Moving Forward

Regathering for Worship


Posted November 12, 2020

We are meeting in person for worship!

We are currently meeting in person for worship at 10:30 AM each Sunday morning in the Family Life Center. Live streaming service is still available on YouTube.

Details about in person worship services:

  • The Family Life Center (FLC) is set up with two designated areas. 
  • (1) An area for those who desire to remain distanced and wear masks for the duration of the service. 
  • (2) Another area that is still set up for distancing with masks being optional. 
  • These areas are clearly marked by signs as you enter the seating area of the FLC.
  • All greeters/ushers will be wearing masks or face shields.
  • The southwest exit door of the FLC will be available for those sitting in the designated mask area to exit immediately after the close of the service if desired.
  • For those choosing to sit in the designated mask seating, it is expected that households will sit together keeping a minimum of 6 feet of distance from other households. Seat markers will be available to help with this. It is also expected that in this designated area, masks will be worn for the entire service. Very young children will not be required to wear masks (the CDC recommends children over 2 years old wear masks). 
  • If at any time during the service you are uncomfortable with your situation, please see one of our greeters and we will do everything we can to accommodate.

Very Important:

If anyone in your household is ill or has flu like symptoms (fever, cough, aches, etc.), please stay home and worship together as a family.

Sunday Schedule:

9:00 AM Discipleship Hour


10:30 AM Service

  • Worship Service in Family Life Center
  • Children's Ministry for birth-5 years old
  • Livestreaming service will still be offered at 10:30 AM on our YouTube channel

Children's Ministry Details

  • All volunteers will be temperature checked before serving.
  • All children will be temperature checked with a non-contact forehead thermometer upon check in.
  • Those with temperatures of 100.0 degrees F or higher will not be able to participate.
  • All volunteers will wear masks or face shields.
  • Children will not be required to wear masks/face coverings.
  • Touchless check-in will be available (for the easiest option, download this app to pre check-in your children and just scan a QR code on your phone on arrival).
  • No snacks will be served, a labeled water bottle from home is a great idea!
  • Children's programs will close 5 minutes after service, parents must pick up immediately following the service.

Very Important:

If anyone in your household is ill or has flu like symptoms (fever, cough, aches, etc.), please stay home and worship together as a family.


posted july 11, 2020

We are meeting in person for worship!

We are currently meeting in person for worship at 10:00 AM each Sunday morning in the chapel. Live streaming service is still available on YouTube.

Details about in person services:

  • If you or someone in your household are sick, have any flu like symptoms (fever, cough, aches, etc.), stay home and worship together as a family.
  • If you are older, have health issues, or are immune compromised, you of course are free to do as you choose, but are encouraged to stay home and continue to utilize the online service.


  • Space is limited in the chapel, overflow rooms are available as needed.
  • Seating is spaced out that is conducive to separating by six feet as much as possible.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided at key locations (you are still encouraged to bring your own if you desire).
  • Offering plates are not passed, an offering box is mounted on the wall in the back of the chapel. Giving online, by mail, or through your bank's bill pay is still highly recommended.
  • We are observing the Lord's Supper on the 1st Sunday of each month. Elements are picked up at a table as you enter where they are spaced out.
  • We are temporarily suspending children's ministry.
  • We are discouraging physical contact of all kinds.
  • You are welcome to wear a mask.
  • After service is over, we ask that conversations and fellowship be moved outside where it's easier to spread out and so volunteers can clean and disinfect.

Posted May 27, 2020

Reminder...

Our guiding principles during this process have been to be convictionalintentional, and compassionate. As you read through this plan, please keep these things in mind.

Convictional

The church is meant to gather. God's Word teaches that the church is meant to gather. It is only under very unique circumstances that the church has not gathered through history. Obviously over the past several weeks, we've held off on gathering in person due to COVID-19, health expert recommendations, the recommendations of our local government, and love for neighbor. As these recommendations are being lifted and we have a good sense of the atmosphere of our church family from our conversations with you as well as the surveys, we believe it is time.

Intentional

We desire to be balanced in our approach to this. We don't want to rush or delay unnecessarily. We want to be wise. Please know that in each of the details of our plan we sought to be balanced, wise, and intentional.

Compassionate

We desired to be compassionate in our decision making and planning, and we are asking for each of you to show great compassion and grace toward each other as we move forward. Each person thinks differently about everything that is going on right now. Some are more cautious than others. Some will not feel comfortable meeting on our first Sunday back together. Others will think our planned date is not nearly soon enough. We desperately need unity and to show love toward each other through this.

Sunday, June 14

Our first Sunday to regather in person for worship will be Sunday, June 14 at our normal service times of 9:00 or 11:00 AM.

Important considerations:

  • If you or someone in your household are sick, have any flu like symptoms (fever, cough, aches, etc.), stay home and worship together as a family.
  • If you are older, have health issues, or are immune compromised, you of course are free to do as you choose, but are encouraged to stay home and continue to utilize the online service.

Details about Sunday services:

  • Online services will continue to be offered.
  • In person Services will be held in the chapel with overflow rooms available if needed.
  • Seating will be spaced out that is conducive to separating by six feet as much as possible.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at key locations (you are still encouraged to bring your own if you desire).
  • Offering plates will not be passed but set on a table in the back, giving online, by mail, or through your bank's bill pay is still highly recommended.
  • We will observe the Lord's Supper but you will pick up the elements at a table where they will be spaced out, we will not pass out trays.
  • We will be temporarily suspending children's ministry, nursery, youth, and discipleship groups that meet on campus during worship services until a future date.
  • We will discourage physical contact of all kinds, no customary meet and greet time.
  • You are welcome to wear a mask.
  • After service is over, we ask that conversations and fellowship be moved outside where it's easier to spread out and so volunteers can clean and prep for the next service or for final cleaning after the second service.

Between now and June 14:

  • Discipleship groups may start meeting again in homes if you desire and are comfortable.
  • Discipleship groups that meet on the church campus may meet depending on scheduling.
  • If you desire and are comfortable, you're encouraged to invite and gather with a few friends on Sunday mornings to worship together at home through the online service.

Moving Forward

As the situation changes, we will begin to phase in programs/ministries/schedules as appropriate and communicate promptly as decisions are made.


As always, we ask for your prayers, patience, and grace. Navigating these waters is challenging and there are certainly no shortage of opinions. We ask that by God's grace we each bear together joyfully no matter what differing opinions exist among us.


Ephesians 4:1-3

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.