COVID-19 

Re-Assemble in Person Action Plan... 

 

WHEN CAN WE GATHER AGAIN?

All of us miss being able to worship together as a church family. While we would like to pick up exactly where we left off, we realize that our coming back together will be a gradual process. The following action plan has been developed with much prayer, seeking leadership from God, consulting with state and local officials, and observing the effects of the coronavirus in our area. 

 

Specifically, we have reviewed the CDC’s guidelines for churches, (link below) we have reviewed Governor DeSantis’s orders, the Florida Department of Health and the recommendations of the Christian Law Association. 

 

After all of that, we believe the following action plan is reasonable and represents our eagerness to gather together with God’s people to worship Him in a biblical way. 

 

The safety of our church family and obedience to God are of the utmost consideration in our decisions. 

 

As you review our action plan, please keep the following things in mind:

  1. There will be varying opinions within our church and within our community regarding how and when we re-assemble. The best we can do is make wise decisions concerning information at hand and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. We are in this together as a family. Let’s support, pray for, and encourage one another.

  2. This action plan is subject to change as information updates and as God leads. Please check back regularly for updated schedules.

  3. We want to encourage all those that fall in high risk categories to continue to make decisions that protect your health. Do not feel compelled to participate in anything you feel places you in jeopardy. All online worship options will remain in place.

  4. Before we bring any groups back together, our facilities will have been thoroughly disinfected and will continue to be disinfected between meetings. We will also have instituted safety precautions that comply with all social distancing and cleanliness guidelines.

 

 

Beginning MAY 10 

  • Sunday 11AM - People are invited to attend in person. There will be no nursery or children’s church but the services will not be lengthy. Children are welcome to sit with their parents. Unfortunately, there will be no choir at this point. 

  • While with us for the service, we will ask everyone to practice social distancing and stay approximately six feet apart except from your biological family. Our ushers will help seat people so that we can maintain social distancing. 

 

  • We will refrain from a corporate handshake time. Also, for those who feel like they need it, there will be hand sanitizer available in the auditorium. If you’d like to wear a mask while you attend, you’re welcome to do that.  Masks are worn primarily to protect others not the wearer.  (Surgeons have worn masks for years to protect patients not necessarily themselves.)  It is an act of brotherly love to wear a mask. 

 

  • Sunday Night and Wednesday – Livestream only 

 

**All services on Sunday and Wednesday, will continue to be live streamed as normal. 

**During the month of May there will be no children's classes or nursery. 

 

The benefits of gathering again are huge!  The benefits include fellowshipping with God’s people, singing together as a congregation, hearing preaching in person, and enjoying one another’s spiritual gifts. 

 

If you feel uncomfortable attending under these circumstances, please stay home.

 

 

Special NOTE:  At any point, if you are feeling sick, we want you to stay home, rest and recover. If you have pre-existing conditions or are considered unusually vulnerable because of a weakened immune system, please continue to benefit from our live stream ministry. 

 

Link to CDC Guidelines:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html

 

 

The CDC provides safety and health cautions that churches should post on their premises and on May 10, you will see them displayed around our facilities. 

 

We are excited to gather in person again as a church, specifically excited to see how the Lord will work in the coming days. 

 

This is a very unique time in church history. We are “running the race that is set before us.”  It’s important that each of us continue “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”  - Hebrews 12:1, 2

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