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Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Resources & Westside Church's Community Response

When the stay-at-home order begins to lift, we will be launching Westside Home Church, an exciting opportunity for smaller groups of individuals to gather to worship and care for one another in homes until we are able to safely meet as a larger gathering in our church building. We are looking for 50-100 hosts to be ready and willing to invite others to a weekly online service in your home. Gather with a small group of people to worship, hear the word, pray, and discuss the message together. Westside Home Churches will be a great place to build community with new friends and those you already know. Please prayerfully consider being a host home for one of these smaller weekly church gatherings. We will provide weekly discussion questions and the online service, you provide the home!

To sign up as a host, visit westsidehome.org

Last month our food distribution project was a huge success—thanks to the help of our Westside family.

On Wednesday, May 27th Westside will be hosting a For The City donation event in partnership with the community organizations in our city that serve struggling young families, and our homeless.

We have identified the following essential items would meet a great need:

  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Baby wipes
  • 1 lb propane cans
  • Protein bars
  • Size 30-36 waist jeans 

Please join in by dropping off any of the listed items on May 27th from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm at the Westside Church Office Drop-off station. Thank you for helping us make a difference in our city!

Help us embrace, encourage and empower our Redmond families.

In an effort to provide food, cleaning supplies, and books to children and families –  Redmond Proficiency Academy has created Redmond Cares.

Redmond Cares gives out food and supply boxes upon request and even delivers! All donations will be a curbside drop-off to adhere with social distancing protocols.

RPA is now accepting donations of food and supplies. If you live in the Redmond area, please consider donating the following:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Boxes/shopping bags,
  • Toiletries/hygiene items
  • Sanitation supplies

RPA is accepting donations every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-4 pm. Visit Redmond Cares for full details. Thank you!

Westside was honored to help our community last Monday during our Free Food Market! After tallying up our numbers, we found that we were able to help…

  • 154 families served that represent 641 people (340 adults, 301 kids)
  • 28 dogs and 9 cats

We received 40 grocery carts of donations from Westsiders for this event! Thank you again for your generosity. You all have made a huge impact! #ForTheCity

As the lead Pastor of Westside Church, along with our leadership team, I would like to respond to some of the frequently asked questions regarding the current restrictions on large gatherings which directly affect churches across our state and the nation.

Q. Why are we allowing the government to dictate how we worship?
Simple answer: we are not. Our primary concern is the health of every individual in our congregation and in our community. As a large church, we have almost 2,000 people in our building every Sunday. To ensure we keep our congregation safe, we have chosen to not gather on Sundays.

Q. I’m not worried about the virus. Can’t you leave it up to individuals if they want to attend or not?
Eventually, that will be exactly what happens. Once we decide to begin gathering in our Sunday space, people will have the choice to continue meeting online or in person.

Q. Why are we shutting down the church building now, and not every year during flu season?
Until there is a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, as there is for influenza, it doesn’t make sense to put our people at any more risk than necessary.

Q. I can go to the grocery store, why can’t I go to church?
Soon we will be able to gather in homes and coffee shops as the church. Most Christians think of “going to church” as Sunday mornings in a designated “sacred” space. We know the church is anywhere two or more are gathered in the name of Jesus. It’s time for the church to return to her roots of meeting both in the temple and in homes. We’ve met for far too long just in the temple and very little in homes. This will be an opportunity for the church to reframe what it means by “going to church.”

Q. Isn’t this a form of government persecuting the church?
Studying the persecution of the church throughout history there is one primary common denominator: Jesus. Whenever governments tried to stop people from worshiping Jesus, being baptized, making a confession of faith and so forth it was always about denying Christ. Right now, this is only about gathering together. It is not about denying our faith. If that ever happens we will be the first to non-violently oppose that type of persecution.

Q. When will we be able to have church in-person again?
We are evaluating this question every week. When we do gather again it will be in small groups first, probably for several weeks, before we gather on Sunday.

For further reading, we recommend this article from Ed Stetzer. Stetzer is executive director of the Billy Graham Center, and serves as a dean at Wheaton College

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