I am writing with good news. We are finally at a point when we can begin to transition back into meeting together in person. I have missed gathering with you! Although this is good news, we are approaching this transition with care. Allow me to outline our strategy and hopefully answer any questions you may have. This Sunday, May 3rd, the service will be live streamed as we have for the last several weeks. The following Sunday, May 10th, Mothers Day, will be our first in-person gathering. We will not have Sunday School or evening service on campus. In the 10:45 service, we will seat congregants, with 6 feet in between each family group, in every other row to accommodate social distancing requirements. Therefore, we will not be able to seat the full capacity we would normally have on a Sunday morning. You will be contacted in the coming days as to whether or not you and your family plan to attend this service. Our goal is to get a good estimate of the number planning to be in attendance. On May 10th, if we exceed the number allowed in the sanctuary, we will seat overflow in the fellowship hall. We WILL continue to live stream each week.
Depending on how the situation develops, our hope is that May 10th will be the only day we take the more extreme precautions. Hopefully, by may 17 we will be able to resume a somewhat normal Sunday morning service. We will not have Sunday School through May 17th. We will evaluate the situation at that time as to resuming Sunday School. So May 10th will be Sunday morning service only. May 17th and following we will resume in-person Sunday evening as well as Sunday morning, and Wednesday evening services.
We want everyone to participate in this transition at your individual pace and safety. Although we are resuming services on May 10th, you may not feel comfortable to return at that time. We don't want you to come back before you feel confident to do so. If you feel you are in the at-risk category, please stay home. If you or anyone in your immediate family are not feeling well, please stay home. We will continue to live stream the services into the future. Out of love and consideration for your fellow church members, everyone is asked to wear a face covering while in the building. We are planning to provide face masks on May 10 for anyone that doesn't already have one. This is uncharted territory for all of us. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to return to a full schedule as safely as possible. We understand that everyone has different opinions about the best timing of a return. No doubt some will feel we are being too hasty. Others feel we should never have cancelled service in the first place. We must bear with one another in love for the sake of the gospel and the glory of God. God bless you and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Pastor Blain Craig