On-Site Services Starting Soon!
Sunday, May 31st @ 10am
We’re excited to be gathering together face to face soon and hope you are as well! We’re planning to re-open our on-site services at 10am on Sunday, May 31st. Please note- there will be no prayer service prior, no coffee station and we will be starting a bit earlier, at 10am not our usual time of 10:15am.
We want to ensure as safe an environment as possible as we gather back together in our facility, so we’re taking extra steps to clean and sanitize before and after every service. We’re asking for your help with the following:
Please maintain safe distancing.
To limit potential exposure, we’ll use only the main entrance under the portico in the front of the building. We’ll maintain proper social distancing (at least 6ft apart at all times) and ask everyone to refrain from shaking hands or hugging one another (I know, it drives me crazy too!). We will also limit access to non-essential areas of the building (ie., the cafe´, hallways & side foyer).
To maintain safe distancing, we will remove every other row of chairs in the auditorium and ask you to be seated as family units at least 6 ft apart (3 empty chairs between families).
Do I have to wear a mask?
That’s up to you. It’s not required by state or local authorities but may help protect against the spread of the virus.
What about Kids?
We will not be holding Children’s Services, so to ensure children’s safety and the safety of others, children should be accompanied by parents at all times (especially to the restrooms). We realize how challenging these limitations can be for younger children so we trust parents to decide whether attending in person is best for their family during this season. We completely understand if attending online with your family in your home is a better choice for the time being. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to offer feedback.
What if I have underlying health issues or I’m at higher risk?
Some may be at higher risk for attending in person due to underlying medical conditions and may not be comfortable attending on-site services just yet. We encourage everyone to use wisdom in deciding when gathering back together is right for you. The Alabama “Guidelines for Places of Worship” strongly encourages people 65 or older and others especially at risk to watch or participate in the service remotely. We’ll continue to offer services online for those who may not be able to attend in person.
What’s the plan moving forward?
We plan to re-open in phases. The 1st phase is to re-open in a limited fashion while maintaining proper social distancing on May 31st. Keep in mind that this date is subject to change in the event of a spike in COVID 19 cases in our local community.We will remove limitations in subsequent phases when it’s safe to do so. We’re paying close attention to state and local authorities and are meeting on a regular basis as leaders as we pray and trust the Lord for wisdom.
King David attracted many “mighty men” during his days on the throne. Most were warriors but there was an interesting group called the sons of Issachar. 1 Chronicles 12:32 says, “Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.” That’s our prayer, that we would “understand the times” and “know what we should do”. Pray for us as leaders to make decisions based in God’s wisdom not just the wisdom of the world.
We don’t need a building to be the church, but we do need each other. We love you guys and can’t wait to be back together, face-to-face… both with one another and in the presence of the God of all grace.