Statement Regarding Reopening from the Board of Elders
Thursday, May 21
The Board of Elders had a good, thoughtful, and constructive 3+ hour meeting Wednesday night, the majority of which was dedicated to conversation regarding reopening the church for physical attendance at Sunday worship services. We listened carefully to members of our Medical Response Team and our Reopening Work Group. The Board of Elders decided to maintain online streaming as our only avenue for corporate worship for at least the next four weeks. Although we are working toward reopening, any reopening will not be a return to “normal.” Given the current guidelines for creating a safe environment, we estimate that we can only accommodate approximately 130 people in the sanctuary, all of whom will be required to wear masks. We cannot hold children’s classes or nursery or have a coffee hour after the service. Given these limitations, most of our community will continue to participate in Sunday worship through online streaming even after the sanctuary is reopened. For that reason, we are encouraging smaller groups of our community to build connections around Sunday worship (e.g. a virtual meet-up after the service, possible in-home small group gatherings for worship, etc.), and we aim to provide resources for you accordingly. God has been deepening us in new ways through this strange time, and we trust that He will continue to do so.
The Board of Elders will meet in two weeks to continue our discussion and reassess this dynamic situation. Each passing week enables us (and our medical team) to know and understand more. As soon as we have more information about the next phases of the transition, we will share them through this Thursday e-news. Thank you for your understanding and your prayers.
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