Updated September 15, 2020
We are grateful to God that we are again able to worship in person on Sunday mornings, gathering together at 10:30am. We know that because of medical concerns, some are still not comfortable joining us at this point. While we miss you, we want you to know that we understand and respect your decision. Do not feel guilty, because you are not violating Hebrews 10:24-25 if you are staying home for medical reasons. For those who aren’t able to attend, we offer a live-stream of our service on our Facebook page.
In this document, we aim to provide attendees with needed information as we navigate the weeks ahead together. This information will likely change in the coming weeks and months, so please pay close attention to updates and emails we publish.
We are aware that while we are all facing challenges related to COVID-19, we are doing so in different ways. There are varying challenges, convictions, and concerns. As a church, we must be careful to consider the interests of others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). The pandemic and the implications for meeting again bring us an opportunity to deploy the particularly beautiful Christian virtue of love. We can do this by not coming to church when we are sick, forbearing amid differing convictions, and even embracing restrictions for the sake of the good of others.
As you consider coming this Sunday, please love one another by doing the following:
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Stay home if you are under quarantine restrictions for the virus
- Stay home if you believe you are high-risk
- As difficult as this may be for some, we ask that you refrain from hugging or shaking hands
It is important that we maintain physical distancing while seated. Family units sit together. Please give two chairs space to your right and to your left to ensure physical distancing.
In response to Gov. Scott's executive order strengthening masking requirements and updated directives from the state of Vermont (see here), masks are required during worship. This does not apply to children under the age of two, nor does it apply to those who aren't able to wear a mask for health or behavioral reasons. Please note that you are free to remove your mask during the sermon.
For this phase of re-gathering, our worship service will be a modified format that differs from our typical Sunday Worship.
Our morning order of service will include the following: Announcements, Call to Worship, Singing (2 songs), Pastoral Prayer and/or Congregational Sharing & Prayer, Scripture Reading, Sermon, the Lord's Supper, Closing Song, and Benediction.
The mother and infant room is available but limited to three moms at a time due to space restrictions.
For those who would prefer to sit outside, and to ensure we do not exceed our indoor capacity, we have a tented area set up in the area behind the kitchen with speakers broadcasting the service audio. We have folding chairs available. You are also free to bring your own.
All children are encouraged to join us for worship. This is an excellent opportunity to train your children how to behave properly during a worship service. Rest assured that the elders and many of our church members know that training is a process. We support your decision to bring your children to worship!
We will not serve coffee and the water fountain will be closed. Water bottles will be available.
Parts of the building will be closed – do not enter the Foundations rooms, Kingdom Sprouts room, Kingdom Tots room, or Kingdom Kids room.
As a church, these circumstances bring us a number of challenges. Things are different and not the way we’d like them to be. But, I’d encourage you to also see the opportunities. We have the chance to demonstrate that our identity is not primarily in ourselves and our own comfort but in God and his glory. This trial enables us to declare that God is worthy and it’s our privilege to make much of him. Redeeming Grace, remember that while we have not chosen these circumstances, God has. In his infinite wisdom, he has ordained this season for us to endure well. He’s permitted it for our good and his glory. So let us do so in such a way that we showcase to one another and our watching community that our Lord God is worthy of our praise, sacrifice, and service. He is our treasure.
Grateful to be your pastor!