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COVID Fall 2020 Update Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will we be back to church by Christmas? We don’t know yet. If the criteria are met, we may have a modified version of our Christmas worship services.

  • Will some people fall out of the habit of attending church and never return because our building has been closed for so long? Yes, some people will fall out of the habit of attending church. It is incumbent upon all of us as a church family to encourage those who feel it is safe to start attending when we resume in-person gatherings.

  • My soul desperately needs to worship in-person, is it ok that I attend another church until we resume in-person worship? Yes. We care deeply for our spiritual health and if it is essential for you to worship elsewhere we understand and we pray for your physical safety and that of all who are meeting in person.

  • My group/family gathering can wear masks and gather safely, can’t we use the church for our meeting? Once the established criteria are met, using the church building for groups may resume. We also have to consider the costs of heating and sanitizing an entire building for a short meeting of a small group of people and if that is good stewardship of the resources on hand.

  • Why is it ok for all the other churches/businesses/schools to be open and we remain closed? We have laid out the criteria for our decision above. We continue to evaluate the criteria and current best practices monthly. We can’t speak to what others are doing. But this question reminds us of the parenting axiom: “Just because all the other kids are doing it, doesn't mean we should.”

  • Why is the Council and Pastor so afraid of this virus? We are concerned about the virus. Some may personally be afraid. We are not acting out of fear, but out of the self-sacrificing love of Jesus, who put the needs of others before their own.

  • Isn’t doing online and radio ministry harder than resuming in-person? At this time, resuming with all that is required to keep us safe, worshipful and welcoming is not harder than focusing on the broadcast for those not ready to return and doing a separate worship for those who meet in person. Admittedly, it is emotionally difficult and spiritually painful to be separated from our church family, but not more so that the emotional and spiritual toll of just one church family member being permanently injured or dying from contracting Coronavirus while at church.