Effective 2/24 Governor Kemp has made it illegal for churches in the state to meet for worship unless they can guarantee that all participants maintain a six-foot radius at all times. We will not have services on 3/29 or 4/5. We plan to resume meeting for worship on 4/12.
If you're concerned about the impact of COVID-19 and wonder about its impact on the life of our church, you're not alone! Here's our response plan based on the best information available to us:
I. We're praying for those impacted by this coronavirus throughout the world and within our communities. (Philippians 4:6)
II. We're continuing to meet for Sunday School, Worship, and little(cog) (Community Group). (Matthew 10:28)
III. We've added additional hand sanitizing stations and wipes around the church. We're encouraging members and guests to use them (or wash their hands) frequently and requiring it before and after the service. We're modifying our approach to serving food (snacks), delivering the Communion elements, and taking the weekly offering, in order to be as careful as possible. (Philippians 2:4)
IV. We're trusting God to do what's best for us. (Psalm 23:4)
We've also put together a brochure called "A Christian Approach to COVID-19." Printed copies are available at the church and we hope you'll share them with those who may be helped by the information.
Corporate worship is more than the conveyance of information or the ritualistic practice of liturgy. Yes, it’s a great mystery, but what the Spirit is doing through the means of grace in corporate worship is more than the sum of its parts. The elements of worship, experienced online, are missing something more than just the fellowship.
When we can’t meet for worship, for any reason, we're missing something we simply cannot replace. Online sermons and songs are useful and helpful, but I fear we do people a disservice when we refer to this in a way that suggests what we are doing is the same kind of thing as corporate worship. We’re doing a good thing, but a very different thing. We will continue to offer public, corporate worship as long as we are able.