Updated on August 17, 2020
If the last few months have taught us anything, it is to be flexible and to focus on what's truly important in the life of the church. It is our hope as a church family to be doing just that. We have had many iterations of re-gathering, but it is time to look toward re-gathering our small groups in Sunday School and Discipleship. However, there are still big questions to answer as to what this might look like.
As of today, our plan for the Fall is as follows:
Bible Study will resume on Sunday, September 6, but it will take on a different form than we were used to pre-COVID-19. Our Bible Study Classes will be split into 2 different hours. The purpose for the split is to reduce the number of people who would be passing in the hallways as we move from Bible Study to Worship. Our Sunday Morning Schedule will be as follows:
9:00am - Sunday School Hour 1
Median Adults, Faith Builders & Sanctuary Class will Meet
10:00am - Worship Service Hour
Main Service will stay in the Gym with masks optional and chairs spread out for social distancing
Video Overflow Service will be in the Sanctuary with masks required and seating for ⅓ the normal capacity, by closing off ⅔ of the pews.
11:00am - Sunday School Hour 2
Young Adults, Youth, Elementary Classes, PreK and Nursery
Our Sunday Morning Worship Services will continue to be recorded and uploaded to Facebook afterwards. We will not provide live streaming of services until a reliable internet option is available for the church facilities.
This new Sunday Morning Plan might sound extreme for our small church, but we want to take every precaution we can. We also believe this is an opportunity to see exponential growth in our church.
My prayer as pastor is that we need to continue having 2 Sunday School Hours and we need to continue meeting in the gym even after the COVID Pandemic is over. Wouldn't it be great to see that type of tremendous growth in the days ahead?
Sunday & Wednesday Nights:
Until further notice, we will not have our regular Sunday Evening services. As we have already made clear, our goal is to prioritize our Wednesday evening Bible Studies and Prayer Meeting over Sunday nights at this time. This is mainly due to the increased need for cleaning and sanitation that our health department is recommending during this time.
With that said, we are going to reinstate our Wednesday Night Bible Studies with a bit of a change from what we have done in previous years. The Discipleship Classes that have traditionally met on Sunday nights will be meeting on Wednesday nights going forward. We will also have a prayer time on Wednesday nights. The Wednesday night schedule will be as follows:
6:00pm - Prayer Meeting in Sanctuary
6:30pm - Discipleship Classes
Senior Adult Class - Pat Terry - Will Meet in Faith Builders Room
Young Adult Class - Bro. Josh - Will Meet in Young Adult Room
Youth Discipleship - Brian & Wendy - Will Meet in Youth Room
Children's Choir - Cynthia Simmons - Will Meet Upstairs in Children's Building
Please note that there are recommendations for cleaning and sanitation that our health department is asking us to keep. Our custodial team has done a great job of cleaning and sanitizing our buildings since we began meeting in July. They will continue to clean and sanitize the buildings, including: t
Wiping down every commonly touched surface with Lysol or Clorox. Including, but not limited to: door knobs/handles, door facings, sink and toilet handles, tables, pews, chairs, pulpit, lecterns, and any handrails. (Water fountains will be closed for the near future)
Children’s areas will be cleaned and sanitized, including the washing of any toys or play sets once Sunday School classes resume. You will also notice fewer toys in the nursery and preschool classrooms to reduce the amount of work this will place on our custodial team.
Planning your return to Worship Services and Bible Study:
Before you leave on Sunday morning to come to church, please take your temperature and the temperature of anyone who will be coming with you from your home. If you, or any of your household have a fever of 99.6 or higher, you must stay home.
If you are currently, or have been experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat, fever in the past 48 hours, recent loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea in the last 48 hours - you must stay home.
If you have a weakened immune system or other concerning health conditions,
I encourage you to wait a few extra weeks before returning to our in-person services.
If anyone in your home or that you have come in contact with has had COVID-19, we ask that you wait until that person and all others in your home are symptom free for at least 30 days before returning to church.
We will provide Hand Sanitizer stations for your use upon entering our facilities.
I encourage you to wear a mask, especially if you have a weakened health situation. We are working to have a few dozen hand-made masks available when we return.
Please be aware that we will not be providing a nursery during our worship services for the foreseeable future. However, children are always welcome in our services and we are thankful for the gift they are to our church family!
Thank you for your continued support of our church ministry. Your giving has allowed us to continue to expand our ministry in these trying times. We have maintained and exceeded budget expectations over the last few months. You can continue to give as you leave our services. Boxes have been made available in both the Gym and Sanctuary for giving. We will no longer collect offerings during the Bible Study hour. Our online giving is still available for you as well at experiencecrossroads.org/give.
In this time of uncertainty let us hold to what is certain. We serve a God who is not shaken by the recent events of our world. He is the immovable, unchangeable God. He is still on His throne and He forever will be! May our faith be found in God and God alone.
I want to offer a very special “THANK YOU” to our church leadership, deacons, and the health care providers in our congregation. I have relied heavily on their input during this time and I cannot imagine going through this time without their thoughtful, prayerful input.
My prayer has been and still is Ephesians 3:20-21:
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
I Love you all and can’t wait to see you!
Help Us Love Our Community
One of the best ways to help us love our community during the spread of illness is simply to be a good neighbor. If you live beside or are in close contact with families who have high-risk individuals in their homes, reach out to see if they need anything. Maybe that means offering to pick up supplies on your next trip to the store, or dropping off some food if they’re unable to get out. Simply look for ways that you can be salt and light in the coming weeks, and commit to praying for our leaders and community.
Of course, a great way to help your neighbors is practicing common sense health routines yourself. Wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitizer after you touch shared surfaces, and stay home if you’re sick.
Above all else, remember that we serve a sovereign God who instructs us not to live in a spirit of fear. God is good, He’s faithful, and we know that He’s still at work all around us.
Let’s continue to be the Church and walk with God together in the days ahead. We’ll keep you updated as things change in the coming weeks.