Dear Church Family and Friends,
Psalm 122:1 "I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the LORD."
It is a joy to begin the steps of regathering to worship our Lord as a church family. Please hear my heart; some of you will be comfortable attending the first Sunday. For others, it is still too early and you are comfortable joining us from your home by live stream. God wired each of us differently and we need to follow the Lord and the pace He gives us concerning our comfort and confidence. Let me be clear, whether you are on campus or at home on live stream, we support your decision. We are one united church family. We will walk forward together with the goal of retuning to a sense of normalcy. If you are not feeling well, we ask you to remain at home and join us by live stream. To our vulnerable population, there is no expectation of you attending. We support you as you join us from home through live stream.
Our regathering will be a slow, step-by-step plan that follows the reopening guidelines given to us by our State and County concerning safety policies, sanitation procedures, and social distancing practices. We are committed that you will return to an environment that will ensure your safety, comfort, and confidence. This will all be temporarily different, but I know you will respond with flexibility and a great attitude.
Our regathering plan, starting May 17, will be Sunday Worship Only. Our campus will remain closed all of May and June to weekly activities (including the FLC), Wednesday church services, and our Sunday Small Groups. Our Small Groups and Wednesday service will continue to meet through technology. Also, we will not have a nursery, childcare or children's ministry in our Sunday worship for May and June. We will revisit this in July. Of course, all your children are welcome to attend as they will need to sit with you. We will have three identical Sunday services at our regular times of 8:00, 9:30, and 11 am. These three services will be one hour long with the same message and music. We will have safety policies, sanitation procedures, and distancing low-contact practices for when you arrive, move to the auditorium, and are dismissed. The Frequently Asked Questions tab should help you know what to expect and help you prepare to gather in person.
This will be a gradual process and we will follow each phase of the guidelines we receive from our State and County officials. I am so grateful for our hard-working staff. They love Jesus and they love you. Donna and I are so blessed. I am grateful to pastor the greatest church in the world. Personally, I want to thank you for your support during these different and difficult days. Your support has been overwhelming. I join you in knowing our great God is in control and He is working all this out for the salvation of souls and His glory. Be sure to sign-up!
Thank you and I sure do love you.
What time are the services?
8am, 9:30am (deaf interpretation available), 11am
What is the format of the services?
Services will remain the same as they have been for the past several weeks. All three Sunday services will be the same; around 60 minutes in length, led by the Worship Band. Deaf interpretation will be available at 9:30am.
How do I indicate which service time I (my family) will be attending?
There is no longer a need to indicate which service your family will be attending. Keeping with social distancing guidelines and maintaining high sanitation standards, we will be monitoring the number of people in the building at one time and adjust our services accordingly.
Will small groups be meeting?
Small groups will not be meeting in our building for the month of June. July is TBD. We encourage you to continue to meet virtually or outside of the church building with your small group.
Will child care be available?
For the month of June, we will only be having the large group worship services. There will be no kids programing or nursery taking place. Kids are welcome to sit with their parents and be a part of our 60 minute services. July is TBD.
Will we be meeting on Wednesday nights?
For the month of June, there will be no in-person Wednesday night gatherings. We will continue to meet via live stream at 6:30pm. July is TBD.
What if I still have concerns about gathering onsite?
We are doing everything we can to sanitize throughly and ensure safety. That being said, if you have health or other concerns, please join us via live stream at 9:30 or 11am. We long to see you and this is just one step in that direction. We fully support your decision to do what is best for you and your family.
Am I required to wear a mask?
We are following the Jefferson County Safety Guidelines. They do not require people to wear a mask. When attending our worship services, people are welcome to wear a mask if they wish, but we are not requiring it.
Can I bring my offering/tithe?
Yes. However, we will not be passing the offering plate to avoid surface contact and maintain social distancing. There will be black mail boxes available in the hallways and baskets at both the Hospitality Center and the Next Gen Hub in the lobby. As always, feel free to give safely and securely online through our website.
Will restrooms be available?
Yes, restrooms are available and will be cleaned and sanitized regularly. Water fountains will not be available.
What If I have additional questions?
Please don’t hesitate to contact us!