Coronavirus Response

A note from Pastor Aaron

At State College Alliance Church, we are endeavoring to stay informed about the latest developments and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including how it affects our local community and church family. This page will keep you up to date on decisions that the church is making to continually pursue our mission while keeping our members and community safe. You can find answers to frequently-asked questions related to our Sunday Services, Facility Use, and Community Care. We will navigate this challenge in faith, renouncing fear, and do our very best to offer care and encouragement to our church and community. 

Aaron Henning, Lead Pastor

Community Care

State College Alliance Church seeks to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our community through this challenging time.  If you have a need we can help meet or are willing to help meet others' needs, please click the appropriate buttons below.  These requests are not limited to members or attenders of State College Alliance Church.

Click if you have a prayer or care need (groceries, childcare, tech help, or just someone to talk to).

Click to fill out a confidential request for financial assistance.

Click to join our care team and help meet the needs of those in our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

(Last Updated September 13, 2020)


  • How can I ask questions and find out more about the reopening plan?  (Updated 7/31/20)  All of the details of our plans to resume in-person ministry can be found on our Reopening Page.  If you have questions you can fill out the Q&A Form on that page or email Bill Jester at
  • What does the "New Normal" look like for State College Alliance Church? (Updated 7/31/20)  Based on the current guidelines from health experts and government officials, our ministries will focus on small gatherings like Community Groups, larger outdoor gatherings such as our Sunday services, and online options like our live streamed services.  We will continue to monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation and make adjustments to these offerings as appropriate.  Visit the Reopening Page for all the latest information.

Sunday Services

  • How are we meeting together for worship?   (Updated 9/13/20)  We are currently meeting on Sunday mornings for outdoor worship and plan to continue this at least until the end of October, assuming there are no significant changes to the health situation.  Visit the Worship page for all of the information about safety procedures and other details of these services.
  • When will we resume indoor worship services?  (Updated 7/31/20)  We look forward to the day when we can return to our sanctuary for worship, but will not do so until we are sure we can do it safely and in accordance with government guidelines. 
  • Will streaming worship services continue after we return to in-person services? (Updated 7/31/20) We are thrilled to see how God has been working through our streaming worship services and plan to continue them indefinitely.  Visit our Live page for the different ways to connect to our services online.
  • What about kids/family ministry?  (Updated 8/21/20)  We are now running socially distant, outdoor kids ministry for pre-school and elementary children during the 9am outdoor service.  Visit our Alliance Kids page for all the details.  We also continue to deliver digital content through the Alliance Kids @ Home, including both video teaching and family activities.
  • How can I continue to give to church ministry?  In addition to the ongoing financial needs of the church, we hope to be in a position to be generous to our community if the need arises.  Please consider continuing your financial support of the church during this season.  Checks can be mailed to the church (1221 W. Whitehall Road) or you can use a variety of online giving tools on our GIVE page.  Online giving can be done recurring or as a one-time gift.
  • Are there fees associated with online giving? (Updated 5/1/20) When you give to the church using your checking account (which requires a login to iConnect, our online church database), the bank fees are negligible. When giving is done with a credit card (which can be done without iConnect login), the church pays a 3% fee for that transaction. So, if you are indifferent about the method, using direct deposit from your checking account instead of a credit card allows more of your contribution to directly support the ministry of the church. You can learn more about giving options at our Give Page, or contact the church office (814-237-7991, with any questions.

Community Care

  • What do I do if I have a need (prayer, physical, etc.)?   (Updated 3/18/20) If you have a prayer or care need (childcare, groceries, etc.), fill out the coronavirus care form. The church staff will be monitoring this form and will do our best to connect you with people or community organizations who can help, though we cannot promise to help with all requests. In addition you can use the regular channels of communication to the church by calling (814)237-7991 or emailing with general needs or email with prayer requests.
  • What if I have a financial need?  (Updated 3/20/20) If you have a financial need, fill out the confidential request form for financial assistance.  The deacons oversee the process of allocating benevolence resources from the deacons fund.
  • How can I help meet the needs of others?   (Updated 3/18/20) As needs arise in our church and community, we desire to raise up a team to help meet them. If you have the time and ability to help out in some way (childcare, grocery delivery, meal preparation, etc.), please fill out the coronavirus care team form. Filling out this form does NOT commit you to any specific tasks but will put you on a list of people that will be contacted as needs arise.
  • How can I pray for the church and community?  (Updated 5/1/20) You can email the church office ( to be added to our email prayer chain, if you're not already on that list to receive prayer requests via email. You can also fill out the coronavirus care team form and check the appropriate box to indicate your interest in prayer for those with prayer needs.  And you can join a 24/7 prayer initiative along with sisters and brothers from the CityChurch, our network of local partnership churches, by signing up for a weekly prayer hour slot.

Church Facilities and Staffing

  • Is the church building open?  (updated 5/31/20)  Now that Centre County is in the "Green" phase of reopening, we will allow small gatherings on-site with restrictions on group size and guidelines in place for masks and social distancing.  All use of the building must be reserved through the online Facilities Use Form and approved by the office staff.  At present the church office is not open to drop-in business; a return to open office hours will be evaluated later in the summer.
  • How is this impacting the church staff? (Updated 7/31/20) For a variety of reasons, some related to the coronavirus shutdowns, we have made several changes to our church staffing so far in 2020.  For all of the details, visit our Staff page.
  • How can I contact the church office?  (updated 4/1/20) We will be remotely monitoring church email ( and voicemail (814-237-7991) regularly.  Though we will not be there physically, we will do our best to answer the main office phone during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm).