Dear church family, friends and visitors,
We understand the difficult times many of us face and are faithfully praying for you. Thank you for your continued understanding and support regarding the COVID -19 crisis. We are confident that while these times are testing and seem to be full of threat, the threat is empty because of the Blood of Jesus. We are not to live in fear or be ruled by fear or terror. We trust our God for complete protection and covering, with praise and declarations of power in Jesus Name. We are promised in the Word of God that no plague shall affect us and no sickness shall touch our dwelling. We stand with you in His promise. We encourage you to choose to live in Goshen, that Goshen is Jesus.
Our stand of bold faith is not presumptuous or naive, but a faith that is needed in these times. We are to put into practice the necessary measures to make sure that we do all we can in fighting any threat. We serve a God who is in control and does not let harm come to His children. Now more than ever, is a time to walk in the reality of the healing power of Jesus and be fully convinced of whom we put our trust in. We are to point the world to the only answer for this pandemic ... Jesus Christ.
Our services will gather per as per government legislation and guidelines in both our New York and Sydney locations. For those who do not feel comfortable joining us in person, please be encouraged to stay home and join us online. All of our services and worship gatherings will be broadcast online, with the opportunity to interact, worship, request prayer, take communion and give.
We will continue to watch, monitor, and work within the direction given by health authorities and officials. It remains as our priority to provide healthy and safe environments for people to worship, gather, and meet Jesus.
We continue to pray with joyful anticipation into the time of not only the re-opening of the church, but the opening of the New Church Age. Our God is not battling for the victory - He has already won. Let us continue to stand firm in faith and be blessed.
TORCC Senior Leadership & Team
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. - Hebrews 10:25
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:2
TORCC respects that the personal and Christian views of individuals may differ in regard to responses on COVID-19.
Whilst TORCC has a legal responsibility to obey our governing authorities at no stage does TORCC wish to impose upon the views and rights of individuals. TORCC promotes the absolute respect of personal differences and strives to achieve unity through Christlikeness.
In the United States our guidance is not intended to infringe on rights protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution or any other federal law, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA).
The federal government may not prescribe standards for interactions of faith communities in houses of worship, and in accordance with the First Amendment, no faith community should be asked to adopt any mitigation strategies that are more stringent than the mitigation strategies asked of similarly situated entities or activities.
In addition, we note that while many types of gatherings are important for civic and economic well-being, religious worship has particularly profound significance to communities and individuals, including as a right protected by the First Amendment. State and local authorities are reminded to take this vital right into account when establishing their own re-opening plans.
All events held at our TORCC NY Location will adhere to the following guidelines:
In addition to these gatherings, cleaning teams will resume their weekly function starting today, June 27, 2020.
For your reference, here are links to articles outlining the CDC guidelines for Phase 2, including articles about the ruling of the Federal court in favor of houses of worship:
We are thrilled to say, we hope to see you at church on Sunday! God is on the move, and it is an honor to step not only back into our church building, but into the New Church Age spoken of by our pastors. We look forward to welcoming you home!
TORCC Senior Leadership Team