Our elders met on Wednesday, May 13, and made the decision to resume our Sunday morning worship service starting May 24. This is exciting and welcomed news! While we want to return to a normal schedule and normal way of attending our church services, there will be some temporary changes that will need to take place as we slowly return to "normal" practices.
- There will be Sunday Morning worship service at 10:30 in the building.
- There will not be Sunday evening worship service, Sunday school classes, Bible study classes (Sunday night or Wednesday night), or students' classes in the building at this time.
- We will continue to post our Wednesday Bible study online at this time.
We recognize there are multiple opinions on how to react to the guidelines that have been presented by the government and CDC, and it is unfortunate that our nation has become even more divided because of these varying opinions. In these challenging times the church has an opportunity to "shine like stars in the universe" (Phil. 2:15) as we seek to honor each other, those in authority "which God has established" (Rom. 13:1), and more importantly, God. Our Eldership has prayerfully and thoughtfully considered the steps that are to be taken as we move forward. Their decisions were not made based on their own wants and wishes, but instead, they made the following decisions because they value the spiritual and physical health of each church family member. The following guidelines may be inconveniences to some, while to others they may make it possible to attend and worship without fear. We are asking each church family member to be patient and understanding as we try to "...look not to our own interests, but also to the interests of others." (Phil. 2:4) Please read carefully the information enclosed and prayerfully prepare your hearts and minds as we return to worship together as one body in one place.
- The front doors will be the only point of entrance to the building, and the doors will be propped open (weather permitting) until the start of the service.
- We ask that everyone entering the building please wear a mask. We will have a limited supply at the door if you do not have one.
- There will be single serve communion cups on tables as you enter the foyer. We ask that you take one as you enter the auditorium.
- There will be hand sanitizer spray/gel available in the foyer for your use while in the building.
- The foyer (upstairs) restrooms will be available for use. We are closing the downstairs restrooms. We ask that you wash your hands and sanitize your hands as you exit the restroom.
- Every other pew will be marked off to ensure 6 feet of distance from front to back. Family units can sit with each other on the pews, but we ask that there be 6 feet of distance between non-family members sitting in the same pew. Ushers will be in the auditorium to assist you in where to sit.
- Thee will be an overflow section downstairs, if needed, where you can view a live feed of the service on a large screen television. Family members can move chairs in their row to accomodate their needs. We just ask that you maintain 6 feet of distance from those behind and in front of you. At the end of the service we ask that you place your chair on its side so we can identify which chairs will be to be cleaned for the next week's service.
- We ask that you refrain from congregating in the foyer or front porch as you enter and exit the building. And while it seems unnatural for all of us, we ask that you refrain from shaking hands or hugging for now.
- At the end of the service we will dismiss row by row.
- Those in the auditorium will use the 2 side doors and the foyer doors.
- Those in the basement will use the basement doors, or they can come up the steps and out the foyer doors.
As always, if you feel sick or symptomatic, then please stay home until you have fully recovered. If you have preexisting conditions that put you at higher risk of experiencing worse symptoms should you contract the coronavirus, then we understand you may want to worship from home for a time. We will continue to broadcast our services on Facebook live. It will not be the same video quality as our latest services, but it will provide you a way to worship and hear God's word preached.
All these precautions are temporary, and there is coming a day when we can return to our normal way of worship and fellowship. until then, we will adjust to these new measures so we can meet together.
Thank you and God bless each of you,
The Willisburg Christian Church Leadership