Statement about COVID-19

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March 13, 2020

Dear Artisan friends and family,

I want to let you know how our church is responding to COVID-19, the coronavirus.

First, we want you to know that we are closely monitoring the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as from local government and health officials. We intend to follow that guidance, and we urge you to do so, too. The CDC’s website ( is the best place to find current and factual information about the outbreak.

Yesterday, the Monroe County Medical Director recommended that organizations consider canceling or postponing gatherings of over 50 people. We know that healthy people can still contribute to the spread of this disease, and it is important that we do our part as the church to protect vulnerable members of our community. For that reason, we are canceling services and other public gatherings until we have a clear indication from public health officials that the risk has passed.

[Update March 21: Our services are being streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live. See more details on our Livestream Information page. Please join in, from wherever you are!]

Whenever we have new information to share, we will publish an update like this one on our website, our social media pages, our Facebook discussion group, and in our e-news.

Because we place great value on being present with one another, we are working on a plan to livestream a modified version of our worship gathering. We want to stay as connected to each other as possible during this time, regardless of whether we are together in the same room. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me directly at, or you can email our entire Leadership Team at

Finally, please know that you are not alone during this stressful and worrying time. We are all struggling to find the right balance between caution and hope, between prayer and concrete action. If you need help, ask for it. If you can offer help, do what you can. Take care of each other.

As we often say when we leave our services, the church is sent out in the peace of Christ to love and serve the world that God made. This is a chance to do just that. It might be that God’s call for us during this time is to care for people in Rochester who are particularly affected by this outbreak. It might be that you are one of those people, in which case, we want to care for you.

Love one another. Trust in God. Pray. Wash your hands! (It really does make a difference.)

On behalf of the staff and Leadership Team,

Scott Austin
Pastor, Artisan Church