COVID-19 update

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and in light of the Executive Order issued by Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. on March 12, 2020 prohibiting gatherings of more than 250 people, Kingdom Fellowship AME Church will be conducting worship services on Sunday and Tuesday online ONLY.  We have prepared a special worship experience and message which will be shared during our normal worship times of 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12:00 pm and Sunday as well as 7:00pm on Tuesday on our website www.Kingdom.Global and on our Kingdom app

Updated: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:30 p.m. (Please see the food distribution update below)

OPERATING STATUS

Current Operating Status: Limited Operations

All ministry activities previously scheduled for the week of September 20th through September 26th have been postponed.  Our staff will be working from home but checking email and phone messages several times each day.  Kingdom Fellowship will also be providing free groceries for the and financial assistance for our members.  In order to register please visit this page and complete the form.

We invite you to worship from wherever you are: pray with your families, view previous messages from Pastor Watley on our YouTube channel and worship through your giving.

We have also created several resources for you and your family that can be found on our resources page.

WHAT WE’RE DOING

The safety of our members, staff and visitors is our utmost concern. We are taking the following precautions at Kingdom Fellowship:

  • Providing hand sanitizer. We have placed hand sanitizer stations at all building entrances. Please use them when you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Disinfecting our buildings. The surfaces within Kingdom Fellowship’s facility, including our meeting rooms and classrooms, are cleaned and disinfected daily. For public gatherings such as Bible study and our Sunday worship services, all surfaces are cleaned both before and after the event.
  • Disinfecting our transportation services. Our bus has been cleaned and disinfected as well.


WHAT YOU CAN DO

There are simple measures you can take to protect yourself and help us reduce the spread of Coronavirus in our community.

At church:

  • Practice fist and elbow bumps instead of hugging or shaking hands.
  • Take advantage of our church sanitizing stations, particularly after sneezing, coughing and touching regularly used surfaces. We encourage members and guests to bring their own hand sanitizers as well.
  • Wash your hands often, particularly after using the restroom.


If you feel sick or are caring for someone who is sick:

  • Stay home unless you are seeking medical treatment.
  • Limit your participation in community activities. Many of our services, fellowships and events have streaming options on our website.
  • Plan to call into ministry meetings instead of attending them in person.
  • Dispose of used tissues right away.


In general:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and others with unwashed hands.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water as often as you can. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are not near a sink, use hand sanitizer. Sanitize all of the skin on your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Refrain from shaking your hands to dry them.
  • Engage in respiratory etiquette by coughing and sneezing into the bend of your elbow.
  • Sanitize freshly touched surfaces in your home, school or office daily.
  • Avoid coming in close contact with those who appear unwell.


Educate yourself:

  • Learn the additional measures that high risk, vulnerable individuals should take.
  • Stay up on current events.

RESOURCES

State Resources

Senior Resources

Senior Call-Check Program Recommended During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Maryland Department of Aging is issuing additional information on the Senior Call Check program as a free resource to MD residents over 65+ and recommending all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open M-F 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm. During these hours, seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) and register. Registration is also available online at aging.maryland.gov.

* The verification and enrollment process can be completed within 24 hours Monday – Saturday.

* This service will provide free daily calls to Marylander’s 65 and over who register. We will provide messages and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak where to find support if you need it.

* Finally, regarding our emergency preparedness for handling possible disruption from COVID-19, we can provide you information at this time of need.

This program is the first-in-the-nation, statewide, free program designed to help keep older adults safe while aging in their homes. All Maryland residents, 65 and older, are invited to sign up for a daily call at a time convenient to their lifestyle. The Senior Call Check participants receive an automated call every day. These calls will take place within a time frame chosen by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be called two additional times in the same day. If those calls go unanswered, an alternate person, selected by the participant, will be notified. This alternate could be an adult child, a neighbor, or anyone designated as a reliable contact. The alternate will then be asked to check on the participant. For those who do not have an alternate or whose alternate is unresponsive, the state will call local law enforcement to conduct a wellness check. For more information on this program and to register, call 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-4325) or visitaging.maryland.gov. Please help spread the word to seniors living alone at home.

Special Video Message to Older Seniors

This video from our Maryland Secretary of Aging is informative for older seniors who need information about COVID-19.

Local Grocery Stores and National Store Chains in Montgomery County To Offer Special “Seniors-Only” Shopping Hours

County Executive Marc Elrich is recognizing local stores that have set aside special times for seniors as they shop for groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Thursday, March 19, four local grocery stores and two national chains will open their doors to seniors (60 and over) only, allowing them to shop among a smaller group of people and without the increased possibility of COVID-19 infection. Target and Whole Foods are each offering “seniors-only” shopping hours in all of their Montgomery County stores and four local stores are also participating in this special program. The hours vary from store to store. Check this list for specific hours. Participating stores:

  • Global Food, Silver Spring
  • Grosvenor Market, Rockville
  • Dawson’s Market, Rockville
  • Roots Market, Olney
  • Whole Foods, Kentlands
  • Whole Foods, Rockville
  • Whole Foods, Silver Spring
  • Whole Foods, Bethesda
  • Whole Foods, Friendship Heights
  • Target, Gaithersburg
  • Target, Rockville
  • Target, Wheaton
  • Target, Germantown
  • Target, Bethesda

Food Distribution

If you would like to serve with us in the community please visit our Kingdom Cares page.

Below is an important update from Manna Food Center for Montgomery County Residents.

Manna Food Center (Manna) understands that the COVID-19 crisis has hit the service industry particularly hard, displacing many workers, and creating more food insecurity in our community. In response, Manna is temporarily waiving income requirements to provide food to any Montgomery County resident impacted.

We are pleased to share that we will operate 20 sites to provide Grab-N-Go meals for students. You can find the list of locations here. Free meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students do not have to present ID to receive meals but must be under 18 years old. They can visit any of the sites to receive a nutritious meal.COVID-19 crisis.  We are currently distributing food on our regular schedule at all our distribution sites.

Schedule: Call 301-424-1130 to make an appointment by 3 PM the day before you want to pick up.
Eligibility: Right now eligibility for food remains at every 30 days.

Manna has their new Manna Market just minutes from Kingdom Fellowship

Tuesdays and Thursdays from  9am -12 pm and 4 – 7 pm
Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am – 12 pm and 1 – 3 pm
1st Saturday of the month from 9 am – 12 pm
*Participant Choice Market (like a small grocery store)

Manna Market
12301 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904 (Get directions)

For More information:

https://www.mannafood.org/covidresponse/