Dear Church Family,

 

Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ. We thank God for your faithfulness in staying connected to the church through online resources and communications. We are delighted to see so many people returning to in-person worship, and as more and more people continue to get vaccinated, our staff is preparing for a return to in-person Sunday School. Although our plans are subject to change due to the ever-evolving situation with the pandemic, we are excited to share them with you.

 

We plan to re-start in-person Sunday School classes at church on Sunday, June 6, 2021. This will include adult Sunday School classes and Student Ministry Sunday School classes. Since masks and social distancing will be required in the church building, each room will have a predetermined registration limit based on the safety guidelines for social distancing. We plan to re-start children’s Sunday School classes and childcare on July 4, 2021. The reason for the later date is that more preparation is required to re-start children’s Sunday School, especially since CDC health protocols for drop-in childcare are extensive.

 

When we re-start in-person Sunday School classes on June 6, we will also begin a new Sunday morning schedule. The schedule will be as follows.

 

9:00 a.m. The Well

10:00 a.m. Sunday School

11:00 a.m. The Sanctuary Service

 

We plan to re-engage a wider set of in-person activities at church beginning the week of Sunday, September 12, 2021. By this time, we hope that safety restrictions will have decreased and that the number of activities we can safely enjoy on campus will have increased.

 

Currently, our staff is working diligently to prepare Sunday School rooms for socially distanced gatherings, to design a registration system for those who wish to attend in-person Sunday School, and to hire and train staff to provide childcare for young children in accordance with current health and safety protocols.

 

Please keep in mind that we already welcome weekday in-person gatherings in Spence Hall for the purposes of prayer or Bible Study. For more information, click here.

 

We are grateful for your understanding and support as we continue to navigate the many challenges of the pandemic. Our goal remains to keep our church moving forward in worship, discipleship, and mission while also keeping everyone as safe and healthy as we can.

 

Finally, we are delighted to report that we had over 300 in-person worshippers on Easter weekend at our English, Portuguese, and Arabic services. Additionally, our online Easter services in these three languages have garnered over 1,400 views. God continues to be faithful as we worship and serve Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit!

 

In Christ,

 

Your Ministerial Staff