We pray you are well. When the Covid-19 pandemic began, we had no idea how long it would last. It has now been eight weeks since we stopped having corporate gatherings. In many ways, I have seen God’s grace through the trial. We have reached hundreds, possibly thousands of people that we would have never reached through social media and digital platforms. We have stretched our mentality about how church should and can be done. We have continued to minister to our community throughout this crisis. Through it all, God has stretched us, and as a result he has expanded our reach!
That said, many are asking, what will church life will look like on the other side of this crisis? When will we gather again, what precautions will we take, will it feel normal? Trust me, every leader in the Christian world is asking the same questions, and the answers seem to change day by day, and week by week. We have developed both long-term strategies and short-term strategies, depending on the way that our world responds to the effects of this virus.
We have prepared our teams to begin planning a May 24 return to church.
Several things we know:
- Not everyone will feel comfortable coming to church, and that’s okay.
- We will still have a “church at home” service available as we have through this entire pandemic.
- Our current plan is to have (2) one-hour services on Sunday mornings. 9:00 and 11:00.
- We have a system of reservation whereby you can let the church know how many people will be in your party, and services will be added based upon the demand.
- We will have families sit together in sections.
- We will not be having CT kids until mid-June, and we will not be checking in any children.
- Our nursery will be available for Moms who need a place to take their children.
- We will take EVERY precaution with cleaning and sanitizing our facilities.
- We will do our best to follow social distancing protocols.
- We are recommending masks to be worn per CDC guidelines; however, we are not mandating this.
- We ask that if you are not feeling well or are running a fever to stay home.
We know there will be many questions, as well as praise and critiques. Just know that there is no truly perfect way to check everyone’s expectation box, but we are moving forward with the best wisdom and care we can.
One final thing: Because of the changing nature of this virus and the unpredictable demands, these are only tentative plans. There may be a scenario in which, as we get closer to the planned event, we no longer feel it is safe to move forward, and we reschedule the reopening.
Thank you so much for being an amazing church, for supporting the leadership of our church, and for keeping us lifted up in prayer. We are here to serve you and Jesus to the best of our abilities.
We love you all very much,
Troy & Becky
Troy & Becky
Pastor Troy and Becky Jent