A Message from Pastor Ryan
I want to share with you our plan to remain open for services at this time. As a religious organization we are exempt from orders limiting the number of people gathered together. However, we will continue to monitor the safety of our meetings and encourage as many gatherings as possible to occur online with respect to current governmental recommendations. We pray this balance of regular worship services combined with online small groups will allow us to exemplify the love of Christ to those most at risk within our congregation while allowing for the encouragement and uplifting of those able to gather safely.
Since July, we already have been following the stricter guidelines recommended by the state department of health in mid-November. We’ve added additional HEPA filters and air purification measures to our HVAC systems. Masks are required in the church building and seating for services remains socially distanced by family unit. And we continue regularly cleaning of all spaces utilized for services by dedicated cleaning staff and volunteers.
Please know, copious amounts of time, communication, and prayer between and among your church leadership team are the way(s) in which we arrive at these difficult decisions. Above all we are seeking the will of God for our local congregation and our involvement in leading others to a growing relationship with Christ.
In His service and His love,
The Church Without Walls
The Church is not bound by the building we meet in. The Church is all of us, in our homes and our communities, in our lives. Here are some of the ways we're continuing to be the Church during this time.
Our Video Messages
Following us on Facebook is the easiest way to view our live videos, and allows you to sign up for notifications each time we go live so you don't forget! We livestream our Sunday Series at 10:00 am on Sundays and post videos to our Facebook feed soon after the conclusion of the service.
We continue to reach out to connect with one another online with semester-based small groups. Our next semester begins in January so be on the lookout! These are open to anyone with an internet connection or a phone line willing to call in. Click below to contact us about a group!
SHCN Re-Opening Plans- What to Expect
Please prepare for the following precautions during our morning worship experience starting June 14th (with the exception of July 5th, when we will share a message online only out of respect for state guidelines):
- Services will begin at 10:00 AM .
- Enter ONLY at the Main Welcome Center or the Lower Glass Entrance. All other doors will be closed except for emergencies.
- Families will sit together, and seating will be spaced to accommodate social distancing. Children's Church is operational with check-in by the lower "fishbowl" entrance. Your children may of course remain with you in the sanctuary if that's your preference.
- Wearing masks is required, per state orders.
- Hand sanitizer, water, and masks will be available in the Welcome Center upon request.
- Only the restrooms near the Welcome Center will be open.
- Nothing will be passed among service attendees. Offering receptacles will be located in the Welcome Center. Online Giving options continue to be available. Individually pre-packaged communion elements will be available when appropriate.
- Dismissals will be organized pew by pew.
- We will encourage that social conversations take place outside of the church building.
Persons with compromised immune systems, in at-risk categories, or simply not ready to return are encouraged to continue joining us online. In addition, if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, cold and/or flu-like symptoms, we would ask that you stay at home and participate online.
City Mission Partnership
We are excited to partner with City Mission as a collection center for non-perishable food and clothing. The donation drop-off runs each week Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M, at our main church entrance right off Library Rd.
The most urgent need is for food, but clothes donations are also accepted. City Mission requests the following kinds of food items:
- Peanut butter, jelly, crackers
- Pasta and pasta sauce
- Canned meats (chicken, tuna)
- Cereals, oatmeal
- Canned soup, fruit, vegetables
- Breakfast bars, granola bars.
We also have a post on our Facebook page about this partnership which we'd love for you to share with your own social network. Raising awareness of both City Mission and our partnership is a great way to help make sure we as a community can take care of those around us in need!
Additional Information on COVID-19
CDC Guidelines – As with any normal flu season, follow these guidelines for keeping yourself and others healthy:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (20 seconds). If (like us) you struggle with remembering that timing, here's some helpful alternatives to singing Happy Birthday.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cough or sneeze into a disposable Kleenex
- Eat healthy and drink lots of fluids
- Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick
If you have additional questions, please email Joanne Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the button below to contact us!