Church family, we are excited to be wading through the waters of what it looks like to re-gather. We - SRC and the church community at large - have never crossed roads like this before. Our prayer and goal is to find a balance in protecting one another and caring for one another. Eventually, we will be able to gather again as a whole church family. Unfortunately, this is not that time just yet, but we will take it one day, one week, one month at a time! There is no one size fits all plan. We are limited by our meeting space in the number of people we will be allowed to gather for worship at church.
First and foremost, we need to be a church that is marked by being long on grace and long on patience. As none of us have been through unprecedented times like this, we will likely make mistakes. We will have the opportunity to flex our forgiveness muscle. SRC will be following the guidelines of the CDC as well as state and local authorities for what safe re-gathering will look like.
For the time being, we will continue to worship together online via Facebook Live every Sunday at 9:30 AM. We are also encouraging our church family to host or attend Summit Watch Parties! If you would like to host or attend a watch party, please fill our our contact card and we will connect with you.
When we have the clearance from local authorities to gather again at our church building starting with groups of 50, we will begin meeting on Saturday mornings at 10 AM. Because of our limited capacity at our location and the inability to fit our whole congregation at even 2-3 services, we will at this time continue to record and edit our service for Facebook Live for those who cannot attend and premier these videos at 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings. When we gather in our groups of 50, those attending will need to sign up through a Planning Center registration page. We will welcome adults and children 10 and over at the beginning, and encourage you to attend a service once a month.
We will have safety measures in place, including clear entering and exiting flow, sanitizer stations, spaced out seating for family groups for social distancing and a safe way to take communion. Our greeters will be wearing masks, and we encourage you to wear a mask until you are seated for service.
It will feel very strange to wear masks, to not enjoy coffee together in the foyer, to not shake hands or hug - but we will be BIG on smiles and encouragement! And we are still excited to gather again as a church family and enjoy the community that God has designed us for.