UPDATE: May 29, 2020 – Church Life during COVID-19

 

Dear PBC Family,

 

Since late March we have had to practice Christian fellowship online. While we are fortunate enough to live in a time when technology allows us to connect with one another online, let’s be honest: online fellowship leaves us longing for the real face to face fellowship. We still have a long way to go before we are able to resume a more normal schedule of in-person activities; however, we are going to take a small step in reopening our building for in-person worship on Sunday, June 7.  

 

As we reopen our building for a Sunday morning in-person worship experience, we have compiled the following guidelines using information from the Missouri State Health Department and the CDC:

 

  1. Worshippers are encouraged to wear face masks when coming to worship.

 

  1. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and worshippers are encouraged to use it upon entering the building.

 

  1. Water fountains will be closed, and bottled water will be available.

 

  1. No handshaking or hugging.

 

  1. No childcare will be offered.

 

  1. Families can sit together but must social distance at least 6 feet apart from other families and individuals.

 

  1. Offering will not be collected using offering plates. Worshippers will be directed to use Treasure Boxes or give online.

 

  1. There will be no in-person Lord Supper observances for the foreseeable future.

 

Aaron Kruse and I will be conducting a Town Hall Meeting this next Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 pm to discuss reopening for worship.  Although we are reopening for worship, we expect that many of you will not return and will choose instead to participate online. Please know that we respect your desire to continue sheltering at home and value your continued participation online. We also strongly encourage all people who are in the high-risk category to continue to participate online.

 

Opening for Sunday morning worship does not mean that we are opening for other in-person activities at this time. This is still a fluid situation. We will continue to monitor the situation and alter our plans to reopen if the need arises.

 

For those of you who plan to return to in-person worship, please be reminded that one of the ways we love one another is by looking out for the well-being of one another. In a time like this, social distancing, refraining from hugging and handshaking, and wearing a mask when coming and going really is an act of love. Also, if you are feeling sick, please stay at home. Staying at home when you are not feeling well is also an act of love.

 

I know that most of us are longing for the day when we will have the freedom to return to in-person activities without the threat of COVID-19. However, with freedom comes responsibility. So, as we move forward with the attempt to take a small step towards reopening, let’s be responsible to practice the guidelines handed to us by the Missouri State Health Department and the CDC.

 

Thanks,

Pastor Chris Cook