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As you know, because of concern for the health of our community and guidelines from our government, we have suspended all in-person meetings of our church through the period of this shutdown. Many people have asked when and how we anticipate opening our church again for people to attend the worship services and Bibles studies in-person. For starters, we are committed to continue live streaming our services indefinitely, and we are committed to keeping many of the other online studies and groups going for the considerable future, even after we begin to reopen. We realize that when we begin to reopen, there will be many who will not feel safe coming out for some time, and we are committed to investing in our online ministry even as we seek to restore aspects of our in-person ministry.
As far as the question of reopening, the elders have been meeting weekly on this issue, as we pray for God’s wisdom in developing the best strategy which will allow us to most effectively meet the spiritual and relational needs of people while also limiting the health risks. There are many who have a very real need to connect with God’s people again in worship, and we are committed to do all we can to find the best ways to meet that need.
As we try to balance meeting these two needs, we have decided after much prayer and discussion that our re-opening for public services will come in phases rather than all at once. The first phase, starting Sunday, May 17, will be that we will open our doors for those who would like to come and attend our live-streaming services in person. In this first phase we will not have kids programs, nursery, or small groups (ABFs); kids are welcome to come to the service. We will also be practicing social distancing (staying 6 feet apart) during the services, and will encourage people to wear masks. Please bring a mask if you have one; we will have masks available for those who don't. Because of social distancing, our capacity will be lower. If the worship center fills up, we will have rooms set up for overflow with the live stream. We also ask that everyone please check their own temperatures Sunday morning before coming to church. If anyone is running a fever or are showing any other Coronavirus symptoms, please stay home and join us online. The elders will continue to meet on a weekly basis to evaluate the latest news and guidelines, and as the risks diminish, we will continue to restore additional aspects of the ministry as appropriate.
Because we realize that our church is much more than just our Sunday morning worship service, we’ve worked to make a number of other devotional material, Bible studies and small groups available online. If you are not already a member, please join our Church Community group on Facebook, where you will find up to date information, as well as regular devotional posts or videos from me through this time. There is also a list of many of the studies and groups that are being offered weekly in this month’s cornerstone. I hope that you take advantage of the time and join in on some of these.
Whether you participate over the internet or in-person, we look forward to joining you in worship this Sunday.