Journey Christian Church Suspends In-Person Gatherings Due To COVID-19 Outbreak; the pastor encourages vaccinations
From staff reports
For the third week in a row, Journey Christian Church has canceled Sunday services at its Apopka and Lake County campuses due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among its staff, volunteers and families, according to a statement released in first page of its website. .
“All in-person gatherings are suspended until further notice,” the statement said.
In their midweek chat video, posted to their YouTube page, Journey senior pastor John Hampton provided a brief update on how many people have been affected by the virus.
“We have faced a COVID crisis here at Journey. It started out as a dozen or 17, then 40, and now I don’t think we can even put a number on it. We know there are at least half a dozen people hospitalized. Some of them have returned home, but some of them are still there.
Free vaccinations offered this weekend at Journey
Apopka Campus: Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m. to noon 1965 South Orange Blossom Trail
Lake County Campus: Sunday July 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
15733 chemin Dillard in Eustis
- Follow-up vaccinations will take place August 14 for Apopka and August 15 for Lake County. Both from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit Journeychristian.com/events to learn more about the vaccines each campus will be offering.
“Our hearts are breaking because of what we see,” said Senior Associate Pastor Dustin Aagaard. “If they are not in the hospital, some are still seriously ill. “
Hampton continued the conversation to recommend COVID-19 vaccinations.
“Because of the way COVID has spread in Florida… particularly and frankly in states that don’t have high vaccination rates. Orange County is up 30% from last week… so I want to encourage you to get vaccinated… I have been fully vaccinated. Pastor Dustin has been fully immunized.
Hampton spoke about the need to put politics aside and do what’s right.
“It’s a shame that it has become so politicized. It shouldn’t be. It is a matter of public safety. It’s all about your health, and making smart decisions to protect people… so if you’re not vaccinated, I want to cheer you on. i had my first [vaccination] in January and my second in February. Don’t let this become a political issue. It’s not, it’s about public health and it’s about protecting the people around you. Whatever strand it is, it’s more aggressive and it’s more contagious, and people are really sick.
“And it’s going the wrong way,” Aagaard said.
According to Hampton, some people have criticized Journey’s decisions to suspend service in both 2020 and 2021.
“Some people said it last year, and they’re saying it this year – it’s fear… you act out of fear. I want to push this off. I don’t think that’s the case at all. I think we are acting prudently and making sure that we are doing what is best for the greatest number. “
- To view Pastors Hampton and Aagaard’s 3-minute video statement, go here.
- To view the 25-minute Midweek Conversation video with additional details about the outbreak and Journey’s response, click here.
For more details, visit the Journey Christian Church website.