Letter from the Elders of WCC
To our dear Church,
For the past several weeks we have refrained from worshiping together in our building as we took shelter in our homes. While we are grateful for the technology that enabled us to continue with some semblance of worship together during this time, we are very much looking forward to the days ahead when we can reunite under one roof.
By now many of you have likely read through Governor Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” plan that outlines the gradual reopening of businesses and organizations in our state. After prayer, and with careful consideration and respect for the guidelines for churches listed in the governor’s plan, the elders of WCC have formulated a plan to come back together. A brief overview is as follows:
- We will return to corporate worship in our building on May 24, 2020
- We will provide services at 9am and 11am with sanctuary seating for 100 pre-registered people, and with overflow seating in the FLC for each service
- We will provide pre-packaged, individual communion supplies that will be placed in the pews prior to services; communion trays will not be passed
- We will provide a drop box in the foyer for those who wish to give their offering in person, and an online option for those who wish to give electronically; offering trays will not be passed
- We will provide hand sanitizer in multiple locations throughout the building
- We will follow social distancing recommendations with limited person to person contact
- We will suspend our Sunday school classes, children’s church, and little lambs; the nursery will be closed
- We will suspend the service of food or drink of any kind
- Wearing a mask is encouraged
- Individuals age 65 and up, and any others in a high-risk category, are encouraged to continue worshiping from home
We are well aware that this is a divisive issue, and that there are many different opinions about what is best at this time. The above overview is the plan we have compiled from the information currently available to us, that demonstrates our responsibility to be subject to our governing authorities (Romans 13:1) while remaining faithful and obedient to the One whom we serve. We are hopeful that we will also be gracious to one another (Ephesians 4:32) as we follow this plan together.
We recognize that a return to church, with these modifications in place, will not be easy. In fact, it will be quite different, and most likely difficult. Many of us are eager to return immediately to the way things were, with hugs and handshakes and the connection we are longing for. But with the responsibility of caring for the entire flock weighing on our shoulders, we are asking you to please follow these health and safety precautions to help protect the well-being of your brothers and sisters in Christ.
When we return on May 24th, we will be hosting two identical services at 9am and 11am. The seating in the sanctuary will be modified to accommodate no more than 100 people. To be sure that we do not exceed that limit, we ask that you would please register to attend by submitting the Google form, or by contacting the office at (765) 762-3382 by noon on Fridays. You will need to register EACH WEEK, by noon on Friday, for as longs as we continue with these modifications. The FLC will be set up as overflow for those who did not register, with a video feed of the service and distanced seating. For those who choose to take the precaution of remaining at home, we will continue to live stream both services on YouTube. And, again, we echo the guidelines set forth by our governing authorities; those who are over age 65, those who are considered “high risk”, and those who are ill or have a fever should remain home.
With care and concern for the lives of our young ones, we are suspending children’s Sunday school classes, children’s church, Little Lambs, and nursery. We fully recognize that these services are invaluable, and are hopeful to be positioned to make them available again later in July.
Finally, we want you to know that we recognize that none of this is ideal. In fact, it is a lot of hassle. But, for the foreseeable future, we will follow these guidelines to protect this flock.
Please continue to pray for WCC and her leaders as we navigate through all of this.
The Elders of WCC
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