The SPRC, in communication with the pastoral staff, want to assure the congregation that we have their safety in mind as we present these guidelines.
Together, we believe what it says in Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
For many people, meeting together as one in the body of Christ is vital to their spiritual growth, mental health, and overall well-being. Therefore, we believe that worshiping together is extremely important. We also know and recognize that some in our congregation may be wary and concerned about meeting together.
Each of us is called to “watch over one another with love”. In that love we encourage all to worship in a manner that is pleasing to God. This worship may be through Facebook for some or in God’s house for others or in their own personal quiet time with God… Covid-19 wins only if we neglect to worship.
To meet our needs to worship we will continue to stream the worship services live for those who would prefer to stay at home and offer worship in God’s house for others. Again in Christian love, we accept those who choose to not wear a mask, as well as those who do wear a mask.
We acknowledge that everyone is responsible for their own safety and health, so we encourage all to make the best decision for themselves and their family as to how they worship.
The decision to start worshiping indoors for services was made with these safety precautions in place:
- Two worship services at 9:00 and 10:45 so that we may be able to practice social distancing.
- Staggered rows for each service again for social distancing.
- Face Masks are encouraged, but not mandatory.
- Singing will be done at the end of the worship service, so that any who are not comfortable with singing indoors may leave.
- If social distancing becomes not possible at either service, we will re-evaluate.
- Facebook Live for those who are not able or are not comfortable meeting in person.
As you know guidelines and recommendations are ever-changing and many are contradictory. We will continue to prayerfully discern guidance from God’s Word, our bishop, our governor, state, county, and local officials, and will make changes as needed.
Any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to the SPRC: