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 been facing a COVID crisis here at Journey. It started out as a dozen or 17, then up to 40, and now I don’t think we can even number any. We know there are at the end of it. less than half a dozen people hospitalized, some have returned home, but some 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 it has become so politicized. It shouldn’t be. It’s a matter of public safety. It’s a matter of health and making wise decisions to protect people… so if you are not vaccinated, I want I encourage you. I had my first in January and my second in February. Don’t let this become a political problem. It’s not, it’s about public health and it It’s about protecting the people around you. Whatever component 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 that back. I don’t think that’s the case at all. we are acting prudently and making sure that we do what is best for the many people. “
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.