Reopening Sunday!

Now that the Governor has allowed churches to meet, we are planning on resuming in person services this coming Sunday (5/31) at 10am! In accordance with the Governor’s requirements we have taken the steps listed below for mitigating the spread of Covid – 19 Virus.  We understand that people have different levels of comfort with potential exposure.  Because of this, some people will find this plan sufficient and others may not.  We encourage each person to decide what is best for them and their family. 

Our goal is to unify the church, so it is of primary importance that we honor each other in our thinking.  We realize that this has been and will continue to be a trying time where faith is essential to all our activities. One thing we have noticed is that our social muscles may have atrophied a little during this time of isolation. We would like to inspire you to not give in to the pull of convenience in staying home and instead to come and encourage your brothers and sisters.  Yet, if you would feel unsafe entering the building with us please don’t feel pushed to come. Our services will continue to be streamed online for those who stay home.

Here are the basics of our plan for reopening:

  1. Please screen yourself. If you are feeling ill, especially with a fever and cough, please join us via video instead of in person.
  2. We encourage you to bring a mask and wear it as you enter, as we sing, as you leave, and during conversation time. Even if you are not fearful, we have been advised that wearing a mask protects others. Please love others by wearing one. 
  3. Our main auditorium is rated for 360 people so we should be able to have as many as 90 in the room while still meeting the Governor’s guidelines. We will attempt to have the pews mapped out so that families/households can be socially distanced during the service.
  4. At this time we will not provide childcare and will need parents to keep an eye on their children throughout the service. We realize that this may be difficult for some families.
  5. In that case, we will have a family room available down the hall past the bathrooms. We intend to equip the multipurpose room with a TV to monitor the service from there. Families can bring a blanket and sit with young children who may be disruptive if kept in the main auditorium.
  6. There will not be donuts or beverages served at this time.

There is much value in Living Hope gathering again and we hope that those of you who feel safe will join us. We also believe that those who would feel unsafe can be with us from a distance. Let the Spirit guide you in faith.

If you have any questions or ways that you think we could best honor God and our those he has put in authority please let us know.

With you in His grace,

Paul and Charlie