Coronavirus is real and so is God.
Our first priority is to uphold the safety and well-being of everyone we interact with and we believe that means it would be irresponsible on our part if we were to disregard social distancing guidelines while we meet in person for worship. This doesn't mean that church is canceled however, so we want to update you with our leadership's response to the coronavirus.
We've opened our facilities for on-site worship, but in accordance with our state leadership's guidelines, we've capped our facility at 30 people. With that in mind, we're hosting two identical worship services at 9:30am and at 11:00am on Sunday mornings in our FLC. Here's how this will work...
LWC Kidz will not meeting separately from the primary worship service. We're planning our services in a way that is as family-friendly as possible with more familiar, easy-to-pickup songs and shortened preaching from the pastors. We've also prepared some activity packs for children when they walk in the gym. The chairs are spaced apart in a way that generously allows for social distancing and for families to sit together. Between services, we're sanitizing the chairs, doors, and clipboards the children use.
If you still feel it is unsafe, we're continuing to premiere our online worship on Facebook & YouTube at 5pm on Sunday. For those in our church and community who don't have access to the internet, we're mailing our sermons in a bible study / devotional format on the Monday after the service. If you know someone who doesn't have access to the internet and they aren't being engaged in some other way, please let us know and we'll reach out to them. Later in the week, one of our pastors leads a brief devotional and some applications for our lives.
On top of our "official" actions as a church, we highly encourage you to reach out and maintain positive relationships with others as much as you believe is safe for you. Family, friends, co-workers, grocery clerks, and fellow shoppers all need encouragement. Whether it's a phone call, a text message, a smile, or a genuine interest in how they're doing, we believe authenticity and sympathy can make all the difference in someone's world during these unprecedented times.
We’ll keep you updated as any changes are made and as circumstances continue to unfold, but please know that we as a church are not discouraged. Are we concerned? Absolutely, but we are committed to trusting in God, we are intentionally planning for the best possible worship experience for you and your family, and we are believing that God is already at work reconciling this pandemic for His glory and for our good! We can’t wait to worship with you on Sunday!