We regather this Sunday for worship! Praise God!
As you might imagine things will look a lot different than we are used to. We will follow the guidelines provided by Governor Sununu (we will follow all of his guidelines; we will not add any additional restrictions). Though we will certainly not be as comfortable under such restrictions, we do so for good reason.
First, we want to honor the authorities that God has placed over us. In other words, our humble submission to the restrictions is part of our worship to Yahweh who reigns over all. Second, we want to show love to one another. People have varying opinions about wearing masks. Some think it's necessary while others think it’s not. Those who believe masks aren’t necessary should wear the masks as a way of sacrificially showing love to the others. This is another way our joyful submission to these restrictions is worship to our Lord.
"Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the ruler" (1 Peter 2:17).
We will meet at 9:30am (no ABF; no nursery; no children’s church; no youth meeting). We will continue live-streaming for those who can’t be with us.
Please stay home if...
- You have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever (feeling feverish or a document temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher);
- Respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath;
- Whole body symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue;
- Changes in your sense of taste or smell
- You have been in close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
- You have traveled in the past 14 days either: i. Internationally; ii. By cruise ship; or iii. Outside of NH, VT, or ME on public transportation (e.g., bus, train, plane, etc.).
Note: The governor advises those at higher risk to stay home. This is up to individual discretion.
When we gather...
- Please wear a face mask, even while singing. (Please bring your own. We have some at the church, but not enough for everyone.)
- Children under six do not need to wear a mask.
- Please maintain 6 ft social distancing.
- Households should sit together and maintain 6ft distance from other households. We will use every other pew in the auditorium (including the balcony). The fellowship hall will provide overflow, where we will be live-streaming on a big screen.
- We will try to maintain as much as possible a one-way flow of foot traffic. You will see arrows on the floor directing you as you exit the building. Those in the fellowship hall will exit the building directly outside (not through the hallway/foyer). Those in the front of the auditorium will exit through the double doors by the platform.
- For those waiting for the bathroom, places will be marked on the floor so that we can maintain 6ft between people. When you exit the bathroom, you will follow the arrows leading you to exit the building by the nursery. You’ll then re-enter the building at the main front entrance.
- We will have at least one “safety officer” (yes, per the governor’s instructions) to move about the building/property reminding people to follow safety protocols.
- Take the opportunity to fellowship outside before and after the corporate worship.
- Plan for your children to sit with you. We will not have a nursery; we will not have children’s church.
- Families may be more comfortable in the fellowship hall or in the library (w/livestream on the TV). If you want to reserve either just email email@example.com.
- The nursery will be available only for changing diapers.
- It will be so great to celebrate our Savior in communion again!
- Upon entering the building you will be offered the bread and the cup (prepackaged).
- We will partake together at the end of our corporate worship.
- You will be able to throw the packaging away as you exit the building (don’t leave it at your seat).
Regarding worship through giving...
- You may give via the offering kiosk (no offering will be taken).
- However, we encourage you to give electronically via the church app if possible.
While it will be exciting to gather together again on Sunday, it will certainly look different. It will feel awkward and even uncomfortable in some ways. Let’s remember that our worship together in the church always costs us something, right? We do it because Jesus is worthy! This morning I read David’s remark at the end of 2 Samuel: "I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing" (2 Sa 24:24). Because of the extra inconveniences, we have the opportunity to demonstrate our love for one another and our love for Christ as we gather this Sunday. What kind of love is it if we don’t do it if it costs us something?
I can’t wait to shout with joy with you to our wonderful Lord! (Even through my mask.)
Because He is worthy,