Did you read the school’s announcement? Can I tell you about my work arrangements? Did you hear the latest speech from the Governor or President? What did the coach communicate about practice?
Have you heard any of these questions lately? I’m almost certain you’ve asked these and more. My family asks them virtually every day. We are looking toward the “next step” in practically every area of life – at church as well, where the very nature of our existence is infused with the concept of God’s people gathering in person.
As Ingleside asks the “what’s next” question, we continue to heed the advice of Proverbs 15:22 which says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisors they succeed.” We’ve sought counsel from a variety of sources, and the seven principles about our re-gathering outlined by Pastor Tim in his blog on April 23 still apply.
So, what’s next?
- Worship – We think it wise to continue in-person, reservation-only worship services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, September 6. Space is still limited to 400 worshippers, or 25% of the Worship Center. We’ll maintain social distancing, strongly encourage face coverings, and maintain increased sanitation. You can learn more details and make your reservation here. Of course, if you are not yet ready to return, you can join us by livestream at 11:00 a.m. We plan to continue our livestream for the foreseeable future.
- Preschool Ministry – We plan to offer programming for preschoolers beginning Sunday, August 23, during both the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services. Space will be limited and by reservation only. Check-in will be touchless, spaces will be routinely sanitized, and staff and volunteers will wear face coverings. More details about how to sign your preschooler up are forthcoming.
- Weekday Programs – Our Mother’s Morning Out (6 weeks – 2K) and Weekday Preschool (2K – 5K) plan to open for their first day of school on Monday, August 10. We’ll take all the appropriate precautions dictated by Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start). We look forward to welcoming these little ones back to our campus as well as sharing the love of Jesus with their families.
As you would imagine, we are evaluating every other facet of ministry. As new opportunities emerge to Come, Grow, Serve, and Go, we will ensure the details are communicated in timely and clear ways.
In the meantime, consider joining us for an in-person worship service soon. Our gatherings in the Worship Center have been Spirit-filled, authentic in character, and an excellent step in the right direction. If you are able, I hope to see you this Sunday!
In the Spirit,