Dear Church Family-
We are so excited that the time has finally arrived for us to meet together again in person. It has been a long 16 weeks, but our staff has been working hard to make the church a place where you can feel safe to worship. We are looking forward to having you back this week!
Church will start at 10:30 on Sunday morning (July 12). We do ask you to plan to arrive a little earlier. We will start seating at 10:15. The process will take a little longer, so try to arrive earlier. Once you arrive, we will have each adult get a wristband. There are three colors, and each color represents a comfort level when it comes to social distancing- red means you are social distancing; yellow means you are comfortable talking with others, but want some distance; green means you are comfortable with hugging and high fives. We ask that you choose the bracelet that shows your comfort level. We want you to keep this bracelet from week to week. Keep it in your car each week, or wear it and use it as a prayer bracelet. The bracelets will help us all know how everyone feels and will help with seating in the sanctuary.
When you arrive at church, you will notice that the sanctuary seating is different. We have rearranged the chairs in the sanctuary in order to allow for social distancing. The chairs are arranged in sets of 2, 3, 4, and 5. We ask that you allow our host team to seat you. When you get to the sanctuary, the hosts will ask how many people are in your group, and then we will sit you in a row with the correct number of seats.
We also want to remind you that we are not having children’s ministry yet. If you come back and have children who are in 5th grade or younger, we will ask that you and your kids sit together in the Kids Church room or the annex. As part of the major renovations we have been doing over the last few months, the service will live stream into both of these rooms. We will begin uploading our weekly kids church services on Sunday mornings as well. So if you would like to bring a device with headphones for your child to watch their service, we encourage you to do that.
As we make this transition back to in-person services, we want to ask a few things of you.
1. Please continue to be patient with us. None of us have done this before; we have never led a church through a pandemic. Please be patient with our volunteers. They are doing what they have been asked to do by the leadership. We greatly appreciate your patience as we go forward.
2. If you or anyone in your household have any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you stay home. We will continue to have our services live streamed on Facebook, YouTube and our website.
3. Please know that if you are not comfortable coming back to church yet, we completely understand and we respect that. We know that some members of our church body are higher risk and are not yet comfortable returning to church. We respect that. We will welcome you back when you are ready.
4. We want to encourage you to continue giving online. We will have an opportunity for you to give in person, but we do encourage you to give online through our website. Soon, we will also have an app that you can use to give.
Again, we are so excited to see you on Sunday if you are ready to come back.