Rocklin, Ca (July 15, 2020) — On March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide stay-at-home order to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. In compliance with our local, state, and national officials, we made the difficult decision to close our doors and move to a fully online platform for our community. For 11 weeks, our church held online services, while coordinating and partnering with over 300 organizations in Placer County to provide food, clothing, and toiletries to hundreds of residents affected by the devastation of COVID-19. On Tuesday, April 14th, United States Attorney General William Barr issued a statement stating: “The First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers.” On May 22nd, United States President, Donald J. Trump “[called] upon the governors to allow our churches or places of worship to open. If they don’t do it, [he] will override the governors.”
On Sunday, May 31st, Destiny Church, along with over 1,000 churches in California, opened up in limited capacity to celebrate Pentecost Sunday, one of the most sacred holidays in the Christian faith. The church did so with wisdom, safety, and public health at the center of its priorities. Destiny implemented social distancing, mask wearing, sanitization stations, and prevented any congregation of people in common areas on campus.
On July 13th, California Governor Gavin Newsom re-instituted roll-backs on re-opening, banning local business, churches, and community organizations from gathering or doing business. The economic, social, and mental impact of this order has yet to be realized, but it’s estimated to be devastating.
We believe that the local church serves a critical mental health, spiritual, and community outreach role in our communities, as affirmed by our justice department and executive branch of government.
As most in our region know, Destiny and its members have been a pillar in the community, providing millions of dollars in free resources and essential services to those in need, receiving dozens of local, state, and congressional accolades on its indispensable role in our area.
Pastor Greg Fairrington, lead Pastor of Destiny Church, made the courageous decision to remain open, while still maintaining all CDC guidelines of social distancing, mask wearing, temperature taking, and sanitation to continue out of an abundance of care for the people of our church and surrounding community. In addition to our already strict indoor sanitation protocols, we have added an outdoor venue that provides generous spacing between families and additional comfortability for those in our community who would prefer not to attend an indoor venue at this time.
While we remain open, we encourage those at-risk, sick, or uncomfortable to continue to watch our services online at destinyonline.com on Sundays at 9am & 11am. Our mandate is to obey the Word of God, and worship is a part of what we do as a church corporately. Care and concern for our community has always been at the forefront of Destiny’s Mission & Vision as a Church. Public Health & Safety is of great concern to us, therefore we will continue to wisely and prayerfully consider the COVID-19 crisis weekly and provide several different methods of worship services based on individual needs. As we pull together as a community, we choose to live in faith over fear. Just like our currency states, our founders pledged, and our churches believe: In God We Trust.
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