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Church and Covid-19

To Our Dear Alva Church Family

This message is to you from Rev. Cotten:

I never thought I’d see this day when we are being asked to cancel our worship services. But we have received word from Bishop Ken Carter, following the CDC guidelines and the order of our President. All Churches are being asked to suspend worship. For the sake of every life, we are all following these guidelines.

Therefore, we will not be meeting for worship during the next two weeks. I have been in contact with our church leaders about this decision. I know that we are not all in agreement about this radical way of dealing with the current pandemic. I understand. To cancel worship is just not in our DNA. But this is our opportunity to demonstrate the steadfast love of God in the midst of the uncertainty of the coronavirus.

Here’s the first bit of good news: The sanctuary will be open every day from 9 am until 9 pm, starting Wednesday, March 18. You can stop at any time to pray. Worship music will be playing softly. A slide show will be playing with a guide to prayer and some encouraging words.

Here’s some more good news: On Sunday, the sanctuary will open at 8 am. Pastor Ralph will be in the sanctuary to meet and greet and to pray with you. He will be there throughout the morning in quiet worship.

Let’s remember that this is only a short and temporary action to help every person remain as safe as possible. Very soon this will be a distant memory. In the mean time, let’s trust God. Let’s pray. Let’s seek peace. Let’s be calm. Let’s care for those around us.

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Thank you and God Bless you.


Why do we exist?

Loving God. Loving One Another. This is what we do with great joy from our beginning in 1886.


Worship that Lifts!

We gather on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am for a traditional worship service and at  11:00 am for a blended / family service with a Children's time and Praise Band. At both services we CELEBRATE what God has done and is doing in our lives and world.


Every Member a Minister!

Because we believe that God calls us, equips us and uses us as HIs hands, feet, voice and heart, we encourage every church member to find their place in ministry. Here at Our Alva Church, we want to help you be all that God is calling you to be.


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Our Alva Church

21440 Pearl Street, Alva, Florida 33920, United States

239-728-2277 (Office) 239-565-7578 (Pastor's Cell)



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