We have been diligently seeking God’s will for when and how we might begin to regather. We sense God is leading us to take the next step. Starting on October 4, we will begin having outside worship services at our regular time 10:30am.
This decision was not a light one and was made after much prayer, listening to local health officials, reviewing other churches’ actions, and discussions as a staff and Regathering Committee.
We want to regather responsibly. According to experts, being outdoors is safer than gathering inside. We are fortunate to have such a large area between the Nichigo social hall and the education buildings. With new outdoor sound equipment, people sitting on the lawn, balcony, and even out to the basketball court should be able to hear and participate in the worship service. Also, there are about 15 parking spots that will have a view of the “stage area.” The visibility is not perfect, but it may be worth it for you. The worship service will be broadcast live with an FM transmitter so that you can listen to it from your car and wave to your neighbor parked next to you.
We are aware that attending an outside worship service may not be for everyone, and we don’t want anyone to feel bad about that or that they are missing out. With tremendous joy, we will continue to live-stream our worship services. If you choose to continue to worship from home, that will be great! You can find us online on October 4, just as you have the previous months.
Here are the main safety precautions that we will be enforcing:
- Masks will be worn throughout the worship service (before, during, and after).
- People will be seated 6 feet apart to maintain social distancing.
- We’re asking that each person bring their own lawn chair or blanket to use to decrease the chance of spreading germs.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be available all over the church grounds.
- If you have been feeling ill or running a temperature, please do not attend.
Having a hard time envisioning it? Pastor Darren and I try to explain it more thoroughly in this video:
There may be other safety precautions and updates added to the website as the day approaches, but we wanted to start getting the news out. If you choose to join us in person on October 4, please arrive 15 minutes early so that ushers can get everyone seated in the right spots and so that we can begin the worship service on time.