CONCERNING COVID-19 AND OUR SERVICES:
Since March 20, 2020, we have had our church doors open for service on Sunday morning with plenty of space for "social distancing" without any issues. Recently we have been doing our Sunday morning services outside with a drive-in option (that is, you can either gather in the pavillion area in the fresh air or sit in your car in the parking lot that also faces the stage). Since June, we have moved back inside for Sunday mornings but will have a once a month outside service as we enjoyed the change of atmosphere. We also have moved our Sunday evening services outside so that those still not comfortable being inside can still gather with us.
Rather than decide for you, we trust your judgement regarding your individual situations of whether you come out or not. But we do want to give you things to consider:
There will be nursery but there will not be Sunday School or children's church (however, we encourage you to bring your children even though they might be fussy or fidget). We will not pass offering plate, but have baskets in the back. Though it stinks, we ask not to hand shake or hug, etc to allow for the distancing.
We DO NOT want you choosing to come out if that choice feels unsafe for you, you are sick, you think you may be sick, or your job has put you around people who could have this. The doors are open for those who can and want to gather but there is not an expectation for anyone to come. In otherwords, you are not more or less spiritual/Christian depending on what you choose. But it can be deterimental to spiritual health to be away from the gathering for a long time so take that into consideration as well.
If it is prudent for you to stay home, PLEASE COMMIT to watching the live stream that is available by clicking "Watch Live" starting at 10AM. Feel free to invite others over to gather with you (especially those who don't have internet). Now is not the time for spirtual slumber as we need the encouragement of worship and the Word to meet the current crisis as a spiritual body. It won't be the greatest feed but it will be a way to get the needed time in.
Please be mindful of the financial strain this will undoubtedly put on the church. None of our expenses have diminished. You may give online at our webpage or mail your offering to the church. We know too that this crisis is going to hurt many and we want to be able to find ways to care for them as well (and if that is you, let us know!)
Masks are optional (just like you can choose to dress however comfortable, you can choose to wear a mask). No one will look at you any differently should you choose to wear a mask or not wear one. Again, everyone has their own unique situation.
Youth group has resumed on Wednesday nights meeting either under the pavillion or over at our activity center (if weather is bad). We have always had Wednesday evening prayer in the sanctuary and that will continue.
We are praying about and looking for ways to minister to the body during these times so please let us know if you have needs or ideas for ministering in this unique day and age.
Some Christians have said, “This is a good thing, and we’re ready for it with live streaming.” It is not a good thing if the church cannot gather. It may be a necessary thing, for a short time, but it is not a good thing. We are grateful to be able to broadcast live, but it was never meant to be, and is no substitute for, gathering together.