We resumed in-person worship services on Sunday, June 7, 2020.
It consists of two worship services: 9:00 am and 10:30 am
No children's programs or nursery for the 9 am service.
Limited preschool and nursery for the 10:30 am service
(5 children per class - first-come-first-serve)
For more info, read the text below.
Some foundational considerations:
Jesus was unhurried. And while hurrying often gives the appearance of “bein’ on it,” it’s usually the result of impatience. Patience, on the other hand, is a fruit of the Spirit. We want to be safe, and we want to be sensible. Even more importantly, however, we want to be Spirit-led. Granted, there’s a fine line between faith and foolishness; but we want to hear from God and act with His wisdom in our return strategy.
Given different health conditions and comfort levels, not everyone is at the same “place” on our return. Therefore, we must be non-judgmental in one another's decision to return now or wait until later.
We want our return to public gatherings to be one of celebration, not lamentation.
When will we get back to normal?
First, we may never get back to “normal” as we remember it. “What” we do and “why” we do it doesn’t change; “how” we do what we do, however, must always be subject to change. And since the world has changed, we must determine our “how” in the world as it is, not as it was. That’s probably not what most people mean when they ask, “When will we get back to normal?” Fair enough. Still, expectations are important, because unfulfilled expectations are often the cause for disappointment and conflict.
So, when will we get back to normal? That’s a great question. Social distancing guidelines strain our ability to utilize our worship space and maintain six-foot distances between family units.
We ask for continued patience and flexibility as we seek out the best path for getting “back to normal” with our worship gatherings. Circumstances are changing so rapidly; a lot can happen in a short period of time and we expect to gain clarity as we move through this epidemic. We’ll keep you updated.
What about Connection Groups?
Connection groups are now meeting in-person. Check the church calendar for the most up-to-date info.
Will we have activities for preschoolers and children upon our return to “Sunday Services”?
Right now, we are offering a limited children's ministry program consisting ofpreschool worship and nursery on a limited basis in the 10:30 am service only. (5 children per class - first-come-first served)What about our older members and those with vulnerable health conditions? What if they’re afraid to return so soon or have been advised against doing so?
If you fall into this category, you may want to consider joining us for the 9:00 am service. Of course, we continue offering our online worship option. We have been posting our sermons on YouTube for many years. So, other worship options have been with us for some time now. But this virus has produced a forced creativity that we believe helped us to sharpen our online ministry.
By the way, we will be requiring masks for our gatherings. We encourage you to bring your own mask. (We have a limited supply of disposable masks available if you forget)
What if I don’t feel well, have been around someone who is sick, or have a fever or a cough?
Please stay home and worship with us online.
What about AWANAs?
We will not resume our AWANA program until the fall of 2021.
What about our older children and the student ministry?
We will resume a Sunday morning study soon. Right now there is a Wednesday Night Bible Study for the youth.
What about the church ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper?
We will seek to maintain the same level of sanitation and safety in the ordinances as with every other aspect of our return. Baptism will most likely be limited to one person per filling of the baptismal pool for a while. And as for the Lord’s Supper, we’ll use the prepackaged communion sets the next time or two, at least. They’ll be available for pickup as worshipers enter the worship area.
We appreciate your patience, and we’ll announce more details as soon as we have them.
Check back here for the most up to date information.