*** Update: June 2, 2020 ***
Central Church Members,
As the state reopens this week, the Central Church is making careful plans to ease back into the kind of worship assembly you've come to love on Sunday mornings. Here are the policies in effect for the next two weeks.
For June 7 & 14:
- Masks are optional. People should wear them or not at their own discretion and be respectful of the choices of others. Be especially mindful of those in the at-risk population.
- When choosing your seats, please continue to observe social distancing wherever possible. Rows will be opened up as warranted by increased attendance.
- Kid's Praise & Activities will be held during the sermon and communion in the Small Auditorium. This is limited for now to children who are old enough to remain seated on a carpet square. Contact Felicia with any questions.
- We are also relaxing the "no socializing" rule, but ask that you still be respectful of others. Some people will still want to leave at the end of service without interacting with a crowd. Others may choose to chat. Please allow everyone the personal space that allows them to be the most comfortable. Do not clump up around entryways or narrow halls.
If all goes well and health concerns seem adequately managed in our region, we plan for June 21st to be an exciting Sunday. First, it is Father's Day, so that is always special (for me at least!). Second, it is the long-awaited and postponed Senior Sunday for honoring our graduates (parents should contact Blake for details)!
In years past, Central has not had Bible classes on Senior Sunday to make room for that event, and so we will continue that habit again this year. However, if sufficient children, teachers, and volunteers are available, we will begin limited Bible classes on Sundays on June 28 for children and adults (more details to follow in the coming weeks). Cameron is putting together some great video lessons for us, so we will continue the online video format for Wednesday nights for the summer. Throughout all of this, the staff will continue to produce an online worship service for those who wish to stay safe at home on Sundays.
Above all else, we must always be RESPECTFUL to each other as we learn what "new normal" looks like in God's own time. Every person has experienced the last few months in different ways, and Christians make room for each other and all our quirks. Whatever your personal feelings on these policies may be or how others choose to respond, Christians remember the words of Paul. "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful" (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). In short, love is RESPECTFUL.