by: Todd Stevens
Update on Worship Plans at Immanuel
It is time for us to update our worship plans for you. We are still planning on hitting our target of May 31st. The Sunday of Pentecost will be a wonderful day for us to gather again in person to celebrate the birth of the church. It will be good for us to be together in person, but we want to make sure we do it safely. We will be doing one service at 10 a.m., until our sanitizing machine comes in and we know how long it takes to sanitize the facility.
Even though we will be gathering on a Sunday morning and it will feel normal, things will still need to be different. We will need to follow the CDC guidelines as best we can in order to gather safely as a community. We must be patient with the changes, understanding of others, and above all committed to safety. I know we can do this, and we can do it well and in a loving manner.
There has been some confusion concerning the use of the term “vulnerable population”. I want everyone to understand that this is not my term it is one borrowed from the CDC under the recommendation of our medical professionals. I am not personally asking anyone to exclude themselves from the Lord’s Supper or from worship. I am simply asking that anyone who falls into this category as defined by the CDC, would simply make the best-informed decision for himself/herself. We want everyone to worship but we want everyone to also be safe. I apologize for any confusion or offense this may have caused.
Here are a few of the guidelines we are asking you to follow for your health and the health of your brothers and sisters:
- Family units will sit six feet apart from each other. The pews will be marked, and you will be ushered to a seat. We will not be using hymnals.
- We will be singing; masks are encouraged but not required.
- Communion will be at the end of the service. We are asking people to park in all three lots. You will take communion as you exit the church building.
- Please do not shake hands, give hugs, stand around in groups talking, sit in pews marked off, or walk around the building. We are trying to contain the space used to control how much sanitizing must be done.
- Most importantly come full of joy and open to whatever the Lord has planned for us. We have been gone for a long time, let us find the joy in the gathering together of the body.
I cannot wait to open the doors to the church and let everyone in for worship. It is going to be a great Sunday filled with laughter, joy, and tears (and that’s just me). Please keep praying for this day and all the preparation that must take place between now and then. Let us rejoice that even during our quarantine, we did not have to give up worshiping together.
With joyful expectation,