Pastors & elders update from our July 7 elders meeting:
Text of the church council decision- if you don't want to watch the 8 1/2 minute video with Theo above:
Last night, July 7th, the Church Council met to discuss, among other things, where the Sunday morning worship services would be held for July and maybe even beyond. After looking at plans on what meeting inside and outside the building would look like, the pros and cons of all the options, etc., it was decided to continue to meet at the Black River Drive-In up to Sunday, September 6th.
We know that many of you would like to begin meeting in the church building again. So would the leaders!! So why don’t we? We do not because we believe meeting in the building would be too restrictive due to current laws, executive orders and recommendations. Below is a list of a few of the restrictions / changes that would need to happen in order to meet inside the building:
- No nursery ministries or children’s Sunday School so all children would need to sit quietly and still in the sanctuary. Current executive orders make children meeting for classes almost impossible (ex. Social distancing, masks for teachers and children, no snacks, frequent hand washing, limiting classes to just a few children, etc.)
- Wearing masks at all times except when seated in the sanctuary. [Current executive order]
- No café, Circle of Joy or fellowship of any kind inside the building.
- No singing in worship services conducted inside. (Singing in groups is believed by many experts to be one of the quickest and easiest ways to spread COVID-19)
- Families would have to register online to attend on Sundays due to limited space as the sanctuary would only hold about 100 – 125 people on average. (Remember that family units would be required to be 6’ apart from any other family unit at all times and from any direction. [Current executive order])
- Designated entrances and exits would be enforced. [Current executive order]
- Should someone contract COVID-19, it could require many of the Parksiders in that service to be placed in mandatory 14-day quarantines and the possibility of the state shutting down us meeting for services.
- Doctors seem to agree (I am serious, they agree!) that the chances of catching COVID-19 outside with social distancing is extremely low to impossible. Meeting in enclosed spaces, however, is a different scenario all together. [Recommendation]
This decision is not what we as leaders prefer. However, we believe that meeting at the Black River Drive-In is the best of available options at this time. As spiritual leaders we are called by God to care for the church (I Peter 5:1-4), to obey authorities (Rom. 13:1-6; Titus 3:1) and meet together(Hebrews 10:24 – 25). We believe this decision meets these commands.
We are planning and hoping to begin meeting on Sunday mornings inside the building with children’s ministries after Sunday, Sept. 6th. We are also planning for Awana, MOPS, and the Youth Group to begin meeting onsite in Sept. as well!
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact an elder or a pastor.
Thank you for your prayers and your understanding!
The Pastors and Elders of Parkside Bible Church