I hope you have made plans to join us for worship this Easter weekend as we celebrate together the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here are six things you need to know or need to do.
First, make your reservation. As of this writing, fewer than 100 of the 2,555 seats in our seven services are still available. But I suggest that you keep checking the website regularly. Plans change, and reservations open up again. If no reservations are available, join us on the livestream on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. or Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook, YouTube, or our church website.
Second, arrive early. I suggest that you check in at least 15 minutes before the service start time. Remember, reservations will be held until 5 minutes before the service. Then, any remaining seats will be made available to walk-ups.
Third, install the Ingleside app. Search for “Ingleside Baptist Church” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download the app from there. The “Notes” button on the app takes you to the listening outline that has the Bible verses and key points of the message on it. It will help you understand and retain the truth you hear from God’s word.
Fourth, follow our pandemic protocols. Service capacity limits will be observed (33%). We will practice social distancing – touchless check-in, seating every other row, and three seats between households. And, per the guidance of our governing authorities, face coverings are strongly encouraged.
Fifth, be ready to worship. Don’t just be a spectator. Instead, engage with your whole heart as we sing, pray, and hear the word. Expect God to meet your personally and be ready to respond to his call.
Sixth, pray for God to draw many to himself. Ask the Lord to use our Easter services to welcome newcomers and to call many to repent, to believe, and to begin to follow Jesus for the first time.
Because the pandemic is not completely behind us yet, this Easter will not be fully back to our normal Ingleside celebration. But it will be far better than where we were this time last year.
And, as more and more of us are vaccinated and the virus recedes, we plan to keep on taking steps toward a return to normal ministry patterns – sooner, rather than later, God willing!
Hope for a better tomorrow. As we gather on Easter weekend, the music will be stirring, the message will be uplifting, and you will be encouraged by worshiping with others.
We will be reminded of the hope that we have in Jesus . . . hope secured by his death and resurrection, hope that promises eternal life, and hope for a better tomorrow.
I look forward to seeing you on Easter weekend!
Your Pastor and Friend,