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