It looks like we’re back to the point of very limited in-person attendance and more folks joining us online again. I keep being asked, “Are we having church?” My response today is, we’re going to keep the doors open if at all possible. We may be told to shut down in-person attendance with a shelter-in-place order from government officials or a stop meeting in person order from denominational officials. But unless that happens, we will be here with the doors open, as long as we have the staff who can pull it off.
But the reality is people are rightfully concerned and many are choosing not to come, or either can’t come because of illness, suppressed immune systems, or quarantine. We get it, and as I’ve said all along, you need to do what is right for you in this situation. With that being the case, we want to make sure that you are able to be present with us online.
We are live-streaming our traditional and contemporary services. Traditional is on YouTube at 11. Contemporary is on Facebook at 11. If Trevor or I can’t be there, we’ll combine and stream on both at 11. We are offering many of our adult Sunday School classes over Zoom or Conference calling. As of today (Monday the 23rd), the Christian Covenant is taking this coming Sunday off; Garrison-Seekers and Searchers are online only until Sept. 12th; all other adult classes are still meeting in-person and those with an online or conference calling presence are doing that.
Derek started streaming youth over the Youth YouTube channel this past Sunday, and will be doing that, as well as being in person. The Children’s Leadership Team is meeting this week to discuss options for virtual ministry or other forms of ministry at a distance.
The links we have gotten from the classes are included in this issue. If you need help getting online or connecting with our ministries, don’t hesitate to let us know. We are working at finding more ways to be responsive to you during this time of limited contact and us not being able to get in hospitals, nursing homes, and even some homes.
The Church has always shined brightest during dark days, and we want to continue to offer the light of Christ to all. Please pray for us as we go through this season, as we pray for you. If you need us, let us know!