March 16, 2020
Officials suggest that we limit gatherings of 10+ people. The words used are essential and non-essential. How can we say that Sunday morning church service is non-essential? Our faith is essential to our daily lives, especially in a crisis. However, how can we not comply with officials’ limitations and potentially risk our physical health?
The Elders have decided to suspend Sunday morning worship services. We don’t know for how long. We will monitor the state of the pandemic on a weekly basis and resume worship services as soon as possible.
It is time for the church to get creative about ways to continue to be church when we are not gathering in our building. We have all heard it said that the church is not a building; it is a fellowship of believers. That may be put to the test through this.
I am working on daily gatherings that will be offered on a weekly basis until our lives find a new normal. I will be setting up a Zoom account that will allow us to have web-based conferences for small group fellowship, Bible studies and prayer time. I will soon send out information about times of those activities and how to access those activities.
For worship, I will be putting together a weekly video on YouTube. A link will be sent out each week with resources for worship and the YouTube video. Though we are not gathered together, we can have corporate worship as we participate in the same elements of worship at 10:45 am. On Sundays, I will hold an online prayer gathering at noon. This will allow us to worship at 10:45 through the YouTube video resource then gather for prayer in an online conference.
I will not be using Facebook live for worship as it limits access to worship to only those who have Facebook.
Please stay tuned for more information about how we will be church in a digital and quarantined age.
Let me know if you need anything. Call if you’re feeling isolated. Reach out if you need prayer or connection.
In prayer for you,