As we look ahead to June 14 and the reopening of our church doors, we desire as a church to be sensitive to the situation concerning Covid-19, and we want to create a safe and comfortable environment in our church for God’s people to worship together. The following are guidelines that will be necessary to observe for a while. Let me first say that our purpose in doing this is to gather together to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and our goal is to do it with love, compassion, and unity. Some are ready to go back to what was normal before, while others are more comfortable continuing to be more cautious. To show up in person is not a test of our spiritual maturity, and neither is our level of precaution taken. But rather let us bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). The love and compassion and understanding we extend toward those who think differently on this matter than we do will be an act of love for our brothers and sisters and an offering of worship to our Lord. Let us embody the fruit of the Spirit. 22 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Here is what a Sunday morning will look like in this first stage of transitioning inside:
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
If you are showing symptoms of any sickness, please do not come to church that morning.
Before each gathering, there will be an extensive cleaning of the building (especially surfaces that are frequently touched).
Hand sanitizer will be available in the church, but please bring some for yourself or your family as well.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
As we, “in humility count others more significant than yourselves,” and “look to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4), this needs to be a no-touch service. Please keep a distance of at least six feet and refrain from greeting each other with any kind of touch. Masks will be optional. Again, please be compassionate. We have all witnessed judgment from both sides of the no-touch and mask issues, but that is not who Christ has called us to be.
In order to prevent the crossing of paths going through doors, we ask that everyone use the front main entrance (the east side of the building with the steps). The door by the lift will be open for anyone who needs to use the lift. After entering, please use the hand sanitizer located in the back of the sanctuary and pick up a copy of next year’s budget.
Enter the seating area in the center aisle. Each family should sit together, and there should be only one family per pew. There will be spacing between the pews.
For some time we will not have Sunday School, Children’s Church, or Nursery. There will also be no designated greeting time during our service (for now we encourage you to greet each other in the parking lot).
The offering plate will be in the back of the sanctuary for those who want to write a check or place cash in the offering. Offering can be deposited on the way out or you can continue to give online.
Because there are mixed reports on the safety of singing in closed spaces, for at least a few weeks we will have one song to start our service as special music. After the first three weeks of indoor services, we will reassess the music. We want to lift our voices together in worship as soon as possible.
AFTER THE SERVICE
When the service is over, an usher will dismiss the congregation row by row (much like at the end of a wedding). Please exit your row using the side aisle, and exit the building right away. For your own safety, please use hand sanitizer on the way out. Please exit the front main doors on the east side of the building (unless you need to use the lift).
Please do not linger in the sanctuary, but feel free to hang out with people in the parking lot to visit or pray with those in our church family. Please observe the social distancing guidelines in the parking lot.
Be assured that we are continually monitoring the situation and the studies that are released, and we will gradually work toward a return to normal. But we want to do it in a safe manner so that everyone in our church family and any visitors can be confident that we are trying to protect their health. May God give us grace in this transition and may He be glorified as we gather in His name.
Kurt Smith- pastor
Brian Bill- elder
Eric Loring- elder
Steve Strickler- elder