Frequently Asked Questions

regarding the church's response to coronavirus (covid-19)

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“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33

The Lord did not have Coronavirus in mind as the reason for us being scattered to our own homes. But it is true that because of it we are having trouble in this world. But we can take heart for He has overcome the world!

What does this mean for worship service?

Currently, services are being held at 9am and 11am with limited seating. We may ask that you reserve your seat for Sunday by registering at to ensure we are not over our capacity limit set by our government. Both services will also be streamed live through multiple channels all listed at Our staff will be doing a live chat on YouTube and Facebook Live during the services to take prayer requests or answer questions. Notes can be found on the YouVersion Bible App: click on events under “more” and look for Eastern Hills Church. Be sure to check in through our online connection card ( to let us know you're with us and/or to share a prayer request.

How do I give my tithe and offerings from home? 

Have questions about Online Giving? Watch this helpful video! Thank you for your faithful giving and desire to honor the Lord through it.

  1. Online Giving with your bank account ("ACH transfer").
  2. Online bill payment through your bank.
  3. Mail a personal check.
  4. Online Giving with a credit/debit card (you'll have the option to cover the processing fee).

How can I get new updates?

Updates from the church will continue to come as necessary. All updates will be sent to our church attenders by email, posted on our Facebook page, and posted on this FAQ page in chronological order (see below).

How can I stay connected to people?

We have more potential for communication and connection than any other time in history. Text, call, video message your relatives, your small group members, the people who usually sat behind your pew on Sundays... leave a note for your neighbors and ask if they need anything next time you go to the grocery store. Accept that offer from one of your neighbors if they give it too! We have extra resources listed here as well (keep scrolling down!).

What if I have a prayer need or question?

Call the church at 716-688-7165. You'll get a staff member or a message with instructions on how to reach someone. You can also submit prayer requests through our online connection card ( We are still here for you!


Below is a chronological list of updates sent out to the church. Please be sure to refer to the latest update for the best information.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Email from Pastor Pat regarding updates to masks and seating: click to read the full update.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving video update from Pastor Pat: click here to view.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Video update from Pastor Pat regarding upcoming services and programming for the weekend of 11/22/20: click here to view.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Video update from Pastor Pat regarding the temporary closure of child/student programming for two weeks: click here to view.

Weekly updates are posted on our "Message Monday" video playlist: view it here.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Message Monday video from Pastor Mike sharing all our health and safety procedures and changes: click here to view.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Message Monday video from Pastor Pat regarding details about our reopening service: click here to view.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Video update regarding service in the building June 14, 2020: click here to view.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Eastern Hills Church Reopening Plan (view PDF). This is a draft plan, meaning as this very fluid situation continues, changes will be made to respond to the changing conditions.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Video Update from Pastor Pat regarding new guidelines for churches: click here to view.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Video Update from Pastor Justin concerning future uploads and online events: click here to view.

Weekly Happenings Newsletter: click here to view.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Video Update from Pastor Pat Jones: click here to view.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Church-wide email: Meetings for ALL groups of ALL sizes are suspended immediately. Click here to view the email.

Friday, March 12, 2020

Church-wide email: click here to view: Worship service will online only, live-streamed on YouTube. Click here to view the email.

Thursday, March 11, 2020

Video Update from Pastor Pat Jones: click here to view.

Extra resources

Next Gen Family Resources

Videos for Preschool, Elementary and Preteens, downloadable Parent Guides, and more helpful resources for your family.

Right Now Media

Our church has FREE access to a huge library of online bible studies, and more than 2,000 wholesome, educational and entertaining videos.

Church Center App: App Store or Google Play

Our digital hub for service info, giving, groups and registrations all on your smartphone.

YouVersion Bible App

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