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I want to give you an update on the process the church board & I have been working  through in order to come to a decision on when we will be able to re-open the church building and gather in-person for worship services.


The most important thing we did was the first thing we did.  We prayed.  We have asked God to give us wisdom.  We have sought his guidance.


We have kept up-to-date on how things are progressing in our state from the mandatory stay-at-home order to now, the beginning of the re-opening of the state.  We will continue to monitor that process closely.


The most important factor that is driving the decision on when to re-open is your health and safety.  This is our primary concern. 


We have been and continue to work through a planning process that takes into consideration the following things:

  • A process for cleaning and sanitizing the building for re-opening and sanitizing the building after each service.  We also have to ensure that we have ample cleaning and sanitizing products on hand before we re-open.  Those have been ordered.
  • Having plenty of masks and hand sanitizer available.  Those items have also been ordered.
  • How to maintain proper social distancing while we are in the church building
  • Ensuring a safe experience that eliminates people touching the same objects.  For example, you will be able to receive communion and give your offering without the passing of communion trays and offering plates
  • What services we will offer once we re-open.  I can tell you that when we do re-gather that the only service that will be offered initially is the worship service.  Also, there will be no nursery, pre-school classes or Jr. Church when we first come back.  Worship will be family-style where children worship with their parents.


Another very important part of the decision-making process was to talk to you and get your input.  We want to know how comfortable you are in returning to the building for public worship, how soon you would feel comfortable in coming back and what we could do to increase your comfort level.  An attempt was made to call and talk to everyone.  We are sorry if we were not able to get ahold of you.  Your input is important to us.  Please feel free to call myself or any one of our board members to share your thoughts with us.  At this point, I can share with you that most of you whom we talked to favor a later re-opening date.


We realize that we all miss coming together and worshiping in person with each other.  That is important.  God created the church to function as a community.  And we want to get back to that as soon as it is safe for us to re-open the building in a responsible way.


So, though it is not ideal, we will continue with online worship services for a little while longer. Although products have been ordered, we do not as yet have the cleaning and disinfecting products, masks & hand sanitizer we need.  As I am sure you have experienced, finding, ordering and receiving such products is taking longer than normal.


  In 3 weeks, June 14th, I will announce when we will re-open the church building for worship services.  So there is no confusion, please let me state that June 14th is NOT the re-opening date.  June 14th is when I will announce our re-opening date.


We realize that this announcement may come as a disappointment.  But, out of concern for everyone’s health, we feel that it is prudent to proceed with caution and not rush the decision to return.  We believe that, by June 14th, ample time will have been given to see how safe the re-opening of our state and community goes. 


By June 14th we believe we will be able to make a responsible decision on when to safely re-open the church building for public worship services.  Until then, we ask for your continued patience and your prayers.


Grace & Peace,


Phone #s- day-757-887-5536 evening-757-847-4506





 LIFELINE ONLINE-weekly e-news of Lebanon Christian Church- May 20, 2020
REFLECTIONS- "Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of  our Lord Jesus Christ." - Romans 15:5-6
THE PASTOR'S PERSPECTIVE- attached is the outline of Sunday's sermon. This will finish our two-part mini-series on Maintaining A Spirit Joy in a Crisis. Our online worship services continue to reach numerous people as we had 257 visits to the website on Sunday and  403 more visits to the website since  Sunday. This Sunday, following the worship service, please stay online as I will give an update on the process we are working through to determine how and when we will be able to safely re-open the church building and gather for public worship services.
As your pastor, I love you, I miss you and I am praying for you! -Dennis
Online worship services, Sundays, 10:45 a.m.
Children's Sunday School Lessons online   ​go to the Children's Church link
Wednesday Night Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.  E-mail me for meeting information so you can join our study
Words of Hope daily devotional on Facebook.  I am live Mon-Thurs & Sat @ 3:00 p.m. are ways to give your offering during this time of online worship services:
1.mail your offering.  Mailing address-Lebanon Christian Church, 421 Yorktown Road, Newport News, VA  23603
2.Online giving via the church website-
3. drop off your offering on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the church building
SATURDAY MORNINGS PICK-UP/DROP OFF-10:00 a.m.-Noon at the church building
1. pick up individual communion servings
2. pick up a mask(s)
3..drop off food for THRIVE PENINSULA
All those affected by COVID-19
​Pat Borcherding, recovering at home following knee surgery yesterday
Paul Cowley, skin cancers removed
Rex Gay, knee surgery tomorrow
Vicki Prevatt, fell & broke her arm, surgery upcoming
Norma Wilkes, Karen Barnett's mother, aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
General Fund- $4,496.00
Build Up The Walls- $335.00
Thanksgiving Offering/Building Fund-$110.00
Thanksgiving Offering/Building Fund To Date-$10,280.00


Contact Us

Lebanon Christian Church

409 Yorktown Road


Newport News (Lee Hall), VA 23603


Phone: 757 887-5536



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Regular Hours


Graded Classes
Nursery - High School
Sunday 9:30 AM
Adult Bible Fellowships Sunday 9:30 AM
Morning Worship Service Sunday 10:45 AM
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