|As we prepare
for re-opening this Sunday, we wanted to remind everyone of a few
things. There have been a couple of changes in Marion County since our
last communication. Those changes will be highlighted. As a
reminder, we will begin with one service at our usual start time – 10:30am.
We believe that
meeting together as a body of believers is essential (Heb 11:24-25), but also
recognize the importance of doing so in a way that promotes safety for all
members and is in submission to our governmental authorities (Rom
13:1-2). The guidelines outlined below are likely to be revised in the
future as additional information becomes available or the number of cases
There are many
different opinions regarding the precautions needed for meeting together, but
we will outline some key thoughts. First, Philippians 2:4 says, “Let
each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of
others.” As followers of Jesus Christ, we follow His example by putting
the interests of others ahead of our own. All of our actions must put
the protection and safety of others ahead of our own comfort.
Secondly, we understand some will not feel comfortable joining a large group at this point. We respect your decision to stay at home at this time, we encourage you to continue joining us as we plan to continue streaming our Sunday service. Those with high-risk medical conditions should consider not attending until infection rates decline significantly in the community.
Thirdly, please make every effort to abide by the guidance provided. While some parts of the guidance may seem uncomfortable, unnatural, or inconvenient these guidelines are in place to protect both you and others. In particular, the CDC recommends that wearing masks protects others from those who may be infected but have mild or no symptoms of the virus.
Guidelines for the Sunday morning service: