We Are Returning to Worship!
These have been extraordinary days. There really isn’t a template for navigating these times of upheaval. But like everything else in life, we can have peace in our hearts that God has not forgotten us. As unprepared as we may have felt, he has given us the assurance and confidence that we can face the situation we find ourselves in with courage and calm. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. That is even more true as we have lived through this pandemic.
As the country begins to open back up, the Church Board recently met and the following decisions were made concerning a return to gathering together for worship. You can also watch a video message from Pastor Bryan about these decisions HERE.
1) We will begin gathering for Worship on June 14th @ 10:30 am. We will continue to have worship services online in what we are calling VIRTUAL CHURCH. While it will not be a live “event”, it will contain the same message we are preaching live on Sunday morning and have some elements of worship. Those services will post on Vimeo and Facebook on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am, our regular worship time. We’ll continue to use the Bible App Events platform so anyone can follow along, see the scripture, and join us for a bible reading plan. We will record our Sunday morning service in the sanctuary and post the entire service on Monday afternoons. If you are sick or feel unsafe returning to worship, please stay home and take advantage of our online options.
2) There will be no 9:15 Community Groups and we will not have Children’s Ministry for the first few weeks. Social distancing is difficult to maintain due to the size of our classrooms.
3) We will adhere to social distancing guidelines while in the building. We will only have one entrance open on Sunday mornings, the North entrance near the sanctuary. The West entrance will be locked. We will have hand sanitizer stations at each of the main entrances to the sanctuary. Offering plates will be on a table in the entrance as well as prepackaged communion elements when we take the eucharist together. We encourage you to wear masks into the sanctuary and will have some coverings available on a table in the foyer if you need one. To help us practice social distancing, every third row will be allowed for seating and the closed rows will be marked. We ask that children and teens sit with their families. When we dismiss, we ask you to please fellowship in the parking lot and not linger in the sanctuary or foyer.
4) We encourage everyone to give electronically (Online and Text), mail checks to the office, or drop off your tithe and offerings at the church during business hours. We appreciate your faithfulness as we continue to pay the church’s monthly bills and work of the Kingdom continues.