3/11/21 Returning to Indoor Services on Sunday, March 28
In our previous updates, we laid out a three-phase strategy for returning to indoor services and we’re excited to announce that we will be entering into Phase 3 on the final weekend of this month. Specifically, our first Sunday service back indoors will be Sunday, March 28, which is Palm Sunday. We will be sharing more about Easter next week, but for now, we want to focus on what entering back to indoor services will look like and why we are hopeful for this next step.
As we return indoors for our services and other ministry events, the words that will guide us are safe and loving. When you arrive, we will continue to do our best to create safety by following distancing, mask, cleaning, and other safety protocols. Though we are moving inside, our check-in and seating processes will be the same as our outdoor services have been. Despite the protocols and the distancing, we long to create a warm, loving, and welcoming environment for those of you returning and the guests you will bring with you.
One major change to note, we are expanding the ages of children we can serve. Starting on Sunday, March 28, we will be serving ages 2 and older. Again, creating a safe and loving environment is a priority for us. Here are some of the ways we are working to ensure your children are safe:
- Children age 3 and older will be required to wear a mask.
- Our children’s ministry team will be providing new toys and learning materials for each service to prevent multiple uses and potential contamination between children.
- Weather permitting, our younger kids may go outdoors to provide space for them to wiggle, worship, and maintain a safe distance.
- We are providing a Parent Room where parents can go with their children who are younger than two and view a live stream of the service.
Registering your child ahead of time continues to be required. Though we are able to serve a broader age of kids, our capacity is still limited due to distancing. Advanced registration is essential for us to love and serve our adults and children well.
Here’s why we are excitedly hopeful…returning indoors is a reminder and an opportunity. It is a reminder that the Lord was faithful in the midst of a hard season. Returning indoors isn’t returning to normal. Returning is the beginning of something new and a reminder that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Not disease, or distancing, or being limited to digital environments. The Church, and our church, is still standing.
It is also an opportunity. If you heard Jason’s message this past Sunday, it was a beautiful reminder that the Holy Spirit empowers ordinary believers to serve in unlikely places. We believe the Lord is going to answer our prayers for salvations and baptisms this year. And it will take all of us living out the empowerment the Spirit has given to love and disciple those people the Lord entrusts to us. It is likely we need to provide more services and more volunteer teams to safely and lovingly shepherd in the days to come. This is an opportunity for us to work hard together as the Lord moves in our church and we ask that you would prayerfully consider joining in to serve. If you are willing, contact us at .
We are excited for the beginning of Phase 3 in just a few short weeks!
Grace and peace,
- Pastor Mike (on behalf of KHC elders)