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COVID-19 Update (3.16)

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COVID-19 Update

In compliance with the strong recommendations of national, state, and local leaders, all gatherings are canceled until further notice. This includes Sunday worship gatherings, missional community groups, Bible studies, corporate prayer times, and all other activities related to the church. 

Why have we canceled everything?

We are acting out of an abundance of caution and submission to the authorities where God has placed us. Informed and involved leaders from various entities have asked that all gatherings larger than 50 be canceled. (Center for Disease Control: 3.15.20) The purpose of the preemptive closures of all gatherings is to “flatten the curve,” slowing the spread of the illness and limiting the number of new cases at any one time so that our healthcare system is better able to care for those who are critically ill. By eliminating the sources of potential contagion that our gatherings could cause, we are loving and serving our neighbors, especially those who are most at risk. We are a church on mission, and this is an act of love to those who can be harmed by transmission among large gatherings. 

Is it okay to feel extremely frustrated by this?

Sure. We’re sad to have to cancel everything. It was a decision that we came to after a lot of information, discussion, and prayer. It’s absolutely acceptable to be upset and frustrated at all the various cancellations and also be understanding of the reasons and appreciative of the efforts and responses. 

Is the church able to provide anything during this shutdown?

Absolutely! We are working hard behind the scenes to plan and execute on some ways to maintain our community even when we can’t gather together. For Sunday, we will have a sermon run online that will later be on our website. We highly encourage you to worship in your own home. Our staff and pastoral team will also continue to meet (by video) to continue discussing and planning how we can be creative with ways to keep everyone connected and encouraged during this time. 

What happens next?

That’s a great question, and one we don’t have an answer for just yet. The news changes minute to minute and we are responding as quickly and prayerfully as we can. We hope to have some decisions made early next week and we promise to keep communicating with you. 

What if I have questions or need something?

Please reach out to us if you have a question or a need. Someone will always be available to talk to you or help you. You can reach us at That email address is always monitored and your request will be sent to the appropriate person.

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Legacy & The Coronavirus

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Dear Legacy Family, 

Along with Knox County Schools, we are taking seriously the pandemic of COVID-19. Here are some important notes for you and your family: 

  • Knox County Schools are now deep cleaning all their facilities, including West High School. Therefore Legacy Church will NOT be able to meet at West High School for the next two weeks (March 15th and March 22nd). 
  • This may seem obvious to some, extreme to others, but is honestly out of our hands of our leadership.  
  • We will provide a live-stream on Sunday AM so that you can gather in your homes as a family or with COMs and hear the Bible taught and the Gospel elevated. 
  • “Church” is not cancelled because you are the church. Legacy began as a missional community, not a Sunday morning, and so this doesn’t impede who we are or what we’re called to do. Our past heavy investment into missional community life will pay dividends in seasons like this.  
  • We’ll be contacting COM group leaders over the next day or two regarding their strategies and rhythms to continue “life-on-life” together in a season of “social distancing” and what that might look like. 
  • More information and links on Sunday streaming will come in a follow-up communication. Be watching your inbox and social media platforms.

On a similar and maybe more practical note consider that Christians throughout the centuries were known for their faithful serving in a time when the rest of the world was fleeing and fearing. The church’s historical work with those plagued and dying has shocked the world and shown Jesus in tangible expressions. If the arc of the virus follows that of China and Italy, then the next few weeks will be very difficult for many people and families in Knox County.  We would ask our congregation to "wash hands for sure, then wash feet."

This means be responsible but not fearful. Be watchful of self preservation and consider what being a servant looks like in your neighborhood. Ask critical questions as you love your neighborhood: Who needs your help? Who is alone? Do they have what they need? Do they need childcare? Are they at risk? Are they sick? 

Here are some practical ways you can be a hospitable and helpful missionary: 

  • Check in now on at-risk neighbors, particularly the elderly. Let them know that you will be checking in on them during the next few weeks.  Offer to pray with them. 
  • Childcare. There will be many neighbors who need help with childcare for jobs.  This is such a good opportunity to love in deeds.
  • Fund for people in crisis. Many people may be able to work from home, but others will suffer when businesses close and hourly workers have no income. 
  • If you would like to make a contribution to those who need help in this time, you can do so though our website (Coronavirus Fund). 

This is an opportunity for wisdom and service, being careful and also being bold.  This is a time for us to wash our hands and then wash feet.

I love you all dearly. Be strong and courageous. 

Luke Thomas and the pastors of Legacy


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