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Church Regathering on May 17

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Church Family,

If the Lord wills, we will resume our physical worship gatherings on May 17. This email contains a lot of important information. Please read everything carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

We want to make sure we do everything in our power to gather as safely as possible. The duration and circumstances of our lives are in God’s hands (James 4:15). We don’t fear a virus and we don’t fear death. However, we believe God has given us wisdom to use all the precautions available to us so as to do our part in loving others.

No one likes any of these precautions. This will be different and uncomfortable. But, in order to be able to gather, we need to follow the advice and recommendations we have been given. Please resist the temptation to grumble and complain. Fill your mind and heart with the joy of the Psalmist (122:1): “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD!’”

This won’t last forever. It’s just an inconvenience we have to put up with for a time because the reward of gathering as a church family far outweighs the costs.

So, here are a few of the most important precautions we are putting in place:

  • We will only be having 10:30am corporate worship service. No Sunday School. No nursery. No other activities or events…at least through the end of May. We will be re-evaluating for June based on the information we receive.
  • We strongly encourage anyone who is more at risk for COVID-19 complications to continue watching the service via livestream. This includes anyone over 65 or who has underlying health issues. We will continue livestreaming the service on Facebook and YouTube for those who do not feel comfortable getting out yet or for anyone with small kids who can’t sit through the service.
  • We strongly encourage anyone who is sick or who has been around anyone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 to stay home and watch the livestream.
  • We need to practice social distancing in our sanctuary. So, we have taped off every other pew so that no one is sitting directly behind anyone else. Also, we are strongly encouraging family units and individuals to sit 6 feet apart from other family units or individuals. This means we need to only sit on the far ends of each pew (no one in the middle unless they are part of the same family unit sitting in that pew).
  • We recommend everyone over 2 years old to wear a mask as they enter and exit the sanctuary (the times we will most likely be passing by or talking to others). There are plenty of videos showing you how to make a homemade mask so bring one with you. We will have a limited number of masks available if you don’t have one.
  • We will have the doors propped open and we will have greeters outside the doors giving everyone who enters a dab of hand sanitizer. We also have antibacterial soap in our restrooms to wash your hands.
  • We will not have any bulletins. Everything has been removed from the pew racks. We will not pass an offering plate (there will be boxes in the sanctuary you can drop your offering into). The goal is for you to be able to enter and exit the sanctuary without touching anything or anyone. You should be able to come in, sit down, and leave without needing to touch anything (except the Bible you bring with you!).
  • The only doors that will be open will be the glass doors going into the sanctuary. If you park anywhere else, you will need to go around to the sanctuary doors to enter. Also, the door on the stage leading to the nursery hallway will not be used. We need everyone to stay in the sanctuary, foyer, and foyer bathrooms for the sake of our cleaning crew.

 

We love you and are praying for you,
Pastor Justin (on behalf of your elders)