for parents to engage kids with the Bible lesson.

march 21, 2020

Join us tomorrow morning for a live stream of the worship service at 10:30 am. It will appear on our church facebook page. This is a great way for us to share in a worship experience even though we can't be physically present tomorrow!

To follow the governor's Stay at Home order, the church office will be closed until April 7. We will monitor the church email and voicemail to stay in touch!

March 18, 2020

We are all adjusting to the changes and challenges that we are facing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our world feels very different from what we were experiencing even a week ago. As a church, we want to remain faithful to God, loving to each other and to those around us, and committed to our mission. With that in mind, the elders and pastor want you to know the latest information:

  • We are canceling services for the next two Sundays (March 22 & 29). The governor has banned all gatherings of more than 50 people, and each of our worship services exceeds that threshold. Because of this direction and our desire to play our part in limiting the spread of the disease, we are taking this step. Of course, we don't know how long this ban will be in effect. We will continue to monitor all of the governmental directives over the next two weeks and make a decision about Sundays in April. We'll inform you of any other cancellations as soon as possible.
  • Even though we won't be gathering in the same room, we can still worship! On Sunday, we will begin live streaming the 10:30 worship service. We hope to have worship songs, communion, and the message. Click here to go to the TCC Facebook page, and participate in the service Sunday. You may also access the audio and video throughout the week here.