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Re-Gathering by Reservation – Week 2

This past Sunday, June 14, we put our foot back in the water of on-campus, in-person worship as 457 people gathered at Ingleside (212 at 9:00 a.m. and 245 at 11:00 a.m.).

In addition, we estimate that just over 1,300 people joined in the livestream worship service.  So, about 1,750 worshipers over all.

This Sunday, June 21, we will re-gather by reservation for week 2 of on-campus, in person worship. I hope you will join us. Here are the details you need to know.

Worship only at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.  There will be two worship services only on Sunday, June 21.  We will not have childcare, age-group programming, or adult classes or groups.

By reservation only.  In order to practice social distancing, we will limit attendance to 400 worshipers in each service – 25% of the seats in our worship center.  You may make your reservation online here.

Social distancing.  Consistent with guidance from our Governor and the Centers for Disease Control, we will practice social distancing – seated every other row with four empty seats between households; no handshakes, hugs, fist bumps, or high fives.

Face coverings.  Consistent with guidance from our Governor and the Centers for Disease Control and as an expression of love and thoughtfulness for others, we will strongly encourage everyone to wear face coverings.

Increased sanitation.  Consistent with guidance, thorough disinfecting will occur (armrests, door handles, etc.) between services.  Bathrooms will have continual cleaning throughout the morning.

Livestream worship continues.  We plan to continue the livestream each Sunday for the foreseeable future.  That way those who think it unwise for them to come to campus for health-related reasons or because they don’t prefer social distancing can continue to worship by livestream at home.

Start small, scale up.  We currently plan to have two services each Sunday through July 5.  Assuming all goes well, we hope to increase the number of services and number of worshipers beginning on July 12.  As always, we will evaluate week by week, make adjustments, and communicate appropriately.

Joyful, but not normal.  We hope there will be lots of joy as we re-gather for in-person worship on campus.  But we also know that it will not feel normal.  It will not be the experience to which we were accustomed prior to March 15.  This are just the first steps back.  By the time school starts in August, we hope we will be much closer to church as we knew it before!

Questions and feedback.  More detailed information about how we plan to re-gather is available here.  Please direct your questions and feedback to Andy Johnson, our Executive Pastor, or any of our church staff.  Every suggestion will be carefully and prayerfully considered.  We are in this together!

Prizing and protecting unity.  As we negotiate these uncharted waters, I hope you will join me in renewing your personal commitment to walk in “humility and gentleness with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3, ESV).

Gathering in Jesus’ name is good for us, commanded in Scripture, and honors God (Hebrews 10:24-25).  So, we are eager to return to on-campus worship – wisely, safely, and one step at a time.

I’m very grateful for your prayers and your partnership in the gospel.  I’m confident that the church of Jesus Christ will prevail, and that the best is yet to come!

Your Pastor and Friend,
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