We are excited to be regathering for our Sunday services once again on May 17th at 10:30am! If you are healthy and are in a low risk group, we are looking forward to seeing you in person. However, we are still encouraging those who may have a higher risk of developing serious medical problems from Covid19 to remain home during this phase (those who are older and those who have certain underlying medical conditions). If you are in doubt as to whether it is wise for you to attend, we urge you to consult with your physician. If you are experiencing any symptoms of sickness, we strongly encourage you to remain at home for the sake of your brothers and sisters. We will be live-streaming our services on YouTube so that those who need to continue to remain at home can join with us virtually.
We will be configuring our seating in the sanctuary so that appropriate social distancing can be maintained. If we need additional seating, our plan is to stream the service into Grace Hall as well. During this phase, we will not be providing nursery care for the sake of our nursery helpers as well as the kids (for whom social distancing is impossible!). We will also be transitioning to our summer schedule a few weeks before we had initially planned so there will not be any Sunday School classes and our service will begin at 10:30am.
We will be taking extra care to disinfect the church and will have plenty of hand sanitizer available. In order to minimize the potential spread of the virus, we are asking you to hold off on the hugs and handshakes for now!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Brett for the elders
From the Pastor's Pen
It seems to come so naturally for most children who have their basic needs met – a joyful enthusiastic attitude toward life. Smiles a mile wide at the mere prospect of an ice cream cone, screams of delight at the sight of a friend coming over to “play”, a secure and confident trust that leads to almost instantaneous sleep in the arms of a mother or father – all of these are simply normal reactions to life for a child who is loved and secure. Unfortunately, as the years pass and the reality of the brokenness of our world, our own lives, and the lives of others increases, our joy seems to erode away like a sandcastle on a beach slowly being washed away by the encroaching tide of life. When that tide hits, many of us embrace a cynical pessimism towards life and attempt to substitute momentary “adult” pleasures of many kinds (generally some form of the “big three” – money, sex and power) for the heartfelt joy we may have experienced as a child but which now seems as scarce as snow blowers in the Bahamas.