Greetings Friends and Family,
I am so excited to write to you today because the purpose of this letter is to alert every one of our intention to return to in-person worship. A team of leaders who have been meeting diligently for weeks now to create a plan for safely returning to the sanctuary.
Mentally and emotionally, we are drained from the events of the past few months and it has taken a great toll on our faith community. Unbelievably, a shaking has taken place as the scripture declares; “This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.” (Hebrews 12:27 NLT). The writer of Hebrews is admonishing the people to listen to the words of the one who is speaking, in this case, it is the Lord himself, and notice that his words and actions are designed to bring about change.
Recent events may have shaken you but my prayer is that while shaken you do not give up. It is time for the church to reconvene and retrieve those who remain. Now is the time to strengthen our community as we reengage in the work of disciple making.
The next few months are going to be critical as we follow CDC guidelines for opening up our House of Worship. All these precautions are still contingent on what happens with the Pandemic and government oversight. History has shown that if we do not make good choices we are going to have to pay the price.
We are ramping up our signage and disinfection protocols for the opening of services. Our leadership team has worked tirelessly on making sure your worship experience is the safest possible. We are asking our most vulnerable members (65+ and those with pre-existing conditions) to proceed with caution as you return to worship.
In the immediate future, we will have to modify our worship experience in order to meet State and Federal guidelines.
These are just a few of the guidelines to be followed in order for you to feel confident and comfortable while worshipping together again.
Finally, we have included a survey to determine your level of preparedness in coming back to the building. We will use this information to determine the best time to return. Continue to worship with us on our Social Media Platforms (Facebook, YouTube) and thank you for your continued financial support during this unprecedented time.
Bishop Philip Powell