Emmaus Church is refraining from gathering on Sunday mornings in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Please read below for resources to use during this time and for more information from our pastors.
SUNDAY MORNINGS | You can live-stream the sermons at 10:45am on Sunday mornings on Facebook, YouTube, and the sermons page of our website. You can follow the at-home worship guides using the Looking to Sunday posts on the Emmaus Blog.
MID-WEEK CONNECTION OPPORTUNITIES | Prayer times and Pastoral Connect
- Women's Prayer | Mondays 8pm - Emmaus covenant member Jen Foster leads a time of prayer and encouragement from Scripture for Emmaus women. Click here to go to the Zoom Meeting, and email JFoster16835@mbts.edu for the password.
- Men's Prayer | Wednesdays 7:15am - Pastor Sam leads a time of prayer for Emmaus men who wish to join. Click here to go to the Zoom Meeting and email firstname.lastname@example.org for the password.
- Pastoral Connect | Thursdays 8:30pm - One of our pastors leads a devotional and time of prayer for all who wish join. Click here to go to the Zoom meeting at email email@example.com for the password.
COVID-19 RELIEF FUND
Click here to donate | Email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for help
If you give to this fund, 100% of your donation will go to help our church members and community in times of financial distress due to COVID-19. If you are in need of financial assistance during this time, we encourage you to please be open about your needs. Share about your situation with your community group and email email@example.com to be considered as a recipient of the money from this fund.
Go to the Emmaus Blog to find:
- A personal word from Pastor Sam, full of godly lament and exhortation.
- Our blog series called Feasting on the Word that will help you see, know and treasure the bountiful feast that is the Word of God. Our writers are working to keep up with the prophets series to help you read along with the sermon schedule.
- An Emmaus music playlist with links to some of our favorite songs to sing as a church.
- An extended list of resources from our pastors to use during this time.
- A catechism written by Pastor Sam for you to use with your children at home.
Resources for Kids:
- Click here to see a list of resources our Emmaus Kids Ministry team compiled for families to use with their children at home. This list includes music and bible study resources for kids.
- You can also go to the Emmaus Kids playlist of our YouTube channel for bible stories read and bible songs sung by our volunteers.
May 4, 2020 - An Update from Pastor Joshua on Re-Entry Plans
"Emmaus finds itself in an interesting situation. Missouri, Clay County, Platte County, North Kansas City, and Kansas City all have slightly different plans to reopen. Though we are in Clay County and North Kansas City, our elders have chosen throughout this pandemic to follow the lead of Mayor Lucas and Kansas City, MO for 2 reasons: First, we have members who are located all throughout the metro and this best unites us all together. Second, KCMO tends to carry the most weight and acceptance of the general public. In addition to these, Mayor Lucas has proven to be the most careful, which helps us remain conservative and avoid rushing reentry. Per KCMO's 10/10/10 reentry plan, we will continue to follow this lead. What does this mean?
- As of May 17 Community Groups will be free to meet in person. Groups must meet the 10/10/10 guidelines, as well as 6ft distancing. Groups can meet outdoors as an entire group as long as they follow the 6ft rule. Groups may also rotate men/women as long as they meet 10/10/10. By meeting as men one week and women the next, it enables one adult to stay home with children and avoid breaking social distancing for our kids.
- Sundays will continue to follow the same pattern we have; Family worship via Looking to Sunday and live-stream sermons.
We will follow this plan at least through the end of May or until Mayor Lucas changes his plan. If KCMO is still following this plan by June 1 and Clay County and NKC are opened more and not experiencing a surge of Covid, we will consider the option of meeting on Sundays in compliance with NKC and Clay County."
March 21, 2020 - An Explanation of Home Worship and Livestream Sermons from Pastor Josh
"While we are unable to gather, we thank God for technology that allows us to be edified by his Word. At Emmaus, we are not reproducing our worship gatherings in an online format. We do not consider what will happen on Sunday [the live-streamed sermon] a “Gathering of the saints”. At the same time, we believe that as you gather in your homes as families, God can and will speak to you as you worship, pray, and hear the Word of God taught. We are making our sermons available to you via live-stream, not to reproduce our gatherings, but to encourage your hearts to look to Jesus, to comfort your souls from distress of these days, and to care for your needs. And we are live streaming these sermons to continue to glorify God through declaring the gospel to you and those who will watch.
March 17, 2020 Update
Emmaus, as you may have already seen, the Mayor of Kansas City has taken the CDC recommendation from yesterday and forbid groups meeting larger than 10 individuals. This is a mandate for the next fifteen days. We have talked as pastors and believe it is wise for us to comply with this mandate. Therefore, since most of our Community Groups are larger than 10 people, we are asking that all our groups cancel for two weeks. We will remain meeting with our groups as normal after the 15-day mandate is over.
However, the pastors would strongly encourage you all to get creative with how you can meet and care for one another through online platforms. We would encourage, if at all possible, to meet at least once, using technology (a service like Zoom), while we take this break from Community Groups. Also, just as a reminder the pastors are gathering this Saturday to pray, process, and plan what the next few weeks will look like for us as a church. We ask for your prayers for this important meeting and the decisions we’ll be making.
As with each announcement, we want to remind you that we love you and are so thankful to be your pastors. You’ve loved one another well during this unique season and we’re grateful to walk through this unique season with this particular body of believers.
March 16, 2020 Update
Emmaus, first the pastors want to thank you for how you’ve responded thus far with the COVID-19 pandemic here in Kansas City. We’ve had many of you reach out to us, reach out to others, and simply practice Christian wisdom and charity in this unique season. Your pastors are proud of you and very thankful for you.
As you may have seen, the CDC has announced that they recommend any gathering over 50 people to be postponed for eight weeks. Moreover, the Mayor of Kansas City has banned any meetings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. This was hard news to hear for us as we are already longing to be back with you after just one week. At this time, we don’t have our finalized plan in place, but we wanted to update you with the next few steps. This upcoming Sunday, March 22nd, we will gather virtually as we did this past Sunday. You can follow the same process and tune in for our live stream at 10:45AM as Pastor Josh preaches the book of Daniel. As for the plan beyond March 22nd we ask that you pray for us as we are planning an extensive meeting to pray, process, and plan for what the next two months might look like for us as a Church. We are hoping to think of creative ways in which we can both follow the advice and regulations given to us from the medical and civil authorities while still maintaining faithfulness to one another in a Biblical sense.
As always, we pray that in the midst of this season of uncertainty that you and your family are pressing into Jesus. We pray that the Lord would use this global pandemic to maximize your joy in him as you treasure Jesus and cherish the gospel. We love you, Emmaus. As we said in our last update, we wouldn’t want to walk through this unique season with any other body than you all.
March 13, 2020 Update
It is with heavy hearts we announce that we are canceling gathering this Sunday, March 15th at Emmaus Church. The Sunday gathering is not something we take lightly and therefore this decision was not made lightly. After much prayer, discussion amongst the pastors, and listening to the medical and civil authorities, we believe it is wise for us to not gather together in either service this upcoming Sunday morning. While the Kansas City area has been blessed with few cases of COVID-19, we still believe this move is wise for the health of our people, in accord with love of neighbor, and in compliance with counsel from those with more knowledge about the situation than us.
Pastor Adam will still preach this Sunday as planned and we invite you to join us online at 10:45 AM (CST) via livestream as we marvel at our triune God through the book of Ezekiel.
Questions & Answers Last Updated March 13th, 2020
Will we still have Community Group?
Yes. We are still planning to have community groups as normal unless we are instructed otherwise by a medical or civil authority or believe it to be unwise if the situation progresses. Since Kansas City has not had many cases of confirmed Coronavirus, we feel like we can proceed with community groups as normal. Of course, you should practice extra care during this unique season and wash your hands, abstain from touching your face, stay home if you feel ill, and practice wisdom for the sake of your group.
How many weeks will our gatherings be canceled?
This is undecided. We are hoping and praying that it will just be this Sunday. However, we plan to take the news week-by-week as we monitor the situation. Since the Coronavirus is a novel virus, things seem to be changing with rapid manner. So, we will continue conversation with one another and with the authorities to maintain wisdom. We will be praying and preparing as if we are going to gather again next week and we will be praying hard this direction and ask you to join us.
Will there be preaching in the future if we must continue to cancel our gatherings?
Yes. The plan is to always provide preaching and we intend to move on with our series as normal. Again, our hope is to be back next week, but if something prohibits us from doing so, we plan to continue preaching the Word.
Are we violating Hebrews 10?
Hebrews 10:24- 25 states, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
We are not in violation of this passage by temporarily canceling our gatherings due to this health crisis. As the members and attenders of Emmaus Church know, we take our gathering times with the most joyful seriousness and see it as a treasure and gift from our Lord. We do not deserve to meet with one another and therefore count each second of every Sunday as nothing short of grace. Yet, while we rejoice in our gatherings—and plan to resume them as soon as we may—we believe we are not violating this important passage. Rather, this is not a habit for us, nor a pattern of our church, but a temporary measure we are implementing for the good of one another and the good of our city.
If you have any further questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your pastors love you, Emmaus. If we must walk through unique and trying seasons, we are filled with joy that we get to walk through them with you.