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

Frequently Asked Questions

(Last Updated April 1, 2020)


Sunday Services

  • When are we resuming in-person services?   (Updated 3/25/20) We expect to continue with streaming worship services for the foreseeable future. We will resume in-person worship services based upon the recommendation of the medical experts and governmental authorities.
  • What will be happening on Sunday mornings until then?  (Updated 3/20/20) Interactive worship services (including preaching and worship music) will be broadcast on Sunday mornings at 9:00am and 10:30am at scalliancechurch.com/live and on our Facebook Page.  Both feeds will include interactive features like live chat with the pastors and prayer team.  For those who are unable to participate at those times, the sermons will be posted on the Sermons Page as usual.
  • When will the third service be launched?  (Updated 3/20/20) Whenever we return to worship together in person, we will be holding three services at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 as previously planned.  See the Third Service Page for more details.
  • What about kids/family ministry?  Visit the Alliance Kids @ Home each week for some videos and activities you can use with your kids to keep them growing in their faith until our regular Alliance Kids ministries resume.
  • 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.

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 office@scalliancechurch.com with general needs or email prayer@scalliancechurch.com 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 3/25/20) You can email the church office (office@scalliancechurch.com) 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.

Church Facilities and Staffing

  • Is the church building open?  (updated 4/1/20)  In accordance with ongoing mandates from our governmental authorities, we are suspending all non-essential access to the church building. We will be using this opportunity to re-inventory all building access devices that are currently in circulation.
  • How is this impacting the church staff? (Updated 4/1/20) Our team is adjusting to changing needs on an almost daily basis. Due to the stoppage of building use, we have furloughed our custodial staff and some of our administrative team. (The newly signed CARES ACT allows these employees to remain financially whole during this time.) 
  • How can I contact the church office?  (updated 4/1/20) We will be remotely monitoring church email (office@scalliancechurch.com) 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).