In the Hollywood blockbuster, The Patriot, British General Cornwallis said as he surrendered Yorktown to the Continental Army, “Everything will change…Everything has changed.”
Over the course of a lifetime various events and experiences radically reshape life as we know it. The COVID-19 pandemic has achieved this in a very short time. Everything has changed.
Worship services have changed
For two months we have gathered virtually through Facebook or YouTube. In-person gatherings resume this Sunday, May 31.
Virtual services will continue indefinitely. Those uncomfortable with meeting in-person can access the live service through Facebook or YouTube. Plans to allow greater connection at the close of worship services are underway through our Discover interactions.
We will conduct one service at 10:30. Attendance is limited to 150 with an overflow area in our youth building. Seating is arranged to maintain safe distances between families. Offering plates will not be passed and bulletins will not be printed.
Our social connection has changed
We must refrain from hugs and handshakes. Cart drivers and door greeters will wear masks. Staff members will wear masks when not on the platform. All who attend are encouraged to wear masks.
Our coffee bar is closed for the foreseeable future. You are welcome to bring your own beverage of choice from home.
Our ministry structure has changed
In-person childcare and children’s activities and youth activities will not resume on Sunday at this time. Families will worship together. Children’s sermon notes can be accessed through the Saturday email. This is a good tool to help your child engage during the worship hour. Gene Longley will continue to produce virtual events for children through out the week.
Youth and children will resume their Wednesday night activities on June 3. They will practice safe social distancing. A Zoom option will also be available.
Our Discipleship is changing
Life Groups can start meeting on-site but must maintain distance between participants. Zoom options should continue to be offered for those not yet ready for in-person gatherings.
Over the coming months, our staff will work on additional changes to our discipleship efforts.
Change is needed
The impact of discipleship is often measured by the number of participants involved. We mistakenly conclude that a large group must be a successful group. However, the effectiveness of discipleship should be evaluated by lives transformed by Christ.
Our goal as a church family is to be transformed. We desire for all individuals to become fully-devoted followers of Christ. This includes you and me. Our discipleship efforts are the primary means for fulfilling that goal.
- Are you currently part of a Life Group?
- Are you ready to facilitate a Life Group?
Don’t Expect things to go back to how it was
I hope our “new normal,” post-coronavirus, is a church family totally committed to following Christ. I hope our worship services become a shared celebration of all that we see the Lord doing in us and through us. I hope to experience this with you. I believe we will.
I’ll see you Sunday either in-person or on-line.