If we have learned anything in the last 11 pandemic months, it is that there are many things that are out of our control, especially when it comes to planning for the future. The epistle of James says:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.”
So we come to you saying, if the Lord wishes, we have a plan for trying to re-gather for worship and education this Spring. While circumstances outside of our control may cause us to have to adapt our plan, by focusing on safety strategies we are optimistic that we will have more opportunities to gather together as Spring weather approaches.
If community spread is sufficiently low we will return to in-person worship in the Great Room on March 7th at 10 a.m. We will aim to keep the services around 30-35 minutes in length (shorter time together lessens potential exposure). The service will include instrumental music, but we will refrain from indoor, in-person singing.
Reservations for indoor worship are required. You can reserve seats for upcoming in-person worship services beginning on Feb,. 21st. Anyone wishing to connect with our worship services online will still be able to do so on YouTube or Facebook.
Beginning on March 27th the time of our indoor/livestreamed worship service will move to 9 a.m. so that we can begin a new 10:15 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service. The outdoor service will be intentionally inter-generational and will include music, prayer, Biblical storytelling, reflection on the Bible story and opportunities for further engagement. We hope this time will allow the congregation to reconnect with one another and learn together to be followers of Jesus Christ, reflecting God’s light into the world. We will continue to practice safe distancing and masks to protect one another. However, because we will be outdoors we will be able to include some congregational singing.
Being outside also gives us new possibilities to provide discipleship and Christian formation opportunities for all ages. We are looking into other ways to connect via zoom with those who are not able to gather in-person during the spring.