Indoor Worship Services Resume

First Service 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Face masks will be required for all attendees while inside the building, except for young children and people on the platform (worship leaders, pastors, presenters, etc.) during the time they are on the platform.

Prayer Time - Immediately following the first service, before the second service, in the conference room

Second Service 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Masks required for movement within the building, but optional within your seating area or for people (worship leaders, pastors, presenters, etc.) during the time they are on the platform.

Livestream 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Only the second service will be livestreamed, followed by the Q & A.  Send in your questions!  Find the links to the livestream here.

Safety precautions in place:

  • We have removed every other row of seats, creating additional spacing between the rows.
  • Within each row, three empty seats will be required between households.  Belongings can be placed on those seats if you like.
  • Seats have been added to the foyer to extend the available seating and to remind us not to congregate in this area.
  • We will not be offering Sunday school or nursery services initially.
  • The last row of seats in the sanctuary will have some tables to assist families with younger children or special needs.
  • A seating area for parents with nursery-age children will be available in the back corner of the foyer.
  • The Sunday School wing will remain closed except for the Nursing Mother’s Room. 
  • The doors to the church will open at 8:20 a.m. for the first service and about 10:20 a.m. for the second service.  We ask that you remain outside until this time. 
  • We encourage outdoor fellowship before, after and between the services.
  • We ask that verbal greetings be used in place of handshakes or hugs.
  • We will have greeters open the doors for you at the entrance to the church and sanctuary.
  • Door handles and shared surfaces will be wiped down with a sanitizing cleaner before, after and between services.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at many locations throughout the facility.
  • We will not have coffee or beverage service initially.
  • Each service will have a 3-minute stretch break but we ask that people remain in the sanctuary unless there is a need to use the restroom.
  • We ask that people not congregate inside the restrooms but wait outside until space is available.
  • At the end of each service, we will be dismissed in an orderly manner from the back of the church to the front.
  • Between services, the building will be closed for cleaning and will reopen at about 10:20 for seating for the second service.
  • There will be a 5-minute break at the end of the second service before the start of the Q&A to dismiss people who might want to leave.
  • We ask that those who are ill or have a compromised immune system remain at home and participate through the livestream or online audio and video recordings.
  • We are strongly encouraging people to attend the same service each week to minimize exposure between groups.
  • There will be cameras and other equipment in the sanctuary to support the live-stream.  Please use care around these items.

We want to reiterate that families and individuals should prayerfully consider whether indoor, corporate worship is right for them at this time, and stress that there is no single decision that is right for everyone.  We ask everyone to be understanding and supportive of the decisions that others make.

We realize that these changes will be inconvenient or uncomfortable for most (if not all) of us.  Yet if we keep our focus on the Lord, our trials will be “light and momentary.”  Please know that we are doing our best to make godly decisions during a difficult time.  We will continue to make changes and hopefully scale back some of the restrictions as it seems appropriate to do so. 

As we interact with each other and adjust to these changes, the Apostle Paul’s instruction to the church in Colossae are an appropriate reminder for us as well.  “Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity,” Colossians 3:12-14.

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