COVId-19 update

We will provide updates and keep you informed on this page, on Realm, on social media, and on the Anchor Church App during this season.

sunday service in-person gatherings

Anchor Church friends, until the Sandler Center re-opens we'll be gathering every Sunday at 10am in our temporary home at the Barry Robinson Theater and Fine Arts Center located at Catholic High School beginning Sunday, July. 19th. There's no pressure to attend in-person gatherings. I'd you prefer to worship with us from home, head to our watch page and join us live every Sunday at 10am. We've missed you and we're excited about gathering together!

For more information and to register for your seat on Sundays, click the link below!
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Read the full briefings and updates below.

March 13, 2020 

COVID-19 Update from Pastor Kris

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update from Pastor Kris

May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update from Pastor Kris

June 30, 2020

Reopening & COVID update from Pastor Kris

Home Church Kit


During this season of social distancing, we’ve put together some resources to help navigate the distance between us so that we stay engaged in community with one another during this time. The church has never been limited by the size of gatherings or buildings or funds, so even if we’re expected for a  season to keep entirely to ourselves, we can still find ways to be established in the Good News of Jesus, engaged in community with one another, and equipped for mission and ministry in our neighborhoods and workplaces.

To that end, we have put together some resources that we hope you can use to continue growing in your relationship with God and your relationships with others both in-person and virtually. We’re calling it a Home Church Kit because we believe that the home is a hub for ministry no matter what stage of life you’re in! As mentioned, the Good News of Jesus has no boundaries, and the people of God can minister right where they’re at! The blessing and benefits of being able to gather in larger groups will return in time, but over the next several weeks, we’ll get to see the blessing and benefits of embodying the corporate worship practices in our homes.

Each week, you’ll find a PDF that serves as a guide for personal/family use or for online small group gatherings throughout the week, along with some activities for children. We’ll also be sharing various resources below in hopes of empowering you to have meaningful conversations at home and with friends and neighbors.

This kit is not only for small group leaders but for you and me, married or single, younger or older. We encourage each of you to find a few friends or your community group or maybe your family – and take part in growing deeper in relationship with Christ and with one another in any way you can. Maybe that looks like phone conversations, FaceTiming friends, google hangouts with your community group – the great part about this is there are so many ways we can still keep in contact with those around us even while being physically apart. Physical separation does not mean spiritual or emotional detachment.

Feel free to reach out to us with any specific questions you have and especially with any prayer requests. You can email Melanie Rivera and she’ll pass your questions or prayer requests along to our leadership team. We’d love to serve or pray for you!

Below you’ll find weekly Home Church Guides and additional resources.

Sunday, March 22

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Sunday, March 29

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Sunday, April 5

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Easter Sunday, April 12

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Sunday, April 19

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Sunday, April 26

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Sunday, May 3

Mother's Day, May 10

Sunday, May 17

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.
Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.
Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Sunday, May 24

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Sunday, May 31

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Sunday, June 7

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Sunday, June 14

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Father's Day, June 21

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Sunday, June 28

Click here to download your Home Church Guide for the week.

Home Church Resources

How to Host a Virtual Group

Anyone can host and lead using the Home Church Kit. When organizing a group, decide how you plan to meet and communicate. Maybe it’s over google hangout once a week, maybe you’ll keep in touch throughout the week with a group text, or maybe FaceTiming is the best option. If you will be watching any videos together, make sure your internet is fast enough to handle the needs. Be creative during this time, and be committed to real relational connection. Encourage each group member to have watched the videos provided in the weekly Guides (above), so that you can work through the questions together.

How to Lead or Facilitate a Discussion

Prepare by listening to the message and reading through the discussion questions ahead of time. Prepare a few extra questions based on your own personal reflections to keep the dialogue going. It’s always helpful to have some thoughts ready to share to open up the discussion and create a safe space for sharing and questions. Allow some time for reflection after each question – be comfortable with silence as people think.

How to Facilitate Communion

Anyone can facilitate communion with other believers. The beauty of communion is that it was shared over a meal using items Jesus and the disciples had: bread and wine. We prefer and encourage the use of bread and wine/juice, but crackers/chips along with any kind of water/ juice may be substituted.

Communion is a time for followers of Jesus to reflect upon, receive, and celebrate all that Jesus has done for us. It’s a time for us to look back, to look within, a time for self-reflection, and a time to look forward.

Give your group the opportunity to reflect in solitude, read the week’s designated scripture together, and instruct your group to take the bread and wine/juice when they’re ready. Pray a prayer of thanks together when all have finished taking communion.

Outreach Initiatives

At this point in our church, we do not have the infrastructure to organize community service endeavors that would adequately support the complex and ever-changing needs during this season of social distancing, and our philosophy has usually been to participate in and support local organizations who are equipped and informed on best practices and who already have inroads to various communities of need. We are going to use this space to do our best to keep you posted with ways that you can get involved around Hampton Roads.

If you would like to assist in donating or distributing resources, please the below link for a list of local initiatives.

COVID-19 Outreach

How You Can Help From Home

Many of us are eager to lend a helping hand, but it may not be safe to serve alongside tens of other volunteers. Some of the most impactful work you can do is to pray for others, to send texts or emails to check on each other, and to give family and friends a phone call to show that you care.

We have several people within our church who are already facing significant financial setbacks, so if you’re looking for a way to give specifically to those needs, we’ve activated a COVID-19 Assistance fund on all of our giving platforms. We are doing what we can as a church to help those within our church who have lost hours or lost their jobs completely as we discover the needs. Thank you for your consideration of our ministry and of the growing number of people within our church family who will have needs.

Mental Health Resources

During this time, we know it can cause many to struggle with anxiety, fear, or lead to isolation and depression. We are sensitive to those dealing with such things and are here to offer prayer and support at all times.

Do not hesitate to reach out for prayer or if you need support. Click the link below for a few local resources and tips to support your mental health during this time.

COVID-19 Mental Health Support

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

As the current climate is constantly changing, so too will daily routines with your children. As schools remain closed and learning is now happening at home and online, more questions will arise and routines will need to change. While this is new territory for us all, we will continue to provide support, resources, and activities you can do with your children through the weekly Home Church Kit.

The Austin Stone church in Texas has provided a well-written document with a few suggestions on how to begin to approach talking about COVID-19 and addressing fears your children may be facing. Click the link below to view.

COVID-19 Talking with Children

Need Assistance or Prayer?

Reach out to us if you need any form of assistance or prayer during this season? Additionally, if you are able to assist others in any way, let us know.