Being Church in the Time of Coronavirus
Updated COVID Response Update as of March 25, 2021
It’s been just over a year now since we’ve been able to meet in person, due to Covid 19.
The pandemic has taken a toll on each of us in many ways but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! The Church Council has been discussing and planning for our reopening at almost every monthly meeting since last summer. Now that more and more people are getting vaccinated, and the number of new cases is decreasing, the council feels that it would be safe to start in-person worship services again in June.
We have developed a Regathering Committee that will take into consideration all up-to-date guidelines from both the state and the Greater UCC Conference to finalize a plan. The team will also prepare a plan for how to handle the traffic flow inside the church as well as seating capacity and similar considerations. They will also make recommendations to the council about hosting groups again.
Our plan at the moment is to open in person services in June with limited seating. We will also plan to have coffee hour in the serenity garden, weather permitting.
The council feels that we will not be able to safely conduct service at Little River this year, largely due to the air quality and limited space for social distancing.
We will continue to live stream our service, which is one of the blessings that has come from this pandemic, allowing those who are out of town or unable to attend in person, to worship with us.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and prayers,
Your Church Council
Suspension of Church Activities - March 26, 2020
Dear Church Family,
As you are well aware, we continue to face the current health crisis. After much discussion and prayer, the council and I have decided to continue with the cancellation of all in-person church activities and meetings Until further notice. That said, we will continue to evaluate the situation and will let you know once it is decided that it is safe to begin gathering again.
During this time, my hope is that you will lean on me and one another. If you need help, don’t be stubborn, we have people who love you and want to help.
Hold onto hope. This will pass and some day we will look back on this as ancient history.
God is good…. All the time!
Temporary Suspension of Church Activities - March 17, 2020
Dear Church Family,
We are facing challenging and uncertain times. As with any challenges there are questions to ask and decisions to be made. Some that haven’t had to be made for generations. The good news is that we do not have to make these decisions alone, we have a loving God that we can turn to and trust in.
The most recent challenge and question has been how do we handle this as a faith community. Do we stay open for worship and practice social distancing? After all, we need church more now than ever. Or, do we temporarily suspend activities and worship? What is the socially responsible to do? What is the loving thing to do, not just for ourselves but for our neighbors?
After much discussion and prayer, the council and I have decided to cancel all in person church activities and meetings for the next two weeks (through the 30th). This includes all groups that use the church. The church office will be open, but we are remaining flexible about the hours. If you need anything or just want to talk you can email me or call the church office. We will reevaluate on the 30th.
Does this mean no worship? Well, no! We will have the chance to gather on Sunday remotely. The goal is to have the services streamed on Facebook live. If you haven’t already, go onto Facebook and like our page.
Will this be a different experience? Yes. Will there be growing pains? Yes. And although we may not be connected in person, we will be connected through Christ’s Spirit. May it be our greatest strength!
Please stay tuned in the coming days for further updates regarding worship and other ways to connect. We will all get through this challenging and unsettled time together.