Things are changing at a breakneck pace these days! When we regathered in the beginning of June this year, we did so with a set of guidelines to help us safely worship in-person in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to create as safe of an environment as possible and reasonable. As case numbers dropped and guidelines were loosened on a national and state level, we began loosening up on following our guidelines, especially during greeting times. We just love warm, welcoming fellowship, but we didn’t narrate what we were doing, and didn’t update our guidelines in a timely manner, which created confusion for some; and for that we are very sorry.
As we’ve seen numbers begin to go up again and even recently had a few people in the congregation contract Covid-19 (from an outside source, not at church), we have decided to keep our (slightly modified) current guidelines in place and to do our best to adhere to them. Please keep in mind that there is still a pandemic going on, so things will continue to look different for a while. Below are the guidelines that the Regathering Team has prayerfully and carefully discerned. We respectfully ask for much grace and ask that we all make every effort to follow the guidelines set forth by Paul in Ephesians 4:2-3 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Below is a short infographic that summarizes our guidelines, and after that is the full document which explains each point in more detail.
Read our full guidelines ahead of the gathering here: Covid-19 Regathering Guidelines
Please send questions to the regathering team at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!